From left to right: Zombie Board Game: Last Night on Earth ($40), Solarquest: The Space-Age Real Estate Game ($130), Roborally ($33), Nintendo Monopoly ($31), The Settlers of Catan ($34), Scene It? Star Trek Deluxe Edition ($22)
The astute folk at Eater discovered that the Travel Channel's popular show Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern is now a board game. The goal of the "wild bluffing game" designed for kids 8 and older? To convince your opponents you know the most about odd food fodder from around the world. Seems like an interesting extension of the Zimmern brand. Since I do often catch the show, I think I'm going to have to check this out. What about you?
Gathering around the table isn't just something in Norman Rockwell's pictures. For generations, families have been bonding over board games. And we've got one to keep both parents and kids busy! What's in Ned's Head? ($20) is a bit of a gross game that invites tots to reach into Ned's fleece head in search of objects pictured on playing cards — the first one to find the object wins. Ned's mushed-up head is filled with plastic dirty Q-tips, insects, and a lost lunch, so lil ones delight in the ick factor. We put the game to the test and here's how it fared:
Who is this game designed for? Playing cards feature both photos and words, so tots don't have to read to play the game. It's best for children ages 4 and up.
How long does it take to play? Each round takes about three minutes, which was quick enough to keep everyone's attention. To clear all of the objects from the head took about 20 minutes including a lot of laughter as we compared our finds.
What separates it from other games? A simple hidden object game, the "gross-out" factor steps it up a notch and makes it exciting for kiddos who love bathroom humor.
Would I give it as a gift? Definitely (two boxes are already wrapped up for birthday parties this weekend)!
Did the kids play again? We play several rounds of Ned every night before bath time, and my son brags about it.
Generations of families have made a tradition out of gathering around the game Monopoly for a night of competitive fun. It is on the beloved square board that many youngsters saved up to buy their first home or hotel. While sisters and brothers squabbled over pawns — who got to be the dog, the boot, or the race car — they also learned to count bills by testing out their banking skills. In honor of the game's 75th anniversary, Hasbro modernized the game's look with a circular makeover (CasaSugar has all the details!). Will you purchase the new version?
Earlier this week, we learned that Peter Berg will be directing a movie based on the board game Battleship. A couple of years ago, I joked about other potential films based on my childhood toys, but now I'm approaching the matter with a whole new attitude. This is no longer a laughing matter; these projects are going forward into production. Don't Break the Ice: The Movie may be just around the corner.
The Battleship movie sounds like it's going to be pretty heavy — ship fleets engaged in violent battle and what not — but I'd rather explore the lighter side of the genre. Personally, I've always been curious about what the peppermint forest from Candy Land would actually look like, and I'm sure there's some exec in Hollywood who's already dreaming up some amazing, 3-D, sweet, sweet world for me. What about you — no matter how far-fetched, what board games would you like to see on the big screen?
Board games are a timeless way to gather the family for an hour or two of fun. What child didn't satisfy a sweet tooth with a trip across the Candy Land board or become a small sleuth figuring out the culprit in Clue? While many of these great games have only changed their graphics over the years, new ones have also hit the toy store shelves. Take a look at our 15 favorite board games for families to enjoy!
There is nothing like a classic game night to bring back memories of my childhood. I remember sitting around the kitchen table and battling it out with my parents and sister as we played endless rounds of Uno and Monopoly. As I begin introducing my daughter to the world of board games, I thought it would be a good opportunity to see how well you remember a few of the classics.Take the Quiz
Gross. You'd think this was dreamed up in Victorian England ("catch the bed bugs with these tongs!"), but it looks more like the '60s. I loved Milton Bradley, especially their Operation game, but this is just gross. Also, I kept thinking the kids were going to eat the jumping bugs because their instruments looked like chopsticks. Bizarro — is there a lice version?
If you're worried about what to get those food know-it-alls on your shopping list, then fear no more. if the foodie in your life is constantly spouting off information, then test their knowledge by getting them the Food Lover's Trivia Game. If they don't yet know everything, then get them a copy of the Food Snob's Dictionary. This way they'll be able to wow and impress everyone with food facts and terminology. If you'd rather get them something edible, try these conserves from June Taylor. Or, go crazy and splurge completely by treating them to entire Serrano Ham, complete with stand! For more choices, scroll through below.
If you've got a brewski buddy or homebrewer on your holiday list, give them a gift that will allow them to revel in their love for beer. If they're not yet making their own brew, get them a Mr. Beer Micro-Brewery Kit. If they're already a master brewer, get them a beer tasting kit. It comes with 13 different kind of hops for them to discover and identify. If your beer lover is still in the early stages of their beer love, get them a set of engaging pint glasses.
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