TOY FAIR 2013
by Herb Levy
After weathering the horrific effects of SuperStorm Sandy, a hurricane so devastating that even now, months later, many of my fellow New Yorkers (and neighbors over in New Jersey) are still dealing with the aftermath, you would think the worst is over.
How about a nor'easter?
Less than 48 hours before the official opening of this year's New York International Toy Fair, Mother Nature took another swipe at my beloved city, blasting us with Nor'easter Nemo (you know it's going to be bad when they gave it a name!) delivering wind gusts of blizzard force and dropping up to 30 inches of snow on parts of the Greater New York Metropolitan Area! But New Yorkers are tough and it takes more than that to stop us - and it takes more than that to stop this year's Toy Fair held in Javits Center in the middle of Manhattan.
Despite the challenges, Toy Fair proved to be an exciting and worthwhile experience. The best thing about Toy Fair for me, as always, is reconnecting with friends that I haven't seen for awhile and making new ones. But for our worldwide readership, the main focus is on the latest games so here is our comprehensive view and YOUR advanced peek at what's new and planned for the year ahead. Where available, we've included brief descriptions, number of players, game length and suggested retail price. Critical commentary and evaluations are reserved for upcoming issues of GA REPORT (and if you're not already a subscriber, you can correct that oversight right now!). Now let's get down to it (in alphabetical order)!
ACCOMPLICE PRODUCTIONS - Tic-Stac-Toe - Abstract game played like Tic-Tac-Toe except it adds a third dimension as you can stack your thick plastic pieces on top of each other and win by playing across any direction. Fall release, $29.99
ASMODEE - Several new releases on display including:
Gentlemen Thieves - Players are "gentlemen burglars" trying to gain maximum loot from the fashionable places in Paris. For 2 to 5 players, ages 8 and up, 45 minutes. $34.99
Lady Alice - A spin off to Sherlock Holmes as players take on the roles of Baker Street Irregulars and try to solve the kidnapping of Henry Morton Stanley by uncovering the time, place, culprit and stolen object from Stanley's room. For 3 to 5 players, ages 8 and up, 30 minutes, $42.99
Panic on Wall Street - Players are divided into Managers and Investors. Managers offer shares for as much money as possible; Investors attempt to buy then for as little as possible. After two minutes of negotiation, a roll of the dice can bring drastic changes in the balance sheet of each player. After five rounds, the manager AND the investor with the most money wins. For 3 to 11 players, ages 14 and up, 30-45 minutes, $39.99
Kemet - Manage an ancient Egyptian civilization by maneuvering your troops to defeat your enemies and control the best territories. Big boxed game with lots of pieces. For 2 to 5 players, ages 13 and up, 15 to 45 minutes, $64.99
P.I. - A game of deduction from Martin Wallace set in 1950s America. For 2 to 5 players, ages 13 and up, 45-60 minutes, $49.99
Seasons: Enchanted Kingdom - First expansion for Seasons comes with 40 new Power cards, 10 Enchantment cards and 12 Special Ability Tokens. May release, $24.99.
And, not on display but coming:
Spyrium - The new William Attla (designer of Caylus) release set in a future "steampunk" world where players compete to produce an extremely valuable commodity: Spyrium. October.
BACK ALLEY TRADERS - Exclusive USA distributors for Gigamic were showing two new Gigamic releaes:
Stratopolis - In this 2 player abstract game, players are either red or green. They take turns placing tiles which depict squares colored red, green or black (neutral). Players continue to place tiles, expanding the play area or on top of previously placed tiles. When all tiles are placed, the player whose color shows the most wins! For 2 players, ages 8 and up, 10 to 20 minutes. $24.95
Ovo - Each player commands 8 egg-shaped pieces. The goal is to get your pieces to the opposite side of the board and back to their starting points. But once an egg reaches the opposite end, it gets flipped so that its identifying mark is hidden. Players may continue to move eggs (jumping them forward, backwards or sideways) or simply use a turn to look at an egg's hidden symbol. First player to get all his eggs back wins. For 2 players, ages 8 and up, 20 minutes. $34.95
THE BRAND CAFE - Kwizniac - The Trivia Countdown Game - Try to answer trivia questions; score points by using less (and more difficult) clues. For ages 12 and up, $19.99. Also available: Kwizniac 2 - Different set of trivia questions, $19.99 and Kwizniac KiDz - Trivia targeted for ages 7 and 12, $13.99
BRICKWARRIORS, LLC - Chains to Champions - Gladiator-themed board game using Lego-style accessories to outfit the gladiators.
CRYPTOZOIC ENTERTAINMENT - Several games on display including:
Batman: Arkham City: Escape: The Board Game - One player plays Batman, the other commands a Rogue's Gallery of 40 Batman villains, each with special abilities. Using Utility Belt cards giving him access to a variety of special gadgets, Batman's goal is to prevent the villains from escaping while the villains must elude capture. For 2 players, ages 15 and up, 20-30 minutes. June, $40.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Boardgame based on the Peter Jackson film (the first of 3 planned games to align with the other two parts of Jackson's trilogy). In this game, players join Bilbo and The Company of Dwarves, travel through Middle-earth, gather gold and gems, and meet and defeat treacherous creatures. Reiner Knizia design. For 2 to 4 players, ages 15 and up, 45-60 minutes, May, $40.
ROFL! - Take turns guessing everyday phrases in as few characters as possible. 200 cards with game design and artwork by John Kovalic. For 2 to 6 players, ages 15 and up, 30-45 minutes. April, $35.
EVEREST TOYS - KerFlip! - Players simultaneously display two-sided letter tiles on the board, ivory side up. Then, everyone calls out ONE word each that they can make from those letters. The first time a letter is used, it is worth 10 points. Used letters are flipped over (to their orange side) where they can still be used but are now only worth 5 points. Some tiles carry bonus point values too. For 2 to 4 players, ages 8 and up, 15-20 minutes, $24.99.
FANTASY FLIGHT - Relic - Based on the Talisman system, two to four players each assume the role of a powerful hero from the Warhammer 40,000 universe. The goals are to complete missions, defeat enemies, gain experience and destroy the evil beyond the Warp rift. Second quarter, $59.99
FOXMIND - On display:
DemocraDiculous - Party game. Players nominate five famous people. Then cards are drawn which present crazy, awkward situations. Players vote on which celebrity is most likely to fit the situation best. For 3 to 8 players, ages 14 and up, 30 minutes. May release, $25.
String Railway - Train game originally out of Japan, designed by Hishashi Hayashi, where players use colorful string (in assorted sizes) to create track, control stations and build the most profitable rail network. For 2 to 5 players, ages 8 and up, 30 minutes. $29.95
Kulami - Two player area control abstract game. The board consists of a number of different sized areas. Players place marbles on the different areas but, of course, movement is restricted. The goal is to try to occupy the majority of spaces in each area to score points. High score wins. For ages 9 and up, 15 minutes, $29.95.
FREEMONT DIE - NFL Game Day - Football game using offensive and defensive cards that are cross-referenced to get each play's results. Comes with logos that fit onto the end zones for all the NFL teams. June, $30.
GALACTIC SNEEZE - Schmovie - Party game where players take turns being the producer of a movie where players try to come up with the most funny, poignant, entertaining titles for films based on random combinations of movie genres and crazy characters. For 3 or more players, ages 13 and up, 35 minutes. August, $29.99.
GALE FORCE NINE - FireFly: The Game - Captain a Firefly class starship trolling the 'Verse, avoiding Alliance interference and dodging Reaver attack. Recruit your crew, upgrade your ship and choose between lawful and illicit endeavors. For up to 4 players, ages 14 and up, 2+ hours. $49.99
GAMEWRIGHT - A large display of game titles including:
Iota -Add cards to a grid, making sure that color, shape, and number are either all the same or all different across the line. As the grid expands, so do the possibilities. For 2 to 4 players, ages 8 and up, about 30 minutes, $7.99.
Rory's Story Cubes - Voyages - Nine cubes displaying 54 images used to inspire epic tales of adventures. For 1 or more players, ages 8 and up, about 15 minutes, $7.99.
Forbidden Desert - Sort of a sequel to Matt Leacock's Forbidden Island (Summer 2010 Gamers Alliance Report). This time, players find themselves cooperating to find artifacts in the desert. Comes packaged in a tin. For 2 to 5 players, ages 10 and up, about 45 minutes, Spring, $24.99.
Monster Cafe - Play cards to seat hungry monsters around tables. Feed them what they like or they might take a bite out of you! For 2 to 4 players, ages 8 and up, about 20 minutes, Spring, $11.99.
Cube Quest - Field an army of cubes onto the board. Cubes represent Heroes and Skulks (strong on the attack), Blinks and Guards (strong on defense). Knock the enemy king off the board to win. Two player game for ages 8 and up, about 15 minutes, Spring, $29.99.
Terzetto - Game of "marble maneuvers". Take turns placing sets of three marbles onto your board according to the pattern in the shaker. Fitting them in gets more and more difficult as the board fills in. If you can't place on your turn, you lose! Two player game for ages 8 and up, about 15 minutes, Spring, $21.99.
That's It! - Party game where players rush to be the first to call out a word that EXACTLY fits a drawn topic card, For 3 or more players, ages 12 and up, about 15 minutes, Spring, $9.99.
GRANDPA BECK'S GAMES - Scheming and Skulking - Card game with a pirate theme. Each game consists of 10 hands with the number of cards in each hand increasing each around. Players bid as to how many tricks they will take and they have to take into account all the special cards such as Escape (to avoid taking a trick), Pirate (which wins any trick) and Skull King (that cannot be beaten and even beats the Pirate card). Available on Kickstarter.
HASBRO - Nothing from Avalon Hill or Wizards of the Coast on display but there was a significant amount of mass market items incorporating electronic technology. Among the mass market games shown:
Bejeweled - Inspired by the online game. This boardgame comes with 91 three-dimensional gems that players will swap to create matches of three or more to collect coins and win! The game also comes with a download of the Bejeweled 3 online game. Additional terms and conditions apply to digital download offer. For 2-4 players, ages 8 and up, Spring. $19.99
Bop It! Tettris® - All-new light game challenges you to match the iconic Tetris shapes as the challenges get faster and faster. For 1 or more players, ages 8 and up, August, $24.99
Jenga Boom - The twist in this Jenga variation is the presence of a ticking-timer-exploding platform underneath the tower of blocks. Players now have to rush to push, pull and stack the blocks without knocking over the tower before the platform blows! For 1 or more players, ages 6 and up, $17.99
Jenga Tetris Edition - Combination of Jenga with Tetris. Players push, pull and stack Tetris shapes into a Jenga tower. Keep on building until the tower collapses. For 2 or more players, ages 8 and up, August, $14.99
Magic Jinn - Electronic question game. The Magic Jinn asks the questions and you have to answer yes, no, I don't know or maybe and he will come up with the animal you are thinking of. (There will also be a version that handles "food and drink".) For 1 or more players, ages 6 and up, August, $19.99
World Series of Yahtzee - Everyone rolls dice together and tries to match their dice to the Yahtzee combination cards on the board. Roll fast to try and get the highest score and be the first to lock-in and start the electronic timer. When everyone has stopped rolling, grab your card for points. Highest score at the end of the game wins! For 2 to 4 players, ages 8 and up, March, $19.99
KONAMI - More releases scheduled for the Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game including Onslaught of the Fire Kings Structure Deck (40 card ready to play decks with 4 new Monster cards and 2 new extra-ordinary spell cards, $9.99), Zexal Collection Mini-Tin (14 card all foil set, $9.99, March), Cosmo Blazer Special Edition (each comes with 3 booster packs plus one Super-Rare card, March, $9.99), Hidden Arsenal 7: Knight of Stars (70 card all foil set, $3.99 per pack, April), Lord of the Tachyon Galaxy (100 card set, $3.99 per pack, May) and Yu-Gi-Oh! Super Starter ($12.99, June).
MARIE'S WORDS - Marie's Words - This is a set of 550 "visual vocabulary flash cards" with rules to two games with them: 1) "Marie's Wordsmith" - Players draw a random card and players write down the word in a sentence attempting to use it correctly. Sentences are collected and players choose which sentence uses the word correctly to score points. 1) "Picture Words" - Lay out cards in a grid and attempt to guess the word from the its rebus-like picture. $29.99.
MAYFAIR GAMES - Upcoming games displayed included:
Catan: Explorers and Pirates - The latest Klaus Teuber addition to the world of Catan. This expansion adds ships and pirates to the Catan experience as players equip settler ships and cargo ships, explore unchartered regions, trade spices with natives, fight pirate fortresses and more! For 3 to 4 players, ages 12 and up, 60 minutes. April/May release, $50.
Road Rally USA™ - Race and maneuver to be in the proper position when scoring your checkpoints! Each racer plays from identical draw decks, playing multiple cards of the same color to provide a boost of speed. But you may only reshuffle your deck at gas stations along the way and, when your hand or draw pile are depleted, you are in for trouble. Carlo A. Rossi design. For 3 to 4 players, ages 12 and up, 90+ minutes. March, $35.
Zen Garden - Tile laying game which is actually two games in one. There is a basic game where players attempt to form their signature patterns on the board before their opposition. Also provides rules for "Rock Garden" involving cube placement as players receive 12 cubes and play them on sets of tiles matching their pattern tiles. Be the first to place all the cubes to win. Designed by H. Jean Vanaise. For 3 to 5 players, ages 10 and up. $15.
Five Points: Gangs of NY™ - Struggle for political control of Manhattan in the mid-19th Century. As the leader of a powerful political faction, you manipulate gangs and influence politicians behind the scenes to seize control. At the heart of this political machine are the gangs of New York who enforce the will of the bosses and determine elections before the first vote is cast. Andreas Steding design. For 3 to 5 players, ages 12 and up, 90+ minutes, May release, $35.
Also on the schedule: Downfall of Pompeii - Reissue of the Klaus-Jurgen Wrede design under the Mayfair imprint where players attempt to escape from the erupting volcano. For 3 to 5 players, ages 10 and up (July, $35) and Global Mogul - Financial strategy game as players compete to build mega-corporations.
MHR GAMES - Pick'N'Choose - Party game where players try to get a secret word by using one of a choice of 9 different options (draw, sculpt in clay, mime, hum, sculpt using wires, use clown faces and effects, use only one word, use only two words or ask the trivia question found on the card). For 2 to 8 players, teen to adult, 30 minutes, $29.99
MINDTWISTER - GetBlue - Skill & action game consisting of four tiles and five discs. The magnetic tiles (magnets are safely embedded inside the tiles) are set up and then the opposing player flicks his discs to try to knock down the tiles. Knock it down and score a point. Miss or have your disc stick to the tile and lose a point. One of your discs will score double. Spring/Summer release, $20.
MINDWARE - Two new games from Susan McKinley Ross, the designer of Qwirkle:
Qwirkle Trio - Three ways to play Qwirkle: original and two variations using game boards where particular placements result in scoring more points. March release, $34.95
Cirplexed! - Players use tiles on their individual boards to make single colored circles. Create the most circles, score the most points and win! $24.95.
NORTH STAR GAMES - Clubs - Trick-taking card game. Players are dealt a hand of 10 cards and must play a higher value card of group of cards of the same type if able (single card, pair, runs etc.) Player playing the highest card(s) collects the trick but only captured club cards score points. For 2 to 4 players, ages 8 and up, 30 minutes, $13.99.
PlaSmart - Ninja Cards - A dart style game using cards that actually stick into a playing board divided into four quadrants. You score points where the card sticks. www.ninjacards.com
PLAYROOM ENTERTAINMENT - A number of new releases:
The Lord of the Rings Card Game - Battle against the forces of Sauron as you create a Fellowship to defeat the enemy. Designed by Andrea Zimmerman. For 2 to 4 players, ages 8 and up, 30 minutes. Second quarter release, $15.
The Hobbit - Based on the book, "The Hobbit". Players travel on a circular board, gathering strength and gems to use against the powerful dragon Smaug. For 2 to 6 players, ages 8 and up, 30 minutes. Second quarter release, $30.
Geek Out! - Draw cards that ask you to list things that fall into a certain category (from comic books, fantasy, games and more). Players compete by upping the number of items they can think of that fit the category - and then proving it! For 2 or more players or teams, ages 13 and up, 30 minutes. Second quarter release, $20.
Say What you MEME - Create your own memes (captions) to wacky pictures but your opponents will decide which caption is the winner. 2 or more players, ages 13 and up, 60 minutes. Third quarter, $30.
Slangology - This game offers slang expressions and abbreviations and, depending on the card drawn, challenges players to come up with their own definitions or guess the correct meaning or figure out which player wrote the definition. For 3 to 6 players, ages 8 and up, 30 minutes. Third quarter, $20.
Words of Art - Each description card depicts a famous piece of art. Players must use their hand of letter cards to build words that, somehow, relate to the art and score points. For 2 to 6 players, ages 8 and up, 15 minutes. Third quarter, $20..
Killer Bunnies: Heroes vs. Villains - Continuing the franchise with this new epic adventure. Third quarter release, $30. And for Killer Bunnies fams:
Killer Bunnies Deluxe Limited Edition - Contains the basic Killer Bunnies game and ALL of the Killer Bunnies expansions. Already nearly sold out. $200.
POCHECKO - Board game/poker combination designed by Charles V. Weitman. Players move markers via dice rolls from their starting area to a desired space on the board. Each of the marked board spaces represent cards in a standard deck of playing cards. By landing on a space, that player "claims" that card. Complete the best 5 card poker hand to win. For 2 to 4 players, 20-30 minutes.
THE PRESIDENTIAL - The Presidential - US Presidential election game. Two teams (Republicans and Democrats) through dice rolls, seed the board with chips (through Fund Raising or Campaigning) which represent votes to claim states and capture the 270 Electoral votes needed to win the election. You can connect to the company's website to keep track of the changing electoral vote totals in your game. For ages 13 and up, 30-60 minutes, $35.
R&R GAMES - A large line of games on display including:
Attraction - Skill & action game with a magnetic twist. Players flick magnetic pieces trying to attract clusters of them to score points. For 2 to 5 players, ages 14 and up, $15.95.
Hey Froggy! - Players try to get rid of their "frog cards" by matching the cards to the configurations of colorful, plastic frogs on display. The frogs occupy lily pads but these pads are limited so the frogs end up on top of each others. This display constantly changes as frogs move. The more frogs you match with your cards, the farther you jump. You can "eat flies" to get more chances to jump. Get rid of all your cards to win! Anthony Rubbo design. For 2 to 4 players, ages 8 and up, $15.95.
Homestretch - Horse racing game where players bid to own horses (and ownership can be shared), place bets and roll dice (with some modifiers in play) to win big money. For 2 to 6 players, ages 12 and up. $29.95.
QIN - 2 to 4 players colonize the outreaches of China, founding provinces and absorbing remote villages into their growing empire, building pagodas to mark their claims. But other players can conquer your provinces and villages, replacing your pagodas with theirs. First player to place all of his pagodas wins. Reiner Knizia design. For ages 8 and up, $39.95.
Spectaculum - Players are the leaders of travelling shows getting applause and jeers for their performances as they go from town to town. Players take turns constructing routes (for themselves AND the other players)and travelling on them which, hopefully, brings them positive points and, for their opponents, negatives. Another Reiner Knizia design. For 2 to 4 players, ages 8 and up. $29.95.
Among the other games on display and scheduled for release later this year:
Hanabi - An Antoine Bauza (designer of 7 Wonders and more) card game design where players work cooperatively as a team to play cards by color and number without knowing the cards they personally have
Plunder - Pirate themed game of deduction as players attempt to locate the hidden treasure. Jonathan Franklin design.
RAVENSBURGER - A number of Euro strategy games on display including:
Indigo - Players create twisting pathways for gathering gems and moving them to an exit. the trick is to get the gems to YOUR exit to score points. The complication? Ownership of exits is shared so that both you AND an opponent will score. Reiner Knizia design. For 2 to 4 players, ages 8 and up, 20-30 minutes. $34.95
Casa Grande - Strategy construction game. Players compete to build the largest, tallest buildings, taking turns to cover the largest areas as possible and receiving more money the higher your build. Gunter Burkhardt design. For 2 to 4 players, ages 8 and up, 30-45 minutes. $39.99
Las Vegas - Euro style gambling game set in six casinos of Las Vegas. Different amounts can be won in each of the casinos and players need to decide where to place their dice to win big. A Rudiger Dorn design, Number 8 in the Alea small box series. For 2 to 5 players, ages 8 and up, 15 minutes. $35.
Saint Malo - Players compete to build the most prosperous city and keep it safe from pirates. Combination dice and board game as players use their dice rolls to construct buildings, marketplaces, recruit soldiers to protect against pirates or noblemen to add prestige (and Victory Points) to their city. New design from Inka and Markus Brand. Number 9 in the Alea small box series. For 2 to 5 players, ages 9 and up, 60 minutes. $35.
Although not on display, I was given a "sneak preview" of the upcoming Big Box Alea game: Bora Bora. This is a new "gamers' game" creation from Stefan Feld (designer of Trajan, Luna, Macao and many more). In Bora Bora, players have to travel around islands, build huts, discover fishing areas, make offers to the gods and more. The game is scheduled for release in the USA market this summer.
ROOSTER FIN - Monkeys Up: The Flip'Em, Switch 'Em and Steal 'Em Game - Each of the plastic monkeys has a value hidden under its feet that is only revealed when flipped. Players compete to get the best score by flipping, switching and stealing monkeys. For 2 to 6 players, ages 6 to adult, 10 minutes. $15.99; PongCano:The Game of Sacrifice - Skill and action game as players try to bounce the ball into the volcano. For 2 to 6 players, ages 8 to adult, 10 minutes, $13.99.
SPY ALLEY PARTNERS - Spin-off to their Spy Alley boardgame: Spy Alley Dice Game. Players assume the roles of spies, roll the dice and try to uncover the hidden identities of the other players. May, $12.95
STORYMATIC - The Storymatic - Draw two gold cards and combine the information on the cards to make one character. Then draw two copper cards to lead you into a story. Players can then try to continue the story. More of an "experience" than a traditional game. $29.95. Also comes as The Storymatic for Kids and The Storymatic:Colonial Williamsburg Edition (which focuses on historical characters and settings).
TEKO TOYS - Two electronic games: Pulse - Players wear wireless heart rate headbands and try to raise their heartbeats in response to over 150 challenges across three different categories, May release, $50; Act 3 - Trivia guessing game where you try to guess the link between three clues acted out by your teammate. May release, $25.
TILTFACTOR - Awkward Moment - Party game where players are faced with awkward situations and choose from cards they hold to determine the best, funniest, unusual way to handle the situation. For 3 to 8 players, ages 12 and up, 20 minutes, $18.95
TRY TRY A GAME - A Way with Words - Word game combining crosswords, word searches and jigsaw puzzles. Players score by making multiple words and words within words and score more using all letters in a single color or double or triple word letters. For 2 to 4 players, ages 8 and up, $24.99.
UPPER DECK - Legendary - Deck building game designed by Devin Low set in the Marvel Comics Universe using all original art on over 500 cards. Players recruit heroes to defeat a master villain and his scheme. Players play both cooperatively (against the villain) and against the game system itself. For 1 to 5 players, ages 14 and up, 30-60 minutes, $69.99
WINNING MOVES - On display, a selection of reissued classics and one new one.
Classic Yahtzee® -The famous dice game, introduced over fifty years ago, continues to delight millions of players! Same styling as the original game with aluminum rimmed dice cup, five dice, score pad and bonus chips. Contains dice cup with aluminum rim, 5 white dice, score pad, 8 bonus chips (4 red, 4 yellow), storage tray, and instructions. For 2 or more players, ages 8 and up, February, $12.95
5ive Straight® - Players try to get 5 of their pegs in a row by playing number cards that limit the places where those pegs can be placed. Get five in a row (horizontally, vertically or diagonally) to win. Contains one piece plastic game board, 3 sets of colored plastic pegs, deck of 100 number cards, English and Spanish instructions. For 2 to 9 players, ages 8 and up, February, $19.95
Classic Sorry® - Reissue of the original edition from the 1930s. Contains heavy-duty bi-fold game board with original artwork, 16 classic pawns, deck of 44 cards with classic artwork and illustrated instructions. For 1 to 4 players, ages 6 and up, February, $19.95
Super Big Boggle® - A super-sized grid (6 x 6) including the NEW double letter cube and NEW blank cube (which serves as a "block"). Contains 36 letter cubes, grid and dome, 4 minute sand timer and instructions. For 2 to 4 players, ages 8 and up, $24.95
Stop It™ - New game. There are five colored suits of cards. Everybody plays cards sequentially to the table. If an opponent is on a roll and playing lots of cards, slap a STOP IT! card and bring him to a screeching halt. Score big if you’re the first player to go out on a round. Contains deck of custom Stop It! cards, score pad, and illustrated instructions. For 2 to 4 players, ages 10 and up, February, $4.95
WISE MEN GAMES - On display:
Tremblex - Dexterity game as 1 to 4 players attempt to build their blocks on a shifting base without making the whole thing collapse! For ages 6 and up, 10 minutes, April release, $35.
Forest - Card game (with scoring board) where you are a Forest Ranger trying to protect the forest from calamities. For 1 to 5 players, ages 7 and up, 20 minutes. April release, $30.
WOWOPOLIS - Sushi Stax - Players compete to build and balance "sushi towers" using only chopsticks (or tongs) to get the pieces into place that will match drawn cards. For ages 6 and up.
X PLUS PRODUCTS - Po-Rum-Bo Board Game - Combination of poker (po) and rummy (rum) played on a board (bo). $17.99
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