Toys in Motion: Board Games
Get ready to play! Now you can see what´s inside the box, too. From gameboard to pieces, Mr. TOYDIRECTORY has his "hands" full of some of the most exciting new games on the market.
Videographers: Alison Marek, Rob Poswall, Chelsea Whitaker.
Editors: Mark Zaslove, Alison Marek.
Wholesale Price: (Log in to view) MSRP: $19.95Age Range: 6 to 12SKU or Item #: 185317000001
Promoting good sportsmanship and a fair deal, this unusual game stresses teamwork over a competitive nature. Players choose a Packy Play Fair game piece, spin the wheel and pick a card. Each card teaches kids how to be good sports. If Packy does the right thing players move ahead, and if he doesn´t, players take one step back. Twists and turns make this game exciting.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3007 (added 2/25/2005)
Global warming has melted the great ice sheets. No polar caps remain. The oceans are free. Gone are the magnificent harbours that once dotted the shores of every land. The waters have risen more than 80 meters. Land is everything! Millions are starving. Fertile plains are no more. The great grain belts of the world have been tightened. Tension runs high yet there is hope. Four rallying hosts prepare in haste. One dominion can save but a few ... the race is on. Armies are raised with every man coming forth. Unite and fight ... conquer or be lost. Combine your forces, assemble your fleets and breach the storms. Clouds clear for one last stand. The prize is yours ... Antarctica.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 7339 (added 3/28/2006)
In this backgammon-type race game, there are three versions: RANDOM, MIX and FIX. Players roll their dice in the dice pit and move their stakes according to the number of pegs on the dice towards the Finish line while trying to avoid the STRIKE ZONE. If a player rolls a double and his opponent’s stakes are in the STRIKE ZONE, he can send those Stakes back towards the starting block based on the number of pegs on the dice. The game takes only minutes to learn and minutes to play. Check out ourwebsite www.bahcheck.com for more details!
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 7074 (added 3/2/2006)
Wholesale Price: (Log in to view) MSRP: $29.99Age Range: 8 and upSKU or Item #: NSG-002Gender: Boys And Girls
Cluzzle is an award-winning game in which players try to sculpt poorly. No one wants to be too good an artist because the trickier the sculpture, the more points earned. Cluzzle inspires creativity, social interaction, and heaps of laughter. It has received six awards as one of the best family games on the market, and About.com rates Cluzzle in the Top 5 Drawing and Sculpting Games. Founder of North Star Games Dominic Crapuchettes told TDmonthly that it’s “one of those rare games that is fun to play for both the parents and the children.”
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 2421 (added 12/28/2004)
Darkness Falls on Sevinpold is a revolutionary new board game that's fun for the entire family. Sevinpold is a world where every castle is filled with secrets, perils, powers and magical creatures; where the heroes, known as the Valiant, must play as a team against the menacing Darkness in order to win; where victory cannot be declared until the very last roll of the dice when the Scepter is reunited with the Living Throne. With excitement at every turn, Sevinpold is a game that never plays the same twice. It challenges players every step of the way and maintains their interest so they want to play again and again. With two patents pending for its distinctive movement and innovative "team play" concepts, Sevinpold has changed the way board games are played.
— “Sevinpold hits that demographic of 8 to 14,” said Darren Turbeville, owner of Toy Chest in Healdsburg, Calif. “We average a piece every 10 to 14 days.”
— Sevinpold does “very well” at Thinker Toys in Carmel, Calif., said owner Mark Phillips. “I’ve sold through two or three re-orders. It’s selling without even being demonstrated. Knights and dragons and pirates are the biggest category in the world.”
— “I love it!” enthused 11-year-old Sara Seagle. “I think it has beautiful illustrations on it.” TDmonthly
's Homeschooling Roundtables families played with Sevinpold an average of seven times each from January to July 2006. VIEW ARTICLE
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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 5838 (added 12/9/2005)
Make your fortune on the volatile stock market through stock buying to earn dividend payouts or selling for profits. The key to success in this game lies in a player´s ability to make the most money from each stock purchase while taking into consideration the effects of supply and demand on stock prices. Although being the first-mover confers tremendous advantage, exercising major shareholder influence on dividend payouts can perhaps give a player the added edge toward financial victory!
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4288 (added 8/24/2005)
For 2 to 6 players, this 90-minute game has players climb aboard their chosen dragon and race off across the board. Players choose their own speed secretly, which could hinder or help them because those that travel at slower speeds are more able to maneuver their dragons through perilous canyons and unpredicted road blocks. The track is made of 2-sided tiles so that players can design their own races and change them every race to keep the game fun and exciting.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 6366 (added 1/5/2006)
“I Spy” a snake, a wiggly worm ... so what´s “In Common?” Things that squirm! Turn over the timer; you have 3 minutes to find the tiles that have something “In Common” and place them in rows on the game board. In Common is the recipient of three awards: Creative Child Magazine Preferred Choice, Dr. Toy´s Best, Smart Play/Smart Toy and Parent´s Choice Gold Seal of Excellence.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4291 (added 8/24/2005)
The classic board game, with a holiday twist. The board, the cards and the properties all relate to the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer TV special. Tokens include Rudolph, Santa Claus, Sam the Snowman, Hermey, Bumble and Yukon Cornelius.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4627 (added 9/16/2005)
MSRP: $44.99Age Range: 12 and upGender: Boys
The board is a map of America, and the players are monsters bent on turning it to rubble. But there´s much more to this game, as 2-4 players use strategy to become the last monster standing while destroying everything in their paths. Pitfalls include military forces trying to control the monsters´ rampage, and points are accumulated by trampling major cities and tourist attractions. The set includes 6 colorful monster tokens, 16 "Monster Mutation" cards, and 44 plastic military units.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4569 (added 9/13/2005)
Based on actual stock market information compiled over the past 35 years, Mr. Bigshot plunges you into the world of Wall Street and challenges you to come out ahead of your competitors. Beginning in 1965, players advance through the years, trading their way up the financial ladder. For 2-6 players, this package includes both the board game and the CD-ROM version.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4630 (added 9/16/2005)
This challenging game brings players laughter, tears, and pure fun as it allows them to experience the American government in action first hand. Politics offers players of all ages the highs and lows of a political career, as they rise from mayor to president, all competing to become the richest and most popular politician.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3218 (added 3/15/2005)
This beautiful game lets 2 to 5 players experience the full throttle excitement of America´s fastest sport. Players roll the dice or play a card to move a cast metal racecar around the track while managing valuable resources such as fuel, suspension and tires. A metal dashboard with magnetized markers helps keep track of the car and its opponents. Bumping and crashes are part of the sport but damage to the chassis might force the car into the pits at the wrong time. A clean fast race to victory and the player will receive the Raceway 57 trophy. The game measures 15"L x 12"W x 2"H and comes in a wooden carrying case. Raceway 57 won a Dr. Toy award.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4436 (added 9/1/2005)
MSRP: $50.00Age Range: 12 and upGender: Boys
Set in the middle ages, this game pits 3-5 players as rival dukes fighting for control of the Rheinland, the heart of Europe. The game comes with a board, 55 money tokens, 26 landmarks, 55 cards, 125 wooden knightx, 35 dukes, and 7 bishops. This is the first in a series of games from designer Reiner Knizia.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4584 (added 9/14/2005)
Challenges such as having to make the sound of a hairball, pantomiming a wedgie and getting blindfolded and taste-testing two kinds of merlot make up Rigamarole, a new board game that continues the “variety game” trend. Rigamarole takes the variety to the next level with five categories of fresh games, word of mouth, uncommon knowledge, sensory perception, stage fright and hidden talents.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 1633 (added 12/7/2004)
MSRP: $29.95Age Range: 12 and upGender: Boys
A hilarious send-up of the classic game with a similar title, Candyman! is a mad dash to escape that magical land. It seems the king is shipping off all of the candy to be eaten by children, so the gingerbread men are making a run for it. The winner is the first to make it past the border, with plenty of candied collateral damage along the way. Smirk & Dagger Games have “the ability to bring families back to the table to play together. Our thematic edge and ‘gotcha’ game mechanics … leave kids talking,” Curt Covert of Smirk & Dagger Games told TDmonthly.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4971 (added 10/10/2005)
MSRP: $29.99Age Range: 4 and upGender: Boys
Space Faces is an outer space search-and-rescue mission. It´s a race to identify stranded galactic travelers by the colors of their "space faces." Comes with a game board with 120 unique space faces, an alien identification device, 20 purple aliens, four rescue craft and a guide.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4297 (added 8/24/2005)
The game begins when the director shouts "action!" Intended for as many as 16 people, The Screen Test Game designates players as "actors," puts the the game owner in the director´s chair and challenges them to make a movie. The package comes with random Plot Cards, Location Cards, and Prop cards that outline the production. A video camera is not included, and the game can be played without one.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4582 (added 9/14/2005)
In Winner’s Circle you are right in the middle of a classic day of racing. Which horse is the favorite? Does the long-shot have a real chance? How high are the betting ratios? Which bet promises the highest profit? Once the field is announced you must place your bets. You then take turns rolling the special die and moving the horse of your choice. Will you advance the horse you are backing or impede those horses backed by the other players? While having multiple players back the same horse improves its odds of winning it also lowers the payouts, and there are still no guarantees of victory. At the end of the running the best bets payoff, and after 3 races the player with the most winnings is triumphant.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 7616 (added 4/20/2006)
ALISON MAREK is an award-winning writer, director and cartoonist whose work has been published by Fairchild Publications and DC Comics (Piranha Press), broadcast on Showtime and other cable networks, and viewed worldwide in film festivals. See her short films and print work on www.alisonmarek.com. Watch her nefarious villains in the web series www.MuggsMovers.com. Get inspired by her cartoons "Daily ARFFirmations to Unleash Your Inner Fido" at www.ARFFirmations.com. Phew! And then ... Read more articles by this author
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