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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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
A gang of thieves has just been nabbed, but only three members actually committed the crime. Using keen eyes, quick thinking and deduction, players must try to figure out who's part of the guilty trio. Was it Loose-Eye Lenny, Kid Cassidy and Pencil Top? Or was it Louie St. Louis, Jonny Cortex and No Neck Nick? The first to name the right three suspects is the master sleuth. “This is a great whodunit game and is perfect if you only have a short amount of time, as the playing time is only about 15 minutes,” Cara Newbitt of Aigner Associates told TDmonthly. This game received a 2007 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award. Launch date: January 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 12332 (added 4/13/2007)
Hungry for fun? Look no further than this outrageously delicious game of quick cookie collecting. Players try to gather five of the same cookie by following the dice actions: Pass cookie cards to your neighbor, swap them with an opponent, or steal the milk card. But watch out — half-eaten cookies will spoil your set. And rolling a "Toss All" will bring an all-out cookie-flinging frenzy. The goal is to be the first to get five of a kind plus the milk card. “A die is used to pass the cards/cookies around to match them, rather than just flipping cards over to match them,” Cara Newbitt of Aigner Associates told TDmonthly. This game received a 2007 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award. Launch date: March 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 12333 (added 4/13/2007)
Players must gear up for a memory bender in this fast-playing card game of shouting silliness. Each participant must turn over a card and give the robot a name: Melvin, Spaghetti Head, GP-450, or whatever. When it shows up again, the first to shout its name collects the stack of cards. Spot a robot match? Shout out "Thing-a-ma-BOT" and steal an opponent's stack. The person who collects the most robots wins the game. In 2006, this game received the Dr. Toy Smart Play/Smart Toy Award, the Creative Child Magazine Preferred Choice Award and an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award, among others. Launch date: 2006.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 12334 (added 4/13/2007)
In this quick-playing game, three to eight players must sharpen their pencils and intuition. A player draws a category card and in 45 seconds, everyone lists as many related words as come to mind. The player then rolls the die. If it lands on HIT, that player picks a word he thinks everyone wrote; if it’s on MISS, he picks a word he thinks only he wrote. The highest score wins. This product received a 2007 Mensa Select award, a 2007 iParenting Media Award, a Dr. Toy Best Product Award and the National Parenting Center Seal of Approval. “Enforcing creativity, imagination, language and vocabulary development, this box of fun pushes its players to be in tune with each other,” Erin Smith of Aigner Associates told TDmonthly. Launch date: March 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 12764 (added 5/14/2007)
Eeek! There's a moose loose in the kitchen., and another in the bathroom! In this whimsical matching card game, the goal is to keep moose out of your house, while at the same time giving them to your opponents. The player with the fewest moose wins. The game comes with 58 cards, is designed for two to five players, and takes about fifteen minutes to play.
— "I know we've been selling a lot of card games. There's a card game called 'There's a Moose in the House'. That sells really well. It's made by Gamewright," said John Beutler, associate at Tinkerz Toy Shop in Coeur D' Alene, ID. Beutler told TDmonthly that he sells about a dozen a month of the zany card games from Gamewright.
— " 'There's a Moose in the House' is consistently one of our top selling games, due in part to the hilarious artwork featuring photo-realistic Moose juxtaposed with various rooms of the house — the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom — as well as to a game play that equally entertains parents as well as children," said Jason Schneider for Gamewright.
— There's a Moose in the House received an average 4.5 out of 5 star rating from 12 customers on Amazon.com for bringing absurdity and fun not just to children but also to adults! Many found its rules and directions to be a little difficult to learn, but most agreed that once you get the hang of it, you can't stop enjoying it. (9.14.08)
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 14545 (added 8/9/2007)
The action-packed family game has players tossing, kicking, bowling and throwing a distinctive 12-sided ball. The game comes with four toss rings, four bean balls, four wrist trackers, a 12-sided Boochie target, a vinyl travel bag and play rules. This product has received the following awards: Dr. Toy Award for Best Products for Summer 2008; Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold; iParenting Media; National Parenting Center Seal of Approval; Major Fun; Parents' Choice Silver Honor; Creative Child Magazine Game of the Year; and NAPPA Gold. Launch date: 2008.
— Employee enthusiasm over Boochie helped The Wooden Toy in Wethersfield, Conn., sell out of its initial shipment of the updated bocce ball game soon after it arrived, Storeowner David Ekwall told TDmonthly in May 2008. “It sells for about $35, so I was kinda surprised that it sold as fast as it did,” he said.
— Eleven reviews with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars on Fatbraintoys.com showed that parents rate this game very highly. It is interactive, encourages physical activity, offers endless variety, and there is no age limit, so the whole family is welcome to play. One minor shortcoming is that is only for four players. (09.15.08)
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 17672 (added 2/25/2008)
In this simple, fast-paced action game, players spin the hula-hoop and then quickly flick their wooden hippos so the hippos end up inside the hoop when the hoop stops spinning. The first player to get four hippos into the hoop wins. The game comes with 24 wooden hippos, one wooden hoop and instructions in both English and Spanish. The game lasts approximately ten minutes and is intended for two to four players. Launch date: 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 17706 (added 2/26/2008)
In this card game, players are curious kitties who race to see who can make the most mischief while the owner is away. Players try to be the first to collect a set of room cards by quickly playing the matching cat cards. Either try for a set of the same room or press one’s luck pouncing around the whole house. The game is intended for two to five players and includes 51 cards and instructions in both English and Spanish. Launch date: 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 17707 (added 2/26/2008)
In this fast-paced strategy game, players try to maneuver their secret tikis to the top of the nine-tiki totem by playing the right combination of action cards. Each game comes with 55 cards, nine custom tiki pieces, four playing pawns, a game board and rules in both English and Spanish. Launch date: 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 17708 (added 2/26/2008)
In this hilarious party game, blindfolded players try to navigate a clear route to their Caribbean port without running into land or running out of time. Teammates can provide a limited number of clues. The first team to reach their destination wins. This four- to eight-player game comes with 20 port cards, two blindfolds, two dry erase markers, one eraser, one sand timer, one game board and rules in both English and Spanish. Launch date: 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 17709 (added 2/26/2008)
In this fast-paced card game, players add bugs to the toad king’s feast by playing cards in numerical order. Players without the next card in the sequence must catch one just like King Toad! He or she must say "Ribbit" and then stick out his or her tongue from one to four times to signal the card requested. The game comes with 60 cards, 12 tokens and instructions in both English and Spanish.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 18936 (added 5/19/2008)
The illustrated metal case contains two Original Little Hands card holders, a custom deck of 52 playing cards and a rule book of 15 family card games. One or more players can play. Average games take 20 minutes.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 19670 (added 7/1/2008)
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