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7 Wonders
7 Wonders lasts three ages. In each age, players receive seven cards from a particular deck, choose one of those cards, then pass the remainder to an adjacent player. Players reveal their cards simultaneously, paying resources if needed or collecting resources or interacting with other players in various ways. Players have individual boards with special powers, where they organize their cards (boards have two sides to create unique game play on replay). Each player then chooses another card from the deck they were passed, and the process repeats until players have six cards in play from that age. After three ages, the game ends... it's a great game, and plays much better than any short description could belie
 
10 Days in... Recommended by Out of the Box
Can you plan a cohesive trip in ten days?  Some skill, some luck, lots of fun - great to study geography of ... wherever you chose to go, they're all great! Available in 10 Days in Africa, 10 Days in the USA, 10 Days in Asia, 10 Days in Europe and 10 Days in the Americas
 
Anomia
Fast-paced family fun game, where common knowledge becomes uncommonly fun!
 
Apples to Apples, Party Box Edition Recommended (ages 12+) The Game of Hilarious Comparisons
This game receives rave reviews from our gifted community, for family or group fun!
Also check out...  (And for a full list of the words in each set, visit Munching Apples fan site)
Apples to Apples 7+
Apples to Apples Junior (ages 9+)
Party Box Expansion #1 and Party Box Expansion #2 more apples, more fun!
 
Aunt Millie's Millions, the Frenzied Game of Family Fortune (3-6 players, ages 10-15)
Play the role of one of the colorful characters out to get Aunt Millie's fortune. Use speed, strategy and persuasion to collect the most coveted valuables. Will you get her vintage jukebox or get stuck with a rusty toilet? Claim the same item as another player and you must give the best sob story to convince the judge that you deserve it more! Heir-splitting fun!
 
Balderdash (ages 12 and up)
Make up phony answers, read them off along with the correct answer, and others vote on which answer is real.  Score points for guessing correctly and for bluffing the other players...
 
Bananagrams (2 or more players, ages 7 and up, younger for language / spelling gifted kids)
Grab more tiles, and reorganize existing tiles into new words - the banana bag stores the game and rules when they're not in use.  Great for vocabulary building or spelling practice, too!  And try Spanish Bananagrams!  And Jumbo Bananagrams with twice the tiles, for an extra large crowd!
 
Blokus Recommended or Blokus Trigon
Take turns placing as many of their 21 geometric shapes on board as they can, but only the corners of their own pieces may touch. The real challenge comes toward the end of the game...  Also Blokus To Go
 
Blurt! (3-12 players, ages 10+) The uproarious word race game!
Think fast! What word means "a partially dried grape"? Be the first to say "raisin," and you're on your way to winning this riotous game of rapid word recall. Players take turns reading clues aloud, competing to blurt out the correct answer first and move ahead on the board. The first person or team to circle the board wins. Sounds simple, but as the race for the right word heats up, and the blurting gets boisterous, it's easy to get tongue-tied! Great vocabulary builder for kids, hilarious addition to adult parties and family game night...
 
Boggle (2-6 players, ages 8 and up) The original 3-minute word search game!
Shake up the lettered cubes, drop them into the grid and start the timer.  Then race to see who can list the most words with the highest point value among the random letter assortment in the grid!  Or try Boggle Jr. or Boggle To Go
 
Bubble Brain (10 to adult)
Make up funny captions for silly photos, then try to guess which player wrote which caption... it's tons of imaginative fun!
 
Bubble Talk The Crazy Caption Board Game (ages 8 and up, 3-8 players)
Fast-paced family board game that asks players to match hilarious captions with funny pictures. Draw seven random caption cards. The judge for that round draws a picture card and players must quickly try to match the funniest caption they have to the picture. The player who makes the judge laugh the most wins that round. Each round provides comical, clever and creative results, guaranteed to keep everyone in the group laughing...
 
Cache Me If You Can, the Geocaching Board Game (or from Amazon) (2-4 players, ages 8+)
There are an estimated 5 million people geocaching, and now you can bring that kind of fun to your living room. For those times when you and some friends just want to go on the hunt without going out, now you can. It's all here! Caches, geo-coins, hazards, multi-caches, puzzle caches, muggles, and even a Swag Store. Just like real geocaching, ther are surprise along the way! Never the same way twice...
 
Cloud 9 The Daring Game of Ups and Downs, by Out of the Box
The higher the balloon rises, the more points you can score. But watch out, the balloon can fall at anytime how long are you willing to stay on and risk losing it all?
 
Cogno: Deep Worlds and Cogno: Alien Adventure (2-8 players, age 7 to adult)
Win fuel cells by answering thought-provoking questions, while you avoid the "parallel universe" (a second board!).  Plan your strategy, to bear your opponents back to your the surface (or your home planet).  Don't miss the science novels featuring the same characters Cogno: The Alien Legends, Synapse and Cogno: The Legends Book Two - Mindshifters in Hot Topics Reading List: Science
 
Contrario (13 to adult, 2 or more players or teams)
Here's the contrario: A Shampoo Symphony. Need a clue? TV. Need another? Series. If you say A Soap Opera without needing to ask for a clue, you score 3 points; 2 if you got it after the first clue, and 1 if you got it after hearing both clues. Features more than 1200 contrarios.  Play by time limit, by predetermined number of cards to play, or by first player or team a target score. It's even fun to play without keeping score at all - we've been playing at dinner, in waiting rooms, and in the car! Challenge your creative and lateral thinking abilities...
 
Cranium Recommended (12 to adult) or Cranium Cadoo (7 and up)
Spell a word backwards, hum a tune, answer a multiple-choice question, draw with your eyes closed, and more when you play Cranium, with 14 talent-tapping activities designed to bring out the best in you and your friends...  Cadoo is the funky fusion of tic-tac-toe, general knowledge, sculpting skill, and scavenger hunt designed for kids
Cranium Wow (12 to adult)  Uncover a player’s talents--or lack thereof. Wow’s objective is to move around the board until you’ve reached Cranium Central, where your team completes its final activities to claim victory.  Collect the new personalized markers, too!
Cranium Booster Box 1 and Cranium Booster Box 2 or Cranium Cadoo Booster Box 1
Cranium Disney (8 to adult)  players compete by sculpting, acting, and sketching to victory
Cranium Pop 5 (13 to adult)  How much pop culture do you and your team know??
Cranium Whoonu (8 to adult)  have unforgettable fun as you reveal your favorite things, share hilarious stories, and bond over surprising connections. You'll be amazed at what you'll learn about your friends and family -- especially those you think you know best!
Cranium Playground (preschool) gets kids matching, drawing, dancing, and making letter shapes as they race around the monkey bars to win!
Cranium Hullabaloo (4 and up) Twister meets Simon Says... Listen closely and think fast as you bounce, twist, spin, high-five, and dance to the music, sounds, and friendly voice of Hullabaloo. Rewards quick thinking, cooperation, and creative problem-solving
 
Curses!
Cast a laughing spell with the party board game Curses. Players receive curses such Speak like an old grizzled pirate, or You cannot bend your elbows, which they must maintain throughout the game. Act out any number and combination of wacky commands without breaking the curse. The player with the last remaining curse wins...
 
Dutch Blitz Recommended A vonderful goot game!
Fast-moving family-friendly run-building game for 2-4 players, quick to learn and hard to master, perfect fun for gifted kids and adults alike! Or buy a double Dutch Blitz set...
 
Faces a game of first impressions (3-8 players, ages 10+)
match your first impression of zany man, woman, and pet faces with your opponents to win.  The "impression" cards are as funny as the faces... "The neat freak," "The one who's socks don't match," "The one who's reading an eye chart" A very visual game
 
Farkel (ages 6 and up)
Exciting dice game for the whole family, two or more players. Two minutes to learn; luck, guts and strategy to win... Farkel comes in Green, Blue, Purple, Red (purchase score pads separately), as well as Pocket versions, 2" high and complete, in Purple, Blue, Green, Red (roll-up score pad included) and even Spicy Farkel!  Now get the party-sized Farkel Party!
 
Faux-cabulary The outrageous game of wild new words! (ages 13 and up) by Out of the Box
First, a crazy definition is read to the group. Next, players use the wacky word parts to create wildly funny new words to fit the definition. Each new word is read out loud, and the "Wordmeister" picks the best one. Faux·Cabulary—it's where new words come from...
 
Forbidden Desert (2 to 5 players, ages 10 and up) by Gamewright
Gear up for a thrilling adventure to recover a legendary flying machine buried deep in the ruins of an ancient desert city. You'll need to coordinate with your teammates and use every available resource if you hope to survive the scorching heat and relentless sandstorm. Find the flying machine and escape before you all become permanent artifacts of the Forbidden Desert...
 
Ghooost! (2-8 players, ages 8 and up) by IELLO (Richard Garfield)
Fast, easy-to-learn card game with a Halloween-based theme and lots of twists and turns. Play your cards wisely to get rid of all the ghosts, undead, vampires, zombies and other spooky creatures haunting your mansion. Block your opponents while they're trying to drive spirits out of their home and into your backyard – but beware as the scariest ghosts will not be driven away so easily...
 
Golo golf dice game
A game of golf in a game of dice! Golfers and non-golfers alike will find this game easy to learn and impossible to put down. The 9 dice represent 9 holes and feature birdies, bogeys, pars, and the dreaded "others". With the same rules as real golf, this game has become popular with golfing organizations across the country. Also available in Go500 racing dice game (see the YouTube video) and Go Long football dice game
 
Hedbanz For Adults Everybody Knows But You
It's a race to see who can answer questions to determine what's on the card on their head before time runs out... Also Hedbanz For Kids...
 
Hexago Continuo by U.S. Games Systems
There's only one rule: match color, number or both.  Simple for all ages, but with strategic possibilities that make it tons of fun for all...
 
Heximania (2-4 players, ages 6 and up, mixed abilities)
Spinning the board as you go, take turns placing letter tiles and earning points for each word you build. As long as letters are adjacent and in the proper sequence, words may be read in any direction - up, down, backwards, forwards, or in a sweeping swirl! Can be played at all skill levels; perfect for the entire family...
 
Hit or Miss 3-8 players, ages 10 and up (gifted kids even younger!)
Draw a category card and in 45 seconds, list as many related words that come to mind. When the timer runs out, roll the die - if it lands on HIT, pick a word that you think everyone wrote; if it lands on MISS, pick one that only you wrote. Choose wisely and score big points...
 
iMAgiNiff the funniest game you can imagine (3-8 players, ages 12+)
Just imagine what the other players are most like. Keep choosing the most popular answers to win the game...
 
In A Pickle (10 and up)
Creative thinking and outrageous scenarios. Try to win a set of cards by fitting smaller things into bigger things -- a baby goes in a bathtub, which is in a house, in Hollywood. Play the fourth word card to claim the set, unless one of your opponents can trump with a larger word...
 
Instructures (10 and up)
See it, say it, build it! Two teams race against each other to be the first to build a structure with the blocks provided, but only the “Foremen” get to see the blueprint. Good verbal communication is the key to winning! The game is complicated by challenges to keep it fresh every time: silent foreman, memory challenges, blind foreman and timed challenges...
 
Joe Name It (2 or more players, ages 12 and up)
Can you name a movie with 2 sequels? How about a music group with 3 members? Test your numbers know-all in this fast-playing “name it to claim it” party game. Draw a category card and then fill in the blank with the number you rolled. Be the first person to name something that fits and you’re smarter than the average Joe!
 
Jurassic Jumble Recommended from the makers of SET
Fun family game of switching and swiping dinosaur cards and bones, for up to 9 friends or family members of all ages!

Keesdrow Recommended by Pywacket LLC (2 to 6 players or more in teams, also a great solitaire game)
The ultimate word seek game!  Real wooden tiles contain 4 letters each, double-sided for more combinations, and then distributed in an 8x8 board - it's a new challenge with each game.  Find words in adjacent letters, use letters your opponent already used for double or triple points, but watch out for "red" letters...
 
Last Word The uproarious race to have the final say! (2-8 players, ages 8+)
Subject: “Vegetables”…Letter: “C". Players race opponents and the random-interval timer to yell them out…Carrots! Cucumbers! Corn! Cauliflower! ‘tick-tick’… The player with the Last Word in before the timer sounds advances…Oh! Celery! BZZZT!
 
Letter Roll Everybody's Word Game! (ages 13 and up) by Out of the Box
Roll the special dice and flip the timer. Players race to list words containing the three letters shown on the dice. Only words listed by a single player score points so players are rewarded for their speed and creative thinking... Adjust the difficulty for various levels by requiring older / more verbal players to create longer words.
 
Mexican Train (ages 8 and up)
Puremco Mexican Train D12 is a vibrant collection of 91 professional-sized dominoes that comes complete with a centerpiece hub and Choo-Choo train keychain for sound effects that add to the excitement. 8 colored train markers are sure to fire up the engines of everyone's imagination...
 
Munchkin Recommended by Steve Jackson Games (3-8 players (2 is possible, but more is better), ages 10 and up)
Imagine a dungeon experience, but in an easy-to-play and tons-of-laughter card game. Slay monsters, gather treasure, and gain levels... first player to reach level 10 is the winner. And all the while, experience a sense of humor that only a gifted kid can love! Try all the expansion decks!  Get the Munchkin 1 thru 7 Bundle or purchase separately...
bullet Munchkin
bullet Munchkin 2 Unnatural Axe
bullet Munchkin 3 Clerical Errors
bullet Munchkin 4 The Need For Steed
bullet Munchkin 5 De-Ranged
bullet Munchkin 6 Demented Dungeons
bullet Munchkin 7 More Good Cards
Board games and Accessories
bulletBoard games Munchkin Quest and Munchkin Quest 2
bullet Munchkin Fairy Dust Expansion
bullet Bag O Munchkin Plus 6 Babes
Or pick from these stand-alone Munchkin titles, spoofs on a variety of different genres that can be played by themselves or mixed with the standard Munchkin decks...
bullet Munchkin Booty and Munchkin Booty 2 Jump the Shark the pirate games
bullet Munchkin Fu and Munchkin Fu 2. Kartenspiel the martial arts games
bullet Munchkin Bites and Munchkin Bites 2 Pants Macabre the vampire games
bullet Star Munchkin the starship game
bullet Munchkin Cthulhu, Munchkin Cthulhu 2 Call of Cowthulhu and Munchkin Cthulhu 3: The Unspeakable Vault the science fiction games (also available as Munchkin Cthulhu 3 Game Bundle Cthulhu, Call of Cowthulhu & Unspeakable Vault),
bullet Munchkin Impossible the spy game
bullet Super Munchkin 2: The Narrow S Cape the super heroes games, and
bullet The Good, The Bad, and the Munchkin!
 
Once Upon a Time: The Storytelling Card Game (all ages)
Players create a story together, using cards that show typical elements from fairy tales. One player is the Storyteller, and creates a story using the ingredients on her cards. She tries to guide the plot towards her own ending. The other players try to use cards to interrupt her and become the new Storyteller. The winner is the first player to play out all her cards and end with her Happy Ever After card...
 
Pirates of the Caribbean Pirate's Dice Game (8+, younger for gifted kids)
To stay alive in Pirate's Dice, you must bluff — or be bluffed. To beat your opponents, you must fiendishly double-cross your way to victory. Barnacle-encrusted dice cups and dice allow players to experience the exact game played in the action-packed Pirates of Caribbean movie Dead Man's Chest. May the most deceitful pirate win!
 
Pixel (ages 8+)
Slide, point, align, and win! Pixel is the perfect strategy game for the whole family. Move a slider and place your piece in the intersection. The catch: only one slider may be moved on each turn. You don’t have to block your opponent, but be careful where you leave those sliders...
 
Rollick (6-20+ players, ages 12+)
The entire team works together to act out clues for one person to guess. Hysterical, fun, fast-paced, team competition game that's an absolute riot at parties, family gatherings, work events, holiday celebrations, with friends, and even teenagers! With over 750 clues, no game is ever the same...
 
Scattergories The classic fast-thinking categories game (2-6 players, ages 12+)
Right off the top of your head name a restaurant, fruit, toy, Halloween costume, and weapon--and make sure your answers all begin with the same initial letter. There's 144 different categories to challenge your mind...
 
Scotland Yard (3-6 players, ages 10+)
Hunting Mr X! Where is that elusive fugitive? Scotland Yard detectives stake out the player named Mr X! Action-packed, requiring strategy & accurate communication among players. Close observation, clever tactics & luck required. Heed the clues & try to catch Mr X before he escapes!
 
Sentence Says
A think-fast game of sentence creation. Form a sentence with words starting with the letters on the letter cards you draw on your turn-but be quick, before time runs out! A roll of the die determines if you have 30, 45, or 60 seconds to make your sentence. Draw G, R, Q, B, L, and I, and create... Queen Isabella likes big red grapes; or maybe: Growing irritated, Robert quits lottery betting.  Bonus points for following your action card...
 
Sketch It! Draw Fast, Have a Blast! (ages 10 and up) by Blue Orange Games
Artists, doodlers, and armchair critics alike will love Sketch it. With paper and pencil ready, draw a card and roll the die. Ready, set, Sketch it. Sketch too quickly, and the others will be baffled. Sketch too carefully, and you'll miss your chance to score big. You don't need to be an artist to excel at Sketch it! With a healthy mix of accurate sketching and sharp guessing, you will surely triumph...
 
Snorta
The party game where everyone is an animal... or at least sounds like one!  Fun for all ages...
 
Snake Oil It Cures What Ails Ya! by Out of the Box
The Game that Turns Hot Air into Laughing Gas! What does a Pirate really need in life? A Beard Glove? A Secret TV? Monkey Soap? or perhaps a Bone Tattoo? It’s up to you to throw something together and pitch your invention to a Pirate or another crazy, fun role such as a Frat Boy, Billionaire, or Superhero! Snake Oil is guaranteed to make you laugh!
 
Sounds Like A Plan by Gamewright (ages 10 and up)
the best ideas come not when they are focused on trying to make something, but when they are busy doing other things. What's the best plan for climbing Mt. Everest? How about the worst plan for making a million bucks? Find out in this game that's all about giving outrageous advice. Select a card containing a piece of advice that best fits the judge's chosen activity. Score points if the judge takes your advice, but keep in mind that plans change with the roll of a die… You might have to give out bad advice, your grandma's advice, or even advice from a psychic...
 
Swish Recommended by ThinkFun
Spatial card game that challenges you to be the first to make matches, or “Swishes”. Swishes are made by layering 2 to 12 cards so that every ball swishes into a hoop of the same color. The cards can be rotated, and must be placed on top of each other in the same orientation, and no ball or hoop can be left unmatched. It's addictively fun!
 
Table Topics Conversation Cards
At the dinner table, at bedtime, in the car... these great conversation starters will get the conversation going.  Various editions, including Original, Family, Teen, Book Club, Couples, Girls Night Out, and Spirit.  Also try Travel Topics to Go including Wine Topics, Golf Topics and Election Topics, and Journal Topics including my Life, My Wedding and My Pregnancy...
 
Tetris Link (2-4 players, ages 6 and up)
Enjoy this family strategy game Tetris Link of linking blocks. Win by building a vertical accent of Tetriminos to the top of the tower...
 
Trigger
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 samples : 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 this tin!
 
Truth be Told The laugh-out-loud, pretend to know your friends game, by Buffalo Games
Each round, one of the players is the Host, and plays a question card, like Favorite Snack. The Host writes a truthful answer: pork rinds. All other players pretend to be the Host, and write bluff answers which seems like something the Host might have written: pretzels, prunes, sardines. The Host collects and reads all answers aloud, and players try to guess the True Answer to score points. Bluff answers score points too so there are a lot of ways to win, and a lot of hooting, snickering and giggling along the way...
 
Twister the game that ties you up in knots!
Spin the dial and move a hand or foot to the colored circle on the floor mat. Can you get there? Don't touch the mat with anything but a hand or foot! Lots of laughs!  Just as much fun silliness as when we were kids!
 
VisualEyes Recommended The 'What You See is What You Get' Game! (Visit Buffalo Games and click on the left margin for an interactive version of Visual Eyes...)
Appealing to the visual learners, and everyone else.  Find words or phrases among the pictures
 
We Didn't Playtest This At All (2-10+ players; the more the merrier!) by Asmadi Games
Looking for a quick and wacky card game that keeps you on your toes?  Games run 1-10 minutes, depending on the number of players.  Be careful reading the cards, or you'll cause yourself to lose.  And watch out for that Kitten Ambush!  Don't miss the expansions, We Didn't Playtest This Either!, We Didn't Playtest: Chaos Pack Expansion, We Didn't Playtest: Dice are Fun (With Dice!) and 
 
Wits & Wagers (3-7 players, ages 10+)
A trivia game where knowing the answer is only half the strategy.  Bet on whichever player you think is more likely to get the answer correct, the game of guts and "guesstimates"...
 
Word on the Street by Out of the Box
Hilarious Tug of Words Game! On each turn, one team flips over a category card. Team members frantically brainstorm words that fit the category while opposition tries to sidetrack them. The team must agree on a word one lane closer to their side of the street, all before the time runs out... Also try Word on the Street Jr.
 
Yikerz! Recommended by Wiggles 3D
Place your Yikerz pieces (magnets) down on the board and try to avoid attracting the other pieces already played. The object is to get rid of all your pieces. If Yikerz collapse together, those pieces are yours to add to your stack. Unique 4 piece interchangeable game board designs allow for many different configurations that create a variety of challenges and suits different skill levels...
 
You've Been Sentenced (3-10 players, ages 8+)
Using a unique word deck of pentagon shaped cards containing conjugations of funny words, famous names from throughout history, familiar places, and wild cards, players have to make grammatically correct and justifiable sentences. The real fun begins when players have to read their sentences out loud and explain what they mean to the rest of players. They form the jury and vote thumbs up or down on whether the sentence and justification stand and the points are scored...
 
Zombie Dice (3-8 players, ages 8 and up, 6 and up gifted) by Steve Jackson Games
Eat brains. Don't get shotgunned. You are a zombie. You want brains. More brains than any of your zombie buddies. Zombie Dice is a quick and easy game for gamers and non-gamers alike. The 13 custom dice represent victims. Push your luck to eat their brains, but stop rolling before the shotgun blasts end your turn! Expansions: Zombie Dice 2 Double Feature two evil expansions, or Zombie Dice Deluxe Edition which includes the base and 2 expansions in one box!
 

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