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Product Type: Toys
Age: Late Elementary School Years
Categories: Games

 


2015 Award
Kosmos Ubongo
(Thames & Kosmos $39.99 Score:)

oRace against the timer and your competition to be the first to cover your puzzle board with the interlocking geometric forms. Each player gets a set of 12 polyominos that they must fill in the empty spaces. With each round players get a new board to fill and a roll of the die to determine which polyominos they must use. A fast-paced game for solo or up to four players. Players win gems for the rounds they win- blue for the fastest and amber for second. Colors have different point values and at the end of nine rounds the score is tallied to see who has the highest number of points.

8 & up

 

 

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

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2015 Award
Lift It! Deluxe
(USAopoly $34.99 Score:)

Lift It! Deluxe is one of those few games that can be truly difficult and yet simultaneously incredibly fun. The objective is to move your pawn around the board by acquiring points by completing builds. The card they draw at the end of their turn determines what the player builds, but more importantly how they build is determined by the space they land on. The player either controls their crane by hand or by strapping it to their head. When on a team two people work together using two cranes and one hook. The game can become increasingly difficult if you draw a hard build card while landing on a use-your-head space, but also incredibly funny to watch.

 

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

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2015 Award
Wonky: The Crazy Cubes Card Game
(USAopoly $19.99 Score:)

Wonky is a neat and interesting twist on any beloved stacking game. Each set comes with three large, medium, and small blocks, with one of each color being blue, purple, or green. The cards tell the player what kind of block to add to the tower. The building process is reminiscent of Jenga, with the anticipation of the towering fall hovering over the playerís psyche. The first player to play all of their cards is the winner, similar to UNO, but there is some strategy involved to reach this goal. Whether you place your block precariously hoping the tower will fall on the next person's turn, or play cards that force opponents to draw additional cards there is a hidden depth to Wonky.

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

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2015 Award
R&R Strike A Pose Game
(R&R Games $19.99 Score:)

Remember playing statues? Well this party game takes statues to a new and hilarious level. In each round one person is the 'Guesser' and goes out of the room. All other players draw a number card and then must assume the pose that matches that number on the chosen pose card. Once they freeze the Guesser comes back into the room and reads the pose card before guessing what each poser represents. Testers thought this was hilarious good fun for a party or family gathering. Can be played by 3-14 players, so it's good fun for holiday gatherings or tweens and teens party; the more the merrier! Even younger players can enjoy this, though it's marked for 10 & up.

 

Age: Later School Years, Tweens, Teens. Award Year: 2015.

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2015 Award
Dinosaur Challenge
(Simply Fun $24 Score:)

Players each get three dinosaurs and read their cards noting their dinosaurs' most important traits. Are they flexible, tough, speedy, and are they large or small? Your dinosaur card tells you all that. Now a challenge card is turned over and read; it might be climate change, lava flow, a flash flood or worse. Each player must find the dinosaur in his hand that would most likely survive. Turn the card over and see what trait was most important. Is it flexibility? The dinosaur with the most flexibility wins that round. Player who has won the most challenge cards is the winner. This is a game that requires some strategy as well as critical thinking and logic. It's a nice blend of gamemanship, science, and fun. 10 & up.

Age: Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2015.

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2015 Award
Flipping Flags
(R&R Games $6.95 Score:)

A fun card game that is a lot more challenging than the typical concentration game. All the 60 flag cards are placed face down. Players take turns flipping cards and as two matches are found players must shout out and call the name of the country the matching flags represent. But wait, it's not that simple. There are three flags on each card, so there is a lot to look at and you know how similar some flags can be. Matching games are always fun and this one adds a new twist that challenges kids to note fine differences. Also, a great way to get kids to think about all the countries in the world and recognize their flags. A good stocking stuffer. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2015.

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2015 Award
R&R Cup-A-Cup Game
(R&R Games $19.99 Score:)

You have to look, think and grab fast in this challenging game. Put the cups out on the table. Players roll the dice and they don't match the geometric or color on the top of the cups; just to opposite! They have to find the missing color or shape that would complete the set. Say you roll a blue square and yellow triangle. The missing color is red and the missing shape is roundóbe the first to grab it! A brain teaser for 3-8 players ages 6 & up.

 

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2015.

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2015 Award
Thames and Kosmos Dimension Game
(Thames and Kosmos 49 $39.99 Score:)

Dimension is a handsome looking and fast paced game with players racing the timer and other players to arrange their balls to match the image on the task card. Everyone plays at the same time. Players get a point for every ball they use correctly and win a bonus if they manage to use all five. But watch out! You lose two points for any task card you do wrong. 1-4 players. Testers gave this a high five. 10 & 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
Gamewright Flashlights & Fireflies
(Gamewright $15.99 Score:)

Imagine playing around with fireflies in the middle of winter or a sunny afternoon. True it will call for some imagination, as does this game in which players catch fireflies to power their flashlights. But watch out! There are bats, raccoons and other creatures of the night that might get in your way. It's of game of visual discrimination, deduction and pretend. First one to reach home wins. Our test family gave this high grades. Maybe no substitute for catching the real thing--but fun, nevertheless. Playtime is 20 minutes for 2-5 players. 6 & up.

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

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2015 Award
Gamewright Dragonwood
(Gamewright $14.99 Score:)

Billed as a game of dice and daring, we have to say, enter the mythical forest at your own risk! Dragonwood is the frightful habitat of all manner of nasty ogres, goblins and firebreathing-you-know-what. Our test family gave it high grades for entertaining kids and adults alike. When asked, 'What did you like about it?' they said, 'Everything!' What didn't they like? Their answer was 'Nothing!'

Youíll need to collect adventurer cards to earn dice to out-toss your opponents. It takes strategy to make your way through and a good dose of courage will help, too. There are a lot of rules to master here, but this is the kind of game that goes on for at least 20 minutes and will capture the imagination of 8's and up.

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

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