Sunny Day Pond: A Cooperative Puzzle Game

Sunny Day Pond looks at a new cooperative game from Peaceable Kingdom.

With “Sunny Day Pond,” players will not mind getting a little “rained on.” Intended for ages 3 years old and up, this quality, cooperative award-winning puzzle game will be fun for all. The object of the game is for players to cooperatively complete three animal puzzles before the six rain drops are placed on the game board. All players help each other as they try to find matching puzzle pieces – and everyone wins or loses together. Could there be a better way to teach color matching, social developmental skills and fine motor skills? There is also no reading required to play “Sunny Day Pond,” which is a definite plus for younger players. In fact, a simple spin of the spinner determines every move, and identifies which color puzzle piece should be turned over. Once all three animal puzzles are completed or all six rain drops are on the board, a winner is determined -the players or the game itself.


Posted in Board Games, Puzzle

Darkest Night: A Dangerous Journey for even the Bravest Hero

Darkest Night reviews an impressive cooperative game from Victory Point Games LLC.

It was time to explore a game we have had our eyes on for some time, that being “Darkest Night,” a cooperative adventure for 1-4 players from Victory Point Games. This is a huge expansive game that can take well over 2 hours to play, but for those willing to take the time, the payoff is exceptional.

Darkest Night 2Starting with the packaging and components, “Darkest Night” may well be the highest quality product yet produced by Victory Point Games. The game includes a 11″ x 17″ game board, along with 10 standing characters, 9 hero mats, over a 100 various game cards, numerous counters, tokens and tracker markers, along with a very well designed 15 page rules booklet. Regardless of the number of players, the game is always played with any 4 of the 9 hero characters (excluding the evil Necromancer).  Each has its own strengths and weaknesses. The object of the game is for the 4 heroes to join together and defeat the Necromancer before he gains control over the kingdom.


Posted in Board Games

Pyramix: A Strategic Game of Careful Identification

Pyramix reviews a new game from Gamewright.

It seems like more and more games today are being designed with a shorter set of rules, fewer components and a much reduced playing time, thus allowing the consumer to get the game up and going almost immediately. “Pyramix” is just such a game. It is suggested for 2-4 players ages 8 years old and up and a typical game can be completed in 15 minutes or so. The game components consist of 56 cubes which are randomly placed onto a base tray to form a pyramid that roughly measures 6″ long on each of its three sides and stands approximately 3½” tall. The object of the game is to remove more high value cubes and accumulate more points than your opponents.


Posted in Games

Yowza! : Zap-Zoom-Boom-Bam-Wham-Yowza

Yowza reviews a fast easy card game from Patch Products, Inc.

“Yowza!” is one of those simple to learn, fun family games that can be played in just a few minutes. But before the Toys Bulletin staff played their first game, we wanted to know the meaning of the word “Yowza,” as it was certainly not part of our regular vocabulary. Some quick research traced its early origins to the Charlie Chan movies from the 1930s, where it was “an exclamation of delight or approval.” More recently, the word expressed “surprise,” or the feeling that something was “beyond amazing.” Perhaps the best definition was simply that “Yowza” means “Wow,” which aptly describes the game we are about to review.


Posted in Card Games

John Deere Radio Control: Monster Treads

Monster Treads Gator looks at long range radio control vehicle from Ertl and Tomy International, Inc.

When you hear the name John Deere, you immediately think of quality, and this new John Deere radio control gator certainly lives up to that reputation. First of all, a John Deere gator is a small utility vehicle that is nearly unstoppable on most every imaginable terrain, and the “Monster Treads Gator” is a perfect replica of the real thing. It measures 8″L x 8″W x 6″H, and is suggested for ages 6 years old and up. Of course, any radio control vehicle will require some batteries for power, and the “Monster Treads Gator” is no exception, as six AA batteries are needed for the gator and one 9 volt for the transmitter.The vehicle features 4 huge rubber tires that do need to be inflated to get the most out of the experience. An inflating needle and tire gauge are included, but the buyer will have to provide a hand pump to get the gator ready for fun.


Posted in Remote Control, Vehicles

Build An Oven: No Tools Needed

Build an oven reviews a new building toy from the Imagination Supply Co.

We recently came across a new series of toys from the Imagination Supply Co. that teach young children how to build everyday items using real wood pieces with no additional tools. They currently have 9 items available including a chair, table, dining set, an oven, a teacher desk, a student desk, a kitchen set, easel and school set. Each of the items is assigned a skill level from 1 to 3, and the prices range from a low of $19.99 for the single piece chair or table up to $74.99 for the 3 piece school set, which includes a teacher desk, student desk and easel. We understand there is a car coming soon too. All of the items are designed and manufactured in San Francisco, California.


Posted in Building

NurseryTime Baby and Toddler Time Outfit from Adora Dolls reviews a doll and outfit from Adora Dolls.

Adora Nursery Time 1Adora Dolls has birthed a darling little sweetheart that is sure to delight baby doll fans everywhere. The “NurseryTime Baby” is available with four different skin/eye color combinations. Our review doll came with fair skin, blue eyes and blond hand painted-sculpted hair. She is lovingly dressed in a soft white jersey sleeper gown, and the 7 piece set includes the baby doll, gown, snuggle bed, blankie, sleeper hat, diaper and birth announcement.


Posted in Doll

Lupin the Third: Can the Thieves Outwit the Police

Lupin the Third looks at game of chase from Japanime Games.

“Lupin the Third” is an exciting board game that includes elements from the games “Scotland Yard” and “Clue.” The game is actually based on a famous Japanese Manga series first released in 1967 that follows the world’s greatest thief, Arsene Lupin III. He is best known for letting the owners of valuable objects know beforehand that he plans to steal them, but Lupin III does not do this alone. In fact, he has a very diverse gang of characters around him, including Daisuke Jigen, an expert marksman, Goemon Ishikawa XIII, a master swordsman and Fujiko Mine, the only female on the team. Lupen III and his team are constantly being chased by their nemesis, Inspector Koichi Zenigata, who generally has an entire police force at his disposal.


Posted in Board Games

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