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28
Apr

12 Great Games for Tabletop Fun

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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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Tell-A-Tale (Barnyard Edition)

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

This cooperative story telling game includes a two piece sturdy wooden base with grooves, a double sided backdrop, 10 prop pieces, 11 character pieces, three wooden dice with pictures of people, critters and things found on a farm, and a die with action words including feed, work, and run.

The object of the game is clear: players take turns as they work together to tell the best story of all time. The game play is delightful: the roll of the dice prompts the story and the placement of the corresponding game pieces add dimension and context.  And they all played happily ever after!

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Hervé Tullet’s ZaZaZoom

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

This imaginative mix-and-match game consists of 44 index-sized cards with black and white patterns on one side and modern colorful patterns on the other. The easy-to-understand instructions are brief primarily because the cards’ use is open-ended; children can play the games as suggested or make up their own.

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Tall Tales: The Game of Infinite Storytelling

Ages: 4 & Up
Manufacturer: SCS Direct
Price: $14.95

This wonderful game of imagination and creativity contains twenty-four story place cards, fifty small story pieces, and a story bag. Players use the cards and pieces to create their unique tall tales. The storytelling engages children and adults alike, encouraging creativity and imagination, expanding vocabulary, listening skills, and honing important social skills such as cooperative play, turn-taking, and good sportsmanship.

Additionally, there are no rules, no right or wrong “moves”, or answers. Children can instead concentrate on creating and enjoying the stories they and their playmates develop. Every game is as different as it is fun.

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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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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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Crazy Letters

Ages: 10 & Up
Manufacturer: MindWare
Price: $24.95

This quick-action dice-and-card word game is easy, fun and loud. And it also exercises quick thinking skills! Players draw a card and slap it down face up. The first player to figure out the jumbled letters and yell out the word wins that card. Collect 20 cards and you win the game. This is a cool brainteasing game for the whole family.

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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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Geometry Strategy®

Ages: 12 & Up
Manufacturer: BRIGHT of Sweden
Price: $29.99

This game is an imaginative, and surprisingly fun math competition. In this abstract strategy game, each of the 2-4 players begins with a set of 10 three-dimensional plastic geometric pieces (red, black, white and gray), which are in and of themselves the first geometry lesson of this board game. Players will learn their names and what they look like: sphere, helix, cylinder, rectangle, cone, dodecahedron, prism, pyramid, tetrahedron, and hexahedron. Just playing the game, you effortlessly learn more about each of them.

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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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