[25 Mar 2015 | No Comments]
Hoppy Floppy’s Happy Hunt and Easter basket games

A few times in the past couple years I’ve gone on little jaunts about how kids deserve something better from the Easter Bunny than crappy jelly beans, chocolate bunnies and Peeps.  (Admittedly, I do kind of like Peeps but jellybeans are the devil’s candy.)  This year Educational Insights has a whole segment on their website for Easter Toys.  (Bonus points for EI including my new game Koala Capers and my game from last year Marco’s Polos which are both perfect Easter basket-sized gifts!)  Not only have they embraced Easter giving …

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[17 Mar 2015 | No Comments]
STEM/STEAM: Teaching a creative problem-solving process

This is part 2 of an article series posted on Global Toy News, you can see it HERE and read part 1 HERE.
Most adults agree that creativity is important.  Adobe’s “State of Create” study back in April of 2012 provided many interesting insights including these two tidbits:
1. Unlocking creative potential is seen as key to economic and societal growth
2. Only 1 in 4 people feel that they’re living up to their creative potential

Our industry has the ability to impact that both of these tidbits through the development of products that …

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[16 Mar 2015 | No Comments]
STEM/STEAM: Can we add one more letter?

I originally published this post on Global Toy News, you can see it HERE.
It’s been a month since New York Toy Fair and if you were there I’m sure you heard “STEM/STEAM” mentioned a few times – or maybe even more than a few.  As one person posted about on my blog, “If I heard [STEM/STEAM] one more time I thought my head was going to explode. Oh and each time it was followed by “Are you familiar with the concept?” Arghhh!”

It’s hard not to be familiar with the STEM/STEAM concept if you’re in …

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[1 Mar 2015 | No Comments]
Toy Fair 2015: Sneaky Cards from Gamewright

Did you see the pic of the guy on the floor of the Gamewright booth on The Game Aisle’s Facebook page?  Or maybe The Game Aisle’s Instagram account?

A photo posted by Kim Vandenbroucke (@thegameaisle) on Feb 14, 2015 at 12:29pm PST

Well he was coerced (by me) to act out one of the cards in Gamewright’s new “Play It Forward” game Sneaky Cards.  This game isn’t a game you sit down and play, nor is it one you stand up and play with a group – it’s a game you play …

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[27 Feb 2015 | No Comments]
Toy Fair 2015: Trends Part 3

This is part 3 in a 3 part series.  Click HERE to see part 1 and HERE to see part 2.

Still Hot: Toy-esque Games
We’ve seen this for a few years now and it still seems to be going strong — especially unbranded/unlicensed stand-alone toy-esque games.

Three Little Piggies – SMART Games (comes with a cute little book to go with play!), Thumbs Up! – Blue Orange, Pingo Pingo – IELLO, Maitre Renard (Master Fox) – IELLO, Mashin’ Max – Hasbro, Sands Alive! – Goliath
Not pictured but of note: Bugs in the Kitchen – Ravensburger, 3D …

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[25 Feb 2015 | No Comments]
Toy Fair 2015: Trends Part 2

This is part 2 of a 3 part article; click HERE to see part 1.

Mini-Trend: Stacking Plus
Stacking is a classic play pattern, but this year I felt I saw it a few times in games that also had something else going on.  So not just straight stacking – instead it was stacking plus something else (cards, dice, whatever). Here are a few examples:

Neck of the Woods – Fat Brain, Wonky – Usaopoly, Not pictured: Mighty Mice – FoxMind

Still Going Strong: New Packaging
Me: “What have you got that’s new?”  Game Company: “We re-did our …

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[25 Feb 2015 | 5 Comments]
Toy Fair 2015: Trends Part 1

It’s been about a week since New York Toy Fair ended so it’s time for my trends article! Here we go…

TREND: Dinosaurs
OMG the DINOSAURS!  With the Jurassic World movie coming out this June it isn’t much of a surprise that dinosaurs seemed to be everywhere at Toy Fair.  I’m not just talking about the licensed product for the movie either – generic dinosaur games and toys seemed to be all over the show.  Maybe they want to ride on the coattails of the movie or maybe this classic theme has …

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[21 Feb 2015 | No Comments]
I went to Toy Fair… and so did Seth Meyers.

And it was a bit more awesome than my trip… watch and enjoy!