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All Things Equal Creative products for active minds

Loaded Questions and Re-Loaded Questions Booster Pack
Loaded Questions Junior
Busy Bodies
Words of Wiz-Dumb

Blue Orange Games

Pixy Cubes (ages 6+, 1-4 players) by Blue Orange Games
Get creative! Match the picture on the card using 16 colorful cubes. Play as a puzzle or game for 1-4 players...
Speedeebee! (ages 8+, 2-8 players) by Blue Orange Games
Find words containing or excluding the letters shown on the dice. For example: "Name an object you can fit into a pocket containing the blue letter." The first player to call out a correct response wins the card and reads the next challenge. When the cards run out, whoever has the most cards in the hive wins. Unqiue word challenges and dice combinations make Speedeebee different every time it's played!
Tell Tale (ages 8+, 2-8 players) by Blue Orange Games
A new option to traditional storybooks, your little one can choose a few of these images for you to tell short stories, or continue the previous player's story.  Develops literacy skills and concept imagery, with unlimited possibilities and four game variations, Tell Tale unlocks the creativity within everyone! Also available in Tell Tale Fairy Tales
Yamslam starts like Yahtzee, but then changes. And players practice math skills in the scoring process! Even a fun solitaire version... or try Pocket Yamslam
The wild action dominoes game...  Also available in travel size: Pocket Fundomino with travel pouch
Arange numbered tiles in rows or columns that add up to multiples of a number shown on the die, in this crossword-style game.  Five variations in one game!
Which penguin is hiding the egg?  A memory game for youngsters
Spot It (ages 7+, or as soon as gifted kids read sight words well, 2-8 players) by Blue Orange Games
Simple to learn, but hard to master. Match two cards by picture, word, or one of each. There's only one match per pair of cards, Spot It develops visual perception and matching skills. Practice quick mental processing and sharpen cognitive skills in a fun game. Also available Spot It On the Road, Spot It MLB, Spot It NHL or Spot It Golf. Holiday fun, Spot It Halloween!  For the younger kids, play Spot It Jr. Animals, Spot It Alphabet, Spot It Numbers & Shapes, or Spot It Basic English.  And for foreign language fun, Spot It Basic Spanish or Spot It Basic French!
Double Shutter
Combines basic arithmetic skills with strategy for great family fun!  Be the first to shut the box... Also available in wooden Vintage Double Shutter
Chickyboom by Blue Orange Games (or from Funagain Games)
The chickens are hanging out on their colorful perch, but if one decides to move, everything starts to wobble! Get the chickens, wagon wheels and hay bales off the rocking roost before it's too late. A game of balance, laughs and fun where the roost goes Chickyboom!
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!
Speedy Eddy
Master math and logic skills while you roll the dice to help your snail progress. Watch out for mole holes, dodge flying carrots, and beware of the strong winds as your snails may lost its shell! Without a shell on its back your snail goes slower, so use the two dice with a touch of ingenuity to get a shell back on your snail and get back in the race. And win the famous Speedy Eddy Trophy!
Gobblet and Gobblet Gobblers (or from Funagain Games, Gobblet and Gobblet Gobblers, or MindWare Gobblet)
A fun strategy game, as easy to learn as tic-tac-toe, challenging for chess players, fun for the whole family... Also available in 3x3 colored version, Gobblet Jr. and Gobblet Jr. On the Go
Sketch It! Draw Fast, Have a Blast! (ages 10 and up)
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...
PigzUp! by Blue Orange Games
How quick and precise are your fingers? Find out as you build piggy piles in this lively stacking game. As soon as any 2 cards match, both players with matching cards race to stack up the requested number of piggies with the right color on top. Stay on your hooves, There is more than one silly way to stack up your piggies. Be the first player to get rid of all your cards to win...
No single move can be made without careful thought, because just one ring can make or break the game. Players take control of a territory on the board by putting down the most rings in their color...


Cat Stax Recommended
Stack up the cats! Select a challenge and then arrange all of the cats on the card so that they fit perfectly within the grid. The cats come in all shapes and sizes, so you'll have to figure out how they precisely nestle together to solve each challenge. Paw your way through all 48 puzzles and consider yourself one clever cat....
Flexi Puzzle (1 player, ages 8+ (ages 4+ gifted)) by Brainwright
Flex your mind with the bendy, stretchy brain-teaser that encourages spatial and 3D thinking. Deceptively simple puzzle consists of 12 colorful cubes, connected via an elastic string, that can be bent in every direction. Included challenge book offers 80 different challenges at four levels of difficulty from beginner to master...

Buffalo Games

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...
Photomosaics (see Smart Hands-On Toys for full list of great Buffalo Games jigsaw puzzles)
Jigsaw puzzles, made up entirely of tiny scenes. Gifted kids (of all ages) often love jigsaw puzzles, and these puzzles add another dimension to the picture
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
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...
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!
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

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

Days of Wonder

Ticket to Ride to learn more, visit Ticket to Ride website
Cross-country train adventure where players collect cards of various types of train cars that enable them to claim railway routes connecting cities throughout North America...  Also Ticket to Ride: Europe, Ticket to Ride: Märklin, Ticket To Ride USA 1910 Expansion, Ticket to Ride Switzerland, Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries and Ticket to Ride Dice Expansion
Gang of Four
be the first to rid yourself of all your cards and ascend to supreme power. But beware - a strategic misstep may find you in a struggle to survive
Mystery of the Abbey
A new kind of "whodunit" game of deduction and intuition, set in a medieval abbey
The world is in crisis. Ecological disasters, socio-economic difficulties and diplomatic challenges abound. Will you be able to help your fellow players save the planet while balancing you natural desire to come out ahead?
Memoir '44 by Days of Wonder
unique historical game where players command a horde of little plastic Army men facing-off in dozens of WWII battles on an oversize hex game board. Each battle scenario mimics the historical terrain, troop placements and objectives of each army. Deploying forces through a variety of Command cards, the smart commander uses the unique skills of his units to their greatest strength. Easy to learn and fast-paced, Memoir '44 requites strategic card play, timely dice rolling and an aggressive, yet flexible battle plan to achieve victory. There are 17 unique historical scenarios, including a monster-size double-board version of Omaha Beach. The game has a double-sided, three section board map of the battlefield, featuring beach landings and countryside terrain. There are 44 lavishly painted double-sided terrain hexes, along with the 3D miniatures and obstacles to go on them...

Dream Green

Tic Tac Chec Part chess, part tic-tac-toe - a quick, fun game, also provides amazing challenge, and teaches some chess rules
Noble Celts Circular chess, the old fashioned way!
1-2-3 OY! and A-B-C OY! card games (numbers or letters) for the younger folks, multi-player or solitaire... lots of fun!

Educational Insights the folks who bring us Capsela!

Crowded Waters (6 - 8 years, 2 - 4 players)
A strategy game of survival, and these waters can be treacherous! Take turns adding colored sharks to the board, tail to snout, trying to trap their opponents. The last player with room to swim wins the game!
Kanoodle Extreme Recommended
Think Kanoodle was tough? Get ready to cross-train your brain with a brand new game board and over 300 new puzzle challenges! Features 2-D, 3-D, and NEW sliding 2-D puzzles - Kanoodle Extreme!
Can you Kanoodle? Combine colored connected beads, complete colorful puzzles in two unique formats: 2D puzzles and 3D pyramids. Pick a design, place some of the puzzle pieces into position as shown…then fill the empty spaces with the remaining pieces. Sounds simple? It can be…or it can be deviously difficult!
The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game (ages 3-7)
Spin the spinner, squeeze the matching colored acorn with your Squirrel Squeezers and place it into your log. Be the first to fill your log with delicious acorns and you win. You could also spin “pick an acorn,” “steal an acorn,” or “lose an acorn,” so be strategic, little squirrel. Matching, sorting, hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills...
2-player tunnel maze game - tilt the cube, and plan your route...
Obscurity (ages 8+ / 3rd grade+)
Find all the words you can on the card, but beware, words found by other players get removed from the score!
Castle Logix  (ages 5+, 4+ gifted)
Construct the castles in each diagram out of beautiful hardwood pieces.  Challenges start easy, but quickly make you think "outside the box"...
Then try Royal Rescue and build bridges between the castle towers to rescue the prince and princess!
Fire Escape (ages 8+, 6+ gifted)
Navigate the corridors on both sides of the hotel to find fire extinguishers and put out the fire; a 3-D maze puzzle.  48 rescue missions included...
Zookeeper's Nightmare (ages 6+, 5+ gifted)
Slide the runaway animals home, but watch out!  Don't let the leopards lunch on the rhino, or let the lion wave it's tail in front of the tigers, or...  A sliding puzzle with a twist!  18 challenges included, plus instructions to create your own
Squish it, shape it, save it or smoosh it and start all over again, colorful foam sculpting material won't crumble, and it won't stick to skin or surfaces and it never dries out... Or try Creativity Kit, Giant Pack, 12-pack or Sparkle Playfoam 6-pack or 12-pack
Rattled (two players or teams, all ages gifted: as soon as kids can spell words)
Shake the letters, and race to find the longest word!
Traverse 20th Anniversary Edition Checkers gone Wild! (ages 7+ (5+ gifted), 2 to 4 players)
What do you get when you cross checkers and Chinese checkers with a hint of chess and some extra-wild rules for advanced players?  Traverse! 
Blokus (sold to Mattel)
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... Or take a new twist, with Blokus Trigon.  Also Blokus To Go
Spinning the board as you go, take turns placing letter tiles and earning points for each word you build...

Fox Mind Games Smart, fun, original games!

Kulami (2 players, ages 10 and up)
Tactile game of strategy for two players. Ten wooden tiles are arranged to form an ever-changing board on which opponents compete to capture the largest number of tiles. Players take turns placing marbles so that each new marble must be placed horizontally or vertically in relation to the last marble played. By placing their marbles cleverly, players can limit their adversary's possible moves and gain the advantage to clinch the victory. High quality wooden tiles and beautiful red and black marbles...
Turbo Mind Twister (ages 8 and up)
Put your brain into high gear. Slide the cars and twist the sphere to put each car in their matching color spot
The Brainchild of Yale professor Donald Green and acclaimed as one of the greatest modern strategy games, Octi is easy to learn and fun for game-lovers of all ages. What makes Octi's patented game system distinctive? Octi pieces grow - they become more powerful and agile. Each turn, players need to choose between moving their pieces or improving them. Octi unleashes a new level of creative thinking...
Yengo (ages 8 and up)
In this game of tactics, memory and bluff, you don't want to make points! So be attentive, flip the tiles with caution and place traps to trick your opponent...
Dig It (ages 7 and up)
You're a dog digging for bones, a creative, intelligent and determined dog, up for the challenge. Shift, turn and flip one patch of grass at a time until you have fully revealed the crunchy delicious bone...
Smartrix (ages 7 and up)
Players place their cards so that the patterns match, aiming to create point-scoring sets. Smartrix can be appreciated on several levels; for beginners, it is a smart and fun matching game. As players' skills improve, Smartrix provides deep and captivating strategy, combining memory, risk-taking, tactics and a touch of luck!
Shokoba (or from Barnes & Noble)
The goal is simple - collect more gems than anyone else.  But getting there will take sound strategy and a strong memory.  Tons of fun for 2-4 players!
Six (or from Barnes & Noble)
It's simple - create a shape with your hexagons... at the same time your opponent is trying to block you, and create his own shape.  And the strategy really begins once all the pieces have been played...
Oops Recommended (or from Barnes & Noble)
Simple but complex logic game; move the hats to reassemble Simon, the scattered magician.  Dozens of challenges, tons of fun...
Learn in a minute, but a lifetime to master. Loosely based on sumo wrestling, the point of Abalone is to push just 6 of your opponents 14 marbles off of the playing surface, but there is a catch... Also Travel Abalone
Jungle Smart
Use the set of commands to rearrange the animals from the start to end position, drawn from cards.  Can you figure out the series of commands before your opponent? Or play solitaire...
ZooLogic (ages 4-adult) (or from Barnes & Noble)
An animal gridlock of cats, dogs, mice and their favorite foods: fish, bones and cheese lies before you. Can you arrange them while keeping each animal away from its rival and away from its favorite food? Hungry ants, angry bulls and fierce dogs are also introduced as the puzzle difficulty gradually progresses...
Linja A naturally flowing game
Elegant design, natural materials and simple game rules are combined to offer players an exquisite and original game. Each player tries to be the first to place 6 of their pieces on their opponent's camp while ensuring that their remaining game pieces are not left too far behind...
Meta-Forms Logic in Shapes (ages 4-adult)
Intro. to logic.  Follow the clues to place the 9 wooden shapes on the grid.  Starts simple, becomes more complex as you move through the challenges until the highest levels, which often challenge adults!  When you get through Meta-Forms, try Logix II - these start at a challenging adult level!
Architecto (or from Barnes & Noble) and Equilibrio (or from Barnes & Noble)
Use the 18 precision-cut blocks to construct 3-D structures illustrated in the challenge booklet: 50 illustrations, ranging from simple shapes, requiring only a few blocks to complex ones. As players develop stronger notions of perspective and geometric concepts, the challenges become more demanding...
Quick to learn, quick to play, but lots of room for strategy and challenge!  Stack the stones following simple rules, and force your opponent to run out of moves.  Even comes in it's own small carrying pouch - great for travel and waiting rooms
Construct pictures from 18 shapes; each new picture contains additional challenge...

Game Development Group

Stare! You have 20 seconds to stare at the image, then try to answer quick questions.  How much can you recall?  Also Stare! Jr.
Wit's End Categories include Teasers, Odd-1-Out, Sequence, and Wild Card.  Exercise parts of your mind you  forgot you had!  Also Wit's End Junior Edition
Bonkers Can you hit a BullsEye while you're in the Hot Seat?  What's the {blank}?, Add Ons, Letter Perfect, or Rhyme Time...
Mystify Solve mystery words, names, and numbers, in 5 categories - can you guess right?  You only get one chance...

Gamepuzzles Recommended  for the joy of thinking, by Kadon Enterprises

Wonderful acrylic (and some wood) puzzles for kids and adults - my kids loved them since 2 and 3, my husband and I still love them!
Roundominoes, Super Roundominoes and Grand Roundominoes
Rombix Jr. and Rombix
Hexnut and Hexnut II
Memor-IQ 24 hexagons hand-inlaid with three squat pentagons in every combination of 4 colors. Match them on single edges, double-color edges, or even hybrids (single to double) to form a huge collection of imaginative free-form figures plus gorgeous color patterns!
Quintachex the most beguiling checkerboard ever!

Games for All Reasons

Finish Lines Challenges players to finish, popular lines from TV, movies, literature, nursery rhymes, history, proverbs, religion, science, sports and music.  Loads of fun for large groups of players, too!
Paired All Up The Lone Ranger and.... Corned beef and.... Dungeons and.... Paired Up challenges your knowledge of pairs--words that just seem to go together--whether they're people, places, or just parts of an expression. Sort of a verbal Pictionary...


Imagine: The Animated Guessing Game (3-8 players, ages 12+) by Gamewright, Inc.
Imagine a game that becomes the life of the party! combine, overlap, and even animate the special transparent cards in this fast guessing free-for-all. Is that icon actually a flag pole? or is it a golf Club, a shark fin, or even an ostrich's neck? with 61 unique icons and more than a thousand prompts, it's a game as big as your imagination!
Splish Splash! (ages 3 and up)
Jump right into this lively game that’s sure to make a splash. Roll the die and then drop the wooden pebble into the pond. Did any colorful shapes splash out? If so, match them up to your playing board. Be the first to fill up your board and then dry off with a win...
Rory's Story Cubes (or from Funagain Games)
Let your imagination roll wild with Rory's Story Cubes! This pocket-sized creative story generator provides hours of imaginative fun for all ages. Roll the Story Cubes, nine dice with a different icon on each side, and look at the face up images. Pick an image to start your story. Beginning with "Once upon a time...", make up a story that somehow links all 9 face up images. There are no wrong answers!
Now available in both Original and Actions, or the Combined set...
Flip Out (ages 8 and up)
FlipOut for this colorful card game of back-to-back excitement! Switch, swap, and flip cards in order to get at least four of a kind in a row. Sounds easy, but the cards in your hand are not necessarily your own! Every card is double sided, so anyone can take and use any card in sight. Collect the most cards and, no matter how you look at it, you win!
Tiki Topple
Tactical game of Totem Domination! Play the right sequence of action cards to maneuver your secret tikis to the top of the heap. Use Tiki Topple to send your opponents to the back of the pack, but watch out for Tiki Toast--it'll knock your tiki off the board! Become the undisputed Tiki Master!
GUBS (ages 10 and up)
Welcome, you who have chanced to look beneath the dewy clover to uncover the secret struggles of the Gubs. Behold this clever card game that casts you in an epic contest to build the mightiest Gub colony. Seek wisdom from The Esteemed Elder or protection from a Toad Rider as you fend off a myriad of traps, lures, and other surprising events. Victory lies down an ever-changing path and no one is safe until the final card falls!
Forbidden Island
Dare to discover Forbidden Island! Join a team of fearless adventurers on a do-or-die mission to capture four sacred treasures from the ruins of this perilous paradise. Your team will have to work together and make some pulse-pounding maneuvers, as the island will sink beneath every step! Race to collect the treasures and make a triumphant escape before you are swallowed into the watery abyss! The latest creation by cooperative game master, Matt Leacock...
Sounds Like A Plan (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...
Pieceless Puzzle
This one has to be seen to be believed - watch the Video at YouTube... it's a one-piece jigsaw puzzle?!
Boochie (ages 8 and up)
Indoors or outdoors, there are so many things to love about Boochie: from the active-play element, to the unique 12-sided rolling target, to the amazing variety of throwing challenges packed inside. No two games will ever be the same. Take note that all of the wrist trackers have completely different sets of challenges so be sure to try them all. Get out and play...
On the Dot the Super Spotted Brain Teaser (1-4 players)
Try to arrange four transparent squares so they perfectly match the pattern shown on the dots card. Flip, rotate, and overlap the squares to create a "spot on" copy...
Knock Your Blocks Off (ages 8 and up)
Stack ‘em up Knock ‘em down. First, race to build a structure by matching up the patterns on your blocks. Then use the battle die to knock off your opponent's crown. Depending on your roll, you may get to attack with an avalanche of boulders, a wall-smashing ogre, or even a fire-breathing dragon. Rack up the most victory points and crown yourself king of the block...
Two games in one: a fast-paced visual puzzle and a fine-motor dexterity challenge
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...
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!
Frog Juice (ages 8 and up)
How would you create a magic spell? You might need some unicorn horn or some eye of newt, or maybe some bats or toadstools or star and moon dust. But be wary of a black cat or the powerful All-Purpose Witch Wash!
The Curse of the Ruby Rhino, a Dastardly Dice Game (ages 8 and up)
Behold the Ruby Rhino! The most coveted of ancient treasures stands inches from your grasp but a curse makes it nearly impossible to capture. Roll the dice and try your best to corner this elusive jeweled beast. Watch out for a bevy of fake gold that will get in your way... (counting and visual discrimination)
Sleeping Queens
Play a knight to steal a queen or take a chance on a juggling jester. But watch out for wicked potions and dastardly dragons! The player who wakes the most queens wins...
Hisss the Colorful Snake-Making Card Game (2-5 players, ages 3 and up)
As each Hisss snake slithers its way across the playing area, it introduces color identification and visual logic: Does it make sense to have a snake with two tails and no head' Are those two colors the same or not' Even elementary counting skills come into play during scoring at the end of the game. No reading required...
The Scrambled States of America (ages 8 and up)
The 50 United States of America have traded places so they could see another part of the country. Now they need your help to find their way home! Players will learn everything from state capitals and nicknames, to the shape and location of each state...
Chomp 2-5 players, ages 6-8
It's a shrimp-eat-plankton world out there, and small fry will easily get hooked on Chomp!, the fast and finny food chain card game...
Maya Madness (ages 10+, or as soon as the gifted child is ready to play with zero!)
Among their many achievements, the Mayan civilization was the first to understand the power of zero. Use Mayan principles and symbols to bring positive and negative numbers alive for kids. Add and subtract cards to reach your secret token number. But be careful or you may plunge into the world of negative numbers!
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!
Forbidden Desert (2 to 5 players, ages 10 and up)
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...
The Legend of Landlock 2 players, ages 8 and up (gifted ages 6+)
Employ a variety of complex-thinking skills like visual discrimination and spatial relations to achieve your goal. At the same time, learn the importance of thinking ahead before you play...
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...
Rat-a-Tat Cat 2-6 players, ages 6 and up (gifted kids even younger!)
Can you keep a poker face? Can you remember the numbers on the other players cards? Sharpen your memory and your timing with this clever game of strategy, skill, and awareness.  Rules for younger and older kids...
Granny Apples (ages 8 and up, or as soon as a gifted child can add and subtract halves!)
Quick counting game using 1/2's and wholes, addition and subtraction.  Watch out for the worm!
PDQ - Pretty Darn Cute Game (ages 8 and up)
Quick! Try to make a word out of the letters SMP. Sound SiMPle? How about PTR. Get the PicTuRe? Race to be the first player to shout out a word using all three letter cards in play. Each round starts with a different set of letters - you fill in the blanks. Are you the WNR?
Castle Keep (ages 8 and up, a few years younger for gifted kids)
Raise your castle! Raze the enemy! Build a castle with walls, towers, and a keep by matching color, shape, or both. Will you use your game tiles to strengthen your fortress or to attack vulnerable opponents?

Gigamic / Family Games

Cubulus (2-3 players, ages 8 and up)
Be the first player to create a square in your color on one side of the cube to win. Add a colored ball to the 3x3x3 playing area by pushing it into place, possibly pushing other balls out of the way; or change the order of balls in a completed row by pushing them one space then reinserting the ball pushed out of the row. With two players one color of balls is neutral. Keep your eyes on all sides of the cube to prevent others from squaring off for the win...
New classic wooden strategy game... Also Batik Kids
Regatta (2-4 players, ages 5 and up)
Race your yacht around the course battling your opponents and the elements.  Each player has a hand of 5 cards. To move your yacht, you must pick up and then play a card indicating the direction your boat must take and the distance it will travel. If the wind is behind your sails, you can have another go. Or you can choose to get in the way of another player's boats. Winds, cards and other players are not always on your side: Navigate intelligently!
battle to gain the most land space by strategically repositioning your building pieces...  Also Cathedral Travel
Kabeleo by Gigamic
Only you know which color is yours; as discretely as possibly ensure that yours is the majority color across the board. In turn, players place a pyramid. These form piles; the color is determined by the piece at the top of the pile. If a player plays a piece on top of a pyramid of the same color, both pyramids cancel each other out and are removed from the game: the pile takes on the color of the piece underneath. When all pieces have been played, the player whose color holds the majority on the board wins the game. A game of bluffing and strategy, Kabaleo promises some intense and unique experiences!
Two ancient Greek architects attempt to form a line of 3 constructions which are topped by the same type of playing piece...
Quoridor Classic
Get your pawn across to the opposite side of the board. But first decide: move your pawn, or put up a fence to slow your opponent? The choices don’t come easily in this carefully crafted game of mazes and madness for 2 to 4 players. Also Quoridor Kid and Quoridor Travel
Quarto! Recommended
You decide your opponent’s next move. The object: Be the first player to line up four pieces that share at least one common characteristic
Quits Offense and defense at it's best.  New classic wooden strategy game...
Like ticktacktoe? You'll love Quixo. Twenty-five wooden cubes are shifted up and down and side-to-side as players try to line up five--diagonally, vertically, or horizontally...
Classic wooden pieces create a skyline full of towers and bridges.  Can you create the highest towers, and add ceilings to create the most roofs?


King of Toyko (2-6 players, ages 8 and up) by IELLO (Richard Garfield)
Play mutant monsters gigantic robots and other aliens all of whom are happily whacking each other in a joyous atmosphere in order to become the one and only King of Tokyo. Players throw six dice. Each die bears the following six symbols: 1 2 or 3 Points of Destruction Energy Healing and Whack. In 3 successive throws choose whether to keep or discard each die in order to come up with combinations that will enable you to win destruction points hoard energy restore your health or whack other players into understanding Tokyo is your territory. The fiercest player will be crowned King of Tokyo and will end up facing all the other monsters alone!  Expansions PowerUp, Halloween
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...

Klutz Books Recommended

From paper airplanes to Legos, marbles and jacks, from juggling to peg solitaire to desktop football, from knitting and sewing to watercolor art to thumbprint art... There are so many of these great books, they get their own Hoagies page!  Click Klutz Books to investigate them all...


Press start. Roll the die and stack pieces ton top of each other. Music and flashing lights add to the suspense, because nobody knows when Stackability will pop up. Knock over the stack or get caught stacking when Stackabiltiy pops and receive a chip. Break a tie with a "Stack Off"
RohSzamBo - two player strategic fun
Bandito - lots of fun for lots of ages
Bucket Blast - a bucket full of indoor or outdoor fun for families and friends, with its own storage (back)pack

Looney Labs

Fluxx Recommended
The card game where the rules always are!   Also available in EcoFluxx, Family Fluxx and Zombie Fluxx versions.  Or get Fluxx Blanxx , and make up your own Keepers, Actions, Rules and Goals; visit Home Brewers New Card Suggestion Page for ideas for cards, plus tips on printing!  Other Fluxx Editions: German Fluxx and Japanese Fluxx, plus Monty Python Fluxx and Star Fluxx! New for 2012, Pirate Fluxx, Oz Fluxx
Chrononauts Recommended by Looney Labs
The card game of history!  Also try Early American Chrononauts!
A high-speed game of pyramid stacking, or try a beginner set in TreeHouse, then add Zendo Recommended makes IceHouse into a strategy game plus...
Treehouse by Looney Labs (or from FunAgain Games)
Logic-based pyramid game, lasts only 5-10 minutes, but you'll want to play again and again each time someone wins. Each player rolls the custom die to determine if they will TIP, SWAP, DIG, AIM, or HOP their Tree of three pyramids while they try to make them match the configuration of the shared goal called The House. Roll a WILD and you can change your own Tree or The House!


Mayfair Games

Lemonade Stand by Mayfair Games (ages 13 and up)
Not only math, but supply and demand economics come into play in this fun, nostalgic game!
The Pillars of the Earth (or from FunAgain Games)
England at the beginning of the 12th Century Prior Phillip of Kingsbridge has a glorious vision. To build the largest, most beautiful cathedral in England. To accomplish the task, Phillip recruits the most renowned builders in the country. However, the fate of the Cathedral is constantly threatened by all manner of catastrophes and oppositions. Players join together to help build Kingsbridge Cathedral. Wisely deploy assets to overcome unexpected difficulties and shortages to prove yourself the greatest builder of them all! Will your efforts be recognized when the Great Cathedral at Kingsbridge is complete?
Road to the White House by Mayfair Games (or from FunAgain Games)
We all know that presidential candidates make and break the rules. Simulate the race to become the president of the United States, using all the campaign tools available to real candidates and their managers, players plot strategies, plan travel, raise money and react to events outside of their control. Three games in one; a light version that is quick to learn and play, a version that incorporates positions on issues and the use of dirty tricks, and an advanced version that allows players to develop their own candidates in a complete simulation of a presidential primary campaign. Travel the Road to the White House!
The most powerful wizards of the fairy realm participate in a friendly and prankful magical joust. Each wizard competes to be the first to cast upon his opponents spells from his list of hilarious spells...
Hey! That's My Fish!
Shuffle fish tiles into a square array, and play your penguins to catch the most fish.  But don't be fooled by the fun theme - this is a tricky strategy game!
Settlers of Catan Recommended
Catan is an imaginary unexplored island, and players are explorers and settlers. The playing surface is made of hexagonal tiles that, depending on their placement, create a different environment each time the game is played. Settlers must use their resources to develop their island home, building roads and houses to create new towns. But watch out! There's a robber on the island...  Expansion sets include Settlers 5-6 Player Expansion, Seafarers of Catan, Cities & Knights of Catan, Starfarers of Catan, Settlers of the Stone Age, Settlers of Catan Travel Edition

McNeill Brighter Minds

Twisted Fish
Takes "Go Fish" to a whole new level, and adds challenge that even the adults won't get tired of!
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...

MindWare A toy company that's also a toy store!

Skippity (ages 5+, younger gifted)
Easy to learn and fast to play. Use straight-line leaps to capture and stack the skippers you hop over. Any skipper can be your jumping piece; they’re all fair game! Capture the colors you need while blocking your opponents from capturing the colors they need. When you have one of each color, it’s a set. The player with the most complete sets wins...
A domino game with a colorful, dizzying twist. Tiles are placed down one by one to connect colors and create a flowing pattern...
Visual dexterity, Cubed. Players puzzle over how to recreate the patterns on the game cards using their set of 16 cubes. Three fast-paced rounds of play require different skills each time, quick thinking, lucky breaks and memory muscle... also Q-bitz Expansion Pack with 100 new challenges!
Lab Mice
Connect the matching pairs of mice and cheese using vertical and horizontal lines to create the mouse pathways, but watch where you're going; none of the trails can intersect. 50 double-sided wipe-off card (100 puzzles in easy, intermediate or hard) and 2 dry erase markers...
Imaginets (ages 3+)
Imaginaton + Magnets = Imaginets! Open the wood carry case to reveal a magnetic board surface that doubles as a dry-erase board. Brighly colored magnetic blocks can be arranged to form animals, faces, buildings - or try one of the 50 design challenge cards...
Quirkle (gifted ages 4 and up) (or fromMindware)
A bit like dominoes with colors and shapes, Qwirkle is easy to learn, but hard to master.  Score big by matching both shape and color; the player with the most points wins... Try Quirkle Cubes!
Turn the timer over, study the card and try to memorize as many details as you can. Roll the die to determine which question will be asked and quiz each other on what you remember... BrainBoxes (ages 8+) U.S. Presidents, All Around The World, All Around the USA, Dinosaurs, plus for younger kids (ages 4-8) My First ABC BrainBox, My First Pictures, Nature
Pix Mix (ages 8 and up)
Find the "pix" in the mix. Six transparent cards with simple line art, like a butterfly or a football, are stacked and added into a window envelope to create a tangle of angles and a clutter of curves. You have 300 seconds to identify the 6 line art illustrations at the end of two rounds wins. Includes 80 acetate cards, 4 window envelopes, timer, score pad. Add Pix Mix Expansion kit with 60 additional cards, available from MindWare...
Coloring Books by MindWare
Not your average coloring books, but so much more! (Amazon links in parens)
bulletTransformations Hidden (Amazon), Mirror (Amazon), Nature (Amazon), Scenic (Amazon)
bulletMosaics Aboriginal (Amazon), Aztec (Amazon), Celtic (Amazon), Classic (Amazon)
bulletColor Counts Animals (Amazon), Landscapes (Amazon), Garden (Amazon), Carnival (Amazon)
bulletModern Patterns Molecular (Amazon), Optical (Amazon), Linear (Amazon), Illusions (Amazon), Botanical (Amazon), Circular (Amazon)
bulletCreative Camouflage Hidden Feathers (Amazon), Hidden Fur (Amazon), Hidden Scales & Shells (Amazon), Hidden Exoskeleton (Amazon)
bulletAnimal Habitats Forest & Grassland Babies, Desert & Savannah Babie, Ocean & Wetlands Babies, Rainforest & Tropical Babies
bulletDesigns GeoDesigns (Amazon), MicroDesigns (Amazon), OptiDesigns (Amazon), PrismDesigns (Amazon), UltraDesigns (Amazon), DecoDesigns (Amazon)
bulletScapes ArchiScapes (Amazon), EnviroScapes (Amazon), DesignScapes (Amazon), MasterScapes (Amazon)
bulletLights Stained Glass AnimaLights (Amazon), EcoLights (Amazon), EuroLights (Amazon), SpinLights (Amazon), TesseLights (Amazon), OpticaLights () all with translucent vellum pages
bulletIlluminations in Animal Art (Amazon), Floral Art (Amazon), Circle Art (Amazon), Optical Art (Amazon) inspired by modern design
bulletAnd a great set of 24 Fineline Markers, or free with purchase of 4 coloring books
Extreme Dot to Dots by MindWare
Build focus and concentration with puzzles ranging from 500 to over 1,400 dots—some even cover two pages. Once the image is complete, use your markers or colored pencils to fill in the designs...
bullet Animals (Amazon), Explorers (Amazon), Legends and Lore (Amazon), Prehistoric (Amazon)
bullet Bundle of 4! (Animals, Explorers, Legends and Lore, Prehistoric)
bullet Animals 2 (Amazon), Sports (Amazon)
Word Winks (or from Amazon)
Find the common phrase in the word/picture...
Answer below...
Contraptions 200 Plank Set
Build unbelievable ball track structures with this simple stacking plank system. Create ramps, funnels, chutes and crazy contraptions like the “Black Hole” and “Bounce Plate.” Then find out if the ball rolls as expected. Unlimited creativity and experimentation... Also try Contraptions Catapult, Contraptions Trebuchet, Contraptions Structures and Contraptions 50 Plank Set

Word Wink answer: three degrees below zero!

Out of the Box Publishing the folks who brought you Apples to Apples, and much more!

Faux-cabulary The outrageous game of wild new words! (ages 13 and up)
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...
Pirates Versus Pirates (ages 8 and up) (or from Funagain Games)
The Swashbucklin' Game of Swords and RewaaarrrdsThree bands of pirates have discovered an island brimming with treasure. Conquer the island by capturing the gold and silver, or by eliminating the enemy pirates. Position your pirates carefully: enemies are all around, and they are hungry for treasure!
7 Ate 9 Recommended
This short math game looks simple, and turns into a ton of fun for kids of all ages, and their parents!  Try it, you'l like it!
Super Circles (ages 8+, much younger for gifted kids, 2-4 players)
Quick to learn, match a ring of color on your card to the target card. Sounds simple, right? But beware, you can't match the same ring the last player matched, and you're racing all the other players to play the next card and change the rings to match. Fun with two players, it gets wilder with each player you add...
10 Days in... Recommended
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
Bug Out
Race to capture the bugs by covering each Bug Card with a matching Leaf Card–It’s a wild scramble to find each bug!
Word on the Street
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.
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!
Letter Roll Everybody's Word Game! (ages 13 and up)
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.
The party game where everyone is an animal... or at least sounds like one!  Fun for all ages...
Cloud 9 The Daring Game of Ups and Downs
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?
Race to capture the bugs by covering each Bug Card with a matching Leaf Card–It’s a wild scramble to find each bug!
Run Wild
Race to get rid of your cards by creating sets and runs in the middle of the table. Don’t have the right cards? No problem— grab from a set or run already on the table, or play your cards on any existing set or run...
Apples to Apples, Party Box Edition Recommended (ages 12+) (sold to Mattel) 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!
2 or 3-player card game, somewhere between Uno and War, fast and furious and lots of fun!
3 to 5 players race to play cards in sequence. But watch out! Letters and numbers can go up, down, or stay the same... and switch at any time
Dachshund Puzzle
Flip and slide the cubes to solve each challenge; 36 challenges in three levels per puzzle
My Word and My Word Junior
Fast-paced word-building card game - Junior has more vowels and less difficult letters in the deck
Build a picture of the item listed on your SQUINT card. Get one of the players to guess what you are building before time runs out, and you both score points!  Also try Squint Junior

Patch Products

Bubble Brain
Make up funny captions for silly photos, then try to guess which player wrote which caption... it's tons of imaginative fun!
Buzz-Words Easy to learn, fun to play.  What Buzz-words do you know?
Test your powers of deception with Malarky, as players try to bluff answers to Imponderable questions as "What is the 'cottage' in cottage cheese?" and opponents try to determine the real answers from the ones that are simply malarky...
Swap Uno variant card game adds a fast-paced hand-swapping to create a great new strategy card game
Toss Up!
Pocket- or purse-size game of chance in it's own case, great for those unexpected delays... toss the dice, try to get as many greens as you can... but don't get stopped by a red!

Pywacket LLC

Cromlet by Pywacket
A little luck, a little strategy and a unique game design where there is no clear winner until the very last move. Cards are played, Crowns are laid, Cromlets are claimed and Dead cards often remain. Sounds easy, but wait. Replacement cards may be drawn, Wild cards may cause a spoil, and a players strategy may cause turmoil. Players never know when a Cromlet will be claimed and timing is everything in this game!
Gemlok Recommended
The dice determines your moves, but your strategy determines your fate. You finally land on a diamond and a ruby and two emeralds. But can you keep them from being taken by the other players?  This game plays better than it sounds - and it's a visual/spatial playground!  Strategy different than any other game...
Keesdrow Deluxe Recommended (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 - 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...

Rio Grande Games

Bohnanza Card game all about planting, trading, and selling...
A clever tile laying game. The southern French city of Carcassonne is famous for its unique Roman and Medieval fortifications. The players develop the area around Carcassonne and deploy their followers on the roads, in the cities, in the cloisters, and in the fields. The skill of the players to develop the area will determine who is victorious.  Game expansions, and other editions
Carcassonne Inns & Cathedrals Expansion
Carcassonne: Princess & Dragon Expansion
Carcassonne: The Castle
Carcassonne Traders and Builders
Carcassonne Hunters and Gatherers
Caylus Complex strategy game, to gather wealth and build castles...
Construct the most advantageous deck of cards, with lands, minions, riches and more... Don't miss the expansion packs: Dominion Intrigue, Dominion Alchemy, and Dominion Seaside
Gipf Project series of 6 terrific strategy games for the gifted child or adult!  Rio Grande Games
Gipf An abstract strategy game for two players based on a classic concept:... more about Gipf
Tamsk Earth. The second game of Project GIPF, played under permanent time pressure... visit Tamsk
Zertz Water. A fast, dynamic game for 2 players... more about Zertz
Dvonn Fire. A stacking game, played on an elongated hexagonal board... more about Dvonn
Yinsh Air. Players each start with 5 rings on the board. Every time a ring is moved, it leaves a marker behind... visit Yinsh
Pünct The fifth element.  A connection game: the goal is to link two opposite sites... more about Pünct
Hare & Tortoise Features the legendary race between the hare and the tortoise, but with a twist... Great fun for families, but with serious strategy...
Chicken Cha Cha Cha Chaos in the chicken yard!  Play the chicken Olympics... Also available in original German edition! Zicke Zacke Hühnerkacke
Gulo Gulo (ages 5 and up)
You are the wolverine (Gulo Gulo) trying to be the first to rescue the baby wolverine.  Moves are made based on the eggs drawn from the bowl... but don't knock down the alarm! 
Niagara Battle the river and your opponents to recover jewels from the riverbank... but watch out for those falls!

Set Enterprises

Purchase this great card game, or play the on-line version that changes daily, plus resources for teaching with SET . Also from SET Enterprises:
SET Recommended The Family Game of Visual Perception
Quiddler Recommended word game
Triology gin rummy with SET cards! (or from Amazon.com)
Five Crowns
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!
SET Cubed A Curious Game of Clever Connections
How many SETs can you make by adding the three cubes from your hand to the SETs already on the board?  Your favorite game in a whole new dimension!

Steve Jackson Games

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!
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!

Smart Games

Quadrillion Recommended by Smart Games
Click the 4 magnetic grids together in any order to create your personal game board. Fit the 12 colored puzzle pieces on the game board you've just created. All possible board configurations can be solved...
Camelot Junior (ages 5-9, 4+ gifted)
Build a bridge connecting the prince with the princess, with this wooden 3D puzzle. 48 progressively more difficult challenges encourage young minds to use multiple pieces to solve each challenge...
Castle Logix (ages 5+, 4+ gifted)
Construct the castles in each diagram out of beautiful hardwood pieces.  Challenges start easy, but quickly make you think "outside the box"...
Color Code
Layer see-through tiles to create different multi-colored shapes shown in the included challenge booklet. Simple challenges for beginners to complex puzzles that will challenge experienced graphic designers, a fun way to develop logical thinking and pattern recognition skills...
Penguins On Ice
Can you pack the ice so that every puzzle tile can fit on the game board? Can you also make sure that all the penguins are in the right spot? Penguins on Ice is a unique game of logic with 5 'pentomino' playing pieces, with challenges from beginner to expert...

Spy Alley Partners

Bluff-n-Peg Turns poker into family bluffing game, with entertaining results...
Spy Alley Game Recommended
A little bit of paranoia helps in this business, what with secret agents from all over the world following you around the board as you try to pick up clues to their identity and keep your own well hidden...
Simply Suspects The Game Of Suspicion and Betrayal!
A fast-action game of suspicion and finger pointing. Much like Spy Alley, Simply Suspects is deceptively simple yet surprisingly intense

ThinkFun (was Binary Arts) great logic puzzles and games for all ages (mostly labeled 8 years and up, but great for gifted kids much younger). See Smart Hands On Toys for the whole collection...

Gravity Maze gravity powered logic maze, colorful, translucent towers can be arranged in a plethora of visually stimulating structures but think carefully to build a path that will successfully carry your marble to its target. 60 challenges, ranging in difficulty... (or from Amazon)
Turnstile move the colored tokens through the maze to their respective corners. You must pass through turnstiles, shifting walls to form new pathways and new barriers...
Hot Spot hop your red robot over obstacles to reach the red spot on one corner of the game board (or from Amazon)
Zig Zag Knot The world's most diabolical take-apart puzzle... (or from Amazon)
Tilt Slide the green sliders through the center hole, without removing any of the blue sliders... (or from Amazon)
Math Dice Recommended Add, subtract, multiply, divide, square or cube to get closest to the Target Number (or from Amazon)
Swish Recommended 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... (or from Amazon)
Laser Maze Single-player logic game featuring a real laser. Reflect and split the laser beam using mirrors and targets on a puzzle grid to reach the goal. 60 challenges from Beginner to Expert and eleven cool tokens to direct the path of the laser beam... (or from Amazon)
River Crossing Recommended Use tree stumps and planks, and try to cross the river (or from Amazon)
River Crossing 2 - more puzzles for your River Crossing (or from Amazon)
River Crossing Jr. larger, easier to handle pieces, easier to solve challenges (or from Amazon)
PathWords Recommended word search meets logic puzzle... (or from Amazon)
Math Dice Recommended Add, subtract, multiply, divide, square or cube to get closest to the Target Number (or from Amazon)
TipOver Recommended Topple a path from here to there... (or from Amazon)
Snack Attack fast-paced picture game, match seven Snack Tokens to snacks already on your plate (or from Amazon)
Bug Trails 6-legged color matching domino game (or from Amazon)
Gordian's Knot just 6 interlocking pieces, but takes a whopping 69 moves to take the knot apart! (or from Amazon)
36 Cube How many towers can you place? (or from Amazon)
Smart Mouth Recommended Stretch your vocabulary and quick thinking skills (or from Amazon)
Top This Players create identical shapes using different game pieces. Seemingly simple game is not only loads of fun, but can also be surprisingly tricky! (or from Amazon)
seven-piece Tangram puzzle is the world's oldest and most well known silhouette puzzle, pieces crafted in metal and filled with vivid blue enamel (or from Amazon)
Adam's Cube 6 puzzles in 1, each side offers a new challenge (or from Amazon)
GRIDWorks place the pieces by visual logic clues... (or from Amazon)
Amaze Game a hand held maze that changes as you play, with 16 different challenges... (or from Amazon)
Chocolate Fix How many towers can you place? (or from Amazon)
Rush Hour Recommended (or from Amazon)
Rush Hour Card Set 2, Set 3, Set 4 (or from Amazon, Set 2, Set 3, Set 4)
Rush Hour Jr. 40 junior challenges
Rush Hour Shift 2-player game with shifting traffic grid! (or from Amazon)
Railroad Rush Hour Recommended 2 exit choices, all new puzzles, and blocks that move in two directions!
Safari Rush Hour Recommended larger 7x7 grid, Escape Rover moves in all directions (or from Amazon)
And LOTS more... see Smart Hands On Toys

University Games

Beat the Experts
Check your wits against more than 40 world class experts like feminist Gloria Steinem, Bill Nye the Science Guy and Steve Young, former 49ers quarterback. This game features hot shots in all kinds of fields...
K - 7, with extra decks on America, Black History and more.  Each deck is packed with hundreds of intriguing questions on one side and answers kids can’t wait to discover on the other...
My First, For Threes, Pre-School, Kindergarten, Bedtime (ages 3-5)
1st Grade, 1st Grade Math, 1st Grade Reading, 2nd Grade, 2nd Grade Math, 2nd Grade Reading
3rd Grade, 3rd Grade Reading, 3rd Grade Math, 4th Grade. 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade
America, Hispanic America. For the Car, Black History, Presidents (all ages 8-12)
Canada (ages 8-12)
Colorforms by University Games
Remember these?  350 brightly colored Colorforms pieces in an elegant, spiral-bound book, limitless possibilities...
Worst Case Scenario
The game that represents the times we live in.  Can you fend off a shark?  Land an airplane?  Give your best answer, and see if you survive.  Also Worst Case Scenario Jr.
Fact or Crap It's your call!
Fast-paced trivia game challenges players to separate fact from fiction...
Totally Gross the science game (2-4 players, ages 8+ (5+))
Kids travel around the game board answering questions like “Name three places on your body that aren’t growing hair right now!” or “Can you milk a snake?” When a player correctly answers enough questions to stretch his Totally Gross Slime all the way to number 10, he gets to perform a “bizarre” experiment...  Also try Totally Awesome, the game of fantastic facts!

U.S. Games Systems

Hexago Continuo Match color, number or both... simple but complex!
Signals and Semaphores
History in a box, including the fascinating historical background of the signal flag, semaphore, phonetic alphabet, and Morse code systems, in training dial, postcards, playing cards, posters...
Quick to learn, always fun and challenging.  Players shout out words as they see them, taking them from the center or stealing from their opponents...
Optical Illusions Playing Cards 54 different illusions, created by Pentagram design company

Wizkids Games

Quarriors Dice Building Game Recommended by Wizkids Games
Quarriors is the game of Uber Strategic Hexahedron Monster Combat Mayhem! Players compete to capture the most powerful Spells and Creatures (in the form of dice!) from the Wilds and add them to their collection. Players then roll their powerful cubes and summon them into play to battle each of their opponent's forces. Strategy is key in assembling a force that you can roll to victory!
Oshi The Game of Influence.  An elegant dance of power, as players vie to push each other right off the board...
Tsuro Recommended Build your own path, without your opponents steering you in the wrong direction - or off the board!

Chris Yates Studios

The Baffler
One of a kind puzzles, quite possibly the most unique jigsaw puzzle on the planet...

Zometools Recommended

Hyperdo, Bubble Kit, Explorer Kit, Adventurer Kit, Pioneer Kit, DNA Kit, Creator 3 Kit, and Advanced Creator Kits from triangles to DNA strands, the smart building toy...
Great math learning tool, too! Available lesson plans, model instructions, on-line manual. My kids (and their parents) love this stuff! Plus literature including lesson plans for K-12, Kepler's Solid essay and more.  Additional Zome kits are available from the Zometool website, also a Hoagies' Page affiliate!
Zome Geometry Hands-on learning with Zome Models
Great new book to accompany Zome System, particularly for the advanced Zome user, studying Geometry and beyond!


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Last updated December 01, 2020

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