Esdevium Games

10 Days in the USA

Best Family Game Award: 

Nominated

Best Cross-Curriculum Game Award: 

Nominated

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Number of players: 

2-4

Game duration: 

20-30mins

Country of origin: 

China

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Every game is a new vacation - travel and adventure

Vacations make memories that last a lifetime! Playing 10 Days – you experience the fun of creating your own vacation while easily learning the states. Start your vacation today… Pick up 10 Days in the USA

13 Ghosts

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: 

10-20mins

Country of origin: 

Greece

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13 Ghosts is a microgame for 2-4 players in which each player tries to find the ghost hidden in the opponent's crypt. The game consists of thirteen ghost cards (provided in two sets for use in four-player games), each with a number from 1 to 13 and a special ability.

When playing, you use the card in your hand and you either play it face up to apply its ability or play it face down, thereby attacking your opponent by trying to guess the number of the ghost in their crypt. Succeed, and they are out of the game. As more and more cards are played and abilities are applied, players try to deduce their opponents' ghosts and remove them from the game. The last player to remain wins.

Aladdin And The Magic Lamp

Aladdin and the Magic Lamp - IG Awards 2017

Best Family Game Award: 

Silver

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Number of players: 

2-5

Game duration: 

20-25mins

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The sorcerer has sent you, a street urchin like Aladdin, into a cave to look for a magic lamp that lets you call upon a genie’s favors. However, the cave also encloses fabulous treasures sorted into three chests. If you’re not too greedy, this could be your chance to become rich!
 
A turn has 3 phases during which everyone plays simultaneously. First, choose how many Chest cards you want to draw and from which chest. Then, call out to the genie by being the fastest.
 
Finally, if you haven’t been too greedy, draw Chest cards while avoiding the scorpions. The game ends when a player draws one of the 3 Sorcerer cards and closes the cave.

Aquarium

Aquarium - IG Awards 2017

Best Family Game Award: 

Nominated

Best Maths Game Award: 

Nominated

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Number of players: 

2-6

Game duration: 

45-50mins

Published by: 

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In Aquarium, players need to buy matching fish to collect points… but at what cost? Cross your fingers while competitors change your offer, add new fish, swap others, or even double their value!
 
Build your own aquarium with colorful fish to score the most points! That is, if you can keep them alive until the end of the game.
 
  • Control the pet shop with a simple card system.
  • Great player interactions.
  • Collect beautiful fish.

Cardline Marvel

Number of players: 

2-8

Game duration: 

15-20mins

Country of origin: 

France

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Cardline: Marvel is similar to Cardline: Animals — but with superheroes and other characters from the Marvel Comics universe!

It is a card game played with approximately 100 cards. Both sides of each card depict a character and its name, while its weight, IQ and fighting ability are printed on only one side of the card. For each game, players decide before playing which of the three statistics they're comparing.

At the start of the game, each player places a number of character cards on the table in front of them with the characteristics hidden. One card is placed in the center of the table with its characteristics revealed.

Players then take turns placing a card from their tableau in a row on the table; a player can place a card between any two other cards. After placing the card, the player reveals the characteristics on it.

If the card was placed correctly – that is, with the particular characteristic in numerical order compared to all other cards on the table – the card stays in place; otherwise the card is removed from play and the player takes another card from the deck and adds it to their tableau.

The first player to get rid of all their cards by placing them correctly wins.

Celestia

Number of players: 

2-6

Game duration: 

25-40mins

Country of origin: 

France

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In Celestia, a revamped version of Cloud 9, you board an aircraft with a team of adventurers to perform many trips through the cities of Celestia and recover their wonderful treasures. Your journey will not be safe, but you will attempt to be the richest adventurer by collecting the most precious treasures!
At the beginning of a journey, all players place their pawns within the aircraft; the players start the game with six cards in hand (or eight depending on the number of players). At the beginning of each round, one player is chosen to be the captain of the trip and he rolls 2-4 dice to discover the challenges that they will face: fog, lightning bolts, killer birds, or pirates. He must then play the appropriate cards — a compass, a lightning arrester, a foghorn, or even cannons — to continue on the journey and reach the next city. But before the captain plays the appropriate cards, each player must decide whether to stay within the aircraft:
If you exit, you're guaranteed the victory points that come from exploring the current city.
If you stay on board, you hope to make it to the next city in order to catch more precious treasures. If the captain can't overcome the challenge, though, everyone comes crashing down empty-handed and you'll need to begin a new trip with all passengers on board.
During the journey, each adventurer can try to pull out of the game with fabulous objects (a jetpack, astronomy glasses, etc.) or by changing the trip (modifying the travel or abandoning an explorer in the city). As soon as a player earns treasure worth at least fifty points, the game ends and this player wins.

Codenames

Best Literacy Game Award: 

Silver

Number of players: 

2-8

Game duration: 

15-30mins

Country of origin: 

Czech Republic

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Two rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents. Their teammates know the agents only by their CODENAMES.
In Codenames, two teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first. Spymasters give one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the board. Their teammates try to guess words of the right color while avoiding those that belong to the opposing team. And everyone wants to avoid the assassin.
Codenames: Win or lose, it's fun to figure out the clues.

Colour Chess + Lure

Best IG Game of the Year (BIGGY): 

Nominated

Best Family Game Award: 

Silver

Problem Solving Award: 

Nominated

Number of players: 

2-2

Game duration: 

20-60mins

Country of origin: 

United Kingdom

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An abstract strategy game that sees you not only controlling your own pieces, but also determining a lot of your opponent's piece movements through the control of colors.

Colour Chess + Lure are played on the same board but with different pieces and goals. Or you can combine the two!

Colour Chess keeps the standard rules of chess but adds a second layer of strategy based on the board's colours. This removes a lot of the standard openings of chess and means you have to adapt your strategy to the board each time you play. 

Lure is a game of blocking, manipulation and capture that can be played with a different combination of pieces to change up the strategy.

Cortex Challenge: Original

Cortex Challenge: Original - IG Awards 2017

Best Family Game Award: 

Nominated

Best Cross-Curriculum Game Award: 

Nominated

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Problem Solving Award: 

Gold

Excelled In Schools Award (Year): 

2018

Number of players: 

2-6

Game duration: 

15-20mins

Published by: 

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Challenge your brain in a fun game that tests your thinking, memory and speed skills! Compete with other players in 8 different challenges which will make you use all your brain power: touch tests, duplicates, logical series, mazes, colour puzzles, and more.

Crazy Circus

Best Family Game Award: 

Shortlisted

Best Maths Game Award: 

Nominated

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Shortlisted

Number of players: 

1-10

Game duration: 

15-20mins

Country of origin: 

France

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Crazy Circus is a simultaneous puzzle solving game where three animals stand on two platforms and you must issue spoken commands to change their configuration

For example, "Ma", which moves the bottom animal on one platform to the top, or "Ni" which swaps the top two animals on the two platforms.

As a result, the game is a race to shout out multi-syllable commands such as the eponymous "MaNiKi", or "LoNiMaSo".

The first player to do so correctly wins the target card, and whoever collects the most cards wins!

Crossing

Best Family Game Award: 

Gold

Number of players: 

3-6

Game duration: 

15-20mins

Country of origin: 

Japan

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In Crossing, you have to collect gemstones, but players make their choices simultaneously and not everybody will get what they want when desires clash — and even if you are lucky during the initial confrontation, you aren't safe from the greediness of other players.

Through bluffing and cunning, you want to collect more gemstones than your opponents. To do this, you place a set of cards side by side on the table, with each card featuring a varying number of gems. When signaled, each player simultaneously places a finger on one of the cards. You collect the stones only if you are alone on the card!

The French version of Crossing includes rules for play with only three whereas the initial Japanese release of Xing included rules only for 4-6 players.

Dino Race

Best Family Game Award: 

Shortlisted

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Number of players: 

2-4

Game duration: 

15-25mins

Country of origin: 

Spain

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In Dino Race players run as quickly as possible through plains, deserts, swamps and jungles whilst avoiding the nasty tricks of the opponents, all in aid of saving their dinosaurs from extinction!

Each player must bring his pair of dinosaurs to the end of the race track, scoring points when one of his them finishes the race. Players also score points by bringing the dino egg to safety.

All this under the eye of an angry volcano...

Dragon Valley

Best Family Game Award: 

Nominated

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Number of players: 

2-4

Game duration: 

15-30mins

Country of origin: 

Germany

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Dragon Valley is an engaging game for the whole family for players age 6 and up.

The goal of the game is to return the dragon younglings to their valley before the nasty wizard gets back to his tower and catches them playing fireball near his home.

To help the baby dragons, two players each take a wand and use their magic to transport them back to the Dragon Valley.

Final Touch

Final Touch - IG Game Awards

Best Family Game Award: 

Silver

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Number of players: 

2-4

Game duration: 

15-20mins

Published by: 

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Prepare your palette and ready your paintbrushes for Final Touch, a game of forged masterpieces and artistic sabotage for two to four aspiring artists. Designed by Mike Elliot, Final Touch is a card-based game in which players race to be the first artist to earn $25 by putting the final touch of paint on a forged painting.
 
Play Touch of Colour cards from your hand to either Improve or Smear the forgery, working both together and against your fellow painters. The first player to put the final touch on any forgery in the making will earn the money for that forgery, while Smearing pays it out to your opponents and moves you onto the larger paydays. While you and your opponents may not be the next Picasso, you are all eager to make your mark on the art world, even as clever forgers.
 
Watch your back though, because it’s about to get messy!

Flea Market

Best Maths Game Award: 

Nominated

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Number of players: 

3-5

Game duration: 

25-35mins

Country of origin: 

United States

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It's Market Day, so head down to the flea market to see what hidden treasures you can find.

As a buyer's agent, you are trying to find popular items, buy them cheap, and sell them for a profit!

If you are the first player to earn $45 in Flea Market, you win!

Fruit Salad

Best Family Game Award: 

Silver

Number of players: 

2-6

Game duration: 

15-20mins

Country of origin: 

France

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In Fruit Salad, players collectively assemble a fruity dish, trying to get rid of their cards in hand or score four points first.

Cards are distributed face down evenly among all players. At the start of a round, someone rolls the two dice — one showing a number 4-8, the other showing a type of fruit — then players take turns laying cards in the centre of the table, covering the card most recently played.

Whenever someone thinks that the stack of cards contains at least as many of the required fruit as shown on the dice, they can slap the stack and reveal the cards. If they're correct, they keep one card face up as a point and distribute the other cards among the opponents; if incorrect, they must keep all of the cards.

While this part of the game is straightforward, some cards include minions that require you to reroll either the number or fruit die, thereby changing what you're trying to collect in the salad. Can you keep track of everything?

Game Of Trains

Number of players: 

2-4

Game duration: 

15-30mins

Country of origin: 

Latvia

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Game of trains is a family card game where each player is in charge for his line of trains.

The cards have super abilities that bring fun, thrill and surprises to the game. Who will be the first to get the train cars line in order?

While changing your railcars in ascending order, you have to be observant for what your opponent's moves are and smart to use card's abilities to help your train or to stop your opponents from winning. 

Ghostel

Ghostel - IG Game Awards

Best Family Game Award: 

Silver

Best Maths Game Award: 

Nominated

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Number of players: 

2-4

Game duration: 

45-60mins

Country of origin: 

United Kingdom

Created by: 

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Ghostel is a semi-cooperative family game for 2-4 players that plays in 60 minutes.

Prey on the phobias of guests by turning into their worst nightmares. Work with other ghosts to combine forces, and scare away the hardiest of hotel patrons to earn upgrades and get even scarier!

The randomised guest and dice roll mechanic means each round is different from the next, but there’s more than luck to winning the game.


Here's what the creators of Ghostel, had to say about the game!

1. What does the game involve?

Being a semi-cooperative game, you’ll need to make, and sometimes break, deals with your friends and family to get the upper hand. The best experience can be had by really getting into the spirit of being a ghost in a haunted house, and terrifying the humans away with your best dice rolls accompanied by your scariest “WoooOOOOoooo” sound effects.

2. What skills can you build/gain from the game?

The game involves using maths to combine dice scores and multipliers to beat the humans and face-off against other ghosts. You can use special power ups to make your scare value higher or make other ghosts less scary. You’ll also need to work on your negotiation skills to learn to beat the more difficult humans. Players will need to use forward planning and think three moves ahead, not just for themselves but also of the other players, so that they can take full advantage of their scores versus their opponents depending on the setup for that round.

3. What's your favourite tactic or are there any tricks you can teach us?

Extra dice earlier in the game is a strong tactic. For extra fun keep an eye out for the Ghostly Barrier power up which affects the movement of your opponents. Also, going last can put you in a very advantageous position so don’t feel bad if you have the lowest score.

4. Do you have any funny/heartwarming stories about a game of Ghostel?

At a small convention in Newport, we had the prototype copy of the game out for people to try, before we had even published the game. A seven year old girl turned up with her uncle and liked the look of the game. They played it together and learned the rules. She clearly loved the game but they had more to see in the convention. Later, she returned with another family member to ‘show them the game’ which meant she could play it again. Already, in her second game she was using advanced strategies to get the upper hand over a much older group of players. At the end of the convention she returned with more people who she wanted to ‘show’ the game to, and got a third game going. She outplayed the entire group and was even teaching them the better tactics and strategies to the game. She finished with a clear and decisive victory! We were so impressed by her quick learning of the game, and dedication to playing it as much as possible in one day that we gave her the 3D ghost meeples to keep as a gift.

Happy Pigs

Number of players: 

3-6

Game duration: 

30-45mins

Country of origin: 

China

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As pig farmers in Happy Pigs, players compete on raising healthy pigs by executing strategic combinations of “Actions” (Feed, Mate, Purchase, and Sell) and “Tools” (Vaccines, Nutritional Supplements and Birth Amulets) for each round. Both the frequency to take these “Actions” and the number of “Tools” a player can purchase are restricted by the number of players choosing to take the same action in any given round. Also, from time to time there are unexpected events (such as Pig Shows and Sausage Fest) which offer players great opportunities to outperform their peers.

There are four rounds to each season, and all unvaccinated pigs die at each season change. The game concludes at the end of four seasons, when all pigs are sold off at different prices in accordance with their sizes. The player with the highest profit at the end wins the game.

Hop!

Hop - IG Awards 2017

Best Family Game Award: 

Silver

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Number of players: 

3-6

Game duration: 

30-40mins

Published by: 

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When Tom came home with a book he found in his grandparents’ attic, a sort of grimoire, describing an entire realm in the sky, you didn’t waste a second. Clouds populated by fantastic creatures and mischievous characters? The secret of using rainbows to climb through the clouds, and rise high in the sky? It was all too good!
 
You have your friends, so nothing can stop you, right? You are going to take on this adventure together! No sooner said than done: You grab a handful of balloons, rise rapidly, and fly away into the sky. But beware: The people of the clouds are just as hungry for entertainment! After all, it’s not every day they meet strangers from the ground; perhaps they won’t let you leave so easily….
 
Take up the challenges that present themselves to you throughout your encounters, go faster andhigher than everyone else, and collect the most rewards. And if you arrive at the top of the clouds, you will be the first to see the world like a friend, face-to- face.
 
Climb cloud to cloud in order to be the first to reach the top of the sky. Each challenge you face is another chance to rise higher in the sky. But, helping other players also earns you rewards. Numerous challenges can be met only by helping or being helped by the other players. Be clever andyou will gain levels, but choose your partners wisely in order to limit the points they gain alongside you.
 
As soon as someone reaches level 7, the game comes to an end, and the player with the most points wins the game!

Ice Cool

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Silver

Family Classic Award (Year): 

2018

Number of players: 

2-4

Game duration: 

20-40mins

Country of origin: 

Latvia

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You won't believe it!

These penguins are real rascals: if your flick is good enough, they can slide not only straight, they can make curves and even jump over the walls.

Each player will have to use the best of their skills in order to get the most points in this fun and exciting game.

It's not just cool, it's ICE COOL!

Incan Gold

Excelled In Schools Award: 

Award

Number of players: 

3-8

Game duration: 

20-40mins

Country of origin: 

France

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Quest for riches in the ruins for up to 8 intrepid explorers

Incan Gold is a quick, fun game of bluff and daring in which explorers push their luck while exploring an old Incan temple in search of gold and treasure.

In each round, you decide whether to delve deeper into the temple, adding to your riches, or to escape with the share you’ve acquired so far. Every time an explorer braves new territory, more gems and dangers appear.

Giant spiders, Mummies, snakes, rockslides and fire can cause you to lose everything. Is it worth the risk? You decide. But if you leave, those who remain in the temple may acquire a bigger share of each stash of jewels yet to be found. After five rounds of exploration, whoever has the most treasure is the ultimate explorer and the winner

Ivor The Engine

Best Family Game Award: 

Shortlisted

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Number of players: 

3-5

Game duration: 

40-80mins

Country of origin: 

United Kingdom

Created by: 

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Ivor the Engine, from the legendary Smallfilms studio, is one of the most enduring children's series in British television history. Beautifully-illustrated by Peter Firmin and charmingly-written by Oliver Postgate, the books and films of Ivor's adventures with dragons, choirs, circus elephants, sheep and snowdrifts have enchanted families for over 50 years. In 2014, Ivor makes a glorious return to print with the release of the Ivor the Engine family board game from Surprised Stare Games Limited. For between three and five players, from eight years and up, the Ivor The Engine board game takes approximately an hour to play and is set in the top left-hand corner of Wales as represented by a beautiful new map drawn especially for the game by Peter Firmin. Players must travel around the branch railway line clearing flocks of delightfully-shaped wooden sheep pieces ('sheeples') that are stopping Ivor from doing his work; when the sheep have been removed, gaining you points, then familiar jobs from the classic stories can be completed for even more points. The game also comes with a specially-created deck of cards each illustrated with familiar scenes from the original series and some with brand new pieces of Peter Firmin's wonderful artwork.

Little Red Riding Hood

Number of players: 

1-5

Game duration: 

20-30mins

Country of origin: 

France

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Le Petit Chaperon Rouge, a.k.a. Little Red Riding Hood, is the fifth entry in Purple Brain Creations' "Tales & Games" series.

In one game mode, the players co-operate to try to reach Grandma's house before the wolf can spot them; in the second game mode, one player takes on the role of the wolf.
During the first game mode, the players will help Little Red Riding Hood reach Grandma’s cottage before the wolf gets there. In this mode, the wolf is managed by the game.

To start, the youngest player flips over the first card of the Path card deck. Count the number of flowers on the card. Place as many face-down Gathering tokens on it as there are flowers. This will be the first card for Gathering. Then, this player takes the first turn of the game as explained below.

In the second game mode, a player plays the wolf. Unlike the first game mode, the Wolf chooses the Path cards, instead of players drawing them randomly from the deck. The other players play as the characters helping Little Red Riding Hood reach Grandma’s cottage before the Wolf arrives.

Loony Quest

Best Family Game Award: 

Shortlisted

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Shortlisted

Number of players: 

2-5

Game duration: 

15-25mins

Country of origin: 

France

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Published by: 

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In the wonderful land of Arkadia, a very old king has no heir.

He organizes a tournament to offer his throne to the bravest adventurer of the kingdom. Up to five finalists will wander seven worlds full of surprises...

In Loony Quest, players study challenging level cards and are then given 30 seconds to meet each one’s demands, armed only with a pen and tracing sheet.

Once finished, players place their sheets on top of the level card to see whether the drawings line up with the targets they meant to hit — or avoid.

Largely inspired by video games, Loony Quest players discover various familiar worlds. Play with 3D and 2D levels, run into loony monsters — Loonies — and big bosses, trigger special stages, collect bonuses, use penalties on opponents, and gather as many Xperience points as possible to win.

Lords Of War

Best Maths Game Award: 

Nominated

Number of players: 

2-8

Game duration: 

10-45mins

Country of origin: 

United Kingdom

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Lords of War is an award-winning card game from Black Box Games in the UK.

It sees fantasy races engage in dynamic, tactical card battles which surge across your table top, taking between 30-45 minutes per game.

Each of the double-deck packs is playable out of the box and contains two complete armies, all of which are ready and eager to engage in gratuitous acts of fantasy mayhem.

The armies are differentiated by their exclusive cards, which feature distinctive playing styles according to the characteristics and qualities of that particular fantasy race.

Also, all of the cards boast stunning original artwork by award-winning artist Steve Cox.

Machi Koro

Best Maths Game Award: 

Nominated

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Number of players: 

2-4

Game duration: 

25-35mins

Country of origin: 

Japan

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Welcome to the city of Machi Koro.

You've just been elected Mayor. Congratulations!

Unfortunately the citizens have some pretty big demands: jobs, a theme park, a couple of cheese factories and maybe even a radio tower. A tough proposition since the city currently consists of a wheat field, a bakery and a single die.

Armed only with your trusty die and a dream, you must grow Machi Koro into the largest city in the region. You will need to collect income from developments, build public works, and steal from your neighbours’ coffers. Just make sure they aren't doing the same to you!

Munchkin Treasure Hunt

Number of players: 

2-6

Game duration: 

45-60mins

Country of origin: 

United States

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 Munchkin Treasure Hunt is a fun board game for up to six players, ages 6 and up – now everyone in the family can be a Munchkin! 

Treasure Hunt comes with a board, two custom six-sided dice, 96 colorful cards, four blank cards (so you can write your own!), six character standees, and a rulesheet.
The munchkins (that's you!), move around the board. If you land on a monster, use the Monster cards to find out how tough it is, then roll a dice and use your Treasures (like Protective Kittens or a Broccoli Smoothie – EEEUUWW, YUCK) to beat it.

When you run out of Treasure cards, whoever has the most gold in their hand wins the game!

My First Stone Age

My First Stone Age - IG Awards 2017

Best Family Game Award: 

Silver

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Number of players: 

2-4

Game duration: 

15-20mins

Published by: 

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People haven’t always lived the same way they do nowadays! Back in the Stone Age, for example, men and women would need to hunt for food and build their own settlement from scratch. Playing My First Stone Age, let your imagination take you back to that time of adventures and fun. Take the role of two stone age children, Jono and Jada, and collect berries, go fishing, and explore the world!
 
  • Easy to learn and to play.
  • Develops memory skills.
  • Big wooden pieces easy to handle.

Ominoes

Ominoes - IG Game Awards

Best Family Game Award: 

Bronze

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Number of players: 

2-4

Game duration: 

15-20mins

Country of origin: 

United Kingdom

Created by: 

Published by: 

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Ominoes is a dice tactics game for everyone. Players aim to collect groups of 4 or more of their favoured Egyptian God symbol – Apep the snake, Horus the falcon, Khepri the beetle or Ra the sun. Each turn a player rolls an Ominoe – the face it shows means the player moves a matching Ominoe on the board 3 spaces and then the rolled Ominoe is placed. So, roll a snake, move a snake, add a snake. You can be moving your own plies, or your opponents! If you roll Yay-Ra you can move any Ominoe and if you roll the serpent, Ominotep, then you choose an Ominoe, re-roll it and place it back on the  board. Ominoes is another of YAY Games ‘2 turns to learn’ games. Simple to pick up, seconds to set up and proving a hit with families and gamers looking for something light but challenging. 

The thing people really seem to love is cheerfully placing opponents’ Ominoes as far apart as they possibly can, and then acting all innocent. Well, the game made them do it. It’s great to see young players faces light up when they see the chance to ruin the plans of grown-ups. But hey, that’s why we make the games we do – so long as what happens in the game, stays in the game!

Pina Pirata

Best Family Game Award: 

Shortlisted

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Number of players: 

2-6

Game duration: 

25-35mins

Country of origin: 

France

Created by: 

Published by: 

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Will you be the finest Pirate?!

As captain of a pirate crew, your ultimate goal is to find the most incredible treasure of all times: the Golden Pineapple. The map leading to it has been cut into parts long time ago, and hidden in different places of the Caribbean Sea.

In order to win the game, you will have to face and overcome all the other pirates also searching the Golden Pineapple map. Play your cards wisely to find the treasure and become a pirate of legends!

Playa Pirata

Best Family Game Award: 

Nominated

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Number of players: 

2-4

Game duration: 

15-25mins

Country of origin: 

Italy

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It's so stressful being a pirate nowadays!

It's even worse when you need to retrieve your buried treasures from a beach crowded with tourists... Your only chance is to occupy as much space as you can with your beach towels and wait until nightfall to dig up your loot!

Bury a treasure with a value known only to you, or play a pirate card to find out what the others are plotting. Lay your beach towels to cover the most valuable treasures while you wait for nightfall. Then recover the treasures you've captured! But watch out for surprises!

Pyramid Arcade

Pyramid Arcade - IG Awards 2017

Best Family Game Award: 

Gold

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Number of players: 

1-10

Game duration: 

60-180mins

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Pyramid Arcade is a complete game library in one box. Inside, you'll find everything you need to play 22 different tabletop games, each of which uses the Looney Pyramid gaming pieces in a different way.
 
The games in this arcade range from easy to complex, from mostly-luck to pure skill, and from time-killer to brain-burner. Developed over the course of more than twenty-five years, the games in this set are truly out of this world!

Quack-A-Doodle-Moo

Best Family Game Award: 

Nominated

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Shortlisted

Number of players: 

3-8

Game duration: 

20-30mins

Country of origin: 

China

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The party game where everyone is an animal…or at least sounds like one!

The laughter erupts when tongue-tied players stumble and stutter to blurt out the animal sounds of the other players.

You’ll have bales of fun with Quack-a-doodle-Moo. It’s a real hoot!

Sandcastles

Number of players: 

1-7

Game duration: 

30-40mins

Country of origin: 

United Kingdom

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Can you be crowned King of the Beach?

Each player is aiming to create the biggest and best sandcastles they can before the Big Wave ends the game.

Sandcastles can be built from cards showing crabs, seagulls and buckets in any combination and any size and shape. By playing one card per turn you can add to your sandcastle, or attack other players to steal parts of theirs.

Once a sandcastle is complete you gain points for it which are counted at the end of the game and you could earn bonuses if the sandcastle matches any of the shape cards, content cards or if it’s the biggest castle or has the tallest tower of seagulls. But beware – you only keep the bonuses until someone else matches or beats you and takes it away as theirs.

Sandcastles is a quick to learn fast-paced game where you have to keep a very close eye on your opponents. Do you add to your castle, or attack and risk losing points?

In April 2016 Sandcastles won the prestigious Griffie Award for Best Card Game at Conpulsion, Scotland’s Longest running sci-fi and gaming convention.

Santa’s Bag

Number of players: 

2-8

Game duration: 

15-30mins

Country of origin: 

China

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In Santa's Bag, you play an Elf in Santa's workshop. You make toys for kids!

Santa reads his list and tells the Elves what toys to make and who will get them. On your turn, look at the toys that need to be made. Do you have the parts to make a toy? Do you need more parts? You can trade with other Elves to get a part. You can even use Elven Magic to make the right part!

The trickier the toy, the more points you earn. Building toys for nicer children earns you even more points!

When you've built all the toys on Santa's list, the player with the most points wins!

Snake Oil: Party Potion

Best Family Game Award: 

Shortlisted

Best Literacy Game Award: 

Nominated

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Number of players: 

3-6

Game duration: 

20-30mins

Country of origin: 

China

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Published by: 

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In the Old West, the medicine “entrepreneur” had the amazing talent of getting even the most skeptical customer to buy his cure-all product, and in Snake Oil, that’s exactly what players get to do!

Laughter is the best medicine and the laughter erupts as each player gets to pitch their crazy item to comical Customers. The player that persuades the most customers wins!

Believe you me folks, Snake Oil will cure your doldrums and have your friends and family rolling in laughter! Step right up and take home your very own copy of Snake Oil today!

StoryLine: Scary Tales

StoryLine: Scary Tales - IG Awards 2017

Best Family Game Award: 

Gold

Best Literacy Game Award: 

Gold

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Excelled In Schools Award (Year): 

2018

Number of players: 

3-8

Game duration: 

15-30mins

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Continue your own fanciful adventure stories with the spooky addition of Scary Tales, the second installment of StoryLine! In this simple, beautifully-illustrated card game, three to eight players create a story together, with each player contributing characters, places, objects, and events to the narrative. Two narrator decks and over a hundred story cards are included to provide ample replayability, and Scary Tales introduces cards to add fright and mystery to your tales. Will your villain be a Wicked Vampire or a Mad Scientist? Will their lair be in a Mysterious Swamp or a Haunted Chapel? Prepare yourself for a frightful evening; this story is yours for the telling!

The Hare & The Tortoise

Best Family Game Award: 

Shortlisted

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Shortlisted

Number of players: 

2-5

Game duration: 

10-20mins

Country of origin: 

Korea, Democratic People's Republic Of

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At the start of a race, each player secretly bets on two of four animals: turtle, rabbit, sheep, and duck. One animal is chosen at random for each player.

Then players must choose one of their cards from their hand of 6 to place face down (possibly the same animal) as an additional bet.

Players then take turns laying down 1-4 cards, with all cards needing to show the same animal, then refilling the hand to five cards.

As soon as seven total cards have been played or four cards of any one animal, the movement phase starts where each animal has a distinct characteristic that players can use to their advantage to win the round and score.

After three rounds, the player with the most points wins.

The Little Prince, Make Me A Planet

Number of players: 

2-5

Game duration: 

15-30mins

Country of origin: 

France

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In The Little Prince: Make Me a Planet, each player will build his own planet to provide a beautiful home for the dear animals of The Little Prince – the fox, the sheep, the elephant and the snake – but make sure there aren't too many volcanoes and baobab trees!

Each round, the start player chooses one of the four stacks of tiles and takes as many tiles as the number of players. He chooses one of them and appoints a different player to choose another tile. This new player takes the tile and starts building her own planet in front of her. Then she appoints another player, and so on, until every player gets a tile. The last player must take the only tile that remains. To make up for that, this player becomes the start player for the next round.

Baobab trees grow on some tiles, and having too many of them is bad. If a player has three baobab trees on his planet, the three tiles bearing these trees have to be turned face down. Now the items on those tiles won't score you points at the end of the game!

By the end of the game, four characters will be located around each player's planet, earning that player points based on the various items present on the planet. Not everything is risk-free, though, as the player who has the highest number of volcanoes loses as many points as the number of volcanoes on his planet. The player with the highest score wins!

The Mysterious Forest

The Mysterious Forest - IG Awards 2017

Best Family Game Award: 

Gold

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Number of players: 

2-4

Game duration: 

20-25mins

Country of origin: 

China

Published by: 

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The Mysterious Forest is a cooperative memory game inspired by Daniel Lieske's graphic novel, The Wormworld Saga.
 
After going through a magical painting, young Jonas enters a fantasy world. Players help him cross the Mysterious Forest and face the frightening Queen of the Draconia. The game is played in three phases: During the scouting phase, the players look at each of the eight forest cards in play and try to memorize all the equipment they need to cross the forest. Then they prepare Jonas' backpack by rolling the dice and trying to get the right pieces of equipment. Once ready, the players start the expedition by turning the first forest card face up and discarding the required equipment from the backpack.
 
If they can reach the final card and choose the right equipment before they reveal it, they win the game!

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