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Age: Late Elementary School Years
Categories: Games

 


2015 Award
Hasbro Scrabble Twist
(Hasbro $20 Score:)

How many words can you make with the same five letter choices that come up on the hand held game machine? Tap the letters and give it a twist and make as many words as possible before the timer runs out. You get 3 points for 3 letter words, 5 points for four letter words and 7 points for five letter words. You can play Solo, set it for two players on Turbo, or set it for Party for 2-8 players that gets passed around a circle. If the word is good the machine will play a you got it sound. If its not good you will see all Xs on the screen. Take this along for waiting games in the car or elsewhere. 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years, Tweens, Teens. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Award
Mindware Leaps and Ledges
(MindWare $30 Score:)

They call this a towering game of strategy and luck and that is a good description of a challenging but entertaining fast-paced game. Players try to be first to the top of the tall tower without getting sabotaged by opponents who can send them down or even knock them off. The going back down feels a bit like Candy Land! Our testers and their parents gave this a 5+ rating, which says a lot, since they are regular game testers. It does require a fair amount of sportsmanship when your playing pieces get knocked down, so it may be better to play as teams or play this with the older members of the family. 8 & up. Almost all of our families raved about this toy including: "BEST game we have ever played as a family."

Age: Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Award
Educational Insights Crowded Waters Game
(Educational Insights $19.99 Score:)

A challenging strategy game that calls for visual thinking and planning. Players take turns arranging their color-coded sharks from tail to snout without getting surrounded by other sharks. Players can only place a shark that is pointing to a blank space and not where another shark is pointing. The object is to trap others and keep finding space to swim free. Our older testers loved it. for 2-4 players.  8 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Bugs in the Kitchen Game
(Ravensburger $29.99 Score:)

Our testers were hilarious as they played this movable maze game trying to get the hex bug into a trap on their side of the board. Before you can play you do have to set up the maze with moveable forks and spoons; this is a one-time set up but may require adult help. After that you are ready to play as often as you like. Players take turns rolling the die and get to move either a fork or spoon gateway to get the hexbug trapped. There's just one hexbug to the set, but it might be fun to add a few more, should you happen to be very fond of these little buggers that scurry in a hurry. A fast action game that calls for some strategy, a big dose of luck and a lot of laughter. 6 & up

 

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Award
My Family Trivia Game
(Purple Cow $12 Score:)

We like this unusual multi-generational game that will be fun for a family occasions since it calls for a lot of talking and sharing of family stories. Players must collect six different colored cards that are drawn randomly from the pile. The tasks on the cards require players to tell about themselves or things they know about other players in the game. For example one task card asks a player to name "all my cousins from oldest to youngest" or to tell "an object I could not live without" or "three places where we have relatives." There are a few picture cards, too, that are supposed to evoke family stories that relate to your family. An uncomplicated game that is likely to produce good laughs and happy memories, this is designed for 3-7 players ages 6-99.

 

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens, Teens, Adult. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Award
Educational Insights Read My List Game
(Educational Insights $14.99 Score:)

A game for listening, thinking fast and rapid recall. The game comes with 200 cards with lists and categories. With List cards players race to name three more things that fit the category. With category cards players listen to the list read and try to be the first to name the category. In the Lightening Round players take turns naming things that fall into the category. But be careful, if you guess wrong or name something that was already read on the list, you are out! 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Awards
Monopoly 80th Anniversary Edition
(Hasbro $20.99 Score:)

Need a gift for Grandma or Grandpa for a family celebration? This version of the original game comes with retro cards and money, wooden hotels and houses, and tokens that were used by grandparents, parents and kids from the 30's to the Millennium. A perfect choice for keeping some of the crowd quiet and engrossed at your next family reunion. There is a fancier version of this with golden playing pieces. Game play and playing pieces are otherwise the same. 8 & up.

 

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens, Teens, Adult. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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My Monopoly
(Hasbro $19.95 Score:)

The new My Monopoly board game allows you to create a personalized Monopoly game, but, as our testors told us, it's not that easy to do. You can download the free My Monopoly app or visit www.mymonopoly.com to set up an account and personalize property spaces, game tokens, Community Chest and Chance cards to use in the My Monopoly board game. Choose your own photos from your computer or smart device and add captions to the photos. Then, you need to print them out on the sticker sheets, and you are ready to play. Our test families loved the concept, but found doing all these so-called simple steps a real challenge, that took too much stress, time and fun out of the fun. For all but the most savvy computer-able players, stick to Boardwalk.

Age: Later School Years, Tweens, Teens, Adult. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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Skylanders Trap Team Starter Pack
(Activision $74.99 Score:)

This relative newcomer to toyland with over a BILLION dollars in sales has engaged younger kids to the world of gaming with action figures that exist both virtually and as toys. Here's the story: "Kaos has blown up the walls of Cloudcracker Prison and freed notorious villains in Skylands. You and the Skylanders must hunt them down and capture them with magical Traptanium, a powerful material that can harness the Elements. Available for all gaming systems. 6 & up. Editors' Note: While we acknowledge that this is a large and growing segment of toyland, we still wish that the games and technology were less about combat.  On the other hand playing these types of games often becomes a social issue - in which case we suggest that you sit down and experience the game play with your child. And as with all "screen" time we suggest you put a time limit on this type of play before you bring the toy home. This type of play should not replace everything else like building, being active and creative in the real world.

Age: Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Awards
Lexigo RUSH
(Wiggles 3D Inc. $16.99 Score:)

Our testers found playing against the timer a challenge. Word games are played by laying out a grid of 13 letter tiles, turn the 60 second timer and each player makes a list of as many words as they can see by using letters that connect in any direction. You can ever repeat the same letters, just as long as they continue to connect. When time is up players read their word lists and cross out words that others also found. You get points for any words that you alone were able to find. It's a bit like Boggle without the frame and box and with bonus rings for bonus points. 10 & up.

Age: Later School Years, Tweens, Teens, Adult. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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