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Players must put on their game caps for a frenzied round of hat matching mania, holding three hat cards in their hand and balancing one on top of their head. The goal is to be the first to match the center hat card and collect the pair. But if a hat is dropped, someone else can yell "Hats Off" and steal a card. Whoever wins the most cards is crowned the top hat.
— “Not only does [this game] work on memory skills trying to match the cards; it also works with improving hand-eye coordination,” Cara Newbitt of Aigner Associates told TDmonthly. This game received a 2007 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award. Launch date: February 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 12331 (added 4/13/2007)
In this game, two to five players roll the dice and try their best to corner the elusive jeweled beast and capture the most coveted of ancient treasures despite a curse. Players must watch out for fake gold, and capture the Ruby Rhino to win. Play takes about 10 minutes. “The Curse of the Ruby Rhino is an easy-to-teach, quick-playing dice game that is great for play between age groups. Both a 6-year-old and an older sibling will get equal enjoyment out of playing,” Jason Schneider, product development and marketing manager for Gamewright, told TDmonthly. This game received a 2007 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award. Launch date: March 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 11550 (added 2/21/2007)
Yo-ho-ho and a barrel of fun. Kids can set sail for an exciting adventure of strategy and skullduggery in this captivating card game, storming their opponents' merchant ships and seizing valuable treasure. But they have to watch their backs, as plundering pirates are out to capture ships. The player with the most loot rules the high seas. Launch date: January 1, 2005.
— "Loot is very popular. It’s a strategy game," said Leanna Halbrecht, owner of Animations in Teaneck, N.J.
— When asked about best-selling games in her store, Gail Small, owner of Dragon's Toy Box in Seattle, replied, "Any Gamewright game. [They] are huge, especially for young kids."
— Jason Schneider, product development and marketing manager for Gamewright, told TDmonthly, "Loot is a Mensa Mind-Games winner that's an easy-to-learn and quick-playing strategy game."
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 11311 (added 1/31/2007)
Kids flip and stack this clever loaf of cards to build slamwiches and double deckers. Tomato, lettuce, tomato ... slap! The player who gets there first will win the pile. But he’ll have to catch the thief and stop the muncher from stealing a stack of cards. When he’s out of cards, he’s out of the game. The first player to collect all the cards wins. Slamwich teaches reading readiness skills, such as visual discrimination and sequencing. While kids are flipping and stacking cards, they're actually learning how to recognize a series, make combinations, and anticipate what might happen. "Slamwich includes bread-shaped, die-cut cards. It's a fast-playing card game. It's also Gamewright's first card game," said Jason Schneider, product development and marketing manager for Gamewright.
— Rosie Morris, manager of Whiz Kid Toys in San Luis Obispo, Calif., told TDmonthly to watch out for Gamewright, naming Slamwich as one of their hottest 2006 sales items.
— "We have a lot of card games from Gamewright. One of the better ones is Slamwich," Shirley Reilly, owner of Let's Play in Hillsboro, Ore., told TDmonthly. In an August 2008 survey of 64 retailers, storeowners reported average sales of about a dozen per month. Six named Slamwich as a best-selling card game.
— In August 2010, five of 43 retailers surveyed cited Slamwich as a best-selling card game.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 10251 (added 11/27/2006)
In a Pickle gets the creative juices flowing with creative and imaginative elements. This is a great game to stretch the brain. Kids can create outrageous scenarios and challenge themselves (and their opponents) to think outside the norm. Winner of National Parenting Center Seal of Approval, Creative Child Magazine Preferred Choice Award, Dr. Toy's 10 Best Games of The Year, Dr. Toy's Top 100 Children's Products, iParenting Media Award , and Canadian Toy Testing Council (Highest Rating).
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 10249 (added 11/27/2006)
Two to four players can enjoy this ultimate family dice game as they choose a card, and then try to complete one of 60 outrageous dice challenges. The harder the combo, the more chips earned. This game received the 2007 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award, a GAMES 100 listing and the iParenting Media Award. It comes with 64 cards, 36 chips, and 8 dice. Its “repeat playability” is a big plus, Jason Schneider, product development and marketing manager for Gamewright, told TDmonthly. “There are thousands of possible dice combinations, which translate to lots of exciting games!”
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 10047 (added 11/10/2006)
Think you're the next Picasso? Can't draw a stick figure to save your life? No matter the answer, you will have a blast playing this off-the-wall party game where you don't have to be the best artist to win. Pick a card and scramble to scribble a mini masterpiece in 45 seconds. Then, vote on whose drawing best fits one of over 100 creative categories. Win the most votes and you've got the Luck of the Draw!
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 8671 (added 7/24/2006)
Because the game has sold so well since its introduction in 1996, Gamewright released a 10th Anniversary Edition in 2006. Players will still need to discard their rat cards while collecting cat cards, but the new edition will have brand new art, more power cards and the addition of a “Super Peek” power to make the game even more fun.
— “My best-selling games are from Gamewright: Rat-a-Tat Cat. It’s so popular because it’s travel-sized, it’s just a little card game, the whole family gets involved, and the price is right,” said Julie Nicolazzo of Toy Boat in Hudson, Mass.
— "Rat-a-Tat Cat by Gamewright is our best-seller [in card games]. I think it does well because it’s a small game to learn, not overwhelming," said Lisa McMartin, co-owner of Wonderment Inc. in Minneapolis, Minn. — 19 percent of 43 retailers cited Rat-a-Tat Cat as a card game best seller in a summer 2010 survey.
— Casey Sartain, buyer for Tutoring Toy in Salt Lake City, Utah, told TDmonthly the store sells approximately 24 Rat-a-Tat Cat games each month.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 8382 (added 6/22/2006)
Join OX, Wedgehead and the rest of the Uglydolls in their first ever fast-action card game. Turn over cards until you spot three matching Uglys. Then race like an Ice-Bat out of Heck to grab a match before they all get snatched. Claim the most cards and you claim the game. Winning isn't always pretty, but it's always fun. “Players love how this game gets your blood pressure going in a very silly environment,” Jason Schneider of Gamewright told TDmonthly. It received the 2007 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 7525 (added 4/12/2006)
Players get rid of the high cards (rats) and go for the low cards (cats) in this poker-style game with cat- and rat-decorated cards. As children play Rat-a-Tat Cat, they develop a sense of timing and an understanding of basic, but essential, mathematical concepts. They also begin to develop an intuitive sense of probability. It’s won an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award, Dr. Toy’s Best Vacation Products, Mensa Select and a Canadian Toy Testing Council “Children’s Choice” Award.
— Mark Truax, store manager at Try & Buy Toy Stores in Katonah, N.Y., said this game is “up there in the top” of its best-selling card games.
— “Gamewright is a strong seller for us,” Colleen Nelson, owner of Goodie Gumdrops in Burien Wash., told TDmonthly in summer 2008.
— Five percent of 64 retailers named Rat-a-Tat Cat as one of their top-selling card games in August 2008, and three of 38 echoed the same in late summer 2009. “It’s been our best seller for seven years,” Jennifer Schneeweis, owner of Izilla Toys in Seattle, told TDmonthly in August 2009, citing sales of 24 units monthly.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 5694 (added 11/28/2005)
Bzz Out is an entertaining card game that teaches numbers and counting as well as elementary strategy. Through the game play, children learn about the relationships between numbers and practice their counting skills by deciding which number is higher. Players also learn some basic probability and strategic thinking skills as they decide whether to keep or swap their cards. It’s won an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award, Parents' Choice Gold, Dr. Toy’s Best Vacation Products and a top prize from the Canadian Toy Testing Council.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 5693 (added 11/28/2005)
Kids compete to build a castle in this game that introduces strategy and more advanced thinking and reasoning lessons. Choosing from among the 90 card tiles, the players build walls, towers and a keep by matching cards with the same color or shape. The game is designed for 2 to 4 players.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4754 (added 9/22/2005)
A royally rousing card game! Sleeping Queens is a fun new strategy game invented by an eight-year old. The Pancake Queen, the Ladybug Queen and ten of their closest friends have fallen under a sleeping spell and it´s your job to wake them up. Use quick thinking and a little luck to wake these napping nobles from their royal slumbers. Play a knight to steal a queen or take a chance on a juggling jester. But watch out for wicked potions and dastardly dragons! The player who wakes the most queens wins.
— Tova Rubin, manager at Toytraders in Lakewood, N.J., said this is one of her top-selling card games.
— This is a popular choice at White Rabbit Toys in Ann Arbor, Mich., according to store manager Cheri Sims.
— Casey Sartain, son and buyer at Tutoring Toy in Salt Lake City, attributes the success of this game to the fact that a younger group can play it and that they enjoy the action of slapping cards down on the pile.
— Seven percent of 43 retailers named Sleeping Queens a top-selling card game in a summer 2010 TDmonthly survey. In August 2010, Shana Hack, owner of Moon Rabbit Toys in Santa Fe, New Mex., told TDmonthly her store sells about 12 Sleeping Queens games per month.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 1957 (added 12/21/2004)
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