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Abalone

Best IG Game of the Year (BIGGY): 

Nominated

Best Family Game Award: 

Gold

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Number of players: 

2-2

Game duration: 

20-90mins

Country of origin: 

United Kingdom

Published by: 

Distributed by: 

Two camps face off across a hexagonal board containing black and white marbles. Your objective: push six opposing marbles into the rails along the edge of the board. Sharpen your attack and refine your defence. Observe, plan… and weigh up your options at every move!

Arokah

Best IG Game of the Year (BIGGY): 

Nominated

Best Family Game Award: 

Gold

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Problem Solving Award: 

Gold

Number of players: 

1-10

Game duration: 

10-90mins

Country of origin: 

United Kingdom

Created by: 

Published by: 

Distributed by: 

Arokah is a new, one-of-a-kind, multi-puzzle experience. Based on a new mathematical discovery, Arokah represents the ultimate brain-teaser challenge!

Bananagrams

Best IG Game of the Year (BIGGY): 

Nominated

Best Family Game Award: 

Silver

Best Literacy Game Award: 

Gold

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Number of players: 

1-8

Game duration: 

10-60mins

Country of origin: 

United States

Created by: 

Published by: 

Distributed by: 

Fast and frantic, players race against each other to build crossword grids. And it requires no pencil, paper, or board. In this addictive word game, speed wins, not points. You’ll have a bunch of fun as you race to the finish by using all of your letter tiles first! BANANAGRAMS comes in a small portable banana-shaped pouch and is perfect for everyone 7 & up; at home or on the go.

Chronicles Of Crime

Chronicles of Crime

Best IG Game of the Year (BIGGY): 

Nominated

Best Family Game Award: 

Shortlisted

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Number of players: 

1-4

Game duration: 

45-90mins

Country of origin: 

Poland

Created by: 

Published by: 

Distributed by: 

Chronicles of Crime is a cooperative game of crime investigation, mixing an app, a board game and a touch of Virtual Reality.
With the same physical components (board, locations, characters and items), players will be able to play plenty of different scenarios and solve as many different crime stories. 

Cobra Paw

Best IG Game of the Year (BIGGY): 

Nominated

Best Family Game Award: 

Nominated

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Number of players: 

2-6

Game duration: 

5-15mins

Country of origin: 

United States

Created by: 

Published by: 

Distributed by: 

Ninja-like know how steals the game! Ninja-like reflexes, sharp recognition skills, and mental fortitude steals the game in our new tile-snatching challenge known as Cobra Paw! Players take turns rolling the dice (featuring 6 unique symbols), spotting the tile with the matching pattern, then grabbing it before their opponents. The first player to snatch up 6 tiles wins the game and bestows great honor to the Grand Shidoshi, Master Meow!
 

This game builds hand-eye coordination. It is out-of-the-box fun with simple rules that allows young children (6+) to understand how to play the game very quickly. It aids younger children to gain patience through turn-taking, and is a fast easy game to learn about winning and losing.  

It’s important to remember which tiles you have already captured. Often, you’ll be looking for the tile to grab in the center pool but it’s actually in your own stash. Then another player swipes it from right under your nose! As the tiles in the center dwindle, it’s helpful to shift your focus onto another player’s tiles in an all out attempt to steal instead of searching the middle playing area first. Another helpful tip is to figure out the quickest way to recognize tiles and come up with a description in your head… some players search for colours so when the dice are rolled, they’re searching for “RED/BLUE” or whatever. While other players may recognize shapes better, so they might search for “SLASHES/CIRCLES”.
 
Anthony, one of the designers at Bananagamrs, Inc., tells this story: “I brought the game to my friend’s house when we first received production samples. We played several times. We had each won three games so we decided to have a tie-breaker. Towards the end of the game, we had each managed to claim 7 tiles (8 tiles wins in a 2-player game). The next roll would decide the game, and the winner overall. We rolled the dice and when we both went to grab the winning tile, it got knocked off the table, onto the floor. We looked at each other for about a half second, and then both of us dove on the floor as if we were Indiana Jones, trying to capture some mystical artefact worth millions of dollars. Keep in mind, we’re both 40 year-old dads, so it’s kind of ridiculous that we were diving to win a game of Cobra Paw. I ended up with the tile, but I was also a little closer. I think Master Meow would have been pleased with our competitive intensity.”
 

Codenames: Duet

Best IG Game of the Year (BIGGY): 

Nominated

Best Family Game Award: 

Gold

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Problem Solving Award: 

Nominated

Number of players: 

2-4

Game duration: 

15-30mins

Country of origin: 

Czech Republic

Created by: 

Published by: 

Distributed by: 

Codenames Duet keeps the basic elements of Codenames — give one-word clues to try to get someone to identify your agents among those on the table — but now you're working together as a team to find all of your agents.

Curio: The Lost Temple

Best IG Game of the Year (BIGGY): 

Nominated

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Problem Solving Award: 

Nominated

Number of players: 

2-5

Game duration: 

10-30mins

Country of origin: 

United States

Created by: 

Published by: 

Distributed by: 

A sinkhole formed west of the Tigris river in the heart of Mesopotamia revealing a large stone door with curious, unknown markings. A special team of archaeologists, from all over the world, ventured to the site to solve its puzzle, allowing them inside. Therein, a massive man-made cavern, stretching for what seemed to be a mile straight down, could be seen. But just as the team decides to leave, the door slams shut, sand slowly filling up from the ground, and a revelation of new puzzles that must be solved. Will they do it in time? Players take the role of the archaeological team as they try to escape the Lost Temple. In this real-time cooperative game, players will need to communicate and collaborate to solve an unending slew of puzzles. Unlike other games in this genre, Curio: The Lost Temple is endlessly replayable, even by the same players. Using a unique module-based system, players manipulate, sort, rotate, and search puzzle components to arrive at a distinct answer.

Players take on the role of an archaeological team trying to escape a lost temple. It's a real-time cooperative game, where players need to solve a slew of puzzles to escape. Unlike similar games, Curio is endlessly replayable.

Curio builds team problem solving skills as players solve a variety of puzzles to crack codes, find mystery words, and decipher diagrams in an ancient code language. Modules involve spatial reasoning (finding an intersection of strips to locate a letter), time management (keeping track of a timer as you solve puzzles) and pattern recognition (matching and eliminating colours and shapes to identify a word).

Our favourite tactic is to come up with nicknames for some of the symbols to use over time. Whether it's using a foreign letter (one looks like the Greek letter "phi") or a unique description, coming up with a common language for symbols is a great way to save time and communicate with your team.

Adding the timer module can add a level of urgency that turns up the pressure for fun and funny time. The designer also let us in on a hint that the outside of the box has a secret code that no one's been able to solve yet - we're still puzzling over it!

Endless Pass: A Viking Saga

Best IG Game of the Year (BIGGY): 

Nominated

Best Family Game Award: 

Nominated

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Number of players: 

2-6

Game duration: 

20-35mins

Country of origin: 

United States

Created by: 

Published by: 

Distributed by: 

The Endless Pass is where players fight the scaly Endless to gain glory. The Pass is also filled with weapons and runes to aid in defeating Endless, as well as healing yourself. Combined with your action cards like Attack, Defend, Evade, Steal, and Hide you have more ways to defeat, evade, or defend against the Endless. However, whatever Endless are not defeated, continue to plague the other Vikings as they walk the Pass! You may also battle the other Vikings. After all, you are fighting for glory and a place in Valhalla. The last Viking standing or the first to acquire 10 Glory, while surviving the turn, will win the game. If none of the players survive, then the player with most Glory will be declared the Conqueror in Valhalla. Eternal glory and Valhalla await!

Each player is a Viking that defends against the scaly monsters - the Endless. In the pass you may find runes and weapons to help, or you may find yourself hiding. If the Endless are not defeated, they move on to the next Viking! Quick math and estimation to calculate damage and bonuses will be a constant part of your strategy. Planning your moves and knowing when to fight versus hide can lead you to glory. Be careful if you hide from the Endless thinking they'll damage the next Viking - you never know if they're holding a good times that will let them prevail and gain extra glory.

The game was designed by Nuria Casellas - she's a first-time game designer excited to bring her game about Vikings to life.

FReNeTiC®

FReNeTiC

Best IG Game of the Year (BIGGY): 

Nominated

Best Literacy Game Award: 

Nominated

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Number of players: 

2-8

Game duration: 

30-40mins

Country of origin: 

United Kingdom

Created by: 

Published by: 

Distributed by: 

FReNeTiC®, is the frenzied word game of the Elements. Players race against the clock to write down as many words as they can create from different combinations of the Element Symbols. The scoring mechanism is the Atomic Number of the Element Symbols being used , eg Ba Na Na = Banana = 78 points. Everyone is playing all the time with the first player to reach 1000 points declared the winner

 

Fruit Ninja

Fruit Ninja

Best IG Game of the Year (BIGGY): 

Nominated

Best Family Game Award: 

Nominated

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Number of players: 

3-6

Game duration: 

20-30mins

Country of origin: 

Poland

Created by: 

Published by: 

Distributed by: 

Fruit Ninja: Combo Party is a 3 to 6 player game mixing drafting, push your luck and dexterity!

Fungeon Party

Best IG Game of the Year (BIGGY): 

Nominated

Best Family Game Award: 

Nominated

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Number of players: 

2-5

Game duration: 

3-30mins

Country of origin: 

United States

Created by: 

Published by: 

Distributed by: 

Stack dice on your forehead, bounce dice into the box, knock down a meeple surrounded by dice, balance a meeple on a stick. These, and many more wacky quests await a traditional dungeon party in this truly untraditional dungeon crawler. Each quest adds 30 seconds to the game and an average game uses 6 quests making this a quick, easy, and FUN game to learn and play!

Players stack dice on their foreheads, bounce them into the box, balance a meeple on a stick, and more wacky quests instead of more traditional dungeon crawling action. You need coordination and creative thinking in order to win, and a good sense of humour! Think carefully about how to use each member of your party's powers - it can make a difference for hard tasks.

Playing this game may cause a lot of laughter (and maybe a few flying dice). One stray dice made it all the way down the stairs at our office!

Just One

Best IG Game of the Year (BIGGY): 

Nominated

Best Literacy Game Award: 

Shortlisted

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Number of players: 

3-7

Game duration: 

20-30mins

Country of origin: 

France

Created by: 

Published by: 

Distributed by: 

Just One is a cooperative party game in which you play together to discover as many mystery words as possible. Find the best clue to help your teammate. Be unique, as all identical clues will be cancelled! A complete game is played over 13 cards. The goal is to get a score as close to 13 as possible. In case of a right answer, the players score 1 point. In case of wrong answer, they lose the current card as well as the top card of the deck. Thus losing 2 points. In case of lack of answer, the players only lose the current card, and therefore only 1 point.

In this game you will have to find a new way to describe a word in one different word. The obvious word isn’t always the better choice. You will have to work on your vocabulary skills, especially on your synonyms.  You have to find the right moment to give an obvious clue word. Sometimes it’s better to think differently but not too differently because the guesser needs to understand your clue. 
 
Funny stories: When you play with 5 players and everybody has written the same clue, so the guesser gets no clues as a result.  When nobody understands your clue but after you explain it, everybody finds it perfect! When you only play “word games”: When you combine the word you have to guess with another to create a third one. For example: you have to guess the word “sweet”. So you put “her” as a clue “Sweeter”
 

Kung-Fu Zoo

Best IG Game of the Year (BIGGY): 

Nominated

Best Family Game Award: 

Shortlisted

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Number of players: 

2-4

Game duration: 

10-15mins

Country of origin: 

United States

Created by: 

Published by: 

Distributed by: 

If you hung around your local zoo after closing time – long after the last employee had gone home for the night – you just might see the greatest, and most secret of all zoo attractions: late-night Kung Fu fights! Welcome to Kung-Fu Zoo, a zany dice-flicking dexterity game for 2-4 players. You control a team of highly-trained animals—cheetahs, elephants, gorillas, or zebras—in a Kung Fu battle against your rivals. You win the game by knocking all of your opponent’s animals into cages or onto their backs. Who will be tonight’s champion of the zoo? Grab some dice and find out!

Flicking and rolling dice, representing animals, at your opponents. You win by knocking all of your opponent's animals into cages, or onto their backs. The game builds spatial reasoning skills as players aim their dice to knock other animals into the pen. The dice flicking also adds a fine motor skill component as players need to flick thoughtfully to aim well. It's a good idea to keep the location of your other dice in mind - it's easier than you think to knock your own animals in!

We love the creative art for the Kung Foo Zoo animals. It's popular to bring out at family gatherings for several members of the WizKids team - it's fun to hear about family members ages 8 to 88 playing the game together at Christmas!

Layers

Best IG Game of the Year (BIGGY): 

Nominated

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Problem Solving Award: 

Shortlisted

Number of players: 

1-4

Game duration: 

20-30mins

Country of origin: 

France

Created by: 

Published by: 

Distributed by: 

Layers is a pattern reproduction game in which players must rotate, flip and stack each of their 5 Layers in order to reproduce a pattern common to all players. The sooner you get there, the better your score will be. With 3 different difficulty levels, the missions in Top Down require you to use 3, 4 or 5 layers. Arrange the different layers in the exact order and meaning required by the Mission. Each layer has a different colour pair on the front and back. Therefore, pay attention to the patterns of the layers and stack them accordingly. Reproduce the pattern in the time available and score points. Bonus points are awarded depending on the resolution speed!

To play the game, you need to be observant and organized. But don’t worry, if these are not your strengths, playing the game will improve these skills. Spatial awareness (2D & 3D) will be also improved, which is something that digital games on tablets can’t teach.

Before playing the game, you need to sort your layer sheets, so you are able to grab them quickly. Then, when the mission card is revealed, you need to take the time to observe, before moving anything. Then, you choose the corresponding layers starting with the first viewable layer from the mission card.

After the game was released, Yohan Goh (one of the game’s designers), decided to visit France for at least 6 months to 1 year to learn about French game design style, together with some of the most famous designers like Roberto Fraga.

Letter Go

Best IG Game of the Year (BIGGY): 

Nominated

Best Literacy Game Award: 

Shortlisted

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Number of players: 

3-6

Game duration: 

25-35mins

Country of origin: 

United States

Created by: 

Published by: 

Distributed by: 

Each round, players write words on their whiteboards using the available letter cards, but they only score points for the cards they are able to claim before their opponents. Words only score if the player follows the ever-changing and zany Letter GO! rules. The player who scores the most points at the end of five rounds wins.

Players write words on whiteboards using letters from a limited set of letter cards. They have to be fast, as they can only score points for cards they can claim before their opponents.

You need fast thinking and spelling skills to pick up on what letters to use for your word. Handwriting is the basis for creating your word, but you may find you need to complete tasks like drawing or writing in a funny way. It's great practice with words for kids who are just learning, and fun brain exercise for players of all ages.

Since the first person to use a word scores points for all letters, it's good idea to use some of the less-common letters to make your words. If you're running last, you might have time to think!

Some of the rules for each round can be zany - like singing your word or drawing hats on each letter. These are fun to try with new players.

Maki Stack

Best IG Game of the Year (BIGGY): 

Nominated

Best Family Game Award: 

Nominated

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Number of players: 

2-6

Game duration: 

10-15mins

Country of origin: 

France

Created by: 

Published by: 

Distributed by: 

Order’s up- it’s time for a sushi showdown! Put on your mask and grab your teammate, or prepare to use your fingers as chopsticks. Balance and arrange the sushi, plates, and soy sauce bottles, and make sure to execute the order exactly as shown on the card. But be careful, one wrong move and everything might tumble over! Race a friend or challenge as a team in this sushi stacking extravaganza. High-quality wooden pieces and crazy stacking combinations make Maki Stack perfect for a game night full of fun and laughs.

When playing Maki Stack, players are learning the ancient art of sushi stacking! Be the fastest solo chef or culinary team to master the art of sushi stacking, and win.
 
We played a game live on Facebook starring our CEO in one of the teams. We can now confirm that being the boss does not prevent you from losing in front of the social media sphere! A beautiful defeat! See picture here: https://asmodeeuk.box.com/s/1w50sd4na1jbqgwmksxpbmtzt9vmtmvm
 

Match Madness

Best IG Game of the Year (BIGGY): 

Nominated

Best Family Game Award: 

Gold

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Problem Solving Award: 

Gold

Number of players: 

1-4

Game duration: 

20-90mins

Created by: 

Published by: 

Distributed by: 

Let the furious fun begin! Players sprint to arrange a set of 5 blocks so that they match a pattern shown on a card. First player to succeed grabs the card and a new matching race starts. Tensions rise as you scramble to outpace and outsmart your opponents in this ingenious game of perception. So fire-up your neurons and be transported by Match Madness!

Maze Racers

Best IG Game of the Year (BIGGY): 

Nominated

Best Family Game Award: 

Gold

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Problem Solving Award: 

Gold

Number of players: 

2-4

Game duration: 

20-90mins

Created by: 

Published by: 

Distributed by: 

Players use magnetic walls and a good dose of creativity to build the most wicked maze that will leave their opponent scrambling to find their way out. Maze Racers is also a race against time as from the moment a player has finished their maze, the opponent is left with one minute to finish theirs. When the time is up, both sides swap their maze boards and a furious race starts! By tilting their board, each player steers a ball through the maze as quick as they can in an effort to complete it first. Be the fastest in 2 of 3 rounds to claim victory!

 

Quirk! Monsters

Best IG Game of the Year (BIGGY): 

Nominated

Best Family Game Award: 

Nominated

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Number of players: 

2-6

Game duration: 

15-30mins

Country of origin: 

United Kingdom

Created by: 

Published by: 

Distributed by: 

The  ridiculously silly card game for awesomely fun people! Filled with zombies, possessed babies and even the Grim Reaper himself. Your aim is to win as many Quirks as possible (sets of 3 characters) by acting out the characters you wish to win! Use red Tactic cards to steal Quirks from your opponents, in a bid to prove you are the quirkiest! Defend your Quirks with orange Defence cards or use blue Skip cards to skip your opponents turn!

SET

Best IG Game of the Year (BIGGY): 

Nominated

Best Maths Game Award: 

Nominated

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Number of players: 

1-10

Game duration: 

20-25mins

Country of origin: 

United States

Created by: 

Published by: 

Distributed by: 

The object of the game is to identify sets of three cards. Each card is unique in its four features: shape, colour, number and shading. A set consists of three cards in which each individual feature is either all the same or all different on three cards. Set has won over 35 best game awards including Mensa select. It's a perfect travel game and a party favourite. With no turns and no luck, Set is challenging, fast and fun! It makes a perfect after dinner game that can be played in only 20 minutes. Set can be played alone or with as many players as you can fit around the table! From ages 6+, Set is a game that brings generations together.

A SET is three cards where each feature, when looked at individually, is either all the same OR all different. Race to find as many SETs as you can—the player with the most SETs at the end of the game wins! You can play SET solo or with as many people as you can fit around the table!

SET builds cognitive, logical and spatial reasoning skills as well as visual perception skills while playing a game! Because it has a rule of logic (three cards that are all the same or all different in each individual feature), and because players must apply this rule to the spatial array of patterns all at once, they must use both left brain and right brain thought processes. This fun game actually exercises your brain!

Marsha, the game’s creator, was researching population genetics in Cambridge, England, in 1974. Specifically, she was studying epilepsy in German Shepherds, and she created a sort of visual code for herself to convey the animals’ genetic information. These visualizations were the precursors to the beloved squiggles, ovals, and diamonds found in the game today. “It was during that study that I got tired of writing [data] out, so I made little symbols to indicate different pieces of data. I was working with veterinarians who weren’t mathematicians, and I was explaining to them how set theory worked — permutations, combinations — and one of them said, ‘Oh, so if you take this one, this one, and this one, you’ve got a set?’”

And so, the game was born. She even played SET with Stephen Hawking, before he was “particularly famous,” as she put it.

Find the full article here: https://gizmodo.com/canine-epilepsy-and-purple-squiggles-the-unexpected-su-1828527912

 

Shadows Amsterdam

Best IG Game of the Year (BIGGY): 

Nominated

Best Family Game Award: 

Shortlisted

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Number of players: 

2-8

Game duration: 

30-45mins

Country of origin: 

France

Created by: 

Published by: 

Distributed by: 

A crime has been committed. The police investigation is going nowhere. Your detective agency was tasked by a client to investigate… but another agency is on the case as well! In Shadows – Amsterdam, compete against a rival team in a real-time competition, using pictures to communicate within your own team. Follow the leads of your intelligence officer to move from tile to tile through the city. Find three pieces of evidence and deliver them to the client before your opponents! The police don’t want you on the case, so you’d best stay out of their way…

The game involves a high cooperation between the players in each team. The confrontation between the two teams creates a funny game atmosphere. The beautiful illustrations of the tiles and cards help players to enter this “zootopiatic” Amsterdam. By the bye, people who know or love Amsterdam will recognize many places.

The skills you can build/gain from the gameinclude deduction, observation, logic, high resistance to stress, team play/teambuilding, and thinking quickly and efficiently. After the game, certainly an ability to forgive!

Team leaders have to plan their optimal way, then be able to adapt it because they might be not understood. As a detective, I try to keep the former clues close to me to better understand where I was supposed to go a couple rounds before.

Mathieu, the author, works at Libellud. When he first had the idea about the game, he cut out some Dixit game cards to explain his idea, but it was never intended to become a published game. In the end, the team adopted it and actually released the game, in a really close form to the first idea.

 

That's a Question!

Best IG Game of the Year (BIGGY): 

Nominated

Best Family Game Award: 

Bronze

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Number of players: 

3-6

Game duration: 

15-30mins

Country of origin: 

Czech Republic

Created by: 

Published by: 

Distributed by: 

Players take turns creating questions. On your turn, you ask your question and pick one player to answer. Everyone else tries to guess what the answer will be. They get points for guessing right, and you get points when they guess wrong. So you definitely want to make a question that is difficult to answer.

Untold -Adventures Await

Best IG Game of the Year (BIGGY): 

Nominated

Best Literacy Game Award: 

Nominated

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Number of players: 

1-4

Game duration: 

60-90mins

Country of origin: 

Ireland

Created by: 

Published by: 

Distributed by: 

Untold: Adventures Await is a collaborative storytelling game where you play the heroes in your own unfolding adventure TV series full of twists and turns. Like an episode of your favourite TV show, a game of Untold plays out over five Scenes. The game begins with players create a setting for their episode. The first Scene opens with the world facing A Dangerous Dilemma. You’ll create characters in response to this threat. Then The Plot Thickens, making things trickier for your heroes. Next comes An Heroic Undertaking where there is a direct confrontation. With The Truth Revealed, the stakes become even higher for your heroes as they are catapulted towards The Final Showdown!

Werewolves Of Millers Hollow

Best IG Game of the Year (BIGGY): 

Nominated

Best Family Game Award: 

Nominated

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Number of players: 

8-18

Game duration: 

20-30mins

Created by: 

Published by: 

Distributed by: 

The tiny town of Millers Hollow is stunned by the discovery that it harbours werewolves, who, under the cover of darkness, kidnap and devour the towns folks. Organizing themselves to unmask any and all of their neighbours that are monster-by-night. The tows folk have called a meeting... They lynch the beasts to remove the evil presence from their quiet town forever. To discover the fiends, a meeting is called night after night, bringing all the town’s folks together.  An array of remarkable characters are assembled. The town Psychic, a group of local hunters, two lovers, the Police Captain, as well as a very nosy little girl. This diverse group will lead the inquiry and ultimately, decide the Miller Hollows’ Fate. But.... Shh!!! As night falls closer, close your eyes and be very quiet. If not, the werewolves may come, take you thus making you the next victim if you are not careful!

A social deduction game of distrust, suspicion, and survival for groups of eight to eighteen players. As the tiny hamlet of Miller's Hollow lies beset by monstrous enemies, players secretly assume the roles of its various townsfolk, organising to uncover the lycanthropic murderers and save their town.

This game is freely based on a traditional Russian Game, also known as “Mafia” or “Spies”, which appeared in the Soviet Union in the 1930’s.

When I Dream

Best IG Game of the Year (BIGGY): 

Award

Best Family Game Award: 

Gold

Best Literacy Game Award: 

Gold

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Number of players: 

4-10

Game duration: 

40-90mins

Country of origin: 

Belgium

Created by: 

Published by: 

Distributed by: 

In When I Dream, players take turns as the Dreamer who places a mask over their eyes. The other players are Dream Spirits who each use a single word to describe the same card. But beware the Sandmen and Boogeymen who will try to lead the Dreamer astray!

Who Did It?

Best IG Game of the Year (BIGGY): 

Nominated

Best Family Game Award: 

Shortlisted

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Number of players: 

3-6

Game duration: 

10-15mins

Country of origin: 

France

Created by: 

Published by: 

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“My parrot did NOT poop in the middle of the living room, I think a rabbit did it!” As the proud owner of a cute little rabbit, you need to quickly prove its innocence and put the blame on another’s pet. You must trust your memory and your reactivity or you might blame a pet already proven innocent and be left with clearing the mess!

Defend the innocence of your 6 pets by getting rid of all your cards. Quickly find the right card as they are accused, lay it down first, and then pass the blame to another animal. To avoid being the owner of the guilty pet, make sure to act fast and remember which animals were already proven innocent. Who did it? is an exciting and fun card game that has been nominated Kid Game of the Year in France!

The idea of the theme came from the designer’s daughter who really wanted to have pets, to which the designer replied that pets need lots of care, otherwise they behave badly.

There is no dog in the animal cards because the designer could not stand the word “dog” anymore. His daughters were speaking about dogs on a daily basis.

The fish character is based on an old commercial in which a little boy accused the goldfish, Maurice, of having eaten all the chocolate pudding: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGLUqrKvt9k

The designer has announced that if the game sales exceed 100,000 boxes, he will get a “poo” tattoo.

 

Wibbell++

Best IG Game of the Year (BIGGY): 

Nominated

Best Family Game Award: 

Bronze

Best Literacy Game Award: 

Bronze

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Number of players: 

1-15

Game duration: 

2-45mins

Country of origin: 

United Kingdom

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Wibbell++ is a deck of cards featuring pairs of letters. In the first-edition deck, there were rules for 5 games, but more are continually being added and developed.

Wibbell is a word game with a catchup mechanism that means everyone is always competing. Race to shout words containing at least one letter from each of the 2 cards in the centre, and at least one letter from each face-up card in front of yourself! The game gets progressively harder as you do well, so adults and a 5-year old can play together and both compete.

 Grabbell involves quickly grabbing cards that match either the border design or a letter. When there are few cards left on the table, everyone slams their cards down to secure the bonus 10 points! This can be a great way to increase familiarity with lettershapes.

Faybell is a co-operative storytelling activity. Letters are a guiding restriction in the key story elements, how you start each sentence and keywords used within each sentence. 

Phrasell is a partygame, ideally played at large gatherings. Everyone uses 4 letters as the initials for a phrase that they invent. Some of the most amusing phrases have been created by the tiniest members of families (8).

Alphabetickell is an abstract game that involves putting things in alphabetical order and deciding how many letters you're willing to skip - given that you will never again be able to use those letters. There's a fair amount of probability and analysis involved to play well, but as it's a turn-based game, younger children can be offered a bit of help and it's a simple enough framework for them to start thinking about numeracy and probabilities.

What I'm most proud of is that the various games test a wide variety of skills. Wibbell is a super-accessible game that requires you to construct words, and have an idea of what letters those words use. Grabbell is just about matching letters or shapes. Faybell and Phrasell test your creativity. Alphabetickell might get kids to start thinking about numbers and probability. 

Wibbell can help improve your spelling and vocabulary, and can be played even before your spelling is perfect. Like Grabbell, it also encourages fast thinking.

Grabbell helps increase familiarity with lettershapes. It promotes speed of thinking, dexterity and multi-tasking (as you need to focus not only on making matches, but also how many cards are left on the table)!

Faybell will improve not only creativity and language competence but also empathy - as you invent 'keywords' for the next player to use. You can either help guide them or offer a funny restriction. There is also an element of memory involved, as you remember the main story elements and keep the story in your head.

Phrasell is fairly demanding and will test vocabulary, and your ability to play with grammar and words in creative ways. Thinking of words that start with a particular letter, mixing them together in a way to make some sense, can be equally tricky and satisfying!

Alphabetickell will improve familiarity with the alphabet and critical thinking. If played strategically, it will improve numeracy and introduce older children to probability.

Wordsy

Wordsy

Best IG Game of the Year (BIGGY): 

Nominated

Best Literacy Game Award: 

Shortlisted

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Number of players: 

1-6

Game duration: 

20-40mins

Country of origin: 

United States

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Wordsy is a game of longer words! Over the seven rounds of the game, you are trying to find the single best word on the board. Unlike other word games, you don’t need all the letters in your word to be available, but you’ll want to use as many as you can. So go ahead and use those really long words; they may just pay off!