Battle Sheep: One Sheep, Two Sheep, Red Sheep, Blue Sheep

8/10
Battle Sheep - Flock to Greener Pastures

I love playing games with my kids that have either a simple setup, a simple cleanup, or simple rules. Battle Sheep, designed by Francesco Rotta and published by Blue Orange Games, has all three. With just a handful of quality components and a very limited set of choices to make each turn, games are breezy fun with your little lambs…

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Digit’y Do: Fun With Numbers For All Ages

7/10

Digit’y Do is a simple pen-and-paper game that combines Bingo, counting, probability, and guesswork. It keeps kids and adults engaged and entertained. It takes less than five minutes to explain, so you’ll be playing in no time. Best of all, proceeds from this game go to a good cause: the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF), which provides medical grants for children

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Dragonwood: A Game of Dice and Daring

8.5/10
Dragonwood box

Dragonwood is a dice and card based game designed by Darren Kisgen and published by Gamewright Games. A “game of dice and daring” with a medieval fantasy theme, it is designed for two to four players age 8+, but any child who can read can play. With some minor rule shifting, Dragonwood was playable by our four-year-old.

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Cardventures: Stowaway 52 and Jump Ship!

7.5/10
Cardventures

Stowaway 52 and Jump Ship! inaugurate the new Cardventures series from GameWright. Do these solitaire, choose-your-own-adventure story games live up to their promise? In Stowaway 52, you have stowed away on an alien spaceship. You’re trying to escape, but first will you spy on the aliens to discover their plans for earth, or sabotage their spaceship on your way out?

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Crazier Eights: Camelot – How will it end? Good fun while you try to win or not lose!

7.5/10
Crazier Eights Camelot box

Crazier Eights: Camelot is the sequel to Crazier Eights from creator James Gray, this time with a King Arthur theme. The basis of the game is Crazy Eights, but getting rid of your cards isn’t the only way to win; and anyone can lose if they aren’t paying attention. Between discarding to reduce your hand or playing action cards for power-ups and attacks like

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WindUp War: Cute Cards, Cataclysmic Combat!

7/10

Be the last toy faction standing; battle other toys by picking your five actions to attack and block – but you won’t be able to change the order once the round starts! An action-programming battle game for 3-6 players.

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Santa’s Little Helpers and the Ice Cube Jam

8.5/10

Despite the name, Santa’s Little Helpers and the Ice Cube Jam is not a rap group that only does Christmas songs. No! It’s a cute, holiday-themed game, appropriate for all ages. You are an elf, one of “Santa’s Little Helpers”. You are collecting sets of blue, green, and clear “ice cubes” that Santa uses to make jam. The first player

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World’s Fair 1893: Ride the Ferris Wheel!

9/10
Worlds Fair box

Step back in time to Chicago in 1893. The World’s Fair is coming to your city. But you’re not merely attending the fair – you’re helping to design and organize it! Such is the premise behind World’s Fair 1893, an area-control game by Foxtrot Games.

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