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An Interview With... G Game

An Interview With...G Game

With two fantastic games which are only proving to be more and more popular, Korean games company, G Game, talk to us about why they created Rainbow 35 and what's on the horizon...

1. Why did you create this game?

My friend recommended that I make a board game - I participated in board game groups and then started making Rainbow 35 and Animal Auction!

2. How did you get the idea for your game?

When I was an elementary school student, I hated to learn math because it was too difficult! My favourite subjects were Art and Physical Education, so I decided to make mathematicas more dynamic and colourful. I thought that if math is pretty and active, then children will develop an interest in it. This is why I made the game!

3. Can any age enjoy the game?

Yes! For younger ones, the main rule is to find a matching number. It's a good way to get children to recognise numbers. The older ones also like the game because there are one or two simple games without the complex mechanism.

5. Do you have plans for any more games?

We have a plan to launch new games. We have ideas for game which enable children to pick the game pieces by hand - this will be good for kids to improve their motor skills. Another is an abstract game - deep thought is required but the game rule is simple. We'd like to develop a family party game too!

Click here to read our game overview for Rainbow 35 and Animal Auction.

Grab copies of the games here:

Rainbow 35

Animal Auction

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AireCon 2017 - Come and Join Us!

AireCon 2017

On Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th March 2017, we'll be at AireCon - a friendly and inclusive gaming festival! We'll be running a mini Family Zone with a great selection of family games including some old classics that we all love to some new and exclusive games to us, from all over the world!

Last year's event welcomed a variety of gamers of different ages and abilities. There was such a friendly atmosphere and lots of games to join in with. With a huge games library and our Family Zone available, the youngsters (and adults!) will have plenty to do during the weekend.

Let us know of any games you wish to see at this year's AireCon and we'll do our best to bring these along with us. There are also plenty of other games that we will be bringing along to teach you too!

We'll be situated in the Crown Suite in Hall D of the Harrogate International Centre along with IQ Games Centre. 

Tickets for this event are FREE for the youngsters and there is a discount for young adults. With only a week to go, time is running out fast!

There's still time to get your tickets - click here to get yours!

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An Interview With... Jouni Jussila - Playmore Games

An Interview With... Jouni Jussila - Playmore Games

Race to the North Pole was a big hit last year; a game that brought the gaming experience to a very different level. We caught up with Jouni Jussila from Playmore Games as he discusses his favourite games and the exciting new way of playing - without the need for a rule book!

1. Give us a bit of an insight to your company. How long have you been producing/distributing/designing games?

Playmore Games was founded in 2014 by two guys from Finland, Jouni and Tomi. Both of us have always been making board and video games since we were kids but we never went through the effort to get something actually published. That changed in 2015 when our first game Race to the North Pole was published at Spiel. Due to the success of the innovative game an improved second edition was published in 2016. The game remained the same but we were able to improve the component quality.

From now on we are concentrating on Dized, a smart device application that will allow people to play a new game immediately skipping the rulebook completely!

2. What or who inspired you to start your gaming journey and why?

The fantastic board and video games we played as kids, such as Heroquest, Space Crusade, Dungeons and Dragons and of course those legendary Lucasarts adventure games such as Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion!

3. What games do you have available for us to play today?

Race to the North Pole! An exiting racing game where players compete for the title of the conqueror of the North Pole. Players have to keep an eye on each other and meanwhile try to deal with the constant storms, which are simulated by the very cool rotating board.

4. How did you get the ideas for your games?

Inspiration can strike whenever. The original idea for Race to the North Pole was "a rotating Chess board". That idea happened in January 2014 at Global Game Jam event. After the event we developed the idea further and created Race to the North Pole.

5. What games do you play and which game is your all time favourite?

I'm a very casual player. Race to the North Pole is a very good example of a game like that. It's easy to play but there's a good amount of depth and strategy to keep the game interesting. I like Pandemic, especially the Reign of Cthulhu version. On the more complex side I really like XCOM: The Board Game and have probably played that more than anything else in the past year. All time favorite is difficult, but a very classic board game would be Heroquest and out of video games Monkey Island or System Shock II.

6. What can we expect to see from you in the future?

You will see rulebooks slowly disappearing from board games. Our app Dized is the friend at the table to will walk players through the game so that play starts immediately without using a rulebook! Dized is already out as a soft launch version and the next game on it will be Bang!

Development of Dized will take a couple of years of my time but I assume I go back into creating board games after that. I already have fantastic prototypes for exciting games.

7. And finally...any words of wisdom/advice to new and old gamers?

It's all in the company name: Playmore Games! 

You can see our game overview for Race to the North Pole here.

Click here to purchase Race to the North Pole from our website.

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An Interview with... Matt Knott and Anna Whitehead - Ingenium Games

WordStacker

Last year, we came across WordStacker; a fantastic word game which cleverly involves stacking, extending and mixing up words to your advantage! After creating their first successful word game, Matt and Anna from Ingenium Games talk about bringing a few new releases to our gaming collections and how they became inspired.

1. Give us a bit of an insight to your company. How long have you been producing/designing games?

There are 2 of us, Matt Knott and Anna Whitehead, We're pretty much a start-up, we've been going just over 12 months. Matt started out at Hasbro in 2006 producing and designing games and then moved up north in 2008 forming his own Interactive Media company. Since then, Matt's been yearning to get back into gaming. Anna worked in the licensing industry for Wesco before pursuing her goal of seeing her games published. We met about 18 months ago after an introduction by a mutual friend. We decided to work together on a few ideas and within a few months had our first finished game, WordStacker.

2. What or who inspired you to start your gaming journey and why?

Matt: I love playing. As a designer, I play with everything. I've always been a maker too, whether it's sculpture, architectural drawings or a meal, I've always enjoyed the process of making. Making games is just about the most extraordinary thing I make. I get a lot of joy from seeing something completely new emerge from the development work we do. If I was to try and pinpoint who inspired me to games, that's easy - it's my Dad. He's not a big gamer at all, but when I was a kid he would play whatever I wanted - he's also my biggest fan...even at the tender age of 39. I also work in design and interactive design and production so I'm a bit obsessed as to how people play with stuff, whether it's a piece of card, a tablet or touchscreen - I want people to feel wowed by anything I design.

Anna: I'm a board game hobbyist and go to any number of gaming groups around Manchester where I live. I was inspired to take my game ideas forward by member of my neighbourhood games group who'd playtested my handmade prototypes many times. It's a great group of friends and I loved to see them laughing and talking together, and I want to create that reaction myself. WordStacker also passed the 'Mum Test', which is no small beans, given that she's been playing word games since before I was born!

3. What games do you have available for us to play today?

WordStacker is our first game. It's a great 'family round the table' game and isn't just for the clever-clogs like the other word games out there. We've had loads of positive feedback by everyone who's played - Parents see it as a really good way of engaging their kids with language and it's also been 'Recommended' by the Good Toy Guide. We're working on 3 new games; a new member for the WordStacker family and 2 brand new games.

4. How did you get the ideas for your games?

Our ideas come from all sorts of sources. Matt enjoys building games from interesting stories. We're working on a really interesting game idea based in India at the moment. Anna focuses on mechanisms and techniques of play. We seem to dovetail well as a result. WordStacker was inspired by word games on a newspaper puzzle page. We created a game which is competitive for younger and older players and which promotes interaction, something we feel is lacking in many word games.

5. What games do you play and which game is your all time favourite?

Anna: That's a tricky one! Being a game fan I don't know if I could name an all-time favourite. There's always time for Dobble, and stacking and balancing games like Jenga are great fun. If I'm in for a longer game then it's Power Grid or Alhambra. There are a lot of games for teams around at the moment, Codenames is great fun too.

Matt: My favourite games always come from the experience. Games bring people together and even the more mainstream games can be fun - the mood is often set with the people. Two games spring to mind - 'No Thanks' - I played this in a bar in Boston and it was great fun - and 'Jamaica', lots of pirate trash talk!

6. What can we expect to see from you in the future?

We've got a number of games in development and we're working on some different formats too - can't say too much about that though. As well as the 3 games we're working on, we've got some new ideas for games for Jan 2018, we're working toward getting our own range of games up to 20 as soon as we can.

7. And finally...any words of wisdom/advice to new and old gamers?

I think the best advice is to just get stuck in. There are games to suit every interest and ability. Try going to a shop with a wide range of games and talking to the staff for recommendations. There are also board gaming groups all over the country, have a look online and go along. Board gamers are a friendly bunch, and it won't be long before you've found a game you love (and people to play it with!)

Click here to see our game overview for WordStacker.

You can purchase WordStacker from our website here.

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An Interview With... Michael Salmon - IT Games

An Interview With... Michael Salmon - IT Games

Discovered at last year's UK Games Expo, the KIX football card game blew us away in its similarities to an actual game of football! It's a simple game to pick up, yet the more advanced gamers will be more than happy with the amount of strategy and thought that's involved. We were delighted when KIX creator Michael Salmon from IT Games spoke to us about the game and told us a little bit more about himself and his influences!

1. Give us a bit of an insight to your company. How long have you been producing/designing games?

IT Games is only a year old and KIX is the first title it's launched. KIX has been in development for nearly 10 years; tested and tested again and re-designed so many times to what we have today.

2. What or who inspired you to start your gaming journey and why?

I've always loved playing games and have always been annoyed if rules didn't work brilliantly in classic games. I would often tweak the rules and try different things to try to improve the game! Most of all, I love games of skill with less luck involved so that it becomes a fairer contest that you can be genuinely competitive with. Basically, I love competing and winning where I can do so fairly.

3. What games do you have available for us to play today?

KIX is the only game available to play. A fast paced end-to-end football card game.

4. How did you get the ideas for your games?

For KIX I had a friend who loved football and we were bored and decided to invent a football card game. I then decided to take it on and develop it more, making it flow and feel like a game of football which is inherently competitive. To do this, I wanted to make sure it didn't rely on luck, but skill and trickery, yet it is still really simple to play. I think I've created a game mechanic that does this well.

5. What games do you play and which game is your all time favourite?

Chess is the game I'd most like to have invented. It's so simple yet so complex with endless ways it can turn out. A real competitive battle of minds that is very reminiscent of a sport in the contest that it creates. I also love some of the new collaborative and tactical boardgames like Settlers or Ticket To Ride.

6. What can we expect to see from you in the future?

I have an almost ready prototype for a cricket game that I'm really enjoying playing and testing right now, and hope to launch soon. It's a little geeky, yes, but simple, tactical and fun with all the tension of tight run chases and lots of bluffing dynamic in the gameplay. Other sporting games are on the cards (excuse the pun) and maybe an off the wall board game too.

7. And finally...any words of wisdom/advice to new and old gamers?

For old timers, if a game is getting a bit dull, then change the rules to freshen it up. Think about bringing in a limitation somewhere or develop an undeveloped possibility that fits the context. For those new to games, start with the simpler games that are a few years old and are universally enjoyed; if you like them you can up the complexity as much as you like.

Click here to read our game overview for KIX.

You can purchase KIX from our website here.

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An Interview With... Orhan Ertughrul - Happy Otter Games

An Interview With... Orhan Ertughrul - Happy Otter Games

A few weeks ago, we introduced a fab new game, where weird creatures roamed and battles were imminent - Creature College! In the game, you complete missions, build your research lab and annihilate your enemies to gain the most victory points. We caught up with Creature College creator, Orhan Ertughrul from Happy Otter games, to find out what inspired him to make the game and a sneak peek at what's coming up in the future!

Give us a bit of an insight to your company. How long have you been producing/designing games?

Happy Otter Games is a relatively new company. We had the idea for Creature College mid 2014, developed and launched it on Kickstarter during 2015 and we're now looking at delivering our second game in 2017. Our design and development cycle was about 12 months.

What or who inspired you to start your gaming journey and why?

I've been gaming since the age of about 11 so around 37 years! However, my inspiration for Happy Otter Games was my kids; I wanted to create a game that they'd enjoy and that my games group would also enjoy.

What games do you have available for us to play today?

Today we have Creature College, a bidding and battling game with fantastical creatures and great characters. It plays up to 6 players and is great for kids from the age of 8 (although my son was playing it like a boss at the age of 7!)

How did you get the ideas for your games?

A lot of my inspiration comes from my children. I rely on them a lot to tell me what they think looks cool in the artwork or what they enjoy playing. Some of the time though, ideas for games pretty much just pop into my head. I'm definitely also influenced by going to games shows like UK Games Expo and Essen Spiel. There are some amazing designers out there who regularly inspire me with cool game mechanics and amazing artistic design. I also work with some incredibly talented artists and their art often inspires ideas for how certain mechanics should work.

What games do you play and which is your all time favourite?

Gosh, favourite games are always hard because it changes over time. I do have some favourites though. Terra Mystica is right up there along with T'zolkin by Czech Games. For quick fun games, I'd probably go for Augustus, Ra (by Reiner Knizia) and Seven Wonders.

What can we expect to see from you in the future?

In 2017 we're launching a game called 'Ninja Snails' that is a game of battling Ninja's who are...well...snails. This is a fun pell-mell game for 2-7 players with the same artist that helped us with Creature College. We have a high Norse Fantasy game called Sverdgard which is a more complicated game that we're hoping to launch in 2018. We also have a tabletop figure game planned for 2020 but that's at a very early concept phase.

And finally...any words of advice to new and old gamers?

For new gamers, I think it would have to be: Enjoy the game and don't get too hung up on winning. The joy of games comes from meeting great people and having fun with them. If you win, it's a bonus. For old gamers: Try new games! There are some amazing games and fantastic new designers out there. Great new companies like Mantic, Hawk Games, Steam Forged to name but a few, who are producing really clever enjoyable games. Make a pact with yourself to try at least 5 new games this year!

Read our game overview for Orhan's first game, Creature College, here!

Click here to get your copy of Creature College from our website.

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12 Days of Gaming - G Game

12 Days of Gaming - G Game

The last of our amazing selection of new games for the 12 Days of Gaming, and definitely very popular ones! Introducing Rainbow 35 and Animal Auction, two fantastic games from G Game in Korea. These two have been very popular so far, being tested out in schools and events locally.

Rainbow 35

Rainbow 35 is a very clever number game, where players have to be quick to observe and even quicker to react! The aim of the game is to be the first player to collect cards of all 7 colours of the Rainbow Cards, or 5 with the same colour. The game is suitable for 2-6 players and from ages 7 and up. The game will take around 10-15 minutes to play, but be sure to stay focused at all times!

The Number Cards are placed randomly and the Rainbow Cards are placed in a well shuffled deck. One card is turned over at a time and players are now in a race to find a matching number in the selection of cards around it. The first player to do this earns themselves that Rainbow card, and the game continues. However, things do change slightly when there are more than one of a certain Rainbow Card... here is where concentration is key!

Now when a card is overturned, players have to count the number of coloured Rainbow Cards in play, and add this the the number on the card! When a player collect one of each colour or 5 of the same colour, then they are crowned the Rainbow champion!

We love Rainbow 35 as it combines the use of maths and observation; a very fast paced game where your memory skills will come in handy! Remember where cards are located and how many of each card is in play. The more times you play, the faster and more accurate you'll get in spotting the correct card and working out the total first!

Click here to purchase Rainbow 35; stock is limited!


Animal Auction

Here's a game of managing your money and knowing when enough is enough! Animal Auction enables you to 'bid' for cards; the more cards you collect, the more points you gain! The player with the most points at the end of the game is the winner. Use your coins very wisely and be sure to try and trick your opponents into bidding more...but we didn't tell you that part!

The game is suitable for ages 10 and up and for 3-6 players, it takes around 15-30 minutes to play. Each player receives 10 chips which enable them to 'buy' cards from the landscape. Three cards are turned over at a time and players battle it out to be the highest bidder for these cards. The thing that players are really looking for is the opportunity to gain a collection of the same card. 

At the end of the game, collections of the same card gain you points, while a single card means that points will be taken away! There are a few surprise cards in there and one card that you really don't want to reveal...

We've tested out these games recently in a number of schools and at events around the area, and they've been extremely popular! They're great to improve observation skills and to even help brush up on your Maths! Matching skill is essential to be successful in these games and the more you practice, the more these skills will improve.

Click here to purchase Animal Auction from our website. These games are exclusive to us in the UK - get yours now while they're still available!


Competition time!

Look out for the next chance to enter our competition on our social media; answering the question, sharing a competition and tagging a friend will ALL get you entries into our prize draw. This year, you could win a HUGE game pack worth hundreds of pounds. This is not to be missed!

Please note, we are NOT including 12 Days of Gaming items in our competition. This is purely because stock is extremely limited and can be purchased on a first come first served basis from our website. We regret that we are unable to ship prizes and 12 Days of Gaming items outside the UK.

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12 Days of Gaming - F Hein Spiele

12 Days of Gaming - F Hein Spiele

Today we have three very different and rather calming games from German company F-Hein-Spiele. These games are rather similar in the fact that they use patterns to enable you to really think about card placement! We love the art and design of these games and are very excited to bring you something different and exclusive to us in the UK.

Mandala

The first of the three games is Mandala; an intriguing and beautifully presented game of matching and observation! The puzzle is suitable for ages 5 and up and for a single player or any number of players to work together. The game will take approximately 10-30 minutes; a perfect time to explore the puzzle!

The game includes 36 different cards with 9 patterns. The aim is to create a picture that mirrors itself along the diagonals, from corner to corner, as well as each vertical and horizontal line. Not as simple as it first looks! Keep making Mandala patterns and you'll create a fascinating masterpiece!

The Big and the Little Tree

A slightly different puzzle here, where you must connect the branches and flowers to create an image; from a small tree to a big one! The game will take approximately 10-20 minutes and is suitable for ages 5 and up. Again, it's suitable for a single player or for a group to solve together.

We like this game as there's lots of possibilities to create an image, and there are certain rules that need to be followed; you must create a 6x6 grid of leaves and branches which don't form closed circles! Create an image by combining and exchanging cards, observation is key!

Florentiner Domino

The objective of this game is for players to collect as many gem stones as possible from 'rooms' of a certain colour. Like the other two games, the pieces must match in a certain way which will then, in turn, create a beautiful domino-style image! The game is suitable for ages 7 and up and for 2 to 4 players. A game will take around 20-30 minutes.

Each player takes four cards and keeps them secret fro the other players. Players take it in turn to place their cards down next to card of a matching colour. We think this one is great in that it combines the classic game of dominos with strategy; you must think very carefully where to place your cards in order to collect the most gemstones!

Click here to purchase Mandala,

Here to purchase The Big and the Little Tree,

Or here to purchase Florentiner Domino. These games are exclusive to us and stock is limited!


Competition time!

Look out for the next chance to enter our competition on our social media; answering the question, sharing a competition and tagging a friend will ALL get you entries into our prize draw. This year, you could win a HUGE games pack worth hundreds of pounds. This is not to be missed!

Please note, we are NOT including 12 Days of Gaming items in our competition. This is purely because stock is extremely limited and can be purchased on a first come first served basis from our website. We regret that we are unable to ship prizes and 12 Days of Gaming items outside the UK.

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12 Days of Gaming - Four in the Forest / Four in the Zoo

12 Days of Gaming - Vier Im Zoo/Wald

Today's additions include two brilliant little games perfect for brushing up on those memory skills! Players need to look very carefully in order to remember where animal cards are situated and use this to their advantage. Vier Im Zoo and Vier Im Wald (which translates as Four in the Zoo and Four in the Forest) are great little compact games, perfect for on the go or for a quick game anywhere!

The games are suitable for ages 5+ and for 2 to 4 players. Game time can vary from 5-20 minutes; the more practice you get, the quicker you will be able to memorise the cards and identify their correct locations!

Each game comes in a very compact box which includes 9 cards and 2 wooden discs. The images in each game vary, from all the animals that you find in a zoo to all the animals you may find in the forest!

To set up a game, the 9 cards are laid face up in the centre of all players and the game box is placed to the side for now; it's needed soon! Inside the lid of the boxes and the box itself, you'll notice grids with the same pictures as the cards. The two wooden discs are placed in the box and in the lid.

Now the game is set up, players observe the cards and learn where they are situated. The cards are then turned face down. There are many ways you can learn where the cards are and the more you play, you'll come up with more strategies to help you. Practice makes perfect!

Players take it in turns to shake the lid or the box to make the disc move. They then try to remember where the animal is that the disc lands on. If the player chooses the correct card, they take it. If not, it is flipped back over for the next player. Remember which cards have been revealed and where they were situated!

So why are we playing these games? Well it's safe to say that this game is perfect for build up those memory and observation skills. We think they're quick, easy to understand and the more that you play, the better you'll get!

Click here to purchase Vier Im Zoo,

Or here to purchase Vier Im Wald from our website. These games are exclusive and stock is very limited!


Competition time!

Look out for your next chance to enter our competition on our social media; answering the question, sharing a competition and tagging a friend will ALL get you entries into our prize draw. This year, you could win a HUGE games pack worth hundreds of pounds. This is not to be missed!

Please note, we are NOT including 12 Days of Gaming items in our competition. This is purely because stock is extremely limited and can be purchased on a first come first served basis from our website. We regret that we are unable to ship prizes and 12 Days of Gaming items outside the UK.

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12 Days of Gaming - MindMaze

12 Days of Gaming - MindMaze

MindMaze is a fantastic way to think outside the box. A tale is read from one of the cards and players try to fill in the missing pieces. However, there is a catch; only yes or no answers are allowed! There are a great variety of these games available with a different theme. Today, we'll be looking at Young Detectives and Bits and Bob variations!

Each game is suitable for ages 12 and up and for 2 or more players. Why not team up and play against another team of players? A game lasts around 10-40 minutes depending on the amount of discussion and the cards used. Can you solve the puzzle?

Each game works the same way, but there are different themes in which to play the game. The aim of the game is to solve a riddle in the form of a strange and mysterious story. One player will be the 'Moderator', who will tell a part of the story.

All the other players will try to solve the riddle. To help them, they are allowed to ask the Moderator question with a simple 'yes' or 'no' answer given back. The Moderator can only reply with 'Yes', 'No' or 'Not Important'!

In the basic game, Moderators do the following:

  • Keeps the card hidden and reads the story to the rest of the group.
  • Secretly reads the full story on the back of the card
  • Answers questions from the other players!

There is also a different variation of the game which is more competitive. You can create a point system, where all players race to think of a correct answer for the riddle. You can also end the game after a certain number of cards have been played, or until every has had a turn at being the Moderator.

The Young Detectives variation of the game involves a mystery you need to solve, perhaps there are certain suspect or something has disappeared...can you solve the problem as a detective?

The Bits and Bobs variation of the game involves more general stories about everyday people and things. A totally random selection of cards!

So... why are we playing? The MindMaze collection is brilliant for storytelling and great for building speaking and listening confidence. It's great for the imagination and definitely gets you thinking outside the box. The game develops observation, logic and algorithmic thinking.

Click here to purchase MindMaze: Young Detectives, 

Or click here to purchase MindMaze: Bits and Bobs. Stock is limited.


Competition time!

Look out for the next chance to enter on our social media; answering the question, sharing a competition and tagging a friend will ALL get you entries into our prize draw. This year, you could win a HUGE games pack worth hundreds of pounds. This is not to be missed!

Please note, we are NOT including games from our 12 Days of Gaming promotion in our competition. This is purely because stock is extremely limited and can be purchased on a first come first served basis from our website. We regret that we are unable to ship prizes and 12 Days of Gaming items outside the UK.

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12 Days of Gaming - Nightmarium

12 Days of Gaming - Nightmarium

Over the years, the masters of the Order of Dreamers studied the human dreamscape, but there was one place which wasn't explored: the Nightmarium! Filled with gruesome Night Terrors, this is one place no one ever wishes to tread. Now, they have found a way to subdue these unstable creatures. Whoever can assemble five creatures of a unique design will gain total power over the Terrors!

This unusual but fantastic game from Russian company, Mosigra, is one for the horror fans! This frightfully fun game is suitable for ages 10+ and for 2 to 5 players. A game will take around 20 minutes. Can you be first to assemble your creatures and acquire power?

There's some very detailed artwork on the cards in the game which make them look even more horrifying! We definitely wouldn't want to meet one of these guys on a dark night...There are 108 Night Terror cards, each with either a head, torso or legs body parts. These are the cards that you'll create your own creatures from!

To start the game, five cards are randomly given to each player and are kept hidden from the other players. The rest of the deck is placed in the centre. Who was the last player to have a nightmare? After discussing this, (obviously) this player begins the game!

Players take it in turns to do the following:

  • Draw a card from the deck
  • Discard cards and draw new cards
  • Play a card and activate creature abilities

There are loads of brilliant Creature Abilities that trigger once you have created your Creature which can seriously affect the luck of your opponents! You can sabotage creatures that aren't complete or reveal more cards that will help you win the game. Be the first to assemble 5 creatures to win the game!

So, why are we playing this game? The game is fantastic for horror fans and gamers alike and we love it's creativity. It's ideal to get your imagination going but beware; what's that lurking over your shoulder?!

Click here to purchase Nightmarium from our website; stock is limited!


Competition time!

Look out for a Nightmarium based competition question on our social media; answering a question, sharing the competition and tagging a friend will ALL gain you entries into our prize draw. This year, you could win a HUGE game pack worth hundreds of pounds. This is not to be missed!

Please note, we are NOT including 12 Days of Gaming items in our competition. This is purely because stock is extremely limited and these can be purchased on a first come first served basis from our website. We regret that we are unable to ship prizes and 12 Days of Gaming items outside the UK.

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12 Days of Gaming - Crabz

12 Days of Gaming - Crabz

The tide is rising! Your team of Crabz need a safe place to settle, but there isn't enough space for everyone! In this game of observation and strategy, you must protect your Crabz and be sure to prevent your opponents from doing so first. Stack them on top of eachother to avoid being swept back to sea!

Crabz is suitable for ages 8 and up and for 2-4 players. A game will last approximately 20 minutes. Stop your opponents Crabz by landing on top of them or wash them away!

As well as looking fantastic and vibrant, the game plays really well too. Inside the box, you'll find a large hexagonal gameboard which is a brilliant size, and 36 crab tokens. The tokens are in colour sets and one set is given to each player. The set includes 3 large, 3 medium and 3 small tokens.

To set up the game, all the tokens are mixed up and placed randomly on each section of the board. The game can now begin; which player will be the first to guide their team of Crabz to safety?

When a player takes their turn, they choose one of their Crabz to move. Players are able to move their tokens a certain number of adjacent spaces depending on their size. A player must end their turn on top of another crab.

When this happens, the crab underneath is no longer allowed to be move unless they are uncovered! There are a number of rules for the game, including how crabs are unable to move over open water and they can't backtrack over the same spot on their turn.

When a player can't move any more of their crabs, they are then eliminated from the game. The last player standing wins the game and is safe from the waves!

This game is great for getting those cogs turning and even for fine motor skills! You need to really think where the best places to play are and how you can win. A big IG thumbs up!

Click here to purchase Crabz from our website. Stock is limited!


Competition time!

Look out for the next chance to enter our competition; answering the question, sharing a competition and tagging a friend will ALL gain you entries into our prize draw. This year, you could win a HUGE games pack worth hundreds of pounds. This is not to be missed!

Please note, we are NOT including 12 Days of Gaming items in our competition. This is purely because stock is extremely limited and can be purchased on a first come first served basis from our website. We regret that we are unable to ship prizes and 12 Days of Gaming items outside the UK.

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12 Days of Gaming - Kingdomino

12 Days of Gaming - Kingdomino

This one has proved very popular at recent events and it's one we really love too. Kingdomino is a different take on a classic game of Dominoes; this time, you're a Lord seeking and joining new lands! Your aim is to connect your dominoes to build your kingdom in such a way that you gain the most points at the end of the game.

Kingdomino is suitable for ages 8 and up and for 2 to 4 players. The basic game will take around 15 minutes, but the variation of the game will take a little longer; a quest to build and even bigger and more impressive kingdom!

The box contains a castle for each player, 4 starting tiles, 8 wooden king tokens and 48 dominoes. These dominoes are double sided; one side holds a different area of land which include wheat fields, lakes and mountains, while the other side holds a number which we'll get onto shortly. The game works very cleverly and incorporates some strategy alongside some basic math skills, and this is what you'll work out as you play!

To set up the game, each player needs to gather their wooden tokens and castle, and dominoes are placed numbered side up and in ascending order. Players' tokens are shuffled to determine play order and dominoes are then flipped to show their landscape. Now the task is on; can you build a 5x5 grid and ensure your kingdom is the most successful?

Players take it in turns to choose dominoes to add to their kingdom to build their grid. On some domino pieces, you may find crown images which are great to go for; these gain you more points! Here's where there's a sneaky bit of maths involved. When you have a collection of a certain section of land AND you have a certain number of crowns on these parts, these numbers are multiplied together to boost your score. The more crowns you collect, the bigger your final point score will be at the end.

It's a great game to teach new players and the rules can be taught in a matter of minutes.

- Tabletop Together review

When you've mastered the basic game by creating a 5x5 grid, why not challenge yourself to a more advanced variation? For this game, build a 7x7 grid and create a bigger and better kingdom! Other rules you may wish to include in your game are:

  • Dynasty: 3 rounds are played and the winner is the player with the highest score at the end.
  • The Middle Kingdom: if your castle is in the centre, score 10 additional points!
  • Harmony: 5 extra points if your grid is complete.

Kingdomino is a great game and very easy to pick up. The rules are simple and enable players to use tactical choices to succeed. Use strategy and observation to build the greatest kingdom and gain the most points!

Click here to purchase Kingdomino from us online. Stock is limited!


Competition time!

Look out for the next chance to enter our competition soon; answering the question, sharing a competition and tagging a friend will ALL get you entries into our priz draw. This year, you could win a HUGE games pack worth hundred of pounds. This is not to be missed!

Please note, we are NOT including the games from the 12 Days of Gaming promotion in our competition. This is purely because these are extremely limited, and can be purchased on a first come first served basis from our website. We regret that we are unable to ship prizes and 12 Days of Gaming items outside the UK.

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12 Days of Gaming 2016 - Brix

12 Days of Gaming - Brix

Brix is a fantastic variation of a classic game of O's and X's or four in a row! Although playing against each other to win, players cooperatively build a wall using the bricks of their colour and shape. The player who is the first to successfully align four of their symbol or colour in a row is the winner!

A quick 10 minute game for ages 7 and up, this one is for 2 players only. Think strategically... can you beat your opponent and become the first to claim the wall?

The bricks used in the game look fantastic. They're a great size to hold for precise and impressive wall building; each brick includes 2 different colours and the 2 different symbols...not your average game of O's and X's! Inside the box there are 22 bricks, but beware; each brick contains both colours and symbols, so any brick you place could help your opponent to win the game if you're not careful!

There are a number of different variations of the game that mix things up a bit, which is a great way to get more creative with the classic game. The start a game, all bricks are placed in the centre of the players within arms reach. Players take it in turns and stack a single brick at a time to slowly build a wall and get four in a row!

The classic game, which is recommended for the newbies involves what you'd expect; each player chooses either O's or X's and attempts to get four of their symbol in a row to win the game, whilst their opponent tries to block their path and create their own four in a row. The game also suggests 2 variations of this:

  • Connecting colours - this is another way to try the game if you're a beginner; instead of connecting shape, why not try colour? This could be a way to totally throw your opponent of course...or maybe yourself! Concentration is key for this one.
  • Connecting symbols vs connecting colours: this variation is definitely for the more advanced. One player uses symbols and the other player uses colour to try and get their four in a row. A lot more thought is needed to get through this one!

Brix is an exciting and appealing variation of a classic game, which will definitely be of interest to wide range of gamers both new and old! A great one for observation, concentration and to even improve hand-eye coordination. 

Click here to purchase Brix from us online. Stock is limited!


Competition time!

Another exciting game from Blue Orange! Look out for another chance to enter our big giveaway; answering the question, sharing a competition and tagging a friend will ALL get you entries. This year, you could win a huge games pack worth hundred of pounds. This is not to be missed!

Please note, we are NOT including games from the 12 Days of Gaming promotion in our competition. This is purely because stock is extremely limited and can be purchased on a first come first served basis from our website. We regret that we are unable to ship prizes and 12 Days of Gaming items outside the UK.

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12 Days of Gaming 2016 - Copy or Not Copy?

12 Days of Gaming - Copy or Not Copy?

Another easy to play, yet fun and competitive card game from Blue Orange, Copy or Not Copy? is a brand new one for fans of a spot the difference puzzle! The slight twist in this game however, is for players to spot the original image from a number of variations. All other images differ, but there is one single image that includes all extras and this is what you and your opponents are searching for!

Copy or Not Copy? is a 15 minute game suitable for ages 7+. A great feature of this game is that you can enjoy it as a single player or in a group of up to 5. Can you spot the original before your opponents?

Inside the vibrant, fancy tin, you'll find 72 cards, each with an original image and copies of that image that may have a few differences...there are also six different coloured tokens which are used for the different variation of the game. We'll get onto this shortly!

The basic game is pretty simple and will definitely get you thinking. On each turn, the top card is flipped over and players have to race to find which image is the original out of the selection. The way to do this is by looking at each image in turn and eliminating each copy in turn by comparing them to the rest of the images. This can be rather tricky when the pressure builds!

There are a number of different ways to play the game; here's where the tokens are used!

  • In race mode, when a card is flipped, the player who correctly guesses first collects the token of the correct colour.
  • In cooperative mode, players take their time to solve the puzzle. Each player in turn eliminates one image until there is only one image left.
  • When you play in solo mode, you race against the clock! You have 2 minutes to solve as many cards as possible.

Copy or Not Copy is another great one for your card flipping collection, building skills in a number of areas including pattern recognition, observation, concentration and that little bit of patience! A great little game for if you have some left over spending money this Christmas...or just to enjoy with the family!

Click here to purchase Copy or Not Copy from our online store. Stock is limited!


Competition time!

There's still time to enter our Christmas competition! Look out for another question on our social media; answering the question, sharing a competition and tagging a friend will ALL get you entries into our prize draw. This year, you could win a HUGE games pack worth hundreds of pounds. This is not to be missed!

Please note, we are NOT including 12 Days of Gaming items in our competition. This is purely because stock is extremely limited and can be purchased on a first come first served basis from our website. We regret that we are unable to ship prizes and 12 Days of Gaming items outside the UK.

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12 Days of Gaming 2016 - Rings Up!

12 Days of Gaming - Rings Up!

We love the idea of Rings Up; a completely different game to what we've seen before! When we received it we couldn't wait to open it up for a test game, and it slowly became one of the most competitive family games we've come across! Rings Up! is another great fast paced game of observation and agility. Players race to stack different coloured rings based on an order shown by one of the challenge cards.

The game is suitable for ages 6 and up for 2-6 players. A game will last around 10 minutes but can be longer depending on how you wish to play. Are you ready? The race is on!

Rings Up! is a simple game that encourages you to think fast and act...well...faster! The objective of the game is to be the first player to win 7 of the challenges, and therefore obtain 7 of the challenge cards. If you're feeling particularly competitive however, you could always tweak the rules slightly and play until the pile of cards have disappeared, making the player with the most challenge cards the winner overall!

The components of the game are great quality and comprise of 50 beautifully illustrated challenge cards and 48 rings of different colours (12 of each red, green, blue and yellow). Each player recieves two rings of each colour to use. There are a number of modes and variations in this game, so there's always something new to try with this one.

Players take it in turns to choose a challenge card from the top of the pile. It's then a race to build the a stack of rings in the correct order as shown on the card. The game suggests to build the stack on your thumb; when a player thinks they have done it correctly, the rest of the group then needs to verify that their stack is correct. Definitely a fun way to play and the amount of rushing around and pressure can be very competitive!

This is the Classic game mode, but there are other ways to spice things up a bit, including stacking the rings in front of you, or completely mixing up the whole collection of rings on the table for all the players to grab! 

We think this is a fantastic game for a number of reasons. It's great for hand-eye coordination, hand dexerity and for those who struggle with concentration and observation. Another one where the more you play the better you get; practice makes perfect! A definite IG thumbs up for this one!

Click here to purchase Rings Up! from our online store; stock is limited!


Competition time!

Blue Orange Games have impressed up with this one; look out for a question about Rings Up! on our social media; answering the question, sharing a competition and tagging a friend will ALL get you entries into our prize draw. This year, you could win a HUGE games pack worth hundreds of pounds. This is not to be missed!

Please note, we are NOT including the games from the 12 Days of Gaming promotion in our competition. This is purely because stock is extremely limited and can be purchased on a first come first served basis from our website. We regret that we are unable to ship prizes and 12 Days of Gaming items outside the UK.

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12 Days of Gaming 2016 - Fast Flip

12 Days of Gaming - Fast Flip

Blue Orange bring us another fabulously fast-paced recognition game; Fast Flip! Another one for fans of Dobble, Fast Flip encourages you to look carefully at your cards to be the first player to find a match! 

The game is suitable for ages 7+ and for 2-8 players, with a game lasting about 15 minutes. It's very portable and looks appealing too; a great start, we must say!

The concept of matching games like these seems rather simple on the surface, but what people may not realise is that it takes quite a lot of skill; something that can definitely be improved over time. There are a number of ways to play Fast Flip and each one encourages you to think in a slightly different way. All will be revealed!

The game tin is great quality and really looks the part. Inside you'll find 55 cards and 10 different tokens, either number or fruit. The basic game is set up rather simply in the fact that all cards are shuffled and placed into a pile. The other variations of the game will use the different tokens. So much fruit... how 'apeeling'!

In Game 1, players play simultaneously and try to find a match. The first card of the pile is flipped so everyone can see the lovely array of fruits printed on it. Players work as fast as possible to work out how many of a fruit there are or which fruit is printed a certain number of times, depending on the card that is flipped. Most cards collected wins!

The second game now involves the rather interesting tokens. When playing the game, instead of calling the match, players have to grab the correct token. This is where it gets competitive! When a player has 4 tokens in front of them, the game stops and the winner is revealed.

It helps to develop focus, visual perception skills and fine motor skills.

-  Game review

The third and final game the rules suggest is to line up the tokens in any order you wish. This is now the order you are looking for when you play! The winner is the player with the most tokens after all 10 turns have been played.

Fast Flip is a great one to improve your speed and observation. It's one of those games that you'll improve on each time you'll play. Your reactions will be quicker and you'll be faster at recognising the different numbers and fruits involved. A great stocking filler and much fun can be enjoyed with the family this Christmas!

Click here to purchase Fast Flip from our online store; stock is limited!

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12 Days of Gaming 2016 - Top That!

12 Days of Gaming - Top That!

Top That; a game of building, speed and magic! Carefully observe the challenge cards and stack your magical objects correctly, although there is a big catch; some of the pieces have to be hidden and some are discarded altogether! Do you have the speed and skill to tackle your opponents? 

A brilliant one from Blue Orange, Top That is a simple family game containing hours of fun in a friendly yet competitive way. The game is suitable for ages 6 and up for 2-4 players and will take approximately 15 minutes to play. You can of course make the game longer or shorter depending on the time you have as there are many ways you can amend the game to suit you.

The box artwork and all it's components are very appealing and look fantastic! It really gives the feel of being a magician and using your skills to build, stack and conceal; just like magic! Inside the box you'll find 4 sets of objects:

  • Black top hats
  • Red goblets
  • Orange pipes
  • Green coins
  • And of course, magic wouldnt be the same without...white rabbits!

There are also 55 cards which each hold a Top That challenge. How many can you complete quickly yet correctly?!

The aim of the basic game is to be the first to collect 5 cards. Cards are collected by stacking the correct pieces in the correct places, but also being the player to do this first! At the start of every turn, a card is revealed and players then begin to build. The game is very clever in the way to images have been printed; if the image is coloured, this is a definte item that must be on show in your stack. If the image is grey, this means that you have to use this item in your stack BUT it must be hidden inside another piece! If an image of a piece isn't there, it simply means it isn't used in this particular round.

There are a number of ways to vary how the game plays. For example, an advanced rule for the game is that whenever an object on a card is surrounded by yellow stars, this means that at least one other item has to be inside it. Also, the number of cards to win can be increased for a longer game, or you can even play through the whole card pile!

Another great game for hand dexterity and speed. It's great for improving those fine motor skills and for encouraging children to be more observant. A great fun and family friendly gift for Christmas this year!

Click here to purchase Top That from the online store; stock is limited!


Competition time!

Blue Orange never fail with their variety of games and we're sure you'll love Top That! Look out for the next chance to enter our competition on our social medial answering a question, sharing a competition and tagging a friend will ALL gain you entries into our prize draw. This year, you could win a HUGE game pack worth hundred of pounds. This is not to be missed!

Please note, we're NOT inlcuding the games from the 12 Days of Gaming promotion in our competition. This is purely because stock is extrememely limited and can be purchased on a first come first served basis from our website. We regret that we cannot ship prizes or 12 Days of Gaming items outside the UK.

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12 Days of Gaming - Cortex Challenge

12 Days of Gaming - Cortex

Everyone could do with stretching their brain capacity; playing something that really gets the old cogs turning. We do, of course, want to enjoy it too! The Cortex Challenge collection is perfect for just that. Not only do they really get your mind thinking in all sorts of ways, they are immensely fun to play too. We've trialled these games in schools recently and they've gone down a treat. They're easy to learn, great to play and filled with challenging puzzles!

The Cortex Challenge collection has 3 editions; the original game, Kids, and Geo. Each game follows a similar format which we'll get onto soon. The games are suitable for 2-6 players and each game will take around 15 minutes. The age ranges for these games differ slightly from ages 6 to 9, as some are a little more challenging... are you up for a challenge? We sure are!

The original game of Cortex Challenge consists of different 'test' which all players have to compete to solve. Players have to complete these puzzles in order to obtain cards which they can eventually then trade in for a 'brain' piece. When they complete their 'brain jigsaw', they are the winner. Inside the box there are a total of 90 cards and 6 brain jigsaws. The cards are a mixture of Test Cards, Touch Cards and Raised Touch Cards. The Raised Touch Cards are really something else; when you play the game, you'll get to look at these cards for a short while. When you choose the appropriate card, you have to guess the image using only your sense of touch! 

If you like a competitive edge to your games, and think your gaming friends would welcome the chance to prove themselves against the brains of everyone else, then this will hit the nail on the head.

- The Gaming Review.com

Here you can see how the Raised Touch Cards look! How many things can you identify using your sense of touch alone?

There are 8 different types of test in this game; Memory, Maze, Colour, Coordination, Duplicates, Frequency, Reasoning and of course, the Touch Challenge! All the cards are initially shuffled and set in the centre. The first card is turned over and all players look at the card in order to work out the answer. When a player thinks they have solved the puzzle, their hand is put over the card and their answer is given to the rest of the group. If their answer is correct, the player keeps the card. If it is incorrect, they have to miss out on the next round!

So, what about the brain jigsaw I hear you ask? Well, to obtain one of these pieces, you'll need to collect 2 cards of the same type of test and then trade them in. I think this is a clever and quirky little addition to the game...it is 'The Brain Game' after all!

Click here to purchase Cortex Challenge. Stock is limited!

Let's take a look at the two variations of the game...Kids and Geo!

The Kids edition of Cortex Challenge is suitable for the younger ones at age 6+ and has a slight variation in the types of test; Memory, Maze, Odd One Out, Coordination, Duplicates, Frequency, Reasoning and the Touch Challenge. The challenges in this edition are slightly easier than the original version as you would imagine, but doesn't compromise the amount of fun you'll have playing!

Click here to purchase Cortex Challenge Kids. Stock is limited!

The Geo version of the game is slightly more challenging for ages 9+ and includes everything Geographical! Although the Touch Card test works the same as the other two versions, in this one you'll find a variety of different challenges; Memory, Maze, Country, Flag, Duplicates, Odd One Out and Population. This one is great for getting to know the world around you.

All games encourage thinking and speed skills whilst playing against your friends at the same time! A great selection of games which will defintely sharpen up your brain.

Click here to purchase Cortex Challenge Geo. Stock is limited!


Competition time!

We've had so many positive reviews from these games as we've tested them out over the weeks. Look out for a competition puzzle shortly on our social media; answering the question, sharing a competition and tagging a friend will ALL get you entires into our prize draw. This year, you could win a HUGE game pack worth hundreds of pounds. This is not to be missed!

Please note, we're NOT including games from the 12 Days of Gaming promotion in our competition. This is purely because stock is extrememely limited and can be purchased on a first come first served basis from our website. We regret that we are unable to ship prizes and 12 Days of Gaming items outside the UK.

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12 Days of Gaming - Bluff You!

12 Days of Gaming - Bluff You!

Bluff You! is a very simple yet clever game that will really make you think twice. The game forces you into a dilemma; can you believe your opponents your not? Now you may think your friends are trustworthy, but when it comes to winning a game, the tables can be turned completely!

The game is suitable for ages 8 and up for 3 to 5 players. It'll last around 20 minutes and all players must have a great poker face to succeed...who else needs some practice?!

Being a lover of the sly fox, I knew this would be a rather sneaky game with a hint of trickery. These games really give you a laugh and although you'll be doing a fair bit of bluffing, it's great fun!

Inside the game box, there's 16 square poker-like chips, which are numbered from 3 to 18. These are what you aim to collect throughout the game. On these chips, there are 'dots' which determine how many points you will receive if you manage to collect them, so maybe 'bluffing' that you have these numbers when rolling can be used to your advantage! (We'll come onto this shortly.) There are also 3 six-sided dice and one plastic cup. Here's where it get's a little more interesting...

The aim of the game is to try and collect the numbered chips using your bluffing skill (or genuinely telling the truth!) Can you also tell whether your opponents are bluffing? The player with the most points at the end of the game is the winner. Points are calculated by looking at the dots on the chips.

The numbered chips are placed in a grid and a player rolls the 3 dice secretly underneath the cup. The holes in the top of the cup only allow the player who has rolled to see the numbers; the player then adds up their score and decides whether to go for the correct number, or to bluff...maybe this will get them more points! Other players then decide whether this player is being truthful or bluffing by saying either "Ok!" or "Bluff You!"

We love Bluff You! for a number of reasons, from actual bluffing to how fun and challenging it can be! There is an element of strategy to this game; in order to win you need the most points and the highest points are only on certain numbers. Is it worth bluffing to steal chips from another player, or is it best to play it safe and be truthful? Either way could be your downfall, so play wisely and try to spot your fibbing opponents!

Bluff you! is available in store and online now. Click here to make a purchase; stock is limited!


Competition time!

This game is a great one for families with fantastic game play. Look out for a competition question about Bluff You! on our social media; answering the question, sharing a competition and tagging a friend will ALL get you entries into our prize draw. This year, you could win a HUGE game pack worth hundreds of pounds. This is not to be missed!

Please note, we're NOT including the games from our 12 Days of Gaming promotion in our competition. This is purely because stock is extremely limited and can be purchased on a first come first served basis from our website. We regret that we are unable to ship prizes and 12 Days of Gaming items outside the UK.

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12 Days of Gaming 2016 - Bonaparte

12 Days of Gaming - Bonaparte

Another week, another THREE brilliant games brought to us all the way from Russia! We predict these games will be extremely popular; filled with fun and encouraging the use of a variety of skills. Here's the next additions to our 12 Days of Gaming from Bonaparte; Tripolo, Prehistoric Junior and Sneak Peek!


Tripolo

We love a good looking game and Tripolo doesn't disappoint! Visually, the game tin is so colourful and appealing that we couldn't wait to get this one open. A portable little game of observation and fast reflexes! Be as quick as possible to put your cards in the correct place by either colour, letter or character and be the first to use up all your cards. The game is pretty quick, and takes around 8-10 minutes to play a game (but we're guessing you're likely to have more than one game!) It's suitable for 2-4 players to play at any one time and can be played by age 6 and up. Can you create a Tripolo?

When you open the game tin, you'll find a selection of 64 Tripolo cards, each with different colours, letters and characters. The aim of the game is to get rid of all your cards by all players playing together to form a Tripolo; a set of three cards in a row that match in terms of colour, letter or number. However, this isn't all... you keep playing and forming Tripolo's until all your cards have disappeared!

At first glance, this game looks deceivingly simple. However, it turned out to be something I enjoyed immensely with the kids!

- Amazon customer review

To set up the game, give the cards a good shuffle and use 9 cards to make a 3 by 3 grid. Each player is given 4 cards to use as their hand and the rest of the cards are distributed equally between players as their draw pile. Make sure you concentrate...things are more tricky than they first appear!

All players play together to try and use up all of their cards. They must look at the four cards in their hand and try to fit one on the grid; if one of your cards will complete a row of three in either a colour, letter or character, then you can form a Tripolo! These rows can be formed horizontally, vertically or diagonally. When the first player uses up all their cards, they are the winner!

A great fast paced game of observation and pattern recognition. Players need to work fast but also accurately to really succeed in this game. A brilliant addition to the 12 Days of Gaming this year!

Click here to be taken to our online store where you can purchase Tripolo; stock is limited!


Prehistoric Junior

A great game for a steady hand! Prehistoric Junior is a simple game of balancing for not only the youngsters, but for the older ones too. It's suitable for 2 to 6 players and takes around 2-10 minutes depending on age. The aim of the game is to get all of the dinosaur pieces onto the 'tectonic plate' without it tipping over!

The game tin looks great. Inside it you'll find a wooden board which is the tectonic place, two wooden pedestals to balance the board and a mixture of wooden figures that you'll need to balance on the board, including dinosaurs, eggs and rocks; some are bigger than others which may make your task a little harder!

A beautiful game that our kids really enjoy!

- Customer game review

The game is set up by firstly balancing the wooden board on the two wooden pedestals. This creates the tectonic plate! The wooden figures are shared between all players and each player chooses a piece to place on the board. They'll have to be careful; a player loses the game if any of the pieces fall!

Prehistoric Junior is a fantastic game to improve fine motor skills and logical thinking. Players will need to think about the weights of the wooden figures and where they should be positioned to prevent a fall. To make the game a little more difficult, you can change the positions of the pedestals or even use one pedestal! Experiment with the game and challenge yourself.

Click here to be taken to our online store where you can purchase Prehistoric Junior; stock is limited!


Sneak Peek

Do you have eagle eyes and fast fingers? Whether the answer is yes or no, you'll love Sneak Peek! The game is suitable for ages 5 and up for 2-4 players, and is very portable. The aim is to collect the most cards by spotting what is similar on a selection of cards placed in front of you. How well can you observe?

Similar to Tripolo, the game tin includes a selection of cards with different sets of images in different colours. To play Sneak Peak, the whole selection of cards is shuffled and put into a pile. Players take it in turns to reveal 3 cards at a time and compete to find cards that match. The winner is the player with the most cards at the end! The cards can be matched in the following ways:

  • 3 of one colour
  • 3 of one shape
  • 2 matching pairs on 3 cards
  • One pair of a colour
  • One pair of a shape.

There is also another variation of the game, Sleek Seek! In this one, all players turn over a card in turn and as soon as a player sees a match, they shout "Seek!" Another great way to play the game.

Sneak Peek is a great one for observation and encourages the mind to look for matches in different ways. Although it may seem tricky at the start, practice makes perfect and you'll soon be the Sneek Peek champion!

Click here to be taken to our online store where you can purchase Sneak Peek; stock is limited!


Competition time!

Christmas will soon be upon us, and these are great family games for under the tree! Also, be sure to keep a look out for our competition question about one of today's featured games by Bonaparte on our social media; answering the question, sharing a competition and tagging a friend will ALL get you entries into our prize draw. This year, you could win a HUGE games pack worth hundreds of pounds. This is not to be missed!

Please note, we're NOT including the games from our 12 Days of Gaming promotion in our competition. This is purely because stock is extremely limited and can be purchased on a first come first served basis from our website. We regret that we are unable to ship prizes and 12 Days of Gaming items outside the UK.

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Pinocchio: True or False - Game Overview

Pinocchio: True or False

Everyone knows that if you lie, your nose gets longer, right? Pinocchio knows this full well; he lies often and his nose gets longer every time he does so! The only way he can return to normal is to tell the truth. In this game of storytelling and bluffing, you must convince your opponents that you are being truthful; not as easy as it sounds! You'll need a mighty poker face and some convincing tales, only if you lie, of course...This 30 minute game of True or False can be played by 4 to 10 players at age 8 and up. Can Pinocchio ever become a real boy and live happily ever after?

In the box, you'll get some great accessories that will help you to play the game. You'll get a Pinocchio Doll, a cardboard Pinocchio head and 25 wooden blocks (with which you can build Pinocchio's nose!) 80 Subject cards, 10 Truth and 10 Dare cards and 12 Angel tokens.

Pinocchio: True or False is an enlightening and bonding storytelling game.

- Board Game Geek

To set up the game, the Pinocchio doll is placed in the middle as this is what players need to pick up when they want to ask a question to a storyteller. The cardboard Pinocchio head is also placed in the middle along with all the wooden blocks which are used to build that nose of lies! Each player is given a Truth card and a Lie card. 

One of the things I've always liked in games is how to determine who the first player is in a game. How on earth do you fairly decide which player goes first and which player goes last? The creators of Pinocchio definitely got it right for this game; the player with the longest nose is the starting player!

The first player initially draws a subject card and selects a word or short phrase from a choice of four. This player then decides whether the story they're going to tell is the Truth or a Lie! The player goes on to tell this tale, and when finished, players can take it in turns or grab the Pinocchio doll in order to ask the storyteller a question about their story; to try and catch them out, perhaps!

The other players then guess whether the story is true or false by using the appropriate cards. If a player is wrong, they must stack a wooden block onto the cardboard face of Pinocchio. If half (or more!) of the players guess correctly, then the storyteller has to stack a wooden block instead! If any blocks fall when they are being stacked, the player who causes this will get an Angel token. The game ends after 3 Angel tokens are collected.

Pinocchio is a fantastic game of storytelling and encourages players to be verbal and communicate with each other clearly. It's great for the imagination, especially when creating a story from scratch to bluff your way through the game! It also helps to improve dexterity when stacking blocks; be careful, you don't want them to fall! Pinocchio also helps to improve listening skills...can you tell whether another player is telling a lie?

We have limited stock of Pinocchio: True or False in store and online now. Click here to get yours today!

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12 Days of Gaming 2016 - The Story So Far!

12 Days of Gaming

We've had an amazing few weeks for our 12 Days of Gaming promotion and have so far seen a great selection of new and exclusive games! We'd hate you to miss out on these games, so here's a quick look back. Here you'll find links to our overviews and how you can purchase.

It doesn't stop there... we have LOADS more new and exciting games to share with you over the next few weeks so keep a look out!


Creature College - Happy Otter Games

In Creature College, you take the place of a super brainy kid acquiring and battling with incredible creatures to win the prodigious Creature College Cup. 

Bid for your creatures, develop your research lab, fight epic battles and complete your secret mission to thwart your enemies and be victorious!

Read our Creature College overview or you can purchase the game from our online store.


KIX: The Football Card Game - IT Games

KIX is a fun, simple to learn and quick to play tactical two player football card game. 

Master the easy and quick 5-a-side game first then move on to the full 11-a-side game by adding a few more rules to make the game play and feel more like football. Half time, corners, tactical substitutions and penalties all feature in this end to end football card game!

Read our KIX overview or you can purchase the game from our online store.


Baby Blues - Jumping Turtle Games

Every player runs a day care centre with five little babies. Your only task is to keep all babies happy, but this isn't easy.

The other players will do everything in their power to make your babies cry. Dirty diapers, stolen pacifiers and destroyed baby mobiles are just some of the challenges you will face.

A game we don't advise you to play if you have the... Baby Blues!

Read our Baby Blues overview or you can purchase the game from our online store.


Baby Clues - Jumping Turtle Games

When the lights switched back on, the prized milk collection was gone. The suspects are a bunch of incognito babies that try to sneak them out of the mansion.

Can you expose your opponent's secret identity and hide yours?

Retrieve 5 milk bottles and win the game!

Read our Baby Clues overview or you can purchase the game from our online store.


Race to the North Pole - Playmore Games

It's the dawn of the 20th century and North Pole, one of the final frontiers, is yet to be conquered by man. Your adventure begins as your expedition arrives on the frozen shores of the Arctic. You will have to adjust to the constant storms and survive competitors' tricks to be remembered as the conqueror of the North Pole.

So gear up, you have an unforgettable journey ahead of you!

Read our Race to the North Pole overview or you can purchase the game from our online store.


WordStacker - Ingenium Games

A word-wrangling game of high stacks and sabotage! Play anywhere, set up quicky and start stacking!

Create new words every time you play, win points and stack your way to victory. But beware, you may get sabotaged by your opponents because anyone can win this game of strategy and wordplay. Exciting, absorbing and infinitely replayable!

Read our WordStacker overview or you can purchase the game from our online store.


Glimpse - Legend Express

The fun, family game of friendship!

Two teams compete to make friends through acting, miming, singing, dancing, describing and generally being silly!

Read our Glimpse overview or you can purchase the game from our online store.


Also, don't forget...

There are loads of opportunities to enter our huge prize draw! After each game overview we post, we'll follow it up with a question or challenge about that particular game. Be sure to comment, like, share and tag to get more entries, and you could be the winner of a bunch of great games, both old and new!

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12 Days of Gaming 2016 - Djeco

12 Days of Gaming - Djeco

Today's three (yes, three!) fantastic additions to the 12 Days of Gaming all come from the amazing Djeco; a company whose games are known and played across the globe. Read on for some great family fun games!

Mosquito

Those pesky mosquitos! In this game of speed and observation, your aim is to win as many lady bird tokens as possible. You'll succeed if you're fast enough.... This great little game is suitable from age 5 and up for 2 to 4 players and will take around 15 minutes for a game. It looks great and is really simple to pick up and play. So, what's in the box and how does it play?

We love the colourful game box and contents which are really rather cute! Inside the box, you'll get 48 game cards which feature images of the figures used in the game in their natural habitat! (Well, mostly...) You'll also recieve one flower, mosquito and apple figure, and 4 bee figures. As well as these, there are also 25 ladybird tokens which you need to collect in order to win the game.

The playing cards and game pieces are very beautiful. The game concept is easy and fun for everyone to play!

- Amazon Customer review

The set-up is very simple; the flower, mosquito and apple figures are placed in the middle and all cards are distributed to the players which are then placed face down in front of each player. Each player also receives a bee figure (which will be useful for the game...) and a ladybird token. 

Players now turn over the first card in their pile simultaneously. Depending on the card that is revealed, players must do one of the following:

  • Tap the Mosquito
  • Put their Bee on the Flower
  • Catch the Apple

If there is no card in common, nothing happens. The fastest player for each of these actions receives a Ladybird token. If a player doesn't make the action quick enough, they have to give up a Ladybird token! The first player to 5 tokens wins the game.

You need to be very fast at this game and we love how it can improve your physical reflexes and coordination! A great family game that will test your memory and also make you realise that insects can be rather fun...

Click here to be taken to our online store where you can purchase Mosquito; stock is limited!


Bla Bla Bla

Here comes a game of word association and stories! Our second choice from Djeco brings a considerable amount humour and discussion than your usual card game and it's one we would definitely recommend! With three different types of gameplay and an infinite number of possibilities, this game is definitely one to look at. 

To play the game, you'll need to have a spare 20 minutes and be at least 7 years of age. It's also suitable for 3 to 5 players, which is definitely enough for a few laughs at the same time. Inside the box, there are a whopping 240 cards with some ace artwork, including animals, places, things, you name it! The is also a quirky little die in there too which determines which of the three gameplay types you'll play in that round.

Djeco games introduce new concepts in a simple and fun way... it's learning that's fun!

- The Toy Factory

The aim of the game is to collect the most cards. Players must decide at the beginning of the game whether the game is stopped after a certain length of time or when the maximum number of cards is reached. Each player receives 5 cards and the rest remains in a pile. The game can now begin!

The first player rolls the die to find out which game they'll be playing that round. This could be either:

  • Card Association - players must associate one of their cards with a card that is overturned by the judge.
  • Storyline - players select 2 cards from their hand to create a story with the card turned over by the judge. Or;
  • Chinese Portrait - players choose the card from their hand that best represents themselves!

This great game encourages discussion, creativity and quick thinking from all players. We love the variety of gameplay in the fact that there are three very different yet very fun alternatives which are selected by using the die.

Click here to be taken to our online store where you can purchase Bla Bla Bla; stock is limited!


Folanimos

The final game we chose from Djeco is hilarious for the youngsters and very silly indeed! A game of observation and speed, this delightful addition is sure to put a smile on anyone's face, and it's a little trickier than it first seems! It definitely looks appealing however and would be a great one to add to any gaming collection. What sound would these peculiar animals make?!

This simple yet brilliant game is a quick 10 minute one for 2 to 4 players and your aim is to win the most cards. There are 24 cards and 24 tiles which are split into heads and bodies; the game will create random 'half and half' animals for you to giggle at!

They create fun, interesting and magical games and toys which stimulate your child's imagination.

- Bird Kids.co.uk

To play the game, head cards are placed randomly above a set of body cards. After you've had a few laughs at how they look, it's time to get serious...(ish) Let's play!

Players take it in turn to draw a body card and place it down for the others to see. The race is then on! Players have to be the quickest to identify the animal on the table with the matching body to what has been drawn. If that's not enough pressure, players then have to be the first to imitate the noise of the animals head! Phew! The fastest player to make the correct animal cry gains the card as a 'point'. The player with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner!

What a brilliantly fun little game, which encourages quick thinking and presents it in such an enjoyable way for all.

Click here to be taken to our online store where you can purchase Folanimos; stock is limited!


Competition time!

I'm sure you'll agree that today's three picks from Djeco are definitely worth a look. Make sure you keep a look out for a Djeco themed competition question on our social media; answering the question, sharing a competition and tagging a friend will ALL get you entries into our prize draw. This year, you could win a HUGE games pack worth hundreds of pounds. This is not to be missed!

Please note, we're NOT including the games from our 12 Days of Gaming promotion in our competition. This is purely because stock is extremely limited and can be purchased on a first come first served basis from our website. We regret that we are unable to ship prizes and 12 Days of Gaming items outside the UK.

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12 Days of Gaming 2016 - Macroscope

12 Days of Gaming - Macroscope

How's your imagination today? Good we hope; you'll definitely need it for Macroscope! Lifestyle Boardgames have really impressed us with this one and have created a game that simply looks incredible. The Macroscope is a very peculiar device which enables you to peek through round holes in order to guess what image is concealed inside. Can you tell a giraffe from a pizza when using the Macroscope? Things aren't as simple as they seem...

Macroscope is a very unique way of playing an easy to learn game. We absolutely loved it and it even got our brains working overtime! The game can be played by 2 to 6 players aged 6 and up and can last approximately 30 minutes. You've never seen a device like this before!

This quirky game box really looks the part and has been designed very well to fit in with the whole game image. Inside, you'll find a lot of rather cool things and you'll even get the pleasure of building your very own Macroscope before the game begins! All the components you need to build it will be ready to be popped out of the cardboard (a very satisfying task as I'm sure many of you will know) and the instructions will tell you all you need to know to get set up quickly.

An awesome family game and one that gamers will like too!

-Game Boy Geek review

As well as the components to make the Macroscope, you'll find dice, a selection of blue and yellow gems (which are used to keep track of points throughout the game) and 200 double sided cards, which have a variety of images for you to guess throughout the game. There are also circular card tokens which are used to cover the holes in the Macroscope which are removed when guessing, and a tracker so you always know which round you're on. The stack of cards are placed inside the Macroscope with the numbered tokens placed randomly on top. When everything's set up, we're ready to play! Admit it...it looks rather impressive!

Players take it in turns to roll both the dice. The numbers on the dice tell the player which numbered tokens to remove from the top of the Macroscope. When these are removed, the image underneath can be seen. However, parts of the image remain uncovered so can be quite tricky to tell what the image is on a player's first turn! If a player can't guess the image, the game continues until another player feels confident enough to make a good guess. When a player guesses correctly, the image is removed and placed to one side. Be sure the put the number tokens back onto the Macroscope before you remove it!

I like the device and the concept of the game; a fun and interesting party game too!

- The Dice Tower review

Now for those shiny gems...when a player guesses the drawing correctly they receive a gem for each number token that is left on the Macroscope (as well as a pat on the back!) These are victory points for the player; the quicker it takes for a player to guess the image, the more victory points they receive! The yellow gems are worth 1 victory point and the blue gems are worth 5 victory points. The winner of the game is the player who has the most victory points after 10 rounds. 

Macroscope is a fantastic tool to engage the imagination and to get you thinking about different possibilities. There are some strategy elements to the game, such as is it worth taking a risk and guessing early or should you hang on and guess when you are certain? We think this is a brilliant game which will bring endless fun for those family nights in!


Competition time!

A quirky little game like Macroscope is definitely worthy of a place in our 12 Days of Gaming! Keep a look out for a question about Macroscope on our social media; answering the question, sharing a competition and tagging a friend will ALL get you entries into our prize draw. This year, you could win a HUGE games pack with old and new games worth several hundred pounds. This is not to be missed!

Please note, we're NOT including the games from the 12 Days of Gaming promotion in our competition. This is purely because stock is extremely limited and can be purchased on a first come first served basis from our website. We regret that we are unable to ship prizes and 12 Days of Gaming items outside the UK.

Macroscope is available in store and online now. Click here to be taken to the page and make a purchase; stock is limited!

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WordStacker - Game Overview

WordStacker

Love words? So do we! This year's UK Games Expo introduced us to Ingenium Games; a company committed to designing and creating fun family games. WordStacker is a clever and easy to learn card game which involves stacking, extending and mixing up words in order to score points and win. The game is suitable for ages 10+ and for 2 to 6 players, but if you're a little younger, you don't need to miss out! We've tested the game out in schools with a variety of ages (we'll discuss this in a little while!) A game will last approximately 15-30 minutes; get ready to score, sabotage and win!

In the WordStacker game box, you'll find a selection of cards split into yellow Letter cards and blue Action cards. The Action cards can either score you points or sabotage your opponents! There are instructions on each card, so it's very simple to play an action and to follow the game. Be sure to think strategically in order to use them to your advantage!

It was great to see the children experimenting with new words and challenging themselves to be creative with letters.

- Good Toy Guide review

To set up the game, lay the correct number of Letter cards for the number of players in a grid. The words shown in the grid must be four letters long and these are the base words for the game, which you'll be able to stack on, extend and mix up. Six Letter cards and three Action cards are then dealt to each player and then the fun really begins! So...how do you play?

On your first turn, you can look at the cards you've been dealt and either keep them if you're happy with them, or change up to three Letter cards from the pack. Throughout the game, players take it in turns to do the following:

  • Play an Action card - players can use one or more Action cards on their turn and follow the instructions to gain points or make it difficult for the next player! A Score card is the only way to gain points and a Sabotage card makes it more difficult/stops your opponent from scoring!
  • Play a Letter card - even though doing this alone won't score you points, it can be done to change your hand or make it more difficult for your opponents, but bear in mind... it must be a real word!
  • You can always forfeit your turn; sometimes a completely new set of cards is the best and only option!

The lovely and thoughtful guys over at Ingenium Games have also created a series of How to Play videos which are extremely helpful and simple to follow; click here to watch!

The strategy element helped children who were not confident spellers use their tactics to outplay more linguistically able opponents.

- Good Toy Guide review

WordStacker is a brilliant tool for those who want to develop their skills in spelling and vocabulary. We've trailed the game in schools with children from a variety of ages; to include the younger ones in the game and to get them thinking about words, we took all Action cards out of the game and gave them the opportunity to make new words by adding a new letter at a time. The game encourages friendly competition (even cooperation!) and develops logic skills and strategy. A great one for families to enjoy together. Click here to see a great review of the game from the Good Toy Guide.


WordStacker is available in store and online. Click here to buy now!

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12 Days of Gaming - Glimpse

12 Days of Gaming - Glimpse

We're seeing red! But don't panic, we're only playing Glimpse; a family game of friendship and fun! Two different teams go head to head to make some rather interesting new friends. There is a catch; you have to act, mime, sing, dance and more to get them on your side. So really, all we're trying to say is be as silly as possible! In this game, you can basically have as many players as you wish, (2+) aged 6 and up, and split into 2 teams. It takes 20 minutes to play but only a minute to learn! This is a brand new game brought to us by Legend Express, who also created the fantastic Burger Boss. The company are experts in creating award winning games as it recieved a Bronze award in this years Imagination Gaming Family and Education Awards. We are sure Glimpse will live up to expectations!

There are a LOT of rather cool contents and concepts to this game and you'll definitely get the hang of it straight away. Under the masses of quirky artwork, you'll find many exciting things. There are 52 Friend Cards which hold the faces of your new companions, 2 pairs of the unique Glimpse Glasses, one for each team (which we'll look at later), 70 Question Cards and 16 Coloured Tokens.

To set up the game, you first need to decide on your team. Game tip: perhaps you should opt for the utmost silliest people to be your teammates! You'll need 16 Friend Cards set up so everyone can see them clearly and a random coloured token is placed on each. The question cards are shuffled and placed into a pile in arms reach. The Green Team and the Blue Team will also need a pair of Glimpse glasses and they should nominate one player to be the 'Glimpser'. This person needs to put on the glasses and leave them on until the end of the game. The Glimpser cannot tell the colour of the token due the the filter in the glasses; all they'll see is red, making their job a little trickier!

Legend Express specialise in light Euro style games that are fun for all the family. Glimpse is a hilarious party-style game of deduction.

- UK Games Expo

To start the game, the 'Glimpser' from the first team picks up a Question card and reads it the the helpers in their team. The helpers then have to try to answer the question as well as they can in order to guide the Glimpser to the correct Friend Card. If the Glimpser thinks they know the correct card, they remove the coloured token from their chosen card. It's a lot trickier than it looks, as the helpers can't say whether the card they've chosen is correct or incorrect!

At the end of the game, it's the Glimpser's job to add up their score! Teams gain 1 point for a token of their colour, 2 points if they choose a Black token and -1 point for selecting a token of the oponnent's colour. Choose carefully, Glimpsers! 

There are variations of the game for 2 and 3 players, which involve pairing up and becoming one team! Take it in turns to be the Glimpser and the helper(s). Can you beat your friend's high score, or even get a perfect score?!

Glimpse is a fun way of playing a game and we think the game is also great for building confidence. In the words of Legend Express: 'Don't be embarrassed, don't be shy, don't be quiet. Glimpse is all about having fun!' Be as creative and as silly as you wish! It also encourages cooperative play, as there is constant discussion work going on between teams.


Competition time!

Another brilliantly made game from Legend Express and one that is definitely worthy of a place in the 12 Days of Gaming! Keep a look out for our next competition question on our social media; answering the question, sharing a competition and tagging a friend will ALL get you entries into our prize draw. This year, you could win a HUGE games pack worth hundreds of pounds; this is not to be missed!

Please note, we're not including the games from the 12 Days of Gaming promotion in our competition. This is purely because stock is extremely limited and can be purchased on a first come first served basis from our website. We regret that we are unable to ship prizes and 12 Days of Gaming items outside the UK.

Like what you see? Click here to purchase Glimpse from our online store now; stock is limited! 

 

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Race to the North Pole - Game Overview

Race To The North Pole - Game Interview

As it's beginning to feel a bit like the North Pole lately, what better time to introduce our next game by Playmore Games; Race to the North Pole! The game can hold 2-4 arctic adventurers aged 7 and up and will take around 45 minutes to trek through the hazardous maze conditions. This is definitely a game full of excitement and can be very unpredictable. It's easy to play but will take a lot of skill and strategy to master, so get wrapped up and listen closely...

The adventure starts here! Your goal is to travel through the arctic with your team to reach the North Pole. Sounds simple, right? Hmm, maybe not... In order to get there, you must battle through the treacherous weather conditions; storms will hit and completely throw you off course! You'll get equipment to help you get there but you'll also encounter some hazards. Plan your route carefully, you don't want to find yourself face to face with a Polar Bear!

Inside the game box with the amazing artwork, you'll find the game board which assembles together to create a rather magnificent experience; the board will rotate and the maze will alter! There are also multiple game cards, team pawns in different colours and a variety of different tokens. Not forgetting the fearsome Polar Bear! The game is set up by each player having their own expedition team with team board and ship, which they will need to guide through to maze to the centre. Action cards and Ice Mask tokens are arranged and placed in their appropriate places on the board and the journey begins!

The first player begins by moving a member of their expedition team forward in the direction specified on one of the cards in front of them. This can be left, right, forwards, backwards or even diagonal! Don't step on the cracks, but if there is a member of an opponent's expedition team where you want to move to, you can kick them back to their ship! When you want to perform an action, your cards will tell you where you can move and whether you are allowed to abush. It will also tell you when the storm arrives and when the board rotates; plan your path wisely!

Race to the North Pole is not only different every time you play, but will change before your eyes as you play each game. A great addition to any games library.

- Nigel Scarfe, Imagination Gaming

There are a number of different Ice Masks; pieces of equipment or even hazards that can help or hinder your journey. These can be obtained by discovering them on the game board or by amushing. If you find a piece of equipment, you can use this straight away to get you out of a sticky situation, or add it to your inventory so it can help you later on in the game. However, if you find a hazard, then these happen instantly. Gulp!

When the storm hits, hold on tight! The game board will be rotated according to the colour specified on the card used, ranging from one quarter turn to half a revolution in either direction! When the storm ends, your current path to the North Pole may be blocked and it may be a lot more difficult to get your team there. The three cards you'll be using will be completely different and the cracks in the ice will have also altered. However, it could also make your journey a bit easier. Keep those fingers crossed (if they're not already frozen...) 

In order to win the game, you must get the whole of your expedition team to the North Pole. As each member of the team makes it, they then get transported to the score board. The first player to get each of their team to the North Pole and the score board is the winner!

Race to the North Pole is very easy to pick up, but it does also involve a lot of strategy. The Arctic weather makes game play very unpredictable and it's up to you to figure out the best and most appropriate path to take, but we think this is defintely what makes the game unique. Due to this, each game play is challenging and exciting throughout; no game of Race to the North Pole is the same! Playmore Games definitely know how to create an immensely fun game which doesn't disappoint.

This is a game you definitely don't want to miss...click here to view a bit of action from the game!

Race to the North Pole is available in store and online now. Click here to be taken to the page and make a purchase; stock is limited!

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12 Days of Gaming - Jumping Turtle Games

12 Days of Gaming - Baby Blues & Baby Clues

Today, we have TWO new additions to our 12 Days of Gaming from Jumping Turtle Games; Baby Blues and Baby Clues! Why are the babies crying? Who stole all the milk?! Day care staff and detectives are needed, pronto! These are two really fun, baby-themed card games that are easy to learn and may even teach you a thing or two…

Baby Blues

In order to succeed in Baby Blues, you need to be able to handle the pressure! Imagine being in a day-care centre with the responsibility for five VERY needy babies; things won’t always be a walk in the park! Baby Blues is a 30 minute game for 2-4 players and is suitable for ages 8 and up. Happy babies mean more points, and more points mean success. Can you keep your youngsters smiling?

With simple rules and fun strategies and gameplay, this great little game will provide a great challenge for any family looking for a quick, fun game to add to their collection.

- Nigel Scarfe, Imagination Gaming 

Inside the game box there 110 cards including happy babies, unhappy babies and a variety of cards that may seriously alter their mood. Each player receives a set of happy babies, an unhappy deck of babies is separated and a drawing deck is placed nearby. Players are then dealt 5 cards from the drawing deck which could range from dirty nappies to bottles of milk. However, you need to be careful; these cards could make your baby happy or unhappy! After the simple set-up is complete, we’re ready to go!

Players have a number of options to choose from when it’s their turn to play:

  • Trade cards with another player

  • Play a negative card onto another player’s set of babies

  • Play as many positive cards as you wish onto your own set of babies

When a turn is complete, any negative cards that have been played on your happy babies will transform them into unhappy babies! And any unhappy babies that haven’t been cheered up will turn into crying babies; who said looking after babies was easy?! The game ends when a player has five very moody, crying babies.

We love the variety of this game and how you can completely sabotage another player’s daycare setting (if you’re mean enough!) The ability to swap cards can be quite tactical and in all honesty, some of the cards can be hilarious to use; those poor babies!

Click here to be taken to our online store where Baby Blues can be purchased. Get yours now before they disappear!

Baby Clues

Magnifying glass at the ready! Who stole the prized milk bottle collection? There are more unhappy, sneaky babies in Baby Clues and everyone's a suspect... can you retrieve the bottles and reveal your opponent’s secret identity?

Ok, which baby are you? The garlic hating vampire baby maybe? Some keen deduction skills and bluffing are needed in this great little award winning game.

- Nigel Scarfe, Imagination Gaming 

Baby Clues is a game of deduction (and the odd bit of bluffing!) Inside the box, you’ll find a number of Clue Cards, Escape Cards, Secret Identity Cards and milk bottle tokens, which are rather cute! The aim of the game is to try and reveal your opponent's true identity or hide yours for as long as possible. Every time you manage to escape or when you unmask your opponent, you’ll gain a milk bottle; the first player to obtain five milk bottles is the winner! Like Baby Blues, the game is suitable for ages 8 and up for 2 to 4 players and each game lasts approximately 20 minutes. Eagle eyes at the ready…

To start, each player receives a Reference Card and a Secret Identity Card which is kept secret throughout the game. Five Clue Cards are placed in the centre and 6 Escape Cards are placed at the side. During each player’s turn, they can either:

  • Pick a clue

  • Choose an escape card

  • Change a diaper! Or,

  • Unmask another player

But play carefully; make sure you’re absolutely certain no one is bluffing!

A fantastic little game of deception and deduction, Baby Clues is a great and hilarious family game to play. We especially love the milk bottles that player’s have to collect and how the odd bit of bluffing may win you the game... play cautiously!

Click here to be taken to our online store, where Baby Clues can be purchased. Get yours now before they disappear!


Competition Time!

We think Baby Blues and Baby Clues go hand in hand; more perfect additions for our 12 Days of Gaming! Keep a look out for the next competition question on our social media; answering the question, sharing a competition and tagging a friend will ALL get you entries into our prize draw. This year, you could win a huge games pack with old and new games worth several hundred pounds; this is not to be missed!

Please note, we’re not including the games from the 12 Days of Gaming promotion in our competition. This is purely because stock is extremely limited and can be purchased on a first come first served basis from our website. We regret that we are unable to ship prizes and 12 Days of Gaming items outside the UK.

Click here to purchase Baby Blues

Or here to purchase Baby Clues!

Get yours now; stock is limited!

 

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Creature College - Game of the Week

Creature College - Game of the Week

Imagine being educated in a very different way to what you’re used to; a place where weird creatures roam and battles commence. You are a student in Creature College and you want that Creature Cup more than anything else! There are ways to get there, missions to complete and labs to build so what are you waiting for? You need to be ahead of schedule!

Creature College is the ultimate family game created by Happy Otter Games, which is easy to pick up and exciting to play. The game is suitable for ages 8 and up for 2 to 6 players, and a game will take you approximately 45 minutes to get through after the set up. I’m sure you’ll all agree that it simply looks fantastic; the amazing artwork throughout the game by the very talented Mike Legan really sets it’s look apart from the rest and the contents inside the box don’t disappoint either!

A game with a surprising amount of depth hidden beneath a monster-covered exterior. Ideal for families with eager young gamers.

- Nigel Scarfe, Imagination Gaming 

Inside the box, you’ll find a variety of colourful counters, tokens, dice and cards, which all work together to make this game brilliantly unique. Before the game is started, you chose a game board and character along with the correct coloured player pieces and bidding tokens. You then chose a Secret Mission and an Abilities card from a set of three which are placed in the correct places on the board. Creature cards are split between the three different terms in Creature College; Autumn, Winter and Spring and finally, battle cards (which are VERY useful in battles), Element Track Research, Gem Research and Victory Point cards are placed within arm's reach. So, the Autumn Term is here at Creature College...now what? Bidding and battling of course!

It's a heck of a lot of fun, the artwork is beautiful!

- Lance Myxter, Undead Viking Videos

To succeed in Creature College, you need to collect the most victory points.These Victory points can be collected in a number of ways; collecting creatures of different elements for your secret mission, building your five research lab stations, obtaining Victory Point cards or winning battle gems when fighting your opponents! At Creature College, there are 3 bidding rounds in each term, where you bid (and be very careful about this…) for the creatures you need. But beware; your opponents can outbid you, and you’ll have to transfer your bid to another creature! After the bidding rounds comes the battle round, where you put your creatures to the test against your opponents! Oh, we almost forgot; watch out for Kevin. Things could turn nasty...

When the game ends simply add up all your cards containing victory points and battle gems to find out who has the biggest score. This player is crowned the winner and has obtained the Creature College Cup!

Happy Otter Games have created a very informative gameplay video for Creature College! Click here to view.

It (Creature College) just has a lot going for it so that it's going to be very accessible to casual gamers, hardcore gamers and families who just want a good time but want something with more depth and strategy than your typical mass market family weight games.

- Nick Meenachan, Board Game Brawl

Creature College instantly appealed to us. It’s a great game to play for a wide range of gamers; perfect for families with enough depth and strategy to keep even the bigger gamers satisfied. Bidding the most appropriate token and risking your creatures in battle are just some of the challenges you’ll face and decisions you’ll need to make.


Click here to purchase the fantastic Creature College now at an amazing £19.99!

 

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AireCon 2016

AireCon is a relatively new event that sees gamers from far and wide join forces and game together. Gamers of any ability are encouraged to attend and are able to see demonstrations of games from their creators, buy new games or simply sit with drink and grab a game to play from the games library!

We stuck our heads into Saturday’s event and were immediately greeted in a warm and friendly manner which definitely made us want to dive in and see what we could see. It was clear upon entering that a lot of thought had been put into their plans, from the layout of of the hall to the vast amounts of game space; we couldn’t wait to get stuck in.

This year’s event was sponsored by Travelling Man and UK Games Expo, and has also gathered a brilliant selection of traders, including:

  • Travelling Man

  • Medusa Games

  • Stuff by Bez

  • District 31

  • Inside The Box

  • Elements

  • Band Manager Backstage Clash

It was fantastic to see many familiar faces and such enthusiasm from all; engaging attendees and demonstrating games to both older gamers and youngsters. The event ran very smoothly and there were lots of different things happening throughout the day, even a game of Codenames using the whole hall! There was also the chance to opt in for a Saturday night curry after a hard day of gaming, which we regrettably missed out on...

What we also loved about the event were the finer details and merchandise, ranging from AireCon mugs to your very own AireCon dice. Well let’s be honest; who doesn’t want a game while enjoying a cup of tea?

After being a sold out event on Saturday, AireCon couldn’t get any better could it? Wrong! After speaking to the lovely staff, the next event in March 2017 is set to be even better; bigger premises and more games but with the usual incredible gaming atmosphere that it brings. We’ll see you there!

Keep up to date with plans for next year's AireCon which will be held at Harrogate International Centre on the 10th-12th March 2017!

http://www.airecon.uk

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CVLizations - Game Review

CVLizations - A game of happiness, tribe building and revolutionary ideas! This clever family game by Granna is unique for a number of reasons; you will lead your own tribe, create a civilisation and achieve greatness! Will your tribe be clever scientists, builders or warriors? Your aim is to make your civilisation the happiest by any means necessary! This one can be enjoyed by the older kids at age 10+ and an average game lasts approximately 45 minutes. However, we know how important creating a new civilisation can be and we totally understand if more time is needed...and with 2-5 players, there's a lot that needs to be discussed and debated! An extremely popular game released in the last year, CVLizations really got everyone talking and managed to win itself the 2016 UK Games Expo Best Family Game!

The game box and all contents within the game come with some pretty impressive artwork. Inside, you’ll find the game board, a selection of tokens, cards and the impressive leader helmet and crown pieces! The game board has been created so everything has a place, meaning set up time is significantly reduced. Straight away, you can see where all the game cards and pieces need to go which is really quite handy! When everything is set up, it’s time to get down to business. Serious business...

There are 3 stages with 3 rounds, and each round has different phases including order, action, development and cleanup. Each player gets a deck of 8 order cards and one of each of the three goods. To start, the first player chooses 2 of their cards and places one face up and one face down, which in all honesty could create a bit of tension; your chosen card could be someone else’s downfall! Each card has a different action from thieving to trading and there is also a sneaky doubling card in there too, so use it wisely and to your advantage! When all players have revealed their cards, the actions then need to be resolved in the correct order. These gain you resources and happiness points; smiles all around! At the end of each round, the cards used are discarded and the remaining 6 cards are then taken to the next round. Players can now ‘purchase’ one idea card from the gameboard by using their goods tokens. These cards show you the name, type, cost and a description of any special rule associated with the idea. It also tells you the number of happiness points your civilisation will gain at the end of the game if you choose that particular card. Some cards may have a special effect for the rest of the game so make sure you keep the game board replenished with cards throughout to avoid disappointment! The game ends after the third round and happiness points are counted up which will then determine the winner. How does your civilisation fare against your opponents?

The first time we tested this game we were very impressed with the gaming tokens, perhaps a little too much! We referred to each one as ‘the cog’, ‘the cube’ and ‘PacMan’ and realised the game made much more sense after we had a little look through the rules of play; stone, wood and food will definitely give our tribes a better start in life! I also love the whole idea of creating and ruling a tribe and the fact that how it grows is totally down to the player. It’s definitely a game to get excited about!

CVLizations is a great game for strategy, allowing you to think about what you play on each turn, the effect it can have on the amount of happiness you obtain and the goods tokens you collect throughout. It gets imaginations running wild as you think of ways to better your tribe and to make your civilisation thrive. We'd recommend playing this game with upper KS2 in schools and as a family. Why not include younger children as part of your team? We think youngsters will be able to quickly pick up the basic rules, and also encourages explaining the rules to others!

Calling all teaching professionals; do you have a suitable topic coming up that would suit CVLizations? Perhaps you're learning about different tribes of the world, or even the vikings! It's a great way to get children engaged and in the zone! 

Have you already played CVLizations? Please leave a comment about your experience so others can read your thoughts!

Click here to purchase CVLizations from our online store.

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Tell-A-Tale Pirate - Game Overview

Tell A Tale Pirate

Ahoy there, it’s story time! Introducing Tell-A-Tale Pirate, the fantastic pirate-themed, storytelling game! A Gold Award winner for Best Literacy Game in this years Imagination Gaming Family and Education Awards 2016, Tell-A-Tale Pirate has lots to offer and is simple to play at the same time. Brought to us by Cheatwell Games, this game is is perfect for ages 3 and up and can be enjoyed alone or with up to four players at a time. Those swashbuckling pirates, brave heroes and the odd animal companion need your help to tell their story! Will they embark on a perilous journey to find the buried treasure or will they meet some villains on an old abandoned ship wreck? How your story unfolds is up to you! In the Tell-A-Tale series, there are three different themes to choose from, including Farmyard and Fairytale! Arrr, we’ll be looking at the pirate version (if you couldn’t tell!)

The delightful game box, complete with age appropriate artwork, is definitely appealing. The contents inside the box include a wooden base and a 2-sided backdrop, so you can change the scene in your story. There are also 21 pirate play pieces and 4 dice. Each dice has different images of the pieces on each side apart from one, which has six different words.The game is very easy to pick up and is one with a world of possibilities! The players in the game firstly set up the stage; the 2 pieces of wooden base fit together like a jigsaw and the 2-sided backdrop slots into one of the spaces on it. Will you be looking out to sea or will your story be set on a ship? When this is set up, you can then begin! The first player rolls all four dice to see the characters, items and word they will be using for this part of the story. Pirate pieces can be slotted into the base and moved around which really makes your tale come to life. Now you can begin to tell your story! Players continue in this way throughout the game and can work together to create the most wonderful adventure! You are sure to have hours of fun with this one!

This game was a big hit at last years awards, and everyone was super impressed (myself definitely included!) It was also extremely popular at this year’s UK Games Expo in the Family Zone; children and families created some absolutely out of this world adventures for their characters, which was so refreshing to see. I remember sitting with a family with 2 young children at the event, and after explaining how the game worked, they were off! Parents couldn’t get a word in edgeways, but they were blown away with the vocabulary their children were using, and how quickly they picked up the game.

Tell-A-Tale Pirate is an outstanding game for Literacy skills and to improve verbalisation and vocabulary. It helps to develop creative thinking in children by them using their imagination to create stories from start to finish; including characters, using dice and different settings. It would be a perfect game to add to your collection, and a game which can be used in a Nursery setting and beyond! Players can be left to their own devices in order to think alone and build on their problem solving skills or team up with friends to share ideas and create the ultimate quest! Where will your story take you? A great game and a well deserved award winner!

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Imagination Gaming Awards 2016: Best Maths Game

2016 was a great one for the Imagination Gaming awards, resulting in a fantastic outcome in different categories across the board! Over the next few weeks, we will be investigating the ins and outs of each of our categories, including bronze, silver and gold winners. We gathered a fantastic team of educators, gamers and parents who tested out the games for themselves and scored them on everything from looks to gameplay. We had a great mix of reviews and because of this, we are now able to give you our most up to date list of the best games in a number of categories. This week, we will be sharing with you our winners of the Best Maths Games.

The Imagination Gaming Family and Education Game Awards 2016

Category:

Best Maths Game

Winners:

Gold Award: Logic Cards

Silver Award: Code Master

Bronze Award: City of Zombies: Times Square

Numeracy is an essential skill, and incorporating this early on in development can introduce a world of possibilities. There are many games available today that are great for building these skills and we have tried and tested so many for the game awards. We have now awarded three different games the bronze, silver and gold award for the Best Numeracy Games available, so what are we waiting for? Let’s take a look!

Gold Award: Logic Cards

By being a Gold Award winner, we really were certain about this one; a collection of the most mind boggling problems that will really get those cogs turning! There are 4 different sets of logic cards for different abilities which are designed to really get you thinking. Each card has a difficulty rating, so why not start at a comfortable level and work your way through, making it harder and harder each time? Challenge yourself and increase your brainpower!

Logic Cards are fantastic to use in schools. The various difficulty rating makes is really easy to find a suitable challenge for any year group and would be beneficial to use in a Numeracy activity. We also love how family friendly the cards are; really compact and great for testing your family members or children. The cards provide hours of fun, enabling you to improve your mathematical and logical knowledge in an uplifting way!

Our minds were really put to the test when we looked at this game from Brain Games, and we loved how many challenges we faced. Questions about time, shape and number got us thinking. We loved how simple the cards were to use and we thought they really worked well for different age groups. We found quite a few cards that even made us stop and think, and we were all adults! 

Another great feature of the Logic Cards is that each card can be used through an App; Logic Cards augmented reality! Simply download the App using the AppStore or through GooglePlay and see animated solutions to the cards you have tried! Did you solve the puzzle correctly? We think this is a very clever way to see the different solutions. Gold Award is definitely deserved for this one!

Click here to check out our store for all Logic Card packs available.

Silver Award: Code Master

Being a Silver Award winner, Code Master really doesn't disappoint for it's unique gameplay! Ever wanted to have a taste of programming? Well, this is a definite fun way to do just that. Being a single player game, Code Master is that little bit different to others. It requires you to navigate your Avatar around the map, but only a certain sequence will bring you success and lead you to the end portal. Don't forget to collect all the crystals along the way!

Code Master is a great example of a game that introduces concepts of programming and logic puzzling for KS2 and upwards (including adults, of course!) It's a fantastic solo game/puzzle that can cater for a range of abilities, from those that may struggle with these concepts to those that really excel. Another brilliant release from ThinkFun!

Our panel of judges tested this game and thought it really was something else. We loved the challenge of problem solving and sequential reasoning; some of the judges had never been quiet for so long! It really enabled us to think, and all these reasons combined was why we gave Code Master the Silver award.

Click here to check out Code Master in our online store.

Bronze Award: City of Zombies: Times Square  

Bronze Award was given to this fantastic number game from ThinkNoodle, bringing Zombies into the world of Maths! This great release can be enjoyed on its own or as an expansion to the already hugely successful City of Zombies; the ultimate mathematical challenge! Use the dice given to add, subract, multiply or divide in order to take out Zombies. Multiplication skills are sure to improve, with the game covering times tables to 12 and beyond!

Times Square encourages players to use different operations to win the game. Children can team up together and co-operatively play to practice and learn their times tables. It's great for children who find multiplication difficult and also for those who simply love maths and numbers! Children in KS2 and up will benefit greatly from this new addition.

Our team gave Times Square a Bronze award overall; we loved how we could play the game on it's own or with the original City of Zombies game, giving an even greater experience. The game is fantastic for Numeracy in schools and can be enjoyed as a family game to boost those well needed skills!

Click here to view City of Zombies: Times Square in our online store.

 

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Jane Tomlinson's Run 4 All Events, The Asda Foundation Family Fun Zone!

 

What's it all about?

This year, as part of the Asda sponsored Family Fun Zone, Imagination Gaming are featuring with Breeze Leeds activities at several of Jane Tomlinson Run 4 All events.

Imagination Gaming will be bringing our unique brand of family tabletop games and activities for everyone to have a go at, including a story writing challenge at each of the following events:

  • Nottingham 10k - May 15th 2016
  • Leeds 10k  - July 10th 2016
  • York 10k -  August 7th 2016

You can see the full schedule of events at http://www.runforall.com/ , and find out a bit more about the events once they're done below!

 

Nottingham 10K - May 15th 2016

Last weekend we set up at the inaugural Nottingham 10K event in the glorious sunshine, we can only hope every event starts like this!

The Asda Foundation Family Fun Zone, featured several activities, all under one big marquee as part of the main event, smack in the city centre. Only yards from the start and finish line the place was bustling with runners, supporters and spectators, all ready to enjoy the festivities.

We took along a variety of modern board and card games suitable for just about every age and taste, with the key being to get all generations playing and having fun together. We also brought along our Rory's Story Cubes themed challenge to appeal to those of an even more creative nature.

Here's a few of the games that have proved popular so far!

 

Puzzles galore!

Puzzles are ALWAYS very popular, The Katamino shape builder is one of our favourites, but our only copy of a little known challenge called Colour Magic sent to us as part of last years Imagination Gaming Awards was proving intriguing... and frustratingly addictive too!

 

Of all the games that were played in Nottingham one stood out for particular reason - Brave Rats....

Brave Rats is a 2-player game with only 16 cards in total. Will your 8 rats beat your opponents?!

We hate stereo-typing, but there was one 'typically reluctant' young man, who was only there because he 'had' to be and was 'dragged' along by his family! Not unusual, but seeing his Mum's exasperation we managed to convince him to sit down and give something a go... I'm afraid we do that!

What followed was complete, unadulterated concentration on his part, even laughing his head off every time I beat him at Brave Rats... but that didn't last long. He quickly realised it wasn't as simple as it looked and that to succeed it took not only though on what he had to do and strategy, but also to study what I was doing.

When he did that I was doomed, he was elated and his Mum was overjoyed. I think we were still sat playing on the only table left in the square, long after the marquee had disappeared from over-head!

 

And what about the Story Challenge...

We used one of our favourite games, Rory's story Cubes, to invite a little bit of creative story telling too.

The challenge is to roll 9 dice showing various characters, objects and ideas, to find 9 random things to fit into your tale. The real trick is fitting them in quickly., We only let you use less than 1 side of paper to get your story told, making for hilarious outcomes.

We'll be featuring a few of these stories here soon, and look forward to what we get at the next events!

 

***COMING SOON***

Leeds 10k  - July 10th 2016

York 10k -  August 7th 2016

 

Find out more about Breeze Leeds here http://www.breezeleeds.org/

Find out more about the Asda Foundation here https://www.asdafoundation.org/

 

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The Imagination Gaming Family & Education Awards 2015 Are Here!

 

The IG Awards are back… and we’ve stepped it up… a lot!

Yep, this years Imagination Gaming Family & Education Game Awards are back and the process of finding this years great games begins.

For 2015 we have a brand new part of the Imagination Gaming website dedicated to the awards here, but which you can also find at the end of this article, so hang on a minute! There’s lots to add, especially the games which we will release throughout the process, but we’re really proud of it and hope you’ll love it too.

As always we started talking about this year’s awards months ago, very quietly, but for very good reason. Each year in October we go to Essen Spiel - the worlds largest hobby gaming convention, and even though the awards process is 6 months away, it’s the perfect opportunity to get started. Probably because it’s the ‘eye of the storm’ so to speak - the calm bit before we start the new awards season and also when we’ve just recovered from the previous one!

In fact we started getting new games handed to us at the culmination of last years awards, in May, at UK Games Expo. These were substantially added to not only at Essen, but throughout the year as we are sent new games to not only test but to use in our workshops and events nationwide.

Some of the games are yet to be published and from small companies or individuals, some are heading to market, and some already have the weight of major games industry players behind them.

Where the games come from doesn’t matter to us, all that we are concerned with is finding great games to share with those who love what we do and the wider gaming community. This in turn helps to give these games the exposure they need either to get off the ground, or find their way into even more homes and schools than before…

If you’ve never come across the Imagination Gaming Family & Education Game Awards before, below is a brief catch up to get you up to speed… and then you’ll be ready for this year!

 

Back in 2013…

...we decided to launch a new set of awards to recognise great games that families and educators consider invaluable in developing a range of social and curriculum skills… as well as just good, solid fun!

Of course, we did this as part of Imagination Gaming's ongoing ambition to raise awareness in the UK of the joy and value that great table-top games bring to everyday life, as well as the influence and effect they can have as resources to improve thinking and communication skills for everyone.

The whole process enables UK game enthusiasts to see games they would never normally have access to, games makers from all over the world and of any size to get their games noticed, and for us to find games that we can continue to show to the thousands children, teachers and parents in our daily schools, libraries, events and community groups nationwide. Hopefully everyone's a winner!

During the awards process we consider a wide range of board and card games currently available as well as the new ones looking to get our and your attentiona and find a market in the UK, with a view to finding the ones that really do what it says on the box! The awards recognise the games that our panel of judges and ourselves have not only played and enjoyed, but also, (and most crucially,) the games we have found to have a significant impact in engaging, exciting and educating whoever we have been playing them with.

We were over the moon with the response first time round from the industry and fans alike and from early on it was clear that this would become an annual event...

 

Year 2, 2014!

The 2nd year of the game awards saw us introduce another category - the Family Classic award - and this along with the Excelled in Schools awards became more of a 'hall of fame' ('hall of game' if you prefer!), with all winners being recognised equally. We look forward to adding to this illustrious list each year and recognising the games that have made a consistent difference with schools and families year after year.

 

And now?!...

So here we are for the 2015 IG Game Awards... with a brand new website and lots more to see!

We will be compiling nomination lists for each award from new games submitted by companies world-wide for review and consideration, and where applicable, games from our collection used in Imagination Gaming workshops based on our experience and the feedback they have received.

All nominated games will be available to play in the Imagination Gaming Family Zone at the UK Games Expo in Birmingham at the end of May, with all visitors having the chance to vote on an extra special award as part of their gaming experience. All awards will be announced the following week.

We are welcoming and encouraging submissions for each category right now, so...

 

What's In It for the Nominees and the Winners?

Everlasting fame and glory?! Quite possibly, but also…

Each winner will be given a badge of honour to use to promote their award winning games to the world! We will supply companies with electronic versions of logos to use at will throughout promotion and packaging as they see fit. These will demonstrate the game has been recognised as having outstanding merit by the very type of people that are looking for games to add to their collection, or a great starting place for those new to games like this.

Games will regularly be used as appropriate throughout our Games Days and Events nationwide as examples of great games that families and educators will love to play and teach with for years to come. This means that school children, teachers and families will be able to sit down and experience the games for themselves and get a chance to learn all about the game from one of our demonstrators and see just how good it is.

Games that we receive that are shortlisted for any award and are not currently available in the UK will be immediately brought to the attention of the distributors we work with. We don't just want our customers and schools to be able to play the game with us… if they like it; we want to make sure we can get one for them to keep too!

You can be sure that any game that we like for any reason throughout this process will, wherever possible be made available via the Imagination Gaming online store, and promoted as such!

If you would like to submit one of your games for this years awards we'd love to hear from you. Visit the Awards main page here to find more details on individual awards, eligibility and how you can enter. The closing date for submissions this year is Friday April 24th 2015

 

As always we would love to hear your thoughts on this years awards and the games as they appear. Find all the latest games and information on our dedicated IG Game Awards page, and all the links you need to tell us what you think via Facebook, Twitter and more.

We look forward to hearing from you and hope you will spread the word too…

...Are You Game?!

 

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