Friday, January 30, 2015

New arrivals 1/20/2015 to 1/26/2015

by Alexander "Phantom Pepper" Smith

Scoville is a hot new game all about picking the hottest peppers to sell at the market. Plant, crossbreed and harvest peppers and make sure the peppers you picked are the ones in demand! This grid based resource collection game is sure to spice up your game night!

La Isla is a game about discovering new animal species on an uncharted island. Each turn, players will be placing cards onto their board that will give them special powers, collecting goods and increasing the value of certain animals. Try to find the most valuable animals in this strategic game of discovery!

Yardmaster is a game about making long trains filled with valuable
point-laden cargo. Players will take turns trading in cargo cards for train cars and attaching those cars to their train by matching the point value or cargo type. Its easy to get on board this cool train game! (Kathleen note: We played this last night at game night, and it was a ton of fun. Everyone really enjoyed it.)

Yardmaster Express is very similar to Yardmaster; you still want to get the highest value car and you still need to connect cars by value or type, but this time you'll be drafting your cars instead of buying them with resources. You can play any card face-down as a wild card for no points which will help you continue your train, keep an opponent from getting a key card, or both! Think Sushi Go! with trains.

Pressure Cooker is a game about accuracy and speed as you work to prepare dishes and become the Head Chef. Players will collect tiles from the center, but will you spend your time searching for premium ingredients, or do you just need to make sure food goes out the door? As the saying goes, "If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen!"

Craft your own crazy spells by stringing cards together in Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Duel at Mt. Skullzfyre. Players battle for the title of best wizard by amassing components and magical items, ultimately creating a three-card spell with names just as long as the game's title. 

Pattern Play 3D is a colorful and kid-friendly puzzle game where you use 22 wooden blocks to recreate 62 different designs. Comes with a wooden tray to contain your work, but think outside the box for the best results!

Brain Builders Jr. offers even more patterns and structures to make with precision cut pinewood KEVA planks. Designed with younger kids in mind, this is a great building tool that promotes creative thinking and spatial reasoning skills.

The Hucklebee Game is a great way to teach young kids shapes, colors, and more with the help of a huggable stuffed animal. This game is ADORABLE, and it's a great way for kids to play and learn.

Games added to our demo library this week are: Yardmaster, and Redacted

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