Happy 2018! Hope everyone enjoyed the holiday season and played tons and tons of games with family and friends! Can you believe it’s Toy..
As of yesterday, it’s officially winter here in the Northern Hemisphere! I was really hoping to tie this post in to a lovely pre-holiday ..
It’s been more well than a week since the Chicago Toy and Game Fair ended so I’ve had a chance to review what I saw there and I’ve chosen ..
A while back toy industry veteran Phil Albritton asked me to go on his podcast, Power Kid, to have a nice chat about the industry — and o..
Hi All! Some of you kind folks have asked about buying my games and I absolutely appreciate that. So here are the games that I’ve c..
Can you believe 2017 is almost over??!! Every year I compile a list of my holiday picks — mostly they’re my personal favorites from the ..
Every family has their own idea of what a “stocking stuffer” should be, but when I was growing up smaller gifts and candy ended up in stoc..
On Friday night of Chicago Toy and Game Week, we all attend the TAGIE Awards (Toy and Game Innovation Awards) and this year there I really..
Can you believe that it’s time for the Chicago Toy and Game Fair already?? I can’t. This year has flown by but here it is… a litt..
This year the nominees were: Clue, Magic 8 Ball, Matchbox Cars, My Little Pony, Paper Airplane, PEZ Candy Dispenser, play food, Risk, sand..
I love donuts. I know they’ve got zero nutritional value, but there’s nothing quite like a well-made old fashioned donut with a great cup..
When you’ve been in the biz for a while, you end up with ex-coworkers all over the place. Right now most of mine seem to be at Hasbro, bu..
Believe it or not, this is a BOOK review. Yeah, this is still The Game Aisle, but something interesting is coming from Educational Insigh..
Know what pretty much all small children love? Big buttons…. or little buttons, or medium buttons, heck — if you can press it, a small..
Remember last fall when The Oregon Trail Card Game first landed at Target and people went NUTS? This year Pressman released The Orego..
You know it’s fall when The Strong National Museum of Play announces the Toy Hall of Fame nominees. Last year we saw Dungeons & Dragons, ..
Have you noticed that I haven’t posted in a little while? Yeah, I decided to update my business website – which I’ve been meaning to do f..
Playing spies is pretty classic childhood play and Yulu has now made a line of action games out of this fantastic theme under the brand Sp..
There’s a part of me that’s really enjoying this time of year – the time when they release the Target Exclusives!
A little over year ago an industry friend of mine, Tim Walsh, and the owners of Tree Toys started the US based company Getta 1 Games. I g..
Yesterday they announced the Spiel des Jahres winners! ( If you don’t know about the Spiel des Jahres, it’s the game of the year awards in..
I really love Dr. Eureka from Blue Orange! Quick overview of the game (if you haven’t been lucky to play it yet!) is that you have to get..
I’m sure most of you know Funnybone Toys for their amazingly beautiful games — but if you don’t you should check out their nice selection..
If you follow me on Instagram you know that earlier this month I took some time off to head up to the sunny – but very chilly – shores of ..
I hate reading articles about games that aren’t out yet. I get all excited about something new (like the Splendor expansion) but then I h..
I’m a fan of puzzle-y games like Rolling America where you feel like it’s a puzzle you’ll never quite win but doing “mildly decent” is a v..
Kingdomino was pitched to me as a “family light strategy game that plays in 15 minutes” — sounds great, right? And it totally is! It ca..
You love playing games and if/when you have children you want them to love playing games too, right? But there aren’t that many games for..
I have to say first that the artwork in Tricky Trunks is just so darn adorable — which makes any game that’s supposed to appeal to kids t..
I don’t have a super sweet tooth so gobs and gobs of Easter candy just isn’t my thing. However, if the Easter Bunny filled my basket with..
Only a few people out there know that I started off as an architecture major in college but I quickly switched to industrial design. Deep..
As many of you know, Hasbro put all of the Monopoly tokens on the chopping block back in January and they asked everyone to vote which to ..
The Toy Fair Trends articles are done (whew!) and before I hop into my Easter Basket games article, I thought I’d review a game I’ve not h..
Did you miss 2017 Toy Fair Trends: Part 1? Click HERE.
Continuing Trend: Toy-etic Games
Back in 2012 I wrote about how nice it was ..
I was doing some late reading (yep – checking out the latest issue of The Toy Book AFTER Toy Fair). And I was really jazzed about thi..
I cannot believe that another Toy Fair has passed, but what a great show! The longer I’m in this industry the more I love events like ChiT..
I wrote a while back about how not all inventors are dead white guys, and talked about the inventors of the toy and game industry being a ..
Whew there are a lot of new titles coming out of Haywire this year! They’re doing a whole series of games under a new “Ten Dollar Game Ni..
Sometimes I get press releases which make writing these preview posts super easy. Other times I come across some pics on Social Media and..
I always love seeing what’s new at Winning Moves because they usually have an interesting mix of games that have been brought back from ye..
The first thing I noticed when I was looking at some of Educational Insights’ new stuff was not something that was new but something that ..
First review of the new year goes to Space Planets, a little game I saw at the HABA booth last Toy Fair that I haven’t had a chance to pla..
Hi all –
Thanks to everyone who reads The Game Aisle — both regular and infrequent readers — I hope that in 2016 I helped you find so..
Here are some of the games I thought were stand-outs this year. They may not have exactly come out this year (although many did), they cam..
While I’m working on my 2016 Holiday Picks article, I thought I’d post my stocking stuffer list (not idea, but I’ve been busy with ChiTAG ..
Whew – what a weekend! ChiTAG is over and I had an amazing time at the conferences, the TAGIE Awards, PlayChic, and finally the fair itsel..
And the winners are… swing, Fisher Price Little People and… Dungeons and Dragons!!!
These three were selected from 12 finalists..
It’s time for my annual Chicago Toy and Game (ChiTAG) preview article! The fair is held on Chicago’s Navy Pier (all the way at the end) o..