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Title Version User
Rating
Geek Rating Status User
Plays
Comment
4
May 2005*
N/A
My older daughter used to enjoy playing this game at a local library (they had copies of a few children's games available to play). Although , it is only a simple memory game (and an advertisement for Marc Brown's books), the Arthur theme worked well for her and she always enjoyed playing this game.
2005-05-25*
4
Dec 2005*
4.652
Kids dexterity game which few actually play as a game -- it feels more like a toy/puzzle.
2005-12-20*
Bingo (1530)
4
Sep 2008*
3.561
Plays: 38
Not really a game -- just a prolonged coin flip.
2005-06-28*
Blackjack (1700)
4
Jun 2005*
4.896
Plays: 8
Although this is basically a gambling activity more than a game per se, I have played with my kids and their cousins in tournaments for chips in which the "money" management aspect lent some interest.
2005-06-28*
4
Nov 2007*
5.456
Plays: 1
Fairly simple abstract area control game. I found myself getting rather bored with it after only a round or two of gameplay. It might be possible to play error free moves after a few games but it seems like a decent introduction to strategy games for children.
2007-11-11*
Cat's Eye (1978)
4
Jan 2006*
N/A
I have very vague memories of playing this game as a young kid in the 70's. My rating is an estimate.
2006-01-13*
4
Feb 2012
5.366
Like with most mainstream boardgames, you are probably better off introducing the kids to the original games which are not terribly more difficult or strategic than the Jr. versions anyway. That said, this game introduces kids to the deduction genre without a backstory of bloody murder (although the murder story in Clue was always tongue-in-cheek anyway).
2012-02-04
4
Dec 2006*
5.489
Plays: 6
Children's deduction game. My kids like the "decoder" dials but is far inferior to the original Clue (which itself could stand to be a bit more complex in terms of its gameplay).
2006-12-03*
Conspiracy (1973)
4
Sep 2008*
5.785
Prev. Owned
I owned this as a child and distinctly remember that I did not particularly enjoy it. I might not have been playing with the ideal number of people, however. I would have to play again to give it a completely fair rating.
2005-06-30*
Covert Action (2007)
4
Jan 2009*
5.424
Plays: 1
This game plays like a lighter, more chaotic takeoff on Werewolf. My experience with it has been frustrating. The ability of the players to end the game by taking a shot on a hunch makes it so chaotic that it can be tough to watch the interesting negotiation and deduction begin.
2009-01-17*
Dark Tower (1981)
4
Oct 2004*
5.997
Owned and played as a kid. I don't even remember being impressed with it back then.
2004-10-27*
4
Nov 2006*
6.133
Plays: 1
I would like this game more if it were played a bit more like a standard trick taking game in that the highest and lowest cards of the suit led gathered the other cards. I realize that there is apparently quite a bit of strategic depth here that I haven't been able to access but I feel that the game would be much improved if it kept the intriguing scoring system at the end but made following suit important for taking cards.
2006-11-18*
4
Dec 2004*
5.079
Amusing dexterity game for VERY young children.
2004-12-23*
3.5
Mar 2006*
5.162
Mediocre children's dexterity game. I remember this vaguely from my own childhood but haven't yet tried this one with my own kids. Maybe it's better than I (dimly) recall.
2006-03-22*
Dreidel (1500)
4
Dec 2008*
5.358
Plays: 1
Decision-free game that can be fun with kids who enjoy seeing where the luck will fall (much in the same way as the card game War).
2008-12-08*
Dune (1979)
4
Mar 2008*
7.289
Plays: 1
Admittedly, I have only played this game once and it was only with four players but it was very disappointing. The factions seemed imbalanced in our game (the Emperor and particularly the Guild having enormous influence due to their spice income). Two players began the game in control of two strngholds each and could have won on turn one due to an alliance (which we avoided just because it seemed too stupid). After turn four one of them had won independently. The alliance rules seemed broken to me (maybe they work better with the full compliment of players. It's really a shame as I enjoyed the asymmetrical powers and found the combat system, spice blow mechanism and the variable storm progression interesting.
2008-03-02*
4
Apr 2007*
5.406
Below average kids dexterity game. Whack a mole at an amusement park can be fun with the little ones; avoid the cheap plastic home version.
2007-04-02*
Elementalis (2006)
4
Oct 2007*
5.470
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 1
Disappointing dice game. More than a little too fiddly for what it is. Just didn't grab anyone at the table. At least it's short.
2007-10-20*
Fill or Bust (1981)
4
Dec 2004*
5.554
Owned
I once saw a group of people laughing riotously over this game in the lobby of a resort many years ago. My family bought the game but never found it to be so much fun.
2004-12-23*
Finger Ball (2007)
4
Aug 2007*
5.547
Plays: 1
Better than rock, paper, scissors.
2007-08-18*
Guess Who? (1979)
4
Dec 2006*
4.902
Good game for children. Very simple but a step above Candyland. My kids often wanted to play round after round continuously.
2006-12-03*
Hangman (1976)
4
Dec 2005*
4.847
Of course one could simply play this game with a pen and paper. In fact, it makes things somewhat easier to play without the plastic tiles (which always fall over or are out of place) and the "hangman" dial. Nevertheless, my children both enjoyed the game more with the tiles and dial (maybe I did too when I was young) and it is a fairly educational game for elementary school kids.
2005-12-06*
Hot Potato (1988)
4
Jul 2007*
5.425
Old school children's party game -- a seated and less violent version of musical chairs. My kids used to play something similiar at their parties called "Pass the Present" in which the kids all pass around a large wrapped mass containing a bunch of dollar store toys. When the music stops, they would unwrap the outer layer and keep the trinket. The last prizes were the best.
2007-07-16*
4
Mar 2005*
5.458
Plays: 1
Very light deduction game. Unfortunately, it often becomes too luck-driven in terms of he selection of locations in which to meet the other players to exchange information.
2005-03-13*
Jaws (1975)
4
Feb 2005*
5.449
Dexterity game from my childhood. I don't have the nervous system for this kind of game.
2005-02-12*
4
Aug 2010
5.477
Plays: 1
Take-that cardplay and maze shifting that can easily wear out its welcome.
2010-08-06
Loot (1992)
3.5
Jan 2010*
6.183
Owned
For Trade
Plays: 1
My least favorite Knizia game -- very, very luck dependent game. The means by which the merchant ships can fail to come into play until the very end makes this game feel just short of broken to me.
2010-01-01
Mouse Trap (1963)
3.5
Dec 2004*
4.453
Plays: 1
The trap is fairly interesting to build (usually fix/adjust) and set off correctly. The game itself is absolutely awful. Even my kids have no interest in the game -- although they do like playing with the trap.
2004-12-26*
Mr. Mouth (1976)
3.5
Mar 2006*
5.389
Mediocre dexterity game for young children. Quickly wears out its welcome even for the little ones.
2006-03-22*
4
Jan 2006*
N/A
I have vague memories of this game from my childhood in the 70's. I distinctly remember its pop-up book backdrop. This game, Bermuda Triangle and Cat's Eye are games I recall as objects from my earliest youth but I have nearly completely forgotten the gameplay. My rating is an estimate.
2006-01-13*
NFL Strategy (1970)
4
Nov 2004*
5.712
I played this game while in college with a roommate who played football for the school. He was a big fan of this game; I found it a bit tedious and I like both strategy games and football quite a bit.
2004-11-29*
4
Dec 2007*
6.145
Plays: 3
I rate this expansion the same as the original game which I don't really love -- the kind of stories that it encourages seem haphazardly cobbled together and pointless. The cards seem to add some variety to the original so it might appeal more to those who've enjoyed the base game and played it out a bit.
2007-12-02*
4
Dec 2007*
6.376
Plays: 3
More of a cooperative storytelling activity than a game. Perhaps this would work with the right group but it seems to degenerate into nonsense stories with a bunch of random elements strung together with little narrative cohesion. Sounds more fun than it is.
2007-12-02*
Operation (1965)
4
Dec 2004*
4.368
Plays: 2
Average children's dexterity game with an annoying electronic buzzer.
2004-12-26*
Pandamania (2008)
4
Dec 2008*
N/A
Plays: 2
Very mediocre children's game of set collection. The tree shaped spinner is a cute gimmick (the mother panda's tail acts as a means of telling what number is chosen and the mother panda herself descends from the tree when one selects bamboo). Thankfully it is quick.
2008-12-24*
Patience (1783)
4
Mar 2010
5.295
I don't really enjoy solitaire games -- an occasional hand of Klondike or Free Cell can be diverting. Odd note -- I once played Klondike obsessively for about a week when I was sick as a kid on a tray in bed with tiny cards from the circus.
2010-03-20
Perfection (1973)
4
Dec 2004*
4.844
Never owned but played frequently as a kid. The pop-up of the board when the timer ran out always made me leery of playing the game when I was young. It would probably still make me jump today.
2004-12-26*
4
Dec 2004*
5.509
In my opinion, most kids can play the standard version well enough to make this version unnecessary. With the standard version, one of the adults may have to inform the child about unusual words (such as a "divot") but that is one the educational factors that makes gaming with kids so worthwhile. The idea of allowing kids to draw with a variety of colors is interesting but one can obviously allow the children to do this in the standard game as well.
2004-12-27*
Piranha Panic (2005)
4
Aug 2008*
5.406
Plays: 4
Slightly below average kids game. This is a kids game with a gimmick -- namely that periodically random "Piranha" marbles are rolled down the board which the players' marbles are racing up. Some of the players' marbles will be flipped up and replaced with menacing orange fish which are on the underside of the tile.
2008-08-30*
Pogs (1920)
4
Mar 2010
5.261
Plays: 1
This children's dexterity game isn't winning any awards for cleverness -- you basically just repeatedly smash a thick disc into a pile of thinner ones and hope they flip. It was a fad for a while in the US (after I was a child and before I had children so I mostly missed it). My son was very into Marvel heroes and bought a metal thing slammer. This prompted me to get a lot of superhero pogs from Ebay and play the game with him. It's cute but must lose something without the gambling/collection dimension.
2010-03-23
4
Sep 2009*
N/A
Plays: 3
Children's race game in the tradition of Parcheesi and Trouble. This version has a penguin theme and a new mechanic in which one is able to slide a bridge open and send your opponents back to start without simply landing on them. Tedious but my 6 year old son enjoys it.
2009-09-20
Qubic (1947)
4
Oct 2010
5.451
Plays: 1
Really, really dry. Beats Tic Tac Toe but then again, what doesn't?
2010-10-17
4
Jul 2005*
5.066
Mediocre party game that presents one with interesting situations and then allows your opponents to vote to determine if you are lying.
2005-07-01*
4
Aug 2008*
5.850
Plays: 1
Interesting print-and-play dice game by Knizia. I have only played it with a group of 7 and the game lasted about an hour. That's a bit long for a game like this -- I would definitely stick to the recommended group of 1-4 people. Gameplay is more than a bit repetitive but there are some challenging decisions.
2008-08-30*
4
Dec 2010
5.289
Plays: 2
Rock'em, Sock'em, Bore 'em to tears. A children's game whose limitations even children quickly realize. Can be a few laughs getting there though.
2010-12-26
Rummy (1887)
4
Jul 2005*
5.588
Plays: 1
Gin rummy or 500 are mildly amusing traditional card games that I used to play quite a bit when I was younger. There are better traditional card games in my opinion.
2005-07-23*
4
Mar 2011
N/A
Plays: 1
Cute little kids game. We don't really play by the full rules but simply use the cards to select what we're hunting for. The difficulty level of the items is well done -- they are easy enough for a young child to locate the items before he/she becomes frustrated.
2011-03-19
Scene it? Jr. (2003)
4
Jun 2008*
5.474
Plays: 1
My son received a copy of a limited version of this in a Kids Meal at Wendy's. Answer a bunch of questions (less than half of which utilize the visual nature of the medium) and roll a die to determine how far you move. I prefer playing a trivia board game without needing to sit around a tv.
2008-06-14*
Simon (1978)
4
Jun 2005*
4.863
Classic memory puzzle
2005-06-03*
Slap Jack (1934)
4
Dec 2006*
5.089
Children's card game which I have always been terrible at. I used to play a variant version of this where there were two piles of cards at any given time. I'm not sure exactly how it worked.
2006-12-31*
Such a Thing? (1989)
4
Aug 2012
5.766
Plays: 1
Cute idea for a game but there is just way too much room for argument about what is and what is not permissible.
2012-08-05
4
Feb 2008*
5.512
Vague impressions of this game. I know I've played this and might have owned it but I can't really recall the gameplay very much so take this rating with a major grain of salt. As always my ratings of 70's games are based more on my recalled enthusiasm for the game rather than an appraisal of their mechanics etc.
2008-02-22*
Tic-Tac-Toe (-1300)
3.5
Jan 2005*
3.218
Plays: 10
Decent Pen and Pencil game for children learning basic strategies. Move on when the games continually end in a draw.
2005-01-22*
Tomb (2008)
4
Mar 2009*
6.039
Plays: 1
I was hoping for a quicker Dungeon Crawl on the order of Descent here. Instead it felt like a boardgame version of Munchkin. I don't have a great problem with the randomness but I would have preferred a much shorter game. The limited player interaction just helped make the game drag.
2009-03-08
Toss Across (1969)
4
Feb 2008*
5.318
Definitely improves tic tac toe by adding a dexterity component.
2008-02-22*
Touring (1906)
3.5
Jun 2009*
5.446
Owned
Plays: 1
Incredibly frustrating and boring light card game. The number of delay cards is too high compared to the number of "Go" cards in my limited experience. You have to have the patience to draw and discard to no effect very often -- not really the ideal recipe for a game.
2009-06-22
Treehouse (2006)
4
Dec 2008*
5.641
Owned
Plays: 1
Very light game with a generous dose of luck. Not a favorite use of icehouse pieces (I vastly prefer Zendo) but not a bad game to kill a few minutes with the family.
2008-01-01*
Tribulation (1974)
4
Jun 2009*
5.527
Very dry math game that I remember owning as a kid,
2009-06-22
4
Dec 2006*
5.437
Plays: 2
Obviously this rating represents the fact that this is a children's game so I am rating it by my children's reactions to it not mine. When my daughters want to play, I limit myself to two or three turns in a row; this gives them about a 50/50 shot at winning.
2006-12-03*
Trouble (1965)
4
Dec 2006*
4.162
Mildly amusing when played with the kids
2006-12-03*
UNO Attack! (1999)
4
Dec 2006*
5.410
Plays: 1
Better than the original uno -- worse than almost everything else.
2006-12-03*
4
Jun 2005*
N/A
I remember owning this game during my 1970's childhood. I think I enjoyed it a bit more than most children's games at the time.
2005-06-02*
4
Feb 2006*
N/A
Plays: 1
Somewhat amusing memory variant for young children. Carmen pieces (colorforms) are hidden under pieces of a map of the world and players try to find them using a system based on luck and memory. Mildy entertaining for the little ones and it does teach them some basic geography. Picking up the tiles to look for Carmen is quite a pain for young children.
2006-02-11*
Zingo! (2002)
4
Jan 2008*
5.475
Plays: 6
I am rating this as a game for children. I like the tile dispenser and appreciate the fact that the quick recognition element actually means there is something other than blind luck to determine the winner. Have you ever sat through a dispute about who called the "bird" first? That can make a father wish we were playing regular bingo. Short playing time means that the game does not outlast my 4 year old's attention span and that is nice.
2008-01-21*
4
Sep 2012
6.063
Plays: 1
Sub par resource management game. There is a an elaborate tech tree but I found myself with very little opportunity to explore the tech options because I was constantly putting out fires on my borders. The wall strategy that I played made for a very boring slog in which I was reserving regions behind a barricade and hoping to avoid internal outbreaks of a size that would overwhelm my defenses.
2012-09-26
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