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

 


2008 Award
FLY Fusion Pentop Computer
(LeapFrog $99 Score:)

A sleek update of a truly innovative product with the computer is built into the pen that works with special paper to create a variety of options: a working calculator, a translator, and our favorite, a musical keyboard you can draw and then play on your paper. But our testers LOVED that they could take notes on the special paper and that they were converted to a document on their computer. "So cool!" It might make you want to do seventh grade again...ok, not really, but you will want your own pen!

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2008. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2006 Award
Harry Potter Deluxe Edition Scene It?
(Screenlife $49.95 Score:) Chances are you’ve seen and even played Scene It? before. Players race to identify and answer questions from old films or TV shows. This one is especially for Harry Potter film aficionados, with images and questions from all the Harry Potter films including Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. (866) 383-4263.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Big Brain Book Interactive Dictionary
(Oregon Scientific $34.99 Score:) We don’t love the cartoonish illustrations in this big book of words, but that said, it has a stylus that reads the definitions on the oversized pages. Children will need to learn how to click the stylus each time they change pages, but once learned they can enjoy this independently. This is a better choice than the Encyclopedia from the same maker, with information that seems more appropriate for middle school. 5–8. (949) 608-2848.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2007 Award
LONPOS 303 Pyramid and Rectangle Game
(Mic O Mic Americas, Inc. $24.99 Score:) Wow! This is a quiet toy with a huge appeal. Comes in a rectangular case with different colored balls that are connected in different shapes. You're then challenged to fit the pieces into patterns that match the puzzles in the manual. The beginning level is satisifyingly challenging. As the puzzles become more complicated, you'll find yourself addicted to this toy. The company says that there are a total of 363,566 combinations! The box is just 3 x 5.5 so it's very portable --but you'll need a zip lock bag for the pieces if you can't get them all in according to the puzzles! It's the type of toy where our testers said "just one more minute, I almost have it!" Note: we gave the earlier LONPOS 101 an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award in 2006.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Doodle Tales
(Cranium $16.95 Score:) Players are shown a picture with a missing image and asked to draw what they think fits best on their secret doodle pad. The judge then redistributes everyone’s drawings and spins the “caption wheel.” All players have to finish captions such as: “While we were on vacation” or “late last night . . .” The judge chooses her favorite creation (very subjective but everyone gets to be the judge!). 8 & up. (877) 272-6486.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Luck of the Draw
(3M $19.99 Score:) Our testers enjoyed playing Luck of the Draw, the newest “drawing” game on the market. As with most of the games in this genre, you have to draw an image as dictated by the cards, but here in a fun twist everyone votes on the different categories when judging all the drawings: “neatest,” “strangest,” “most detailed.” 10 & up. Younger players will prefer Who? What? Where? Jr. (see separate review). (800) 638-7568.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Ringgz
(Blue Orange Games $19.95 Score:) A strategy game that becomes more interesting the more you play it. The idea is to capture as many territories on the board as possible by having the “majority of color” on any given territory. You place your colors down by placing either a colored disc (which captures the entire space) or rings of color. The added difficulty: you can only add your color to an adjacent space that already has your color, which means you can quickly be blocked off from adding any pieces. All wood. 8 & up. (415) 252-6372.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Wallamoppi
(Out of the Box Publishing $21 Score:) Here’s a clever variation on the classic game of Jenga. Players must remove their dark or light wooden playing pieces from a pyramid and add them to a tower on top of the pyramid. Wait, there’s one more thing! Do all of this before a marble races down a runway into the wooden storage box. Not easy! A quick two-player game that builds dexterity and strategy skills. 8 & up. (616) 844-5263.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Pick Two Deluxe
(Outset Media $19.99 Score:) THere are two new games that are really very similar- both are versions of “speed scrabble,” in which players build their own word grid and try to be the first to use up their letters. When a player uses all letters she shouts, “Pick Two!” or “Peel!” and others must take two or three letters. Either is a fun word game. Pick Two tiles have number values, so there’s more math involved in scoring. Otherwise they are pretty much the same. www.outsetmedia.com or www.bananagrams-int.com.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Bananagrams
(Bananagrams $14.95 Score:)

There are two new word games, Bananagrams and Pick Two Deluxe that are very similar. Both of these games are a version of "speed scrabble,"  in which players build their own word grid and try to be the first to use up their letters. When a player uses all letters she shouts, "Pick Two!" or "Peel!" and others must take two or three letters. Either is a fun word game. Pick Two tiles have number values, so there's more math involved in scoring.  Otherwise they are pretty much the same. We do like the banana-shaped bag for take-along play. www.bananagrams-int.com.

Age: Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2007. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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