The Best of 2015 from Toys Bulletin

Toys Award Logo lists its favorite toys and games of the year.

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 2015” is based solely on the toys and games that we have reviewed on our website from November 2014 through October 2015. 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 2014.

This list is provided in alphabetical order:


Bloodsuckers 1Bloodsuckers  —  Fireside Games

Hunt down the vampires in a most strategic game

(see our review on 21 August 2015)






Castle Combat 1


Castle Combat  —  KidRealm

An exciting game of combat with cards

(see our review on 13 April 2015)





Code Master 3Codemaster —  Thinkfun

Such a fun way for kids to learn programming basics

(see our review on 25 September 2015)







compose yourself 1Compose Yourself  —  Thinkfun

Kids can now create their own music

(see our review on 12 June 2015)





Dragonwood 2Dragonwood —  Gamewright

A daring adventure of cards and dice

(see our review on 3 August 2015)





Fandooble 2Fandooble —  Mindtwister USA

So simple, but we could not stop playing

(see our review on 20 February 2015)



Homeland 1aHomeland —  Gale Force Nine

Terrorists must be stopped in this game of intrigue

(see our review on 8 June 2015)






Isotta Discovery Car 1Isotta Discovery Car from Quercetti —  International Playthings

The best put-together toy of 2015

(see our review on 2 October 2015)






katamino 1Katamino from Gigamic —  Back Alley Traders

A high quality puzzle game

(see our review on 23 February 2015)





Kerflip 2Kerflip! —  Creative Foundry Gameworks

Best word game we have seen in several years

(see our review on 1 May 2015)




Kings Ransom Deluxe 1King’s Ransom Deluxe  —  Victory Point Games

A chess-like challenge that can be played in 15 minutes

(see our review on 29 May 2015)






Little Red Riding Hood 1Little Red Riding Hood —  Paradise Galleries

A beautiful 12″ tall doll

(see our review on 24 August 2015)






Lost Cities card game 1Lost Cities — Thames & Kosmos

Two versions, a card game or a board game, both expeditions into the unknown

(see our review on 23 October 2015)



Ozobot Bit 2.0 2Ozobot Bit 2.0 —  Evollve Inc

Very smart little robots

(see our review on 21 September 2015)




Quartermaster General 1Quartermaster General —  Griggling Games

A very special war game

(see our review on 9 February 2015)






Roll for it Deluxe 1Roll For It! (Deluxe Edition) — Calliope Games

An absolutely perfect dice game

(see our review on 4 September 2015)






Z WindUp 1Wind-Up Toys  —  Z Windups

These are just flat out fun

(see our two reviews)

6 April 2015  &  10 July 2015






–RJ Cullen

Posted in Best of the Year