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Board games and Accessories
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
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...
- 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...
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
10 Days in Africa,
10 Days in
10 Days in Asia,
10 Days in Europe and
10 Days in
Fast-paced family fun game, where common knowledge becomes uncommonly
to Apples, Party Box Edition
(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
Apples to Apples
Box Expansion #1 and
Party Box Expansion #2 more apples, more fun!
Millie's Millions, the Frenzied Game of Family Fortune (3-6 players,
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
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
- 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
Jumbo Bananagrams with twice the tiles, for an extra large crowd!
- 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
Blurt! (3-12 players, ages
10+) The uproarious word race
- 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
- 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!
Boggle Jr. or
Boggle To Go
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!
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...
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...
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?
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
(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...
(12 to adult) or
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
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
Cranium Booster Box 1 and
Cranium Booster Box 2 or
Cadoo Booster Box 1
Disney (8 to adult) players compete by sculpting, acting, and
sketching to victory
Pop 5 (13 to adult) How much pop culture do you and your team
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!
(preschool) gets kids matching, drawing, dancing, and making letter shapes as
they race around the monkey bars to win!
(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
- 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...
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
double Dutch Blitz set...
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
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
score pads separately), as well as Pocket versions, 2" high and
Red (roll-up score pad included) and even
Spicy Farkel! Now get the party-sized
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...
(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
(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...
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
Go500 racing dice game (see the
YouTube video) and
Go Long football dice game
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...
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...
(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...
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...
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...
(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
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!
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!
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
- 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!
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.
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...
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...
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
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
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...
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
Yard (3-6 players, ages 10+)
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...
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!
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...
The party game where everyone is an animal... or at least sounds like
one! Fun for all ages...
Oil It Cures What Ails Ya!
by Out of the
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!
Like A Plan by
(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
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!
Topics Conversation Cards
At the dinner table, at bedtime, in the car... these great conversation
starters will get the conversation going. Various editions, including
Girls Night Out, and
Spirit. Also try
Travel Topics to Go
including Wine Topics, Golf Topics and Election Topics, and
including my Life, My Wedding and My Pregnancy...
(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...
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
be Told The laugh-out-loud, pretend to know your friends game, by
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...
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!
The 'What You See is What You Get' Game! (Visit
Games and click on the left margin for an interactive version of Visual
Appealing to the visual learners, and everyone else. Find words
or phrases among the pictures
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.
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...
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!
Zombie Dice 2 Double Feature two evil expansions, or
Zombie Dice Deluxe Edition which includes the base and 2 expansions
in one box!
November 18, 2013