Dodge Dice – Roll ‘Em but Avoid a Score

Dodge Dice 1ToysBulletin.com reviews a unique dice game from Gamewright.

“Dodge Dice” is a fast moving dice game that includes 10 six-sided dice and 18 skip chips. Among the 10 dice, there are 8 dodge dice (all identical), each of which has 3 blue sides, 2 green sides and 1 red side. There is 1 penalty die that features the same 3 colors, but also has the scoring numbers 10 on the blue sides, 20 on the green sides and 30 on the red side. Lastly, there is 1 action die that has a red octagonal “stop” sign on one side, a purple skip chip on another side, x2 (times two) on a third side, x3 (times three) on a fourth side, a “minus” sign on the fifth side and an arrow on the 6th side. The object of the game is to avoid collecting points during the game, with the winner being the player with the lowest number of points.

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Krosmaster Junior – Strategy Game for Youngsters

Krosmaster Junior 1ToysBulletin.com reviews a new game release distributed by Japanime Games.

“Krosmaster Junior” is an exciting new entry into the world of Krosmaster. Toys Bulletin had selected “Krosmaster Arena” as one of our best of 2014 (See review from 9 May 2014), and we were especially excited to see and play “Krosmaster Junior.” The game did not disappoint, as it laid out an introductory teaching version of the game that will delight fans as young as 7 years old.

First of all, Krosmaster has the best looking high quality playing pieces (figures) of any game around. With “Krosmaster Junior,” there are 4 Krosmaster figures, all featuring incredible colorful detailing. In addition to the figures, the game includes 4 Arenas (two doubled-sided game boards), each measuring approximately 11½” W x 11½” L, 4 Totems along with 8 Bushes (for scenery), 4 Krosmaster notebooks, a scoring pad, lots of Kama Tokens (money), Pet tokens (friends to the Krosmasters), 4 Treasure Chests, loads of injury markers, several specially marked dice and a nicely done set of rules.

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Spy Guys – A Game of Deception and Memory

spy guys 1ToysBulletin.com reviews a new game release from Victory Point Games LLC.

“Spy Guys” is a fast playing card game for 3-6 players with a suggested age of 8 years old and up. The game arrives with 64 game cards, including an assortment of spy cards, contact cards, mission objective cards, symbol decoder cards, and regular game cards. Players are each assigned a different spy card, each containing three mission objectives, plus the name of a contact person who can help them complete their mission. The first player to collect all four cards (3 mission objectives plus their contact card), and successfully escape, wins the game.

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10 Days in the USA – Plan a Trip and Win the Game

10 days in the USA 1ToysBulletin.com reviews another engaging game from Out of the Box Publishing.

“10 Days in the USA” is not a new game release, but it certainly is one of the best we have played recently. We can usually tell if a game is going to be a winner as soon as we read the rules, and “10 Days in the USA” was no exception. The game arrives with 66 card tiles, one for each of the 50 states and 16 transportation tiles (10 airplanes and 6 automobiles). There are 4 sets of wooden tile holders, each with 10 available card slots from “Day 1 through Day 10,” and a game board measuring approximately 17″ x 21″ showing a map of the 50 U.S. states. This is one of the few games we have encountered where the game board is only a reference tool, albeit a very important one, but no cards or any type of playing pieces are ever used on the game board.

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Warhammer 40,000 – We Dig in Deeper

warhammer Stormcaller 1ToysBulletin.com is excited to take another look at the world of Warhammer 40,000 from Games Workshop.

This is our third look at the expansive game, Warhammer 40,000, over the past 12 months.  See our previous reviews on 11 April 2014 and 11 August 2014. This time around we are going to briefly review two books that provide even more explanations and details surrounding the battles and wars in the 40K universe. Then we will take a quick look at the recently released Two Volume set, Warhammer-The End Times-Nagash.

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Tarot – Read the Cards or Play a Game

Deviant Moon Tarot 1ToysBulletin.com looks at the intriguing world of Tarot with two decks from U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

The Toys Bulletin staff has wanted to take a closer look at some Tarot card decks for some time. We wondered what they were all about, and oddly had visions of just another alternative to a Ouija Board or a Crystal Ball. To begin our review, we found two different types of Tarot card decks, the first was the “Deviant Moon Tarot,” and the second was “The Lord of the Rings-Tarot Deck & Card Game.”

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Splash Attack – Catch and Eat the Fish to Win

Splash Attack 1ToysBulletin.com looks at a very kid friendly game from Gigamic Games distributed by Back Alley Traders.

“Splash Attack” is a perfect game for children ages 5 years old and up. It is suggested for 2-4 players and a typical game lasts only 15 minutes. The object of the game is to be the first player to catch three fish (orange, purple or green), and then have the one hungry red fish (resembling a piranha, but not scary at all) eat all three of those fish before any of the other players.

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Munchkin Panic – Protect Your Castle from the Munchkin Monsters

ToysBulletin.com reviews another addictive game from Fireside Games, LLC.

Munchkin Panic 1This past summer we reviewed one of the best games of 2014, and honestly one of the best games we have played in several years, that being “Castle Panic” (see our review from 25 July 2014). Now Fireside Games has released “Munchkin Panic,” a game with similar features, but a bit more kid friendly. The designers have actually combined elements from “Castle Panic” with the classic game of “Munchkins” from Steve Jackson Games, and the resulting game experience was especially rewarding.

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