Gift Guides: My First Games (Kids Games)

by: on December 16, 2021  |  

On this next instillation of Gift Guides, we have compiled a list of the perfect games for the young gamers in your life. It’s never to early to share the love of board games. We even have games for kids as young as 2 years old!

As of the posting, all of these games are in stock.

Animal Upon Animal

  • 2-4 players
  • 15 mins
  • 4 years +

The animals want to show how good they are at making tall pyramids! They must be skillfully careful: Who will position the penguin on top of the crocodile, the sheep on top of the penguin, the serpent on the sheep? The hedgehog wants to stand on top of the pyramid but the height is making him dizzy. In Animal Upon Animal players roll the die and either places one or two animals on to the stack of animals, passes one of his or her animals to another player for them to place, or places an animal on the table, extending the base for other players to build upon. Of course, if any pieces fall off whilst you are building, you get up to two of them back. The first player to have used all of their animals wins.

My Very First Games: Off to Bed

  • 1-3 players
  • 10 mins
  • 2 years+

It’s time to go to bed — but the rabbit, bear and cat are unable to settle down because their beds, pillows and covers are all muddled up! What’s more, the animals each want their favorite stuffed toy. If the children have good powers of memory and a bit of luck in turning over the tiles in My Very First Games: Off to Bed!, they can succeed in getting their animal into bed first.

Rhino Hero

  • 2-5 players
  • 15 mins
  • 5 years+

Rhino Hero presents players with an incredibly heroic – and regrettably heavy – rhinoceros who is eager to climb a tall building and leap other tall buildings in a single bound. First, though, you need to construct that building. Players each start the game with five roof cards, and they take turns adding walls and roofs to a single building. On a turn, you first place walls on the highest floor, then you choose a roof card in your hand and place it on the wall. Each roof card bears markings that indicate where the next player must place walls on the card. In addition, some roof cards force a player to perform special actions, such as placing a second roof, changing the direction of play, or moving Super Rhino to a new location on the tower. Keep your hands steady!

Dr. Beaker

  • 2-4 players
  • 15 mins
  • 8 years+

In Dr. Beaker, each player has a beaker with six compartments around the edge for molecules, which are represented by plastic balls in three colors; two spaces for molecules are in the center of the beaker, with the beaker having a rotating platform in it. Each player also has a stirring rod, and when someone turns over a challenge card, everyone must race to arrange the molecules in their beaker to match the pattern showing on the card — but they must use only their rod to do so, moving the molecules around the beaker through the openings in the compartments. As soon as a player matches the pattern, they claim the card, then flip over a new one, with everyone continuing to play with whatever arrangement of molecules they currently have.

Go Away Monster!

  • 2-4 players
  • 15 mins
  • 3 years+

Reach in the bag to find the puzzle pieces that fit your bedroom game board. Try to distinguish between the different puzzle pieces and decide which one feels like the size and shape of a piece you need. If you pull out a monster, don’t be scared… You take charge, and the monsters will take off! Being afraid of monsters is a normal part of growing up. Go Away Monster! encourages kids to conquer that fear by acting it out and taking control. It also lets them experience some of the apprehension and excitement in deciding what is real and what is imaginary.

Gift Guides: Play Together, Win Together

by: on December 10, 2021  |  

On this week’s Gift Guides, we are talking all things co-operative games. We love suggesting co-op games to new gamers and families with younger kids. But co-op games can be great for all ages and gamer types. Here’s a list of our favorite co-op games for the gamer in your life who wants everyone to win!

*As of this posting, all of these games are in stock*

Pandemic

  • 2-4 players
  • 45 mins
  • 8 years +

In Pandemic, several virulent diseases have broken out simultaneously all over the world! The players are disease-fighting specialists whose mission is to treat disease hotspots while researching cures for each of four plagues before they get out of hand. Taking a unique role within the team, players must plan their strategy to mesh with their specialists’ strengths in order to conquer the diseases. Make sure to check out all of the versions of Pandemic to find the one that best fits your group.

Space Alert

  • 1-5 players
  • 30 mins
  • 12 years +

Space Alert is a game where players become crew members of a small spaceship scanning dangerous sectors of the galaxy. The missions last just 10 real-time minutes (hyperspace jump, sector scan, hyperspace jump back) and the only task the players have is to protect their ship. During play, the central computer will announce the presence of various threats on one the supplied 10 minute soundtracks that also acts as a game timer. The threats vary from space battleships and interceptors to different interstellar monsters and abominations, asteroids or even intruders and malfunctions on the spaceship. Players have to agree who will take care of which task and coordinate their actions in real time to defend the ship. Only a well-working team can survive 10 minutes and make the jump back to safety.

Gloomhaven

  • 1-4 players
  • hour+
  • 14 years +

Gloomhaven is a game of Euro-inspired tactical combat in a persistent world of shifting motives. Players will take on the role of a wandering adventurer with their own special set of skills and their own reasons for traveling to this dark corner of the world. Players must work together out of necessity to clear out menacing dungeons and forgotten ruins. In the process, they will enhance their abilities with experience and loot, discover new locations to explore and plunder, and expand an ever-branching story fueled by the decisions they make.

The LOOP

  • 1-4 players
  • hour+
  • 12 years +

The LOOP is a quirky game in which you battle the evil Dr. Faux. Play a Temporal Agent in four different game modes, full of new challenges and replay value. Gather powerful artifacts, defy the Doctor’s duplicates, and sabotage his maniacal machine. Make the most of your cards and master the LOOP to use them multiple times in impressive chains — but the Doctor isn’t going to make this easy on you! The evil Dr. Faux has built a terrrrible time machine! With the help of the duplicates of himself that he is creating through the ages, he aims to carry out his Omniscience 2000 project to become master of the universe. But the rifts that he is opening in spacetime will probably destroy quantum space way sooner…

Uk’otoa

  • 3-5 players
  • 45 mins
  • 12 years +

In the tactical game Uk’otoa, factions of sailors vie to be the last claimed by the raging sea leviathan Uk’otoa. As the ship slowly falls into the ocean, you have to run, push, and sacrifice others to win! Uk’otoa is a semi co-operative game where you work together with the players on either side of you. But only one person will emerge victorious!

Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle

  • 2-4 players
  • 45-hour
  • 11 years +

The forces of evil are threatening to overrun Hogwarts castle in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle, a co-op deck-building game, and it’s up to four students to ensure the safety of the school by defeating villains and consolidating their defenses. In the game, players take on the role of a Hogwarts student: Harry, Ron, Hermione or Neville, each with their own personal deck of cards that’s used to acquire resources.

Gift Guides: The Life of the Party!

by: on November 24, 2021  |  

Shopping for the people in your life can be hard sometimes. So we’ve curated the perfect Gift Guides for every type of gamer in your life. Let’s start with The Life of the Party! This person throws the best parties. They want everyone to have a great time and to never be bored. Here are a few awesome games that they will love!

At the time of this posting, all games listed are in stock!

Codenames

  • 2-8 players
  • 20 minutes
  • Ages 14+

Codenames is an easy party game about solving puzzles. The game is divided into red and blue, each side has a team leader, the team leader’s goal is to lead their team to the final victory. At the beginning of the game, there will be 25 cards on the table with different words. Each card has a corresponding position, representing different colors. Only the team leader can see the color of the card. The team leader should prompt according to the words, let his team members find out the cards of their corresponding colors, and find out all the cards of their own colors to win. We currently have Codenames Duet and Codenames Pictures also in stock.

Throw Throw Burrito

  • 2-6 players
  • 20 mins
  • Ages 7+

Throw Throw Burrito is what you get when you cross a card game with dodgeball. Try to collect matching sets of cards faster than your opponents while simultaneously ducking, dodging, and throwing squishy airborne burritos. The cards you collect earn points, but getting hit by flying burritos loses them. So clear some space and put away the antiques, because you’ve never played a card game quite like this before.

Taco Bell Party Pack

  • 2-6 players
  • 20 mins
  • Ages 8+

In Taco Bell Party Pack Card Game, players gather various kinds of Taco Bell menu items, including crunchy tacos, bean burritos and Freezes, in an attempt to feed a crew of Taco Bell fans. Each member of a player’s crew comes with specific cravings that need to be sated and doing so earns crave chips — tokens that look like tortilla chips and that have a surprise amount of points to reveal at the end of the game. Players can also use “sauce cards” to help snag food items and win.

Dream Crush

  • 2-6 players
  • 30 mins
  • Ages 14+

Look into your heart and choose your favorite Crush, then guess who your friends are crushing on in this totally timeless fantasy dating game! Uncover sweet and strange secrets about prospective Crushes while navigating hilarious relationship milestones that will leave your feelings reeling as you play. Only by correctly predicting who makes your friends swoon will you live happily ever after with your own Dream Crush!

Pictures

  • 3-5 players
  • 30 mins
  • Ages 8+

Pictures is a quick-playing family game with very simple rules. Form the image on your secret picture card with one set of components, either shoelaces, color cubes, icon cards, sticks and stones or building blocks in such a way that the other players guess what image you have pictured.

The Great Dalmuti

  • 4-8 players
  • 60 mins
  • Ages 8+

In The Great Dalmuti, the deck is dealt out to all players and the object is to get rid of your cards as fast as possible. The hand begins with one person playing one or more card to the center of the table. The cards played must all be of the same rank. Each player in turn must now either play the same number of cards of a better rank, or pass. Play continues around the table until everyone has passed; at that point, the cards are cleared and whoever played the last set of cards leads the next round. After everyone has gone out, the players are ranked.

Take 5 (Also known as 6 Nimmit)

  • 2-10 players
  • 30 mins
  • Ages 8+

Players in Take 5 want to score as few points as possible. To play the game, you shuffle the 104 number cards, lay out four cards face-up to start the four rows, then deal ten cards to each player. Each turn, players simultaneously choose and reveal a card from their hand, then add the cards to the rows, with cards being placed in ascending order based on their number; specifically, each card is placed in the row that ends with the highest number that’s below the card’s number. When the sixth card is placed in a row, the owner of that card claims the other five cards and the sixth card becomes the first card in a new row.

Holiday Gift Ideas for Gamers!

by: on December 3, 2019  |  

Are you having trouble coming up with the perfect holiday gift for the gamer in your life? Well have no fear! We have come up with a handy guide to help you pick out the perfect gift! As of this posting, all of these games are available in store.

“Strategy Steve!” Steve is a big fan of in-depth strategy games. He loves the detail and the thought process of a complex game.  For Steve, we suggest the following games:

  • Tapestry
  • Star Wars Outer Rim
  • Bunny Kingdom
  • Azul (all three!)
  • Carpe Diem
  • Sagrada
  • Dinosaur Island
  • Photosynthesis
  • Nine Tiles Panic
  • Concordia

“RPG Robbie!” Whether the “Robbie” in your life is a seasoned roleplayer or not. We have some great suggestions for you.

  • D&D Starter Set
  • D&D Players Handbook
  • D&D Descent into Avernus core book
  • Dungeon Tiles
  • RPG Players Notebook
  • D&D Spell Cards
  • Erasable RPG mat
  • Dice
  • Miniatures
  • Dice bag

“Cooperative Cindy!” Cindy loves to work together. She likes for everyone that she plays with to be a winner. For Cindy, we suggest the following games:

  • Forbidden Island
  • Forbidden Desert
  • Horrified
  • 5 Minute Dungeon
  • Pandemic
  • Exit Games
  • Unlock Games
  • Betrayal at House on the Hill
  • Pandemic Legacy
  • Mansions of Madness

“Little Sally and Jimmy!” Sally and Jimmy are the best kiddos in the world! They are brand new to gaming and want to learn as much as they can. We suggest the following games for them.

  • Ticket to Ride- First Journey
  • Goatfish
  • Dungeon Mayhem
  • Catch the Moon
  • Rumble in the House
  • Dr. Eureka
  • Dragonwood
  • Beagle or Bagel
  • SOS Dino
  • Slide Quest

“Frannie Family!” Frannie is all about spending time with her family. She wants games that are good for every age. For her, we suggest the following games:

  • My Little Scythe
  • Ticket to Ride
  • Catan
  • Disney Villainous
  • Space Park
  • Toy Story Deck Building Game
  • Battle Sheep
  • Kingdomino
  • Bob’s Burgers Food Fight
  • Planet

The “Party Perkins Family!” The Perkins love to throw exciting parties! They always want their guest to have the most fun. We have some great suggestions for them:

  • Codenames
  • Telestrations
  • Spyfall
  • Wing It!
  • Decrypto
  • Oh My God, Stacy!
  • Superfight
  • Trivial Pursuit
  • Camel Up
  • One Key

We hope you were able to find the perfect corresponding gamer that fits the person on your list!