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..
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..
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..
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..
I’m guessing most of you can take a pretty educated guess how to play Imagine based on the picture and tagline on the box. Yes, it’s a gam..
Did you know that most games start at the age of 3 because that’s about the time when most children can manage the concept of taking turns..
Balance Beans is a solo player logic game for kids. Like many ThinkFun games, there’s a centerpiece (the see-saw), pieces you place on th..
I love Sushi Go! You can read my review of the original game, “Sushi Go!: Fun little drafting game for those who have no idea what draftin..
Do you remember the first time you saw “the game in the fabric banana?” Can you believe that was 10 years ago? Yep —BANANAGRAMS is turn..
Hocus was sent to me earlier this spring and I’m embarrassed to say how long it took me to play it. The funny thing is that it sat on my d..
A week from today, April 25th, is World Penguin Day. Yes, it’s a thing, so consider this your advance warning! Now you have plenty of tim..
I received a copy of Wonky from USAOPOLY to try out over the holidays and I think the biggest surprise to all of my players is that it’s a..
This might be one of the shortest reviews yet! Why? Well for starters the title, Yeti in My Spaghetti, pretty much explains the game. Addi..
It’s here! #ForceFriday…. and all the Star Wars merchandise you could ever want is now on store shelves, including the new Loopin Chewi..
I’m rather geeked about how cute Hide the Kids is! The game includes a fabric wolf (who kind of has buckteeth) finger puppet and one play..
Almost everyone has a cell phone these days but when you’re driving a few thousand (or even just a few hundred miles) you’re going to burn..
I love word games – Jeez I’ve even invented one! (shameless plug: see Scattergories Cateogories) And because word games are almost a dim..
A couple weeks ago I wrote about the fabulous game Acuity by Fat Brain Toys and invented by BlueMatter games. If you didn’t read it – y..
A couple years ago at ChiTAG I kept running into these two other inventors… it was almost like they were following me. Or was I following..
Oh my gosh it’s the board game version of Bejeweled! To start, you fill the board randomly with all non-glitter gems (the glittered one..
Jaipur was recommended to me via a twitter pal (@ErskineThompson) and I’m so glad he mentioned it because I really enjoyed playing it…
At some point between ChiTAG and New York Toy Fair I have to clean my office. Seems a little nuts to spend my busiest time of year doing ..
It’s been a while since I’ve raved about a game because my industrial design side got really geeked about it; in fact I think the last t..
Two weeks ago I ranted about two player games and while I have no intention of revisiting that rant for more than a sentence or two, I s..
A couple months ago my inventor pal Gina Manola asked if I would take a look at her new game when it came out. While I don’t really fit..
A while ago I asked on Twitter what everyone’s favorite speed games were and I got a variety of answers but one stuck out to me, “Jungle..
Two weeks in a row we’re going to discuss games I came across for the first time at ChiTag (the Chicago Toy and Game Fair) – it’s uninte..
Is it me or is Easter REALLY close to Mother’s Day this year? And because they’re so close you really can’t get your mother flowers and..
Earlier this week I posted an interview with Mary Jo Reutter who won the TAGIE award for Excellence in Game Design in November of 2010..
Part 1 of this article is a reprint from an article I wrote for Global Toy News; Part 2 reviews the two games.
Every holiday season at ..
I know that there are plenty of toy and game inventors that read this site so and I’m sure they’ve had similar experiences – but there..
If I bought every game I thought looked cool, I’d be broke. No really, my “to buy” list is very, very long. Lucky me I got a freebie v..
When it comes to “Junior” or “Family” versions of games I usually feel that a game loses a little of the magic or gets watered down to m..
This is going to be a review for Gamewright’s new game Order’s Up which came in a box of goodies from them last week, but before I get int..
This review of Word on the Street is SERIOUSLY over due and it’s all because one of my favorite playtesters doesn’t like the game. Why? ..
On the very edge of the Chicago suburbs, right at the last exit that divides the bustling commuters from the nothingness that spans to wes..
A while back I wrote an article about taking games with you when you travel (see here) and Nate Scheidler, Organizer of Chicago Boardgam..
When you have a hallway full of games there are often ones that you know you like but they just never get pulled out and played. I real..
I like word games, but only specific word games. You will probably never see me review Scrabble on this site because I think it takes far..
I think that games should look fun to play. It’s much easier to convince a newbie to play a game if looks fun – granted it should als..
For those of you who don’t know, I’ve got a degree in industrial design and ending up in the game industry was somewhat a fluke. I needed..