Category: Games

Our List of The Best Zombie Products Available – Toys, Games, Books and a Few Surprises takes a look at some of the best Zombie products available. 

There is little doubt that one of the most popular media frenzies of the past several years revolves around a single word, that being Zombies. Quite frankly, they are everywhere. The public’s initial infatuation with Zombies may have begun with the release of the classic horror film, “Night of the Living Dead” in 1968. But more recently, the popular TV shows “The Walking Dead” and to a lesser degree, the Sundance Channel release of “The Returned” have continued to fuel the Zombie fires. Add to this the latest theatrical releases, including Brad Pitt’s “World War Z,” the Zombie comedy “Warm Bodies,” and even an animation hit, “ParaNormal,” and you have some idea what kids and even adults are putting on their Christmas lists in 2013. They want something related to Zombies. 

The staff at Toys Bulletin decided to put their heads together and create a list of some of the best and craziest Zombie items for 2013. We are not going to review these items, although we will admit to having purchased many of them as gifts for friends, family or ourselves. There are some creepy products out there, but we kept our list a bit more “family friendly.” Even so, many of our selections may not be appropriate for everyone. Consider the list a general guide to the world of Zombie merchandise. 

The format will be simple. We will provide a simple list (in no particular order), a brief description of each item, an approximate price, an age recommendation and, of course, a mandatory photo. All of the items can be found by performing a simple search on the Internet, and in many cases, is one of the best sources. You will laugh at some of the products, and be startled with others. In any case, have a good time. Here we go…  { READ MORE...}

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Family Game Review: Candle Quest – Collect 8 Lit Candles to Win looks at an easy to play game from Victory Point Games.

replacement1“Candle Quest” was designed by Yehuda Berlinger for Victory Point Games.  It presents a simple game of strategy for youngsters as young as 8 years old, which will be equally appealing to adults of all ages.  The game includes 48 colored lit candle cards (6 each of 8 different colors), 6 dancing candle wild cards (distinguished by a pair of legs below the candle), 6 unlit candle cards, 5 folding player screens, 57 shekel coins and a colorful well written rule book. { READ MORE...}

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Kids’ Game Review: Hide & Seek Safari – Find the Tiger if You Can reviews a clever game from R&R Games.

12800781Hide & Seek Safari” may be one of the most popular games ever released by R&R Games, and it is clearly one of their best.  The concept is simple, one player takes the tiger, which measures approximately 9” long and 6” high, and hides it somewhere indoors or outdoors.  The tiger, whose head and tail swivel for added effect, requires one 9-volt battery, which is included, and easily activated prior to the tiger being hidden. { READ MORE...}

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Kids’ Trivia Game Review: Kwizniac Kidz – Test Your Knowledge looks at a fast moving trivia challenge from The Brand Cafe, Inc.

kwizniac_kidzThe Brand Cafe, Inc., a Canadian marketing and communications agency, and L.A. Inc. have created and designed the ‘Kwizniac” line of trivia games. The basic version of the game was geared for those 12 years old and over, but today, we are going to look at their newest release, “Kwizniac Kidz.”

The game contents include 100 large size trivia cards, each measuring approximately 4” x 5”. A card contains 5 clues, with numbered point values from 5 down to 1. Players are asked to provide the answer after hearing the various clues. “Kwizniac Kidz” is suggested for youngsters ages 7-12 years old, so the answers and the clues are geared to that age group. { READ MORE...}

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Game Review: Pathfinder- Adventure Card Game – Welcome to the Dangers of Varisia reviews an engaging card game from Paizo Publishing, LLC.

PZO6000POSTERThe creators of the highly successful “Pathfinder” role-playing game have released a new cooperative game called “Pathfinder – Adventure Card Game-Rise of the Runelords.”  This is not a role playing game as such, since there is no dungeon master.  However, it does have many similar elements, including character building, and a variety of weapons, spells, armor, monsters and locations.

This game has been designed for 1-4 players ages 13 years old and up.  The basic concept is for a group of adventurers, represented by character cards, to head out on a dangerous quest trying to slay a treacherous villain.  There are, of course, a multitude of characters and villains to choose from, along with different adventures, each offering its own unique challenge.  The setting is the realm of Varisia, filled with secrets and unknown evils. { READ MORE...}

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The Best of 2013 from Toys Bulletin lists its favorite toys and games of the year.


Each year this task gets much more difficult for our staff here at Toys Bulletin.  As has been the case in past years, we continue to see so many quality and exciting new products during the year that it is especially difficult to single out just a few standouts.  Plus, we also know that we cannot possibly test and review every toy and game released by every manufacturer in the past 12 months, so there is no doubt that we may have missed some good ones.

Here are the guidelines we follow in making our selections.  “The Best of 2013” is based solely on the toys and games that we have reviewed on our website from November 2012 through October 2013.  We have purposely excluded some older items, which may have been reviewed during that period, because that toy or game has been around for a number of years.  However, in some circumstances, we have also included an item that was new to us at Toys Bulletin, even though it may have been available for purchase prior to November 2012.


And most importantly, we followed our mission statement of providing a list of the “Best Toys and Games You’ve Never Heard Of...”

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A Game Review: Spy Alley Dice Game – Find the Spy reviews a strategic game from Spy Alley Partners.


“Spy Alley Partners LLP” is a family business formed in 1996 that has produced several award winning and best selling games.  Toys Bulletin has reviewed several of their games, including the original “Spy Alley” board game (see our review on 15 March 2013) and “Simply Suspects” (see our review on 2 July 2013).


Now, there is the “Spy Alley Dice Game.”  This one is suggested for ages 8 years old and up and is intended for 2-6 players.  The game includes 5 Spy Alley Dice, each with a photo of one of six different spies on each face.  There are also 6 Spy Identification Cards, a carrying bag and a set of rules...

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Kids’ Game Review: Bugs in the Kitchen – Trap the HEXBUG nano reviews a brand new game from Ravensburger.


It is really exciting for us to review a game that we know kids will love.  “Bugs in the Kitchen” is one of those games.  Ravensburger has collaborated with Innovation First, Inc., using their fast moving HEXBUG nano, to create a strategic game of chase, which can be played by 2-4 players and is suggested for ages 6 years old and up.


The game board, measuring approximately 11 ½” wide x 16 ½” long, arrives with 24 pegs used to fit 24 plastic utensils (8 knives, 8 forks, 8 spoons) into a maze on the face of the game board.  Each utensil (2 ½” in length) can be turned to provide an opening or act as a blocker, to change the path of the charging HEXBUG nano...

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