The folks at Winning Moves have really been carrying the torch for classic board games these past few years, and one of their most recent releases is also one of the most familiar. After crafting modern re-issues of several timeless favorites that we have here in the game closet at Rock Father HQ (Pop-O-Matic Trouble, Yahtzee, Sorry!, Ouija, among others), their classic edition of CANDY LAND presents the game in the form that a lot of old folks grownups like myself remember it - even going back a generation or two beyond my own, reproducing the original artwork in vibrant color, with the plastic gingerbread game pieces ready to traverse the road to "Home Sweet Home," while avoiding the perils of the Cherry Pitfall and Molasses Swamp.
If the success of properties like SKYLANDERS have taught us anything, it's that kids love to "collect" the forces that make up their games. It's nothing new, really, but the collector mentality now finds it's way into Flick-to-Stick Bungees - a new "competitive strategy game" that will include nearly 100 figures in the months ahead. The elements that form the core of Bungees owe a lot to past crazes like MAGIC: THE GATHERING, POKEMON and POGS. Cards... figures... disks... they're all here, but this is a bit different. Through the magic of magnets, the Bungees stick to everything - the game board, the cards, and the disks - and there's multiple gameplay options. In the beginning, it all comes back to the flicking, and that will lead to the sticking...
Earlier this year, Hasbro Games started rolling out a line of Disney Princess Pop-Up Magic board games, a new spin on some old concepts, but a perfect collection of easy-to-play games that don't involve a ton of time investment. Aside from the Pop-Up Magic itself (the game boards "pop-up" like a pop-up book), the intriguing and ingeniously-simple feature is that the game series is completely connectible, allowing kids to grow their kingdom through additional, very familiar sets.
Recommended for ages 13+, the FUNNY OR DIE game from Hasbro comes with a stern warning that it includes "images of extreme stunts that should not be recreated, mild nudity, and other content that might be offensive to some players." So, I did what any good "Rock Father" should, and proceeded to play it with a four-year-old... albeit in a slightly amended form. That's in addition to a few New Years rounds played "grownup-style," so I can give you a first-hand account of how it's meant to be played.
When I stopped into the Hasbro Party at Chicago's Hard Rock Cafe this past July, one of the special guests was a purple monkey named Cheeky. You see, he's one of the newest additions to the growing ELEFUN AND FRIENDS line, and the subject of two new games being released in-time for Fall: CHEEKY'S BARREL BURST (pre-order here) and CHASIN' CHEEKY (out now). As luck would have it, the folks at Hasbro Games had already sent the latter to Rock Father HQ for evaluation in The Rock Father's State-of-the-Art Toy Testing Facility (our house).
A few weeks back, the folks at Hasbro asked if we'd like to check out some new offerings from their ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS line here in the state-of-the-art Toy Testing Facility at Rock Father HQ. Being quite the STAR WARS fan, there was no way to refuse the request of The Empire. A few days later, an Imperial Courier arrived at HQ in a large, brown speeder. His package? A box loaded with fresh toys and games to check out.