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Pirate Loot – A Battle for Treasure on the High Seas

ToysBulletin.com looks at a nifty little card game from Minotaur Games.

pirate loot 1“Pirate Loot” was designed by Jason Bulmahn, creator of the Pathfinder Role Playing game, and features some great game play for 2-4 players with a suggested age of 13 years old and up. The game contents include 4 Ship cards, 4 Rank cards, 23 Loot cards and 77 Draw cards. The backs of the cards are nicely marked so it easy to distinguish between the different types of cards. The Pirate who collects the most loot by the end of the game is declared the winner.

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Kenjin – A Winning Strategy Game

ToysBulletin.com reviews a fantastic game distributed by IELLO USA LLC.

kenjin 1When we first read about “Kenjin,” we thought it sounded like a good solid strategy driven card game. However, after playing “Kenjin” multiple times, we quickly discovered that this was one of the most entertaining and fun game experiences of 2016.

“Kenjin” as a name means someone with a very restless, but inquisitive nature. That is a great description of this game, which pits the grand lords of feudal Japan against each other as players attempt to gain total control by leading their army to victory.

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Spookies & Rox – A Winning Pair from HABA

ToysBulletin.com reviews two games from HABA.

SPOOKIES

Spookies 1With Halloween just around the corner, “Spookies” may be a perfect game for family play this fall. There is no need to be afraid, but “Spookies” is a “surprisingly” fun dice game that will “dare” you to take some “scary” risks in order to win the game. The rules immediately do a nice job of putting a very creative spin on this easy to play dice game.

The game is suggested for 2-5 fearless players, ages 8 years old and up. The object of the game is to collect as many Spookies chips as you can. Each Spookies chip is worth anywhere from 1 and 5 points but point values are not revealed until the end of the game. Once the final Spookies chip has been claimed- the game is over- the players flip over their Spookies chips, add them up and the player with the highest total is declared the winner.

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Jukem – Soccer and Basketball Games

ToysBulletin.com reviews a pair of sports games from “The Haywire Group.”

Jukem 1One of Toys Bulletin’s first reviews was for a brand new card game called “Jukem Football.” We saw the game in action during our first stop at the New York Toy Fair in 2011, and we loved the game. A few months later, it was named one of our “Best of 2011.” Take a look at that early review from 14 March 2011. Now, “The Haywire Group” has released “Jukem Basketball” and “Jukem Soccer” to complement the popular football game.

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No Thanks! – You Will Want This Game

ToysBulletin.com reviews a unique number game from Mayfair Games.

No Thanks 1This review must start with a story. The Toys Bulletin staff has been playing “No Thanks!” for about two months now. In fact, there is seldom a day goes by when it is not being played. It has become our go-to game, and staff members have even taken it home to play with family and friends. This past week, while playing “No Thanks!,” someone asked what our readers thought of the “No Thanks!” review. Suddenly, we all looked at each other and we were all thinking the same thing. We had forgotten to write a review on a game we play almost daily. But, it was not too late. So, here we go.

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Happy Salmon – Just So Much Fun

ToysBulletin.com looks at what might be the hottest new game of 2016 from North Star Games.

Happy Salmon 1 This past February at the New York Toy Fair, there was an enormous buzz about a new game, and it was a loud buzz too. North Star Games had been demonstrating its new game, “Happy Salmon,” and it was noisy and crazy all around the North Star Games booth for four straight days. There were huge crowds of attendees just wanting to see what was going on. The Toys Bulletin staff was lucky enough to get a chance to play the game ourselves, and yes, we were very impressed.

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Linkee – Very Clever Indeed!

ToysBulletin.com reviews a great new party game from Bananagrams.

Linkee 1“LINKEE” arrives with around 350 game cards, each with four easy to answer questions and one final clue. The object of the game is to link each of the answers together, thus revealing the “LINKEE” or final solution. The final clue gives a very helpful hint to the solution, just in case things do not quite click after the first four questions. We have included an example of a game card with this review. As you can see, each of the questions reveals the following four answers…Giraffe, Cheetah, Leopard and Dalmation, with the final clue being “X marks the ____.” The “LINKEE” or solution is “Animals with Spots.”

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Here, Kitty, Kitty! – Round up the Cats

Here Kitty Kitty 1ToysBulletin.com reviews a new card game from Fireside Games.

“Here, Kitty, Kitty!” is a game for 3-6 players suggested for ages 10 years old and up. The game has a great premise…it seems that there is an abundance of cats loose in the neighborhood, and this cat-loving community is filled with families competing against each other to lure as many of the cats as possible to their property. Players will earn points for the cats that are brought to their porch or house, and the player with the most points will win the game.

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