Young Kids Will Scream ‘Me Want Cookies!’

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But my 5-year-old… alas… we’re just not finding too many games right now that grab his attention and give him a real sense of satisfaction when he wins. To be fair, he’s often got the attention span of a chair, but that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped looking. Continue reading

New Kickstarter Boardgame Preview – ‘Tavarua’ Surfing Competition

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A prototype copy of ‘Tavarua’ recently arrived in my mailbox; the game revolves around surfing, of which I know almost zero. Given that the real Tavarua has a beach that’s useful to beginners learning to surf, it seems appropriate that, since I can’t be in Fiji right now, I can at least try and get stoked as I catch some cardboard waves and give the game a spin. Continue reading

‘LEGO Dimensions’ Reveals New Adventure Worlds, ‘Ghostbusters’

Let's see how well the Nazgul stand up to a neutrino wand attached to an unlicensed nuclear accelerator!

‘LEGO Dimensions’ reveals Adventure Worlds, open-world environments where players will be able to explore, race, collect gold bricks and unlock secrets, and explore classic locations from all of the entertainment properties in the game.
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Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: ‘Mangaka: The Fast & Furious Game of Drawing Comics’


‘Mangaka’, Kickstarting now, is a great game for drawing-enthusiasts and storytellers alike. No great skill in either is required to do well in this game that gives players a 60-minute window of focused drawing fun. Players’ comics, drawn in four 5-minute rounds, are guided by random themes provided by the game. Continue reading

Fun Weekend Project — IR Gun/Target Game


I met a lot of people and saw a lot of cool things a few weekends back while at Maker Faire in San Mateo, California. I also spent way more money than I should have on a lot of electronics components and books and gifts. But it was an enjoyable event, and I learned a lot of new skills. During the last few hours of the event, I was doing my final walktrough of the Expo Hall where the majority of vendors and booths are located and I found myself stopping at one particular booth (sewn up by his daughter, Meg, and based on the Bioshock Infinite game’s arcade design — cool!) where kids were having some real fun. Because I’m teaching a beginner’s electronics camp in just a few weeks, I was on the hunt for anything new and interesting to possibly add to electronics projects I want to share with the kids. And I found something… from Senseless Devices. Continue reading

Kickstarter: The Dreamland Chronicles Digital Trading Card Game

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What the Dreamland Chronicles trading card game intends to do is provide a fun, and safe environment for kids to play online with the Dreamland characters. Game rules are simplified and while there is combat, the battles are sanitized with no actual gore. The game rules are geared for 6 to 12 year old kids, but seem like they could keep an adult interested if you want to play a round or two with your kids. Continue reading

BandFuse: Rock Legends


BandFuse: Rock Legends was released this week as yet another offering in the real-guitar music games. Bandfuse isn’t just a game. It offers a complete series of lessons starting with the basics and progressing through string bending and finger picking. Click through to see my first impressions and how this game stacks up against Rocksmith. Continue reading

Schmovie: The Hilarious Game of Outlandish Films

Schmovie - Photo by Anton Olsen

Schmovie is the independent game from Galactic Sneeze that I’ve been waiting for since February. I first met Bryan and Sarah, the creators, back then at the NY Toy Fair. They had a demo of the game in their booth and were playing it with anyone and everyone. It was a great hit and managed to captivate me for half an hour — an eternity compared to the time I usually spend in a booth when trying to see a few thousand exhibitors in just three days. Continue reading

Disruptus from Funnybone Toys — Creativity-Boosting Game Not Just for Adults

Disruptus Game

I’m always on the lookout for games or books that help inspire some creativity in my children, and I’ve recently stumbled upon an interesting game that, although more likely to be pegged as a game for adults, has a lot of potential with a younger audience. The game is called Disruptus, and my oldest (age 6) has been enjoying playing a round or two each day. Let me show you how it works. Continue reading

TEK Recon, The First Real Life Video Game


Unlike a typical foam dart gun, the TEK Recon blasters shoot a special rubber band. They call it the NRG Round, and it is a small thick rubber band that can shoot over 75 feet. I test fired one of the prototypes in their booth at Toy Fair this year and it was quite accurate and powerful. Magazines come in 25 or 72+ round clips and load as easily as a regular ammo clip. Continue reading

Usagi Yojimbo: The Way of the Ronin for iPad and iPhone


For the first time in more than 25 years, Stan Sakai’s top-knotted samurai bunny is the star of a videogame; HappyGiant has released a side-scrolling 2D hack-and-slash game illustrated in Sakai’s distinctive art style. The game is currently available for iPhone and iPad, coming soon to desktop, and is currently under consideration for addition to the Steam gaming site. Continue reading