November 13, 2009
While we usually like lists of five or a dozen, we realized today’s list of 13 Top Games Under $20 was meant to be! Happy Friday the 13th. Read our reviews at www.toyportfolio.com.
The games included are:
Richard Scarry’s Busytown Eye Found It Game (I Can Do That Games)
Rainbow Race (International Playthings)
Scrabble Slam Card Game (Parker Brothers)
Yamslam (Blue Orange Games)
Pairs in Pears (Bananagrams)
eeBoo Fairytale Game (eeBoo)
Ring-0 Flamingo (Gamewright)
Uno Moo! (Mattel)
Too Many Monkeys (Gamewright)
I Spy Flip 5 Games (Briarpatch)
Dr. Seuss Super Stretch ABC Game (I Can Do That Games)
Curious George Discovery Beach Game (I Can Do That Games)
October 30, 2009
Here are six great games to think about for the holidays. The complete reviews of these award winners are on our site, www.toyportfolio.com
Active Fun Games
Dr. Seuss Super Stretchy ABC Game (I Can Do That Games)
Pure silly fun
Feeding Frenzy (International Playthings)
Ring-0 Flamingo (Gamewright)
Concepts and Strategy Games
eeBoo Color Dominoes (eeBoo)
Double Shutter (Blue Orange)
April 22, 2009
Gamewright’s new card game Too Many Monkeys is easy to learn and great fun to play. The storyline borrows from the classic story — one monkey is trying to sleep but other monkeys keep dropping by, not to mention the occassional giraffe or elephant. The game play is to get your monkey sleeping all by himself–you do this by getting the cards in front of you in order by pulling from the draw pile. Our testers loved that they were swapping cards until they had them in order. The rounds move very quickly-also a plus. Fun for 2-6 players. They say 6 & up. Our adult testers also enjoyed playing this one!
March 23, 2009
Hooray! We have a new silly fun game to tell you about! Ring-o Flamingo from Gamewright is really lots of fun to play. The first thing that our testers loved was the game board. You lock in the pink flamingoes and the two alligators into the board that fits into the box. The game play involves the concept that one of the flamingoes has gone overboard and you have to fling the flamingo a lifesaver as quickly as possible before the alligators get the flamingo! Watch out, you don’t want to get a lifesaver around the neck of one of the alligators. Now here’s the really fun part, each player has a life boat that is loaded with lifesavers–that you “fling” onto the game board. So it’s sort of like play ring toss…but you’re all playing at once. The key is learning how to be far enough away from the board so that you hit the flamingoes repeatedly. The more flamingoes you save the more points you get…and win. Points are deducted if you save the alligators. Fast paced and fun for all ages. We’re giving this one an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award!
November 14, 2008
Ugly dolls continue to be a major hit with our toy testers-especially in that tween age group. Older kids that test for us–will also ask, “any new Ugly dolls?” At $19.99 for a 12″ doll, it’s a solid fun choice that appeals to both boys and girls (also a plus). We also recommend the Ugly Doll Card Game ($9.99) from Gamewright.