Category: Board Games


This is a simple clever little game that has been around since 2006, but it is worth mentioning, especially to new game players. It is a word game, which right away may turn many people away, but give this one a chance. There are 144 letter tiles that are packaged in a yellow banana shaped pouch.

Players try to use all of their letters before their opponent. There is no need for a pencil or paper or game board……….everything can be done on any sort of table or open area. A typical game might be completed in as little as 5 minutes, and can be played by 2 or more players.

It is great for travel, and is recommended for those 7 years old and up. Read about a great variation to the main rules. Be sure to page down a bit to get to the Bananagram comments. This game retails for $14.99 and can be bought at or

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Here is another award winning game. This one was selected as the “Best Puzzle Game” in the December 2010 issue of “Games” magazine. This is one of those “sliding block puzzles” that truly offers a substantial challenge.
Here is how this works……….there is a playing grid that allows cells consisting of two or three colored circles to be placed on the grid. The cells can be moved only diagonally and can be moved in groups. The goal is to move the cells so as to allow the dreaded red virus cell to escape from the grid.

Believe this reviewer……this is definitely not your typical “sliding block puzzle.” This puzzle was designed by the world famous Oskar van Deventer...

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Carcassonne by Rio Grande Games

This best selling German board game is still fairly unknown among most US consumers. The problem is that it is not sold by the mass merchandisers, like Wal-Mart or Target. If customers don’t see it, customers don’t buy it.

Well, it is worth finding and buying. It is the all-time best selling game at Funagain Games, and they are considered to be the world’s best game source. In short, players are asked to develop an area around the French city of Carcassonne by placing land tiles to build roads, cities, farms and cloisters. Followers are then deployed strategically where needed to earn the most points.

It only takes 30 minutes or so to complete a game and it can be played by 2-5 players.
Although simple to learn and play, it is recommended for those 8 years or older, and with a retail price of only $23 from Fun Again, this should be on everyone’s game shelf. Carcassonne offers more expansion sets than probably any other game. So, once you have mastered the basic game, it almost becomes a new game by adding new types of tiles and followers. This reviewer has honestly never heard anyone say they didn’t really enjoy this one.
- RJ Cullen

*Gold Rating*

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The Settlers of Catan by Mayfair Games

After “Monopoly,” this may be the most successful game of all time. It has legions of followers, although once again the US consumer may not have heard of it.

It is set in the world of Catan where players must build roads, settlements and cities by using carefully collected resources, including wheat, ore, bricks, wood and wool. Players can also trade resources with other players to gain an advantage.

Victory points are earned based on settlements, cities, maintaining the largest army, having the longest road or holding a special development card. Once a player earns 10 victory points, a victor is declared.

This reviewer has only one favorite game and this is the one.  It is flawless.
“The Settlers of Catan” retails for $33 at Funagain, and takes around 60 minutes to complete a game. It is intended for 3-4 players, although a special 2 player version is also available. This one is recommended for those ages 12+. Go to Funagain Games to read more or purchase this fantastic game.
-- RJ Cullen

*Gold Rating*

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Jump Gate


GAMES Magazine’s 2011 Traditional Game of the Year.  This is a board game that can be enjoyed by the entire family.  Explore far-away planets, and collect resources to gain fame and fortune.  But beware, your plans can be thwarted by other players.  This game is suggested for those 12+ and can be played by 2-6 players.

It has a very low retail price of $29.95, but may be hard to find.  It can be pre-ordered from Fun Again Games .
-- RJ Cullen

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