Ocean Labyrinth – An Underwater Maze

ToysBulletin.com reviews a new entry to the Labyrinth series of games from Ravensburger.

Ocean Labyrinth 1For readers unfamiliar with “Labyrinth,” it is a board game where players are challenged by an ever changing maze of tiles. The object of the game is to find a way to move the tiles, clear a pathway and reach various objects (pictures) shown on the maze tiles.

In “Ocean Labyrinth,” there is an underwater theme with players searching for fish, diving gear and sunken treasures of all sorts. The game is suggested for 2-4 players ages 7 years old and up, and a typical game can be completed in around 30 minutes.

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The Velveteen Rabbit – Now a Game

ToysBulletin.com reviews a game from Winning Moves USA.

The Velveteen Rabbit 1“The Velveteen Rabbit” is a beautifully illustrated and colorful game made and marketed by Winning Moves USA. This newly released game is a fun filled family game, appropriate for all ages, but more geared for younger players. Inspired by Margery Williams in her 1922 classic children’s book, The Velveteen Rabbit, the journey begins in the nursery. The game, like the book, becomes a quest for the cherished stuffed rabbit, and along the way several magical and playful adventures are encountered. The game is suggested for 2-4 players and requires no reading skills, only a player’s imagination.

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Spookies & Rox – A Winning Pair from HABA

ToysBulletin.com reviews two games from HABA.

SPOOKIES

Spookies 1With Halloween just around the corner, “Spookies” may be a perfect game for family play this fall. There is no need to be afraid, but “Spookies” is a “surprisingly” fun dice game that will “dare” you to take some “scary” risks in order to win the game. The rules immediately do a nice job of putting a very creative spin on this easy to play dice game.

The game is suggested for 2-5 fearless players, ages 8 years old and up. The object of the game is to collect as many Spookies chips as you can. Each Spookies chip is worth anywhere from 1 and 5 points but point values are not revealed until the end of the game. Once the final Spookies chip has been claimed- the game is over- the players flip over their Spookies chips, add them up and the player with the highest total is declared the winner.

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Kill Doctor Lucky – A Game of Murder

ToysBulletin.com reviews the 19.5th Anniversay Edition of a classic game from Cheapass Games.

KIll Doctor Lucky 1It is hard to believe that the first edition of “Kill Doctor Lucky” was released nearly 20 years ago. But now, Cheapass Games has a new version of the original game. They even made a few changes (better in our opinion) to the basic rules and Doctor Lucky also now has a cat named “Patience,” who can impact the game in a very unique way.

For those unfamiliar with “Kill Doctor Lucky,” it is a game intended for 3-8 players and is suggested for ages 12 years old and up. The object of the game is to be the player who kills Doctor Lucky, but he must be found alone and there are many rooms in the Lucky Mansion.

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Q-BA-MAZE 2.0 – Build and Enjoy

ToysBulletin.com reviews a great construction toy from MindWare.

Q-BA-MAZE 1The Toys Bulletin staff was truly captivated when they visited the MindWare booth at the New York Toy Fair, and first laid eyes on a “Q-BA-MAZE” demonstration. The toy name has a unique meaning, which we believe stands for “Cube Amaze.” Pronounce it quickly and you will get the idea. In any case, the “Q-BA-MAZE” is a very advanced type of marble run with several features we had not seen before.

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Posted in Building, Learning

Hershey’s Mayhem – A Masterpieces® Puzzle

ToysBulletin.com assembles a new jigsaw puzzle from Masterpieces® Puzzle Company.

Hershey's Mayhem 1 The Toys Bulletin staff really enjoys putting together a jigsaw puzzle from time to time. In order to do it properly and get maximum feedback, we set aside a table and staff members work on the puzzle at their leisure over a week or two. Once it is assembled, we meet and talk about our experiences working on the puzzle.

In this case, we have to start by saying that the final product represented a full array of great chocolate candy treats, highlighted, of course, by the famous Hershey’s Bar. The display was colorful and the presentation was superb. “Hershey’s Mayhem” is a 1,000 piece puzzle, and the chipboard used for the pieces is made of recycled material. The completed puzzle measures 19.25″ x 26.75″ and rather than disassemble and put it back in the box once done, it is a perfect choice to frame and put on permanent display.

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The Awesome World of K’NEX

ToysBulletin.com looks at building sets from K’NEX.

KNEX 1K’NEX works a little different than Lego or other building sets, and we were able to test the pieces and assembly with two kids, ages six and eight. The K’NEX pieces as you can see from the pictures primarily consist of long rods and circular connectors. The result is that you can build very large sets with

Our progress after the first night, about halfway done.

Our progress after the first night, about halfway done.

fewer pieces, and the pieces do a great job staying together because the overall creation is very lightweight. When you do break a piece it is different than Legos, and other sets in that there is no type of chain reaction that causes more damage to your project. Fixes are quick, easy and usually isolated.

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Happy Pigs – It’s a Challenge to Run a Farm

ToysBulletin.com reviews a fantastic game experience from Iello Games.

Happy Pigs 1Have you ever wanted to see what it is like to be a real farmer? Well, it is possible now by playing “Happy Pigs” from Iello Games. The game allows players to compete by buying, feeding, breeding and selling pigs for profit. “Happy Pigs” is suggested for 2-6 players ages 10 years old and up, and a game can easily be completed in less than an hour.

The game contents include 20 field boards to house your pigs, a market board to track product availability and pricing, 196 pig tiles (4 sizes from piglets to big pigs), lots of money (coins and bills), 24 action tiles (6 colors of 4 each), 24 season cards (6 each of spring, summer, fall and winter), 75 item tiles (vaccines, dietary supplements and amulets of life) and a first player token.

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