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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: 

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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.

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!

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!

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.