Milton Bradley, 1949, 2-4 players, ages 3 to 6. Candyland is the quintessential kids' first game and undoubtedly every baby boomer on the planet has played this at one time or other (both as a toddler and later on with their own kids). It ostensibly teaches the concept of gaming to kids who can't read or think too clearly. I never much cared for it as an adult, although I do have fond memories of playing it as a kid. As an adult I find it way too random and it takes way too long to play (seriously, it could conceivably go on forever if you draw poorly). Still, I suppose it does serve the purpose of being a kid's gateway to other more interesting games.

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