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10 Days in the USA – Plan a Trip and Win the Game

10 days in the USA 1ToysBulletin.com reviews another engaging game from Out of the Box Publishing.

“10 Days in the USA” is not a new game release, but it certainly is one of the best we have played recently. We can usually tell if a game is going to be a winner as soon as we read the rules, and “10 Days in the USA” was no exception. The game arrives with 66 card tiles, one for each of the 50 states and 16 transportation tiles (10 airplanes and 6 automobiles). There are 4 sets of wooden tile holders, each with 10 available card slots from “Day 1 through Day 10,” and a game board measuring approximately 17″ x 21″ showing a map of the 50 U.S. states. This is one of the few games we have encountered where the game board is only a reference tool, albeit a very important one, but no cards or any type of playing pieces are ever used on the game board.

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Warhammer 40,000 – We Dig in Deeper

warhammer Stormcaller 1ToysBulletin.com is excited to take another look at the world of Warhammer 40,000 from Games Workshop.

This is our third look at the expansive game, Warhammer 40,000, over the past 12 months.  See our previous reviews on 11 April 2014 and 11 August 2014. This time around we are going to briefly review two books that provide even more explanations and details surrounding the battles and wars in the 40K universe. Then we will take a quick look at the recently released Two Volume set, Warhammer-The End Times-Nagash.

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Munchkin Panic – Protect Your Castle from the Munchkin Monsters

ToysBulletin.com reviews another addictive game from Fireside Games, LLC.

Munchkin Panic 1This past summer we reviewed one of the best games of 2014, and honestly one of the best games we have played in several years, that being “Castle Panic” (see our review from 25 July 2014). Now Fireside Games has released “Munchkin Panic,” a game with similar features, but a bit more kid friendly. The designers have actually combined elements from “Castle Panic” with the classic game of “Munchkins” from Steve Jackson Games, and the resulting game experience was especially rewarding.

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Doodle Jump: The Board Game

Doodle Jump 1ToysBulletin.com looks at a new game from Ravensburger.

One of the most popular game apps of the past few years has been one called “Doodle Jump,” and it is a great choice for any mobile device. Now there is a very exciting three dimensional table top version of that same game being distributed by Ravensburger. “Doodle Jump” includes a specially designed game ramp that allows the 8 different board levels to be stacked very neatly from bottom to top. There are also 18 power tiles, 7 expert tiles, 4 doodlers with cards, 6 dice and 1 crown card.

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Sunny Day Pond: A Cooperative Puzzle Game

Sunny Day Pond 1ToysBulletin.com 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.

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Darkest Night: A Dangerous Journey for even the Bravest Hero

Darkest Night 1ToysBulletin.com 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.

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Lupin the Third: Can the Thieves Outwit the Police

Lupin the Third 1ToysBulletin.com 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.

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Destination Neptune: An Exciting Trip into the Future

destination neptune 1ToysBulletin.com looks at a space exploration game from Griggling Games, Inc.

When we first heard the title for a game called “Destination Neptune,” we were expecting a science fiction battle with aliens, monsters and horrific weapons all taking place on a distant planet. Well, this game is not any of those things. Instead, it delivers a no nonsense look at a world not too many years from now, where the planets are ripe for development and colonization. As stated in the introductory notes to the game, cargo was actually first sent to the International Space Station in 2012, so it is not really that much of a stretch to see that process expand and grow over the next century.

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