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Isle of Skye – A Captivating Game

ToysBulletin.com reviews another award winning game from Mayfair Games.

isle of skye 1As the recent winner of the Kennerspiel des Jahres (“Connoisseur/Expert Game of the Year”), we were excited to play test “Isle of Skye,” and we certainly were not disappointed.

“Isle of Skye” is basically a tile replacement game, however its fast game play and strategic elements place it firmly at the top tier of these types of games. The game contents include a double-sided game board, 16 scoring tiles, 78 landscape tiles (5 with castles), 6 player screens, a cloth bag, along with various coins, markers and tokens. The game is designed for 2-5 players ages 8 years old and up, and a typical game can be played in less than 60 minutes. The object of the game is to collect the most victory points and become the king of “Isle of Skye.”

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2 in 1 – 3D Puzzle

ToysBulletin.com reviews a unique type of puzzle from PlaSmart Inc.

Plasmart digger 1Think of how much fun it would be to put together an old fashioned jigsaw puzzle and then see it come to life in a three dimensional form. Well, PlaSmart has created just such a puzzle for kids ages 4 years old and up. There are actually 3 different puzzles to choose from, a 71 piece airplane, a 65 piece fire truck or a 65 piece construction digger. The puzzles are called “2 in 1 –  3D Puzzles,” and they are a blast for sure.

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Number Ninjas! – Earn the Golden Dragon

ToysBulletin.com plays “Number Ninjas!” from The Haywire Group, Inc.

number ninjas 1Wow….combining Ninjas with mathematics…..what could be better? “Number Ninjas!” is a fun game that teaches and reinforces the basics of math, including addition, subtraction and multiplication all on a game board that features Ninja playing pieces, traps and loads of excitement.

“Number Ninjas!” is a game designed for 2-4 players ages 7 years old and up. The contents include a large 20″ x 20″ game board, Ninja pawns, 2 sets of dice (3 blue and 3 red), 16 quest tokens, 3 traps, 80 Ninja challenge cards (recruit & master questions on each) and the Golden Dragon. The object of the game is to be the first player to collect 4 different quest tokens, take them back to the center of the board and claim the Golden Dragon.

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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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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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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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4 the Birds & The Game of 49 – A Pair of Family Games

ToysBulletin.com reviews two new games from “Breaking Games.”

4 the birds 1“Breaking Games” publishes a wide assortment of games, and we are excited to review two of their best.

“4 the Birds” is a board game that actually takes place in a tree. After all, that is where birds seem to congregate, so it is a perfect setting for this unique game. The game includes 6 different sets of three dimensional bird species, which serve as the playing pieces, along with action cards, some tokens, 2 sets of dice (8 sided & 10 sided), and some very special but potentially disruptive crows and hawks. Of course, there is also that game board, resembling the branches of a tree in a 9 x 9 grid of 81 circled spaces.

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