ThinkNoodle Games

Alana's Animals

Best IG Game of the Year (BIGGY): 

Nominated

Best Family Game Award: 

Silver

Best Maths Game Award: 

Silver

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Young Einsteins Award: 

Gold

Number of players: 

2-4

Game duration: 

5-10mins

Country of origin: 

United Kingdom

Created by: 

Published by: 

Distributed by: 

Alana’s Animals - Every Animal Counts
Collect animals and build your farmyard. Who will earn the most apples for their animals and win the game? 
 
Alana’s Animals is a fast and fun card game where players take it in turn to collect animal cards that will gain them apples (VP’s) at the end of the game. The player with the most apples wins! Along the way, players can find hidden animals and card combinations that will score extra apples! 
 
Alana’s Animals is a powerful learning tool hidden within an engaging and addictive card game that helps children from the age of 3 develop their numeracy and problem-solving skills through play.
It’s an ideal game to play at home, in nurseries and schools.
 
Gameplay
There are rules for 3 different games included with the game and a further 3 co-operative ways to play coming shortly as a PDF available from our website thinknoodlegames.com
Each game has a variant that can be added that adds further gameplay elements.
 
Game 1 - A very simple game aimed at very young children (3 years) where the game begins with the animal cards laid out face down. Players then take turn to choose a card to turn over and add to their farmyard. During the game players are encouraged to talk about the animals they have found and compare the animals in their farmyard, such as types of animals found, their colours, do they have spots, etc.
The variation to this adds a few Reward cards, which are scored once all the animals have been ‘found'.
 
Game 2 - Age 3+ The animal cards are laid out face up for all players to see. The Reward cards are shuffled and 12 dealt out at random. 4 are turned face up, and laid out so all players can see them. The remaining 8 Reward cards are left face down.
The players then take turns to choose any animal card they want to add to their farm.
Once all the animals have been chosen, the face up reward cards are scored and apples awarded.
The player with the most apples is the winner.
The variation to this sees a extra Reward card revealed every round.
 
Game 3 - Age 4+ Best with 3 to 4 players
This game introduces and card drafting mechanic and I have happily played this with a group of 13 year olds.
Each player is dealt 6 animal cards. 12 Reward cards are dealt out on the table and 6 turn face up and laid out so all players can see them.
Players simultaneously choose one animal card to take, this is place face down in front of the player, the remaining hand of cards is passed to the player on their left.
Play continues until all animal cards have been chosen.
Players then reveal their farmyards and score the face up Reward cards and then the remaining 6 face down ones.
The variation for this game involves each player having a hidden reward card that only they can score, if they meet it’s requirements. 
 
The game was developed to solve a problem Dorset LEA where experiencing with children starting primary school with a lack of basic maths skills, they could recite numbers in order, but had no concept of what those number meant in terms of quantity or number magnitude.
 
The games helps children develop number recognition, rational counting, subitising, and an understanding of quantities and number magnitude.  
Text on the reward cards use a range of maths vocabulary, such as most, least, biggest, smallest, fewest, more than, less than and fewer. It also teaches children the concept of zero.
 
The game has been design to meet the EYFS Curriculum and beyond. 
 
Alana’s Animals is also a powerful assessment tool that can be used to gauge a child’s progress.
 
Many people helped us refine and tweak the game and gameplay including:
National Numeracy, Cambridge Mathematics, NRICH, as well as nursery teachers, EYFS teachers and maths tutor as well as gamers and of course children too!
 

City Of Zombies Times Square

Best Maths Game Award: 

Bronze

Number of players: 

1-6

Game duration: 

10-30mins

Country of origin: 

United Kingdom

Created by: 

Published by: 

Distributed by: 

In prize pool

Team up, roll your dice and put your heads together to find the best combinations to destroy the undead Zombie horde invading Times Square!

Times Square, is card game which gets players using their Times Tables and Squaring skills to battle super tough Zombies!

Times Square features Zombies Cards (with strengths up to 144), Item Cards which can be collected and used in your fight against the Zombie horde, Transformation Cards - Human one side, Zombie version the other, new Event Cards and all new Hero Cards.

Times Square is designed to be a fun and engaging game that helps players apply and practice their times tables in a freeform and self challenging way. Recommended by National Numeracy.  

City Of Zombies Ultimate Edition (3rd Edition)

Best IG Game of the Year (BIGGY): 

Nominated

Best Family Game Award: 

Silver

Best Maths Game Award: 

Silver

UK Games Expo Players Choice Award: 

Nominated

Number of players: 

1-6

Game duration: 

25-45mins

Country of origin: 

United Kingdom

Created by: 

Published by: 

Distributed by: 

City of Zombies - You need BRAINS to survive!
Aliens are invading and turning everyone in the City into Zombies, team up with friends and family to stop the advancing Zombies from reaching and overrunning your Safe Zone.  Defend the Barricade that’s protecting the Safe Zone until the Rescue Plane lands to Win the game.
 
City of Zombies is a ‘Maths by Stealth’ dice game where players must work together against the game to win.
 
Gameplay
Players take it in turn to roll 3 battle dice which can then be used individually or combined together to make a sum that equals the big number on a Zombie card (a Zombie’s Strength). When this happens the Zombie hit is removed from play. With clever use of the dice more than one Zombie can be removed at a time. 
 
Once everyone has had a turn any Zombies left on the board advance and a new row of Zombies appear! 
 
Players can score Bonus Points by saving Survivors! 
Play starts with 6 Survivors cards in the Safe Zone, and more Survivors can be added by clearing all the Zombies on the board. Each Survivor saved is worth 1 point, but watch out! Zombies that reach the Barricade eat Survivors!
 
Making maths fun for everyone!
Children love the game because it has many layers, the maths involved are non-threatening, it can be played using very simple maths, such as adding and subtracting, or more complex maths operation including multiplication, dividing, squaring and square roots. 
 
The game is fast and fun and rewards players as their math skills improve.
 
Players of different maths abilities can play together at the same time, and learn new maths skills through cooperative play.
 
The game encourages communication and discussion of a wide range of calculation strategies, it is both a teaching resource and a powerful assessment tool for teachers and educators.
 
The Ultimate Edition introduces 4 Difficulty Levels, BeginnerAdvancedExpert and Master 
 
Higher levels of play introduce Negative Numbers and Cubing.
 
The Ultimate Edition features a larger variety of Zombies, including Prime Numbers, and all new Items which can be collected to allow players to change their dice rolls or a Zombies strength, with some items even change the rules!
 
The Ultimate Edition was inspired by feedback and suggestions from teachers, educators, Imagination Gaming and the children themselves.
 
Imagination Gaming
"In 2014 my first game City of Zombies won Gold in the Imagination Gaming Awards for Best Family Game, Best Numeracy Game and claimed the coveted Player’s Choice Award.
Winning these awards has been a fantastic experience for me and has helped me tremendously. I’ve had the opportunity to work with Chris, Nigel and the team at Imagination Gaming who have helped me develop and improve each new edition of City of Zombies. Their support, help and continued advice has been invaluable - thank you guys!”