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Category Archives: Games

Family game review: try Telestrations!

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Telephone was always one of my favorite schoolyard games: the end result was always so funny! You remember how it went: you’d come up with a phrase and whisper it into your friend’s ear, who would whisper it into her friend’s ear, who would whisper it into her friend’s ear, until it came back to you as a completely new ... Read More »

New game review: Battle Sheep from Blue Orange

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Battle Sheep from Blue Orange is a strategy game in which two herds of sheep try to conquer the most territory in a new pasture. It’s easy to play, and it’s surprisingly addictive: my husband and I got it down pretty quick and kept playing for hours! Part of the reason I couldn’t stop, I think, is because I wanted ... Read More »

Sharpen those skills! Some of our favorite learning games

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Maybe the kiddos aren’t eager to head back into the hallowed halls of learning, but we’re guessing from the commercials that you’re looking forward to it: a lot of them seem to feature that song “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” with parents dancing through the aisles at school supply stores. With a few weeks (or maybe days?) ... Read More »

4 Family fun Games from Blue Orange & 25% off through June 22!

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Looking for high-quality games that maximize the fun? Look no farther than Blue Orange, the makers of “Hot Games for a Cool Planet,” founded in San Francisco in 2000 by two game inventors from France. Blue Orange has an eco-friendly focus, utilizing colorful wooden pieces that will last a long, long time, and planting two trees for every tree felled ... Read More »

Khet: An Update on Chess, With Lasers!

When you were a child, how did you picture the year 2011? The TV series Lost in Space suggested that we’d be traveling in space with robots by 1997, not to mention the colonies on the moon and creepy Artificial Intelligence made popular in 2001: A Space Odyssey. By now we should at least be surrounded by Jetson-style flying cars, right? The reality ... Read More »

Giveaways Day 6 – Swinxs Game Console

When I first met the Swinxs at Toy Fair in 2008, I was totally blown away. It was such a fresh concept – an interactive gaming console with no video component that aimed to engage kids physically and socially. It took a couple of years, but this Dutch product is finally available here in the US, and we are delighted ... Read More »

Forbidden Island: Keeping Your Friends Close

Although the illustrations on the game board are gorgeous, the true beauty of Forbidden Island by Gamewright is its focus on cooperation. Too many times, I’ve sat down with a group of friends to play a board game expecting a fun evening full of laughs just to have it devolve into childish taunting and name-calling. Players can finally come together ... Read More »