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Totally Crazy Eights: A New Look for an Old Favorite

totally crazy eights 1ToysBulletin.com reviews a new version of Crazy Eights from Winning Moves Games.

The traditional game of Crazy Eights has undergone a very positive change in 2014, with the introduction of “Totally Crazy Eights” from Winning Moves Games. The game comes with 40 cards numbered from 0-8 in four colored suits, yellow, green, pink and blue, along with 4 swap cards, one in each suit. The game is designed for 2-4 players ages 8 years old and up. The card game features some very unique cards, as each card is in the shape of the numeral eight, and includes a cutout hole in the card.

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Yowza! : Zap-Zoom-Boom-Bam-Wham-Yowza

Yowza 1ToysBulletin.com reviews a fast easy card game from Patch Products, Inc.

“Yowza!” is one of those simple to learn, fun family games that can be played in just a few minutes. But before the Toys Bulletin staff played their first game, we wanted to know the meaning of the word “Yowza,” as it was certainly not part of our regular vocabulary. Some quick research traced its early origins to the Charlie Chan movies from the 1930s, where it was “an exclamation of delight or approval.” More recently, the word expressed “surprise,” or the feeling that something was “beyond amazing.” Perhaps the best definition was simply that “Yowza” means “Wow,” which aptly describes the game we are about to review.

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Qetchup: A Balanced Meal Wins the Day

Qetchup 1ToysBulletin.com reviews a well conceived card game from Webcracker Inc.

Here is a new card game that bills itself as the “World’s Healthiest Game,” and after playing a few times, they may just be right. “Qetchup” includes 53 high quality cards, including 8 veggie cards, 8 fruit cards, 8 protein cards, 8 carbs cards, 8 juice cards, 5 junk food cards, 7 “Q” cards (wild cards) and 1 restart card. There is also one additional two-sided card in the box that nicely summarizes the rules. The object of the game is to be the first player to build a balanced meal of 5 cards (veggie, fruit, protein, carbs and juice) plus get rid of all other cards in their hand.

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Linko!: A Quick Clever Card Game

Linko! 1ToysBulletin.com reviews a new game from Ravensburger.

“Linko!” is the US version of the German game called “Abluxxen.” It is a card game that includes 104 numbered cards (8 each of the numbers 1-13) plus 5 joker cards and 1 Linko card used to keep track of player turns. The object of the game is to lay down more cards than any of the other players, while trying to avoid having those same cards be suddenly snatched up by one of your opponents.

“Linko!” can be played by 2-5 players (ages 10 years old and up), and we played multiple games with 3, 4 and 5 players. To begin play, all cards are shuffled with 13 cards being dealt to each player. 6 cards are then turned face up to form a row in the center of the table and the remaining cards form a draw pile. Discards which take place during the game are placed next to the draw pile. On every turn, a player can lay down either a single card from their hand, or multiple cards as long as the number matches on each of the cards (i.e. three cards each with the number 8).

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Sushi Go! – Game Card Drafting at its Best

Sushi Go! 1ToysBulletin.com reviews a new Sushi themed card game from Gamewright.

We hope we got your attention by mentioning “card drafting” in the main title of this review. For those unfamiliar with the concept, “card drafting” simply means that players are allowed to choose certain cards during a game that meet their goals, while passing on other cards in which they have no interest. In “Sushi Go!,” players must accumulate points over three rounds of play based on careful card selection during the game. The game is recommended for ages 8 years old and up.

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7 Ate 9: Fast Moving Number Game

7 ate 9 1ToysBulletin.com looks at an easy to learn card game from Out of the Box Publishing, Inc.

There seems to be lots of word games out there to play, games with tiles, letters and timers. But, it is nice to see the occasional game that tests a player’s basic math skills, especially one that can be played by anyone 8 years old and up. One such game is “7 Ate 9,” and it delivers not only a quick fun test of addition and subtraction, but a typical game can be played in 5-10 minutes.

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Super Slamwich: Bigger Cards Mean More Fun

Super Slamwich 1ToysBulletin.com looks at a favorite from Gamewright.

It is hard to believe that “Slamwich” has been around since 1994. But the game makers at Gamewright have come up with a great idea for the 20th anniversary. They have just released “Super Slamwich,” the same popular game, but with supersized cards, making the the food and bread shaped cards appear to be actual size.

“Super Slamwich” includes 55 extra large playing cards (44 food cards, 3 thief cards and 8 muncher cards). Each of the cards measures approximately 7″ long and 5½” wide. Before beginning, players should make sure they are familiar with the different types of foods represented by the cards and be able to quickly identify them along with the thief and muncher cards. To be more specific, the food cards include 4 each of the following foods:

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WOW: World of Words

WOW 1ToysBulletin.com reviews a word game from U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

Here is a word game that gives you a bit of an assist while playing. WOW (World of Words) actually provides the first and last letter of the winning words. The game contents include 17 blue cards, each with the first letter of the word, and 16 red cards containing the last letter of the word. Each of the cards, blue or red, reveals a different letter. There is also a one minute timer, a score pad and a short set of rules.

One blue card and one red card are drawn each turn, and then players write as many words (5 letters or more) that begin and end with those letters. Points are awarded based on the number of words that can be secretly written before the one minute timer expires. Words with 5-8 letters earn 1 point each, and words with 9 or more letters earn 2 points each. If the same word is WOW 2written down by different players, only one of them is counted, as players read their words one at a time in a clockwise order. The first player to read a word gets the points. Points are recorded for each player on one of the score sheets and accumulated after each turn.

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