Category: Board Games

Wooden Puzzles – from Red Fish Toys

Red Fish reviews a pair of high quality educational puzzles.

Red Fish Toys is located in Bayville, New York, and was founded in 2010 by a mom just looking for the best quality products for children everywhere.  Her travels led her to start a line of wood puzzles.  But this is not your ordinary line of puzzles, rather these puzzles are made out of rubber wood and crafted by hand in Sri Lanka.  The quality is superb, and all puzzles use non-toxic coatings which meet or exceed all U.S. testing standards. { READ MORE...}

Posted in Learning, Puzzle

A Cooperative Game of Blocks: Stack Up – A Building Challenge for Toddlers reviews a great first game for young kids from Peaceable Kingdom.

“Stack Up” is a game for kids ages 2-5 years old, and it provides a fun experience and introduction to the world of building, while also teaching color recognition, counting and hand-eye coordination.  Peaceable Kingdom is well known for its line of “Preschool Skills-Builder” cooperative games, and “Stack It” is a fine addition to that collection of fine games.  The game includes 12 wooden blocks (3 in each of four different colors), a two-sided game board (10″ square), 1 spinner, 1 Stack Smasher with stand, 12 challenge cards and 2 Stack Sticks.  The object of the game is for all players to work together trying to build a vertical stack of 12 blocks before the Stack Smasher moves around the game board and smashes the stack. { READ MORE...}

Posted in Baby and Toddler, Board Games

Krosmaster Arena – A Game to Behold

Krosmaster Arena reviews a figure-based board game distributed by Japanime Games.

When you first open the “Krosmaster Arena” game box, you are immediately captivated by the playing figures.  They are colorful, highly detailed and each seems to be expressing a unique personality.  There are 8 different figures included in the base game, and each stands approximately 2″ tall on their own sturdy base.  The Krosmaster figures and their corresponding character cards are the key to game play and each figure begs to be examined more closely before even looking at the rest of the game’s contents. { READ MORE...}

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Mad City: Build It Fast-Win the Game reviews a new game from Mayfair Games.

“Mad City” is a game that presents a very real scenario, and a compelling time challenge.  Players become city builders, each trying to build a city filled with the most houses, factories and skyscrapers.   In addition, every city looks best when filled with parks and lakes, so they cannot be overlooked during the building process.  The object of “Mad City” is to create the best and most complete city by placing 9 tiles in a 3 x 3 grid.  Each tile features different city elements, but the catch is that every player is trying to arrange their city tiles at the same time, and points are awarded after each round, based on who has built the best city after just 60 seconds.  It takes 150 points to become the winner, which means multiple cities must be built and several rounds played, prior to determining the overall champion. { READ MORE...}

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Robot Turtles: A Board Game that Teaches the Fundamentals of Programming to Kids looks at a most unique game release from ThinkFun.

We were most fortunate to get a hold of an advance copy of the new board game, “Robot Turtles.”  For us, it was one of the highlights of the New York Toy Fair this past February, and we could not wait to play a few games.  “Robot Turtles” was designed by Dan Shapiro, a software entrepreneur, who wanted to create a game to challenge his two 4-year old twins.  He believed there was a way to teach simple computer programming to his kids, without the need to read.  In what was the most backed game in Kickstarter history, “Robot Turtles” was born. { READ MORE...}

Posted in Board Games, Learning Update – New Site and Content Migration

cropped-cropped-Toys1.gifThis site has been up and running for more than four years, and we have been asked by a few people why we have never updated the design. The short answer is that the site worked, and we’ve learned before that if something works online, don’t mess with it. But the time has finally come for a refresher, a new design and layout that provides a host of benefits for readers.

First of all this new site will load much faster. The previous site was code heavy and a bit of a patch work Frankenstein job that accumulated a lot of excess size over the years. This new site is optimized to run much faster. { READ MORE...}

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Educational Board Game Review: Mysterious Creatures – Discover the Truth

OLYMPUS DIGITAL looks at a unique game from Education Outdoors.

“Education Outdoors” creates educational games, always featuring an outdoor theme of some kind, and “Mysterious Creatures” has followed that same successful pattern.

The game is beautifully packaged, and really catches your eye.  Upon opening the box, you will first find 16 creature cards, each describing a different type of unusual animal, some of which may exist, and some that may only be famous myths, like Big Foot or the Loch-Ness Monster.  Players can have fun deciding for themselves.  There are also 48 evidence cards neatly sorted in a special evidence box by country of origin, with all 16 creatures having 3 evidence cards each (photo, film and physical).  In addition, there are 4 passport cards, 4 colored character pawns, 1 large die, a game board measuring approximately 12” x 19”, a set of rules and a first-class poster of the Loch-Ness Monster. { READ MORE...}

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Warhammer 40,000: Dark Vengeance – Not Just a Game, but an Experience reviews a Premier Game from Games Workshop.

It is not often that a war game encompasses so much more than a simple battle between two players. “Warhammer 40,000: Dark Vengeance” is played without the traditional game board, the playing pieces can be hand painted to exacting specifications and there are numerous war missions available all in one package. In addition to the components included in the game box, there are loads of optional accessories available, including new armies, an uncountable number of additional figures, vehicles, weapons, scenery, paints, a figure case, special gaming surfaces, books, supplements and various expansions. It is simply an amazing game concept. { READ MORE...}

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