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11 Gift Ideas for Game Lovers

Cheese Stack

Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: Getta1Games
Price: $16.99

Designed for little ones, this game is a fun way for preschoolers to develop hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, learn about balance and practice cooperation by stacking rippled cheese wedge shaped game pieces.

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Flora and Friends Matching Game

Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: Chronicle Books
Price: $14.99

The pages of author/illustrator Molly Idle’s delightful picture book series have been transformed into a classic memory game.

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Ready, Set, Woof!™ Game

Ages: 3 – 5 yrs.
Manufacturer: Educational Insights
Price: $19.99

Designed to strengthen color and pattern recognition, “Ready, Set, Woof” is an appealing and engaging board game for preschoolers. The game includes a colorfully illustrated game board, a dog bowl shaped color randomizer, 20 bones, and simple instructions.

This “no reading required” game encourages visual discrimination, focus and concentration – all under the guidance of play.

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Kaadoo 

Ages: 6 & Up
Manufacturer: Krab Media and Marketing Pvt. Ltd.
Price: $29.99

This  safari-themed board game includes: an attractive game board, one handcrafted wooden die, four cars (pawns), and one hundred beautifully illustrated playing cards, and clear instructions. In short, players “drive through” the jungle and learn about African animals and environments.

Appealing, fun, and educational.

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Stratego Classic

Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: PlayMonster
Price: $27.49

Who doesn’t love a classic board game that’s updated? Perhaps made even better?

That’s the question. Adults who as kids played Stratego decades ago have a chance to experience the great strategy game yet again in a slightly retailored look and play. For today’s children who never heard of it, parents can introduce it to them.

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Tapple® 10 The Flip It, Name It, Word Game!

Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: USAopoly
Price: $9.95

This rapid-fire, really fun word teasing game requires think-fast skills to play.  It comes with plastic travel case, a sand timer and 80 round, double-sided cards with a large letter on one side and color-coded categories on the other for lots of opportunity for 10 variations of play.

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Double Play: Word Games With A Wacky Twist

Ages: 10 & Up
Manufacturer: INversionGAMES LLC
Price: $9.99

This mind bending card game is all about making words from a 10-card hand. Each of the 56 cards displays a letter. However, each letter card can become another simply by rotating the card 180 degrees. For example, an “a” becomes an “e,” an “o” becomes a “c,” a “t” becomes an “f” and so on. Challenging, clever, appealing, and educational.

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Imhotep

Ages: 10 & Up
Manufacturer: Thames & Kosmos
Price: $39.95

This game, named after the master builder of ancient Egypt, is fascinating. Two to four players compete over six rounds to build pyramids, obelisks, a burial chamber, and a temple. In a turn, a player can perform one of four actions. It’s extremely well-made and beautifully decorated. A clever feature is the two-sided game board (A and B). Each side offers different game play, but the difficulty level remains the same.

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Imagine

Ages: 10 & Up
Manufacturer: Gamewright
Price: $14.99

There are seemingly infinite board game adaptations of the game of charades — players know a secret word or phrase and need their audience to guess the secret. This game is in this classic vein and adds a worthy contribution to the genre. Imagine players have to illustrate the secret (termed an “enigma” in the instructions) using transparent image cards; a successful guess by another player leads to a point each for the illustrator and the guesser, and the player with the highest point total at the end of the game wins it.

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Suspicion

Ages: 10 & Up
Manufacturer: Wonder Forge Inc.
Price: $19.99

This game has a familiar tone – it’s a little like Clue, and a little like Guess Who? – but with its own unique style. The attractive box with masked cartoon characters holding gems forecasts the fun inside. The colorfully decorated game is well-made, and includes wood guest pawns, sturdy, laminated cards, a deduction pad, and 6 pencils. Illustrated instructions are clear and thoroughly explain game play.

Careful observation and good deductive reasoning are the stars of this game.

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Escape Room: The Game

Ages: 16 & Up
Manufacturer: Spin Master Toys
Price: $39.99

Out of the box, this game looks pretty complicated with lots of parts, an odd contraption and many pieces-and for good reason. It’s based on the videogame versions and the real-world physical adventure games that gained popularity around 2010, in which players are physically locked in a themed room and must collect clues and solve a series of puzzles to escape within a set time limit.

This is a great multi-player and family game for teens and adults who love solving numerical and words puzzles and deciphering codes. It’s smart and a blast.

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