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Spectrangle: strategy at its best.

This game caught my attention from the moment I saw it, because of its unique triangular packaging. When I read the basic premise of the game, I was impressed and brought one home to try it out. My fiance agreed to play a round with me, and some intense competition ensued. It was incredibly fun and engaging, even for adults. ... Read More »

Try angles?

For the legions of fans out there who love Blokus, meet the newest member of the family. Blokus Trigon is a challenging, triangular variation on the original theme. For those who don’t already know Blokus, I’ll give a brief introduction. Blokus is a simple-yet-addictive strategy game that has enjoyed explosive popularity over the past few years. It is one of ... Read More »

Getting ugly

Gamewright, makers of the bestselling Rat-a-tat Cat game (among others), has recently released a new card game based on the explosively popular Uglydolls. I was dubious about a game that was designed around a gaggle of fleecy monstrosities, but after playing it, I think it’s probably Gamewright’s best new game for 2006. It’s a frenetic, fast-moving game that relies on ... Read More »

Coo Tipping and Ringgz

(It’s all French to me) The 2006 games from Blue Orange have just arrived, and there are some great new additions to their popular line of wooden games. If you aren’t familiar with Blue Orange, you should check out Gobblet, which was their first breakout hit. It’s a strategy game that is similar to Tic Tac Toe, but much more ... Read More »

Counting on it?

New from Winning Moves, Beat the Count is a simple yet addictive new card game that leverages both luck and skill on the path to victory. Players flip their cards over into a central discard pile, and count aloud the number of cards they have played, starting at 1 on each turn. Each card is numbered from 1-10, and as ... Read More »

a strategy game with a twist.

Sheri was kind enough to let me hop on and post some information about a really great game I played at Toy Fair… I love strategy games of all types, so when there’s something new and noteworthy, I’m always up for giving it a shot. When I first encountered Pentago, a sleek strategy game of Swedish origin, I at first ... Read More »

Play School

School Days, by Lako Games, is a new game we discovered at Toy Fair. Designed for ages 4 and up, School Days caught our eye because we thought it was fun, which is pretty unusual with games for the very young. It’s a classic board game format, where players navigate along a path, trying to be the first to reach ... Read More »

If you love word games…

When we were first getting ready to open the store, I was crushed to discover that “25 Words or Less” was out of print. This family game is one of my all-time favorites, and I’ve spent many hours playing with family and friends, including a memorable 9 hour bus ride through Eastern Europe with the Zamir Chorale of Boston. I’m ... Read More »

Cogno-tivity

When I first saw some of the promotional materials for the new Cogno games, I didn’t think they could actually be fun. It’s really hard to make a good educational science board game that kids actually want to play. But I’ve been keeping an eye on it for a couple of months and after watching it rack up countless awards ... Read More »

At the zoo

Find It caught my attention the first time I saw it in the midst of the crowded and overwhelming games section at Toy Fair in 2004. Basically, it’s a clear plastic tube packed with colored plastic chips, and an assortment of small objects to find floating inside the tube. The penny, whose unique density relative to the plastic chips usually ... Read More »