IQ-KEY Perfect 1000 – The Spirit of an Old Favorite Brought Back to Life

IQ KEY Perfect 1000 1Our Editor talks about a game experience that still impacts him today.

When I was a young boy growing up in the eighties, there was one toy that stood out among all others as a personal favorite and it was called Capsela. Capsela was a building set that used interconnected plastic capsules with motors and gears inside to create a machine. Once assembled, you could actually wire the motors to a battery pack and the machine would come to life.  There were even sets that could move across water, with the motor powering a spinning propeller. I was captivated by this toy and the possibilities it created. I was especially lucky enough to have my parents keep my old Capsela sets so now I can enjoy them with my own children.

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Dimension – Stack Your Spheres to Win

Dimension 1aToysBulletin.com reviews a unique game release from Thames & Kosmos.

“Dimension” is a new type of game that incorporates fast reactions and logical thinking, all using 5 sets of colored marble like spheres. The game requires 1-4 players, and is suggested for ages 8 years old and up. To get things started, all players receive 15 spheres, 3 in each of five different solid colors. The spheres are larger than a traditional marble, each measuring approximately 1″ in diameter and 3″ in circumference. The spheres are weighted, well-made and have a quality feel. Each player also receives a player tray to store their spheres, which includes a playing area where the spheres are positioned during game play. Additionally, players start the game with 10 points worth of tokens used for scoring purposes, and a player-aid card.

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Zombie Run! – Flee from the Zombies

Zombie Run 1ToysBulletin.com looks at a Zombie card game from The Haywire Group, Inc.

This seems to be Zombie week at Toys Bulletin, so let’s take a look at a fast moving Zombie card game. “Zombie Run!” is a card game with 75 playing cards, each picturing a particular number of zombies. Fifteen of the cards have no zombies at all and fifteen others show the maximum horde of 15 zombies. The remaining 45 cards show varying sizes of zombie groups ranging from 1-9 per card. The zombie numbers are shown on each of the cards.

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Zombicide – Amazing Game

Zombicide 1ToysBulletin.com reviews an exciting Zombie game from “Cool Mini or Not” and “Guillotine Games.”

Every couple of years, the Toys Bulletin staff uncovers a really special game, and “Zombicide” is one of those games. Although new to us, “Zombicide” was actually first released in 2012, followed by numerous followup expansions and additions. This is a game for those who have been looking for the ultimate Zombie game. It can be played by 1-6 players, with a suggested age of 13 years old and up.

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Thieves! – A Race for the Loot

Thieves 1ToysBulletin.com reviews a new game release from Calliope Games.

“Thieves!” is a card game that gives every player a chance to be the better thief. A thief generally steals things, and in the game of “Thieves!,” that is the objective. The goal is to accumulate more stolen loot than any of your opponents by the end of the game.

“Thieves!” is nicely packaged in a colorful box, and includes 58 game cards. There are 26 loot cards, with values ranging from 0-3, 12 police cards, 14 thief cards and 6 handy player reference cards. There is a also a small package of 7 gem tokens that are used when playing an extended version of the game. “Thieves!” is designed for 3-6 players ages 8 years old and up, and a game can generally be completed in less than 30 minutes.

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Tapple – Time for a Word Game

Tapple 1ToysBulletin.com looks at new game from USAOPOLY, Inc.

We had not reviewed a word game in some time, and suddenly “Tapple” appeared. The game is packaged in a brightly colored blue box with the game letters printed in a bold red across the front. When you first see the game box, you want to open it immediately, and we did just that.

“Tapple” is the kind of word game that can be played by anyone, because the key to the game is simply coming up with a word that begins with any one of the provided letters. “Tapple,” which stands for Touch Activated ress & lay Letter Eliminator is actually a very clever round wheel. There are 20 tabs surrounding the wheel, each representing a different letter of the alphabet. However, the letters q, u, v, x, y and z are not used, a decision that keeps the game moving faster for sure. In the very center of the wheel is a large round red button, which when pressed starts and resets a 10 second timer, Tapple 2complete with sounds and all. The wheel does require 2 AA batteries to run the timer, and the batteries are not included. The game includes 36 category cards, including 144 different categories. One side of the cards includes easier categories for younger players.

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Stratego Battle Cards – A New Way to Play a Classic Game

Stratego Battle Cards 1ToysBulletin.com reviews the latest twist on the game of Stratego from Patch Products Inc.

We love the game of “Stratego,” which was first introduced to the US market back in 1961. As you may know, the game of “Stratego” pits two armies against each other on a 10 x 10 square game board, with each player controlling 40 pieces of differing ranks. “Stratego Battle Cards” eliminates the game board and reduces the 40 playing pieces in each army down to 23 cards per army. Each set of cards is identical, except for their color, red or blue. The object of the game is the same as the original game-to capture the opponent’s flag, which is generally done by eliminating the other player’s army one by one.

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Renaissance Wars – A Game to Behold

Renaissance Wars 1ToysBulletin.com looks at a new game release from U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

The first thing to mention about “Renaissance Wars” is that it is a beautiful game. The components, including the box, game board, playing pieces and even the rules, are all top notch. The artwork and overall quality make this a standout product even before a game is played. Not surprisingly, the game itself really does live up to the hype.

“Renaissance Wars,” while a board game, actually does invite us to take a historical journey back in time, as the game highlights “conditions” that were paramount to those critical years that generally include the 14th to the 17th century. The five “conditions” are Religion, Culture, Economics, Politics and Seeds of Enlightenment. Players will even get to choose one of six luminary cards, each representing one of the key figures from the period, including William Shakespeare, Martin Luther, Ignatius of Loyola, Filippo Brunelleschi, Christopher Columbus and Francis Bacon. Each of these luminary cards has a special value and can provide added scoring opportunities during the game. The object of “Renaissance Wars” is to acquire more Florin coins than anyone else by the end of the game.

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