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Having young children, I'd like to introduce them to games that will engage them and hopefully encourage them to continue gaming with me as they grow.

I've perused many of the excellent Geeklists regarding childrens' games and have appreciated the contributions of many excellent contributors, most notably pmboos and smithhemb.

I think I've been able to select a few games from these Geeklists and other recommendations (things like Gulo Gulo, Chicken Cha Cha Cha, Geistertreppe/Flaschengeist), but one thing that has kind of bothered me has been the big mass of HABA games that I know nothing about. Their high quality components and wonderful illustrations are very attractive to the collector in me.

So I'm wondering, should I try to suppress the urge to buy a bunch of HABA games? If so, which games are best? Most of them seem to share similar mechanics (either roll and move, memory or cooperation) - which ones stand out? Some have garnered more praise and have received a little more buzz than others (like Akaba, Kayanak, Klondike...), but are there any titles that are less well known that you would recommend? Are there any you've tried that have fallen flat with your kids?

Please make any comments, recommendations or criticism to the games only considering your kids' enjoyment of the game, not an adult perspective (unless it's so annoying you have refused to play it). And please feel free to add your own HABA games to the list. I've just taken some of the ones that seem to be the most readily available (i.e. in stock at Time Well Spent). I'm hoping that with your help, this can be a resource for those of us wanting to start playing HABA games.
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1. Board Game: Akaba [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:3063]
Jonathan Takagi
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Akaba seems like a must-buy. The unique bellows mechanism seems too irresistible to not try, like the cosmic ashtray in Andromeda. But do children think the same?
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2. Board Game: Knall & Fall [Average Rating:3.83 Unranked]
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Bang on the Spot seems like another Jenga-ish dexterity game, but the bits in the next game are more attractive.
 
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3. Board Game: Animal Upon Animal [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:578]
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I like the photos I've seen of this one. It seems more fun to stack animals than the pudgy round things in Bang on the Spot, though the games seem different enough. How old do you think kids would have to be to do this one well? The bits looks like they stack well, but are still easily knocked down.
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4. Board Game: Summ herum [Average Rating:5.53 Unranked]
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How does this game work? It has a frog with a magnetic tongue. Is it like a mini Loopin' Louie?
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5. Board Game: Die kecken Recken [Average Rating:5.29 Unranked]
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This one seems a little bland, though maybe it's because I'm not a big fan of the fantasy genre.
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6. Board Game: Crafty Badger [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:8480]
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This one is attractive because it's a Knizia, but mainly for the theme. Who wouldn't like a badger stealing things out of your luggage?
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7. Board Game: Dancing Eggs [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1281]
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This one seems pretty popular, a fun-looking dexterity game. It seems like it might appeal even more to adults than kids.
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8. Board Game: Doktor Igel [Average Rating:5.65 Overall Rank:8705]
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I love the hedgehog piece, but I'm not quite sure how this game works - it looks fun though.
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9. Board Game: Grab Bag [Average Rating:5.86 Unranked]
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The listed time on BGG is 60 minutes. If that's true, it seems much too long to appeal to kids.
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10. Board Game: Karottenklau [Average Rating:5.83 Overall Rank:7697]
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No comments on this game here yet.
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11. Board Game: Zitternix [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:3957]
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Seems very simple, but could be fun. It looks like Pick-Up Sticks, but trying to prevent the stack from falling over.
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12. Board Game: Zwergenkönig [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
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Another Knizia title. I don't know much about this.
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13. Board Game: Klondike [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:2737]
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Klondike seems very popular, but just by looking at the pictures it seems like it would be very difficult for children. I don't know if I could even do it!
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14. Board Game: Kleiner Spatz [Average Rating:5.67 Unranked]
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There have been a lot of positive comments about this one, notably from alkaiser. I wouldn't mind trying this one out!
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15. Board Game: Little Trackers [Average Rating:5.40 Unranked]
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A memory game. Could this be too hard for small children?
 
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16. Board Game: Marrakesh [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:4357]
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This looks like a good racing game, similar to Up the River. Does it need English rules? I saw on the game page that shawnlow was asking for English rules, but no one has replied yet.
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17. Board Game: Mäuse-Rallye [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:5873]
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Seems like it could be a good introduction to flicking games, with cute little mice pieces.
 
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18. Board Game: Piraten-Pitt [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:6618]
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A Wolfgang Kramer title - this one has better ratings than some of his games for adults!
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19. Board Game: Rübenratz [Average Rating:5.77 Unranked]
Jonathan Takagi
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Another racing game. How many of these do I really need?
 
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20. Board Game: Floß geht's! [Average Rating:6.71 Unranked]
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Yet another racing game. Which one of these is the best? Are there any significant differences between racing games for kids? Another recommended title seems to be Alex Randolph's Snail's Pace Race.
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21. Board Game: Knuckling Knights [Average Rating:5.56 Overall Rank:8501]
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The tower seems cool, but I don't understand its place in the game.
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22. Board Game: Schloss Schlotterstein [Average Rating:5.99 Overall Rank:6290]
Jonathan Takagi
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The "board" seems really neat - 3D rooms. I'm not sure if my hand could fit in the spaces! A lot of the comments mention that there are a lot of fun variants that help replayability.
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23. Board Game: Trampelfanten [Average Rating:5.77 Unranked]
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Is this too similar to Stampeding Elefants or Snail's Pace Race?
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24. Board Game: Such, Bello! [Average Rating:6.67 Unranked]
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No comments here on BGG yet, and only 3 people listed as owning the game.
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25. Board Game: Naschkatze [Average Rating:6.06 Unranked]
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As a kid I was afraid of clowns and never wanted to have my face painted in carnivals or parties - I'm thinking that my daughter wouldn't mind having whiskers drawn on her face, but who knows?
 
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