Great Games!

These days it seems more games than not are electronic. And for those of us that haven’t grown up in more technologically advanced times, electronic games can seem intimidating and even down-right annoying. (But everything has its place and there are actually some benefits to playing video games in moderation.) Yet, a step back to classic games has numerous benefits too, and many classic games, newer board games and other non-electronic games have kept their place as mainstay family entertainment and as essential learning tools for children.

**Scroll down to see some of our new games and old favourites, and keep an eye out for game recommendations for all ages. We do our best to source out the finest games available. Be sure to visit Turtle Pond Toys to explore dozens of game options and get advice and suggestions specifically for your child.



Most serious game board fans have heard of Richard Garfield, designer of the famous collectible card game Magic : The Gathering.

With KING OF TOKYO, Richard Garfield offers us a crazy game for 2 to 6 players in which you will be able to play mutant monsters, gigantic robots and other monstrous creatures, all of whom are happily whacking each other in a joyous atmosphere in order to become the one and only King of Tokyo.

In order to win the game, one must either destroy Tokyo by accumulating 20 destruction points, or be the only surviving monster once the fighting has ended.

 


2012 Golden Geek Winner - Best Children's Game, Best Party Game, Best Family Game

 

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Bananagrams

It's… the anagram game that drives you bananas! This crossword-type game similar to Scrabble but without the board, making it extra convenient when on the go. Rearrange your letters in each round to create a crossword using all the letters. When one player has completed their crossword, all the players then draw more letters and race to complete it once more. For 2-8 players.

Patchword

Patchwork by Continuum Games is a strategic and fun card game in which players score points by stealing ro creating sets of 4 or more cards of the same color. Draw letter cards, rearrange them, and make words. Easy, right? But in patchword, the cards in your hand are not necessarily your own! In this game of word mastery and never-ending surprises, each card has a letter on both sides and anyone can take, and use, any card they can see.
Educational and fun, Patchwork builds logic, memory, and patterning skills.

Kabam

This head to head game is for quick-thinking word-builders! Two teams, or two players, draw cards, setting them face up next to each other. Word parts, like prefixes, suffixes, consonants, and single vowels, are featured on each card. Build a word first byt adding one or more letters to the sets of existing letters and you’ll win the round!

 

 

Pathwords

Pathwords is a one-player logic puzzle from Thinkfun that word nerds and puzzle lovers won’t be able to put down. Pick up and place a Challenge Card on the Game Grid provided and choose the puzzle pieces indicated. Put each piece on the board so it covers one word exactly, spelled with forwards or backwards, but in order, so all letters are covered up. From beginner to expert, the higher you go, the challenges are commendably difficult. Though a one-player game, word lovers report this is a great group game, especially the most difficult challenges.

Spell It!

Spell It is the perfect party game, fast-paced and fun! Five dice are covered in the alphabet. Just roll them, see what luck brings, and create a word from a minimum three of five letters rolled. Be the first to say and spell a word related to the theme at hand and win a game chip.

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Tell Tale: Blue Orange games:

Take trip into storyland…

Using cards with a variety of images ranging from the charming to the ordinary, encompassing a range of situations, players improvise stories. Take a journey into storyland… Whether engaged in a friendly contest or creating a story together, you will love the way Tell Tale gives your imagination a chance to shine. 7 great family games and thousands of short stories to tell are included in this tin.


Trigger: Blue Orange games:

The Answer Lies in Your Hands!

Slap yourself silly in this ridiculously fun party game. Players answer “true” or “false” to statements as quickly as possible by slapping the target. Right Hand = “TRUE”, Left Hand = “FALSE”. Sound easy? Here are some sample statements : groundhogs have teeth, you are wearing a ring on your left hand, there are 6 Olympic rings, cows drink milk… Do you have the fastest hand? You won’t believe how many laughs are packed into such a tiny tin!

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Thinkfun offers up fun, challenging games appealing to a wide range of ages. From the smash hits Rush Hour and River Crossing, two evergreen favourites, to other popular Thinkfun games like Zingo and S'Match, there seems to be no lack of appeal with this company. Now there are new titles to add to your Thinkfun game collection including:

Pathwords: Word search meets Tetris in Pathwords - Word Search Extreme! To begin, pick a challenge from the provided Challenge Booklet and slip it into the Game Grid. Choose the puzzle pieces you want to use to play this challenge. The goal is to use the colored puzzle pieces to cover all letters so complete words are revealed under each piece. Words may be spelled forwards or backwards, the letters will not be scrambled. There are 40 challenges with 4 different levels of play: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and Expert. Can you beat them all? Pathwords is an ideal game because it appeals to several different ability levels, making it a fantastic game the whole family can play. Ages 12+

Tilt: Right and left, up and down - you might need a fancy GPS unit to get through this logic-based Thinkfun game–and some well-honed spatial thinking skills too! Players pick up one of the Challenge Cards and set up the pieces. The goal is to slip the green ‘sliders’ through the middle exit hole using the creative tilting game board. To make the player’s job even harder, the blue ‘sliders’ must stay right on the grid–no exceptions! Tilt includes 40 Challenge Cards in a variety of ability levels ranging from Beginner to Expert. This game will surely get your mind working in every direction possible! Ages 8+

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The NEW Perplexus Puzzle Ball - Can YOU Beat It?

You've mastered the Original Perplexus, now can you conquer the NEW Perplexus Epic? What about the NEW Perplexus Rookie? Navigate Epic's steel ball along the tracks, through 125 barriers of varying difficulty level as you try to defy gravity. With gnarly new twists, turns and barriers, Perplexus Epic provides hours of challenging, three dimensional fun. Perplexus Original, Epic and Rookie are great on-the-go puzzles ideal for home or vacation and sure to draw kids in for tons of challenging fun.


Perplexus three versions

  

PERPLEXUS ORIGINAL, EPIC AND ROOKIE, invented by Michael McGinnis from Ottawa!

The Original PERPLEXUS in Action


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