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Roll to Control – A Strategic Game of Placement

Roll for Control reviews a most unique game from Lazy Days LLC.

“Roll to Control” is an entertaining new board game, where 2-5 players compete to control the most colored zones on the game board.

The game contents include 360 Scout markers (one set of 72 for each player in 5 different colors) 21 Caprocks, which we decided was a dominant type of rock, taking the form of tall white playing pieces (2 occupy each of 9 colored zones, while 3 more occupy the remaining 3 zones, one in each), 5 Captain player pieces used to move each player around the perimeter of the board, 2 – twelve sided multi-colored dice, a game board that measures approximately 19″ x 20″ and a nicely illustrated set of rules.


Posted in Board Games

Star Realms – Deckbuilding at its Best

Star Realms reviews an exciting game from White Wizard Games.

“Star Realms” is a deckbuilding game, where each player, starting with an identical set of cards, tries to outmaneuver their opponent through clever play and a bit of luck until one of them is left with a score of zero.

The boxed game comes with 128 cards, including 80 Trade Deck cards, 16 Scout cards, 10 Explorer cards, 4 Viper cards, 18 double-sided Authority cards (used for scoring) and 2 sets of rules. The basic game is for two-players, but the second set of rules explains how to play with 3 or more players, and outlines the rules for several intriguing variants. We will stick with the two-player version in this review.


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Slida – A Challenging Puzzle reviews a innovative puzzle ball from Slida.

SLIDA 1“Slida,” designed in Australia, is a 7 piece interlocking puzzle. When put together, it is in the shape of a ball, approximately the size of a baseball. We play tested the “Slida Classic” which is the original puzzle created by inventor Gianni Lavermicocca, who is also the founder and CEO of the company.

Slida 2“Slida” offers a real surprise to those who think they can easily solve a 7 piece puzzle in just a few minutes. To start with, the assembly of the pieces must be done in a strict sequential order. In fact, several of the pieces may look right at first, but users will quickly determine that the pieces must actually be turned and connected in just the right way to make the all important perfect fit. We passed “Slida” around our office and although several of our staff members struggled to solve the puzzle, others were able to get it together in 30 minutes or so. All did agree that “Slida” was a new kind of challenge that they thoroughly enjoyed.


Posted in Puzzle

Davy Crockett – A Legendary Line of Toys takes a look back at one of the best selling toys from the 50s.

Occasionally, Toys Bulletin likes to do a nostalgic review of a toy or game from years past. Today, we are going to take a brief look at the world of Davy Crockett.

davy crockett 1aDavy Crockett, born in 1786, was a noted frontiersman in the 1800s, and most famous for helping defend the Alamo, where he died in 1836. But in the 1950s, his fame grew to even greater heights. “Davy Crockett, Indian Fighter,” starring Fess Parker, premiered on ABC’s “Disneyland” TV show on December 15, 1954. It was an instant hit. That first show was quickly followed by “Davy Crockett Goes to Congress” on January 26, 1955 and then “Davy Crockett at the Alamo” on February 23, 1955. After all three episodes, of what was considered to be TV’s first mini-series, had aired, the Crockett phenomenon grew to epic proportions, and Walt Disney himself could not believe his good fortune. Seeing the success of the series, he immediately capitalized on the show by licensing the distribution and sale of all kinds of Davy Crockett paraphernalia. It seemed that every kid in the country had watched the shows, and everyone wanted a “coonskin” cap, a Crockett rifle (which Davy named Old Betsy), or maybe the biggest prize of all a “Leather Fringed Jacket.” The line of toys and other merchandise quickly included outfits for girls, games, plastic play sets, lunchboxes, furniture, pillows, bedspreads, tents, records, boots and lots more. The list would rival the volume of Star Wars toys available today.


Posted in Nostalgic

Trambahn – Growing a Tramway in Historic Munich

Trambahn reviews a new card game from Mayfair Games.

“Trambahn” is a game that revolves around transportation options in Munich at the end of the 19th century. The types of trams that were available at that time included those powered by horse, steam and later electricity. Mayfair Games has designed a two-player card game where players compete to purchase trains, build passenger volume and earn valuable victory points. The game includes 16 Tramway cards (5 horse trains, 4 steam trains and 7 electric trains), 112 Station cards (28 in each of 4 colors), 8 Conductor cards, 4 Terminal Station cards and 2 Player Aid cards. There is also a Scoring pad and Rule Book.


Posted in Card Games

Kabaleo – Careful Placement of Pyramids is the Key

Kabaleo reviews a very fast strategic game from Gigamic and distributed by Back Alley Traders.

Here is an interesting game that arrived in our office recently. It is called “Kabaleo,” and the game requires players to discretely place a certain color of round pyramid pieces in the playing area. This needs to be done in such a way, that by the end of the game the majority of the colors still in play are your own. This is not as easy as it sounds.

“Kabaleo” is a game designed for 2-4 players ages 8 years old and up, and it includes 66 of the pyramid shaped pieces, along with a handy cloth storage bag. Among the 66 pieces, there are 6 pieces in 6 different colors that are only used to choose each players target color (color is only visible on these pieces by turning the pyramid upside down), 24 base pieces (4 in each of 6 colors) marked with a single color ring, and 36 pieces (6 in each of 6 colors) with two color rings. Depending on the number of players, the rules designate how many of the various pieces are used. For example, in a two-player game, only 4 colors are used. So, in that case, the game requires only 4 pieces for choosing a target color, 16 base pieces with a single color ring and 24 pieces with two color rings.


Posted in Games

Stratos Spheres & Math Dice Chase – Both from Thinkfun

Strotos Spheres looks at two new games from Thinkfun Inc.

“Stratos Spheres” is a strategy game for two players ages 7 years old and up, with no game board or playing cards. Instead it includes 12 blue spheres, 12 gold spheres and 1 white sphere. Each of the spheres is approximately 1½” in diameter, containing 3 pegs and 3 holes. The object of the game is to connect 4 spheres of one color together in a row, before your opponent and win the game. To set things up, each player receives all of either the blue or gold spheres. To begin play, players alternate turns connecting one of their colored spheres to the ever growing three dimensional figure. The white sphere is considered the starting sphere and cannot be claimed as one of the “four in a row.”


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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.


Posted in Building

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