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

 


2006 Award
Chaturanga
(Front Porch Classics $44.95 Score:) Our older testers loved this Indian game, said to be the earliest form of chess. It’s a strategy game with an element of chance, as players roll wooden dice and play one-on-one or in teams. They say 8 & up—we’d say more like 10 & up. PLATINUM AWARD ’06. Also noteworthy, a Bookshelf version of Raceway ’57 (PLATINUM AWARD ’06). Our players did not love the design or play pattern of the new Wordspot (3); “there are more exciting word games like this.” (206) 826-3202.

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

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2006 Award
Whoonu
(Cranium $16.95 Score:) It’s all about knowing the people you are playing with; players take turns at being the “whoozit” and others get points by guessing what objects named on the playing cards the “Whoozit” likes best. Even testers who do not like board games love this card game for three or more players. Still top-rated, Zigity ($12.95 ). Visual discrimination and word and number play are all part of the fun. 8 & up. (877) 272-6486.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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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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