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Whoonu a whoozit?

The newest family game from those crazy geniuses at Cranium looks like a lot of fun. For ages 8 and up, players try to guess which of their cards will be most appealing to the dealer, also known as the Whoozit. The Whoozit ranks the anonymously proffered cards in order of preference, with the most points going to the player ... Read More »

Fun for each night

Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, is celebrated each December, right around the same time as Christmas. Coincidentally, there is a tradition of giving gifts on each of the holiday’s eight nights, although this tradition almost certainly came about from a desire to keep children from feeling left out during the Christmas season. In fact, the real tradition is to ... Read More »

Are you game?

Although video games have become enormously popular with kids (an understatement, I know), board games are still a strong category, especially among families looking for quality together-time activities. Testament to this is the games section at Toy Fair each year, with several aisles teeming with passionate, small companies often hawking a single product. Even on a professional level, it’s relatively ... Read More »

Scrabble for Capitalists

Last week, a customer came in and asked if we carried a game called Buy Word. She was shocked that we’d never heard of this game, which was recently named Game of the Year by Games Magazine. We never want to be out of the loop, so I did some research and eventually ordered this game, which has won so ... Read More »

Hit one out of the park

With all the mayhem surrounding the release of the XBox 360, it’s nice to see an interactive, indoor baseball game where the most complex technology is a spring-loaded mechanism that propels the batter. The Franklin Park Stadium Baseball Game, by Franklin Sports, feels a bit like a relic, but that’s partly why it is so appealing. Players can employ a ... Read More »

A whole new dimension

This is one holiday item that’s getting a lot of attention this year. We just got our shipment of Zocker’s 3D Pool Table, and although I haven’t personally had a chance to play just yet, it looks great. It’s basically a billiards game, but in three dimensions instead of… well, one. Players begin on the top level and compete to ... Read More »

Kickin’ it up a notch

As if remote control cars weren’t fun enough, Kid Galaxy has really upped the ante with their new soccer game, Kick It. Two soccer cleats are controlled by separate remote controls, and the object is to kick the ball into your opponent’s goal, marked by the nifty little orange cones. You don’t need me to tell you why this is ... Read More »

Raising a Ruckus

We see a lot of card games in our line of work. There are classics, like Go Fish, Old Maid and Uno. Intellectual favorites, like Set. Blockbuster (relative) newcomers, like Apples to Apples, and undiscovered gems, like Perpetual Commotion. The common key to success among all these titles is simplicity. Great card games are created around an idea that is ... Read More »