2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Top Games

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This is the fourth gift guide in our nine-part 2016 Gift Guide series, and features a curated collection of top games available on MindWare.com

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Animal Trivia Challenge  Animal Trivia Challenge

“Which bird eats with its head upside down?” “Can you tell a Seal from a Sea Lion?” “Which animals are the most poisonous?” Players build their animal knowledge through three types of stimulating challenge cards—432 questions in all! Explore your way around the board but watch out for predators, fire, poisonous berries and quicksand! From family pets to ferocious predators, discover the world’s animals with this game the whole family will love! For 2 to 4 players. Ages 7+. $24.95


ColorKu ColorKu

Start with clues from one of the 104 puzzle cards, and then try to place a single ball of each color in every row, in every column, and in every 3 x 3 box. The ColorKu Game board and colored balls are made from high-quality solid wood; 13.5″ square. Ages 6+. $36.95



Crazy Letters  Crazy Letters

This fast-paced word game will strengthen quick-thinking skills and leave everyone wondering which way is up! Players roll the die to determine a category (such as “Games & Hobbies” or “In the Kitchen”) and then draw a card. The first player to figure out the jumbled letters shouts out the word to win the card. You may need to read from right to left or from the bottom up, and unique fonts and rotated letters add to the topsy-turvy challenge. Includes 540 word cards and 1 large die. For 2 or more players. Ages 10+. $24.95


Cudaki Cudaki

Scientists have discovered mutant species on a remote uncharted island. Now the race is on to collect as many animals as possible for further study. But scientists must use caution, since collecting the wrong animal at the wrong time could prove dangerous. Use the criteria cards to help you decide what animals to keep and which to avoid. A keen eye, speedy hands and mental agility will serve you well! For 2 to 4 players. Ages 6+. $19.95


Dr. Eureka  Dr. Eureka Logic Game

Mix the molecules and master the formula—the brilliant Dr. Eureka has important experiments for you to complete! To play, choose a challenge card, three test tubes and six colorful balls. Carefully move your balls from tube to tube without dropping them and position them as illustrated on the challenge card. Solve the solutions faster than your competition to prove you are the smartest scientist in the lab. Contents include 54 challenge cards, 8 red balls, 8 green balls, 8 purple balls, 12 test tubes and an illustrated guide booklet. Ages 8+. $19.95


Kaboom! Game  Kaboom! Game

In this fast-flying game of construction and destruction, players take turns being the “Master Builder” whose goal is to construct as many wooden towers as possible in 30 seconds. Meanwhile, all the others play as “Saboteurs” trying to knock down the towers with their catapults! Will you build multiple towers against your enemies? Or will you try for the grand prize and master the Mega Tower? All ages will love this challenge of speed and precision mingled with some great destructive fun! For 2 to 5 players. Ages 6+. $24.95


Leaps and Ledges  Leaps and Ledges

Take friendly competition to a new level as you race your opponents to the top of this colorful tower! Leaps and Ledges puts a twist to the traditional board game by sending daring players up and down instead of around. Play your cards to move your pawns up in small steps or big leaps. Some cards allow you to sabotage your opponents by sending them down levels or by knocking them off completely. With multiple strategy tricks to learn, you’ll challenge family and friends again and again! For 2 to 4 players. Ages 8+. $29.95


Q-bitz Jr. Q-bitz Jr.

Q-bitz Jr. is a fun way to introduce your child to pattern matching, spatial reasoning, problem solving, visualization and more. The engaging play is easy to learn and mastering it will give your child the visual intelligence needed for future math and STEM success. A complete parent guide offers more ways to play with Q-bitz cubes to foster additional learning and visual dexterity. Includes 60 pattern cards and 4 wooden cube-and-tray sets. For 1 to 4 players. Ages 3+. $19.95


Qwirkle 10th Anniversary   Qwirkle 10th Anniversary 

Qwirkle is as simple as matching colors and shapes, but also requires tactical maneuvers and well-planned strategy. Earn points by building rows and columns of tiles that share a common color or shape without allowing duplicates. Look for opportunities to score big by placing a tile that touches multiple pieces with matching attributes. The player with the most points wins! Includes 108 wood tiles. This special 10th Anniversary Edition adds four wooden tile racks, a Qwirkle pencil and a Qwirkle score pad! For 2 to 4 players. Ages 6+. $29.95


Sapphiro  Sapphiro

Dazzling gems are the focus of your quest in this fun family game of luck and strategy. Play your diamond tiles to capture rubies, emeralds and other valuable jewels by matching colors and surrounding the gems. Be the first to collect six jewels—one of each color—and your quest for fortune will be complete! Quality-made with a wooden board and tiles, Sapphiro is too beautiful and fun to ever put away! Includes wooden game board, 100 wooden tiles, 30 gems and rules. For 2 to 4 players. Ages 6+. $29.95


Staxis  Staxis

This exciting construction game demands balance, planning, nerve and calculated risk-taking! Can you stack your sticks without causing a crash? Assemble the 3-D frame playing board then take turns rolling the die. Balance your wooden playing sticks within the frame without knocking any down. Similar to Jenga, the goal is to place all of your sticks on top of the structure before your opponent! Staxis is a sure-fire way to create social interaction and friendly competition while strengthening fine-motor skills. For 2 to 6 players. Ages 6+. $29.95


Thumpin' Thingdoodles  Thumpin’ Thingdoodles

Color recognition and motor skills get a workout in this zany game. To play, spread out the ThingDoodles, spin to see which color of Doodledee or Doodledoo is your target and then thump away at it. ThingDoodles wrap themselves around your mallet when thumped! The first player to collect 20 ThingDoodles is the winner. Game includes 12 ThingDoodles, 4 foam mallets and a spinner. For 2 to 4 players. Ages 4+. $24.95


TicStacToe  TicStacToe

Are you ready for the world’s simplest game rules? Simply grab your X or O and place it on the board or on top of another piece. It’s just like tic-tac-toe, except you can stack the pieces. The first player to get four in a row (vertically, horizontally, or diagonally) wins! Contents include: 66 high-quality game pieces, 1 game board and instructions. This simple, yet engaging, two-player game will have everyone in the family ready to re-match! Ages 8+. $19.95


Melissa & Doug Tips Ahoy Tips Ahoy

Ahoy, maties! In this exciting balancing game, players take turns completing treasure maps and sailing the tippy pirate ship for calm seas or rough waters. See how many pirates you can keep aboard while pulling the sea boards through the waves. Earn a gold coin for each crew member that doesn’t take the plunge and collect the most coins to win! For 2 to 4 players. Ages 5+. $19.95


Tri-Ominos Tri-Ominos

Triominos adds a whole new dimension to dominoes, creating extra strategy, extra play and most of all, extra fun! On each turn, players match a numbered tile to one that’s already in play, earning bonus points for special moves like matching all three sides. This fast-pace moving game is easy to learn and great for players of all ages! Contents include: 56 Triominos tiles, 4 tile holders and detailed instructions. Ages 7+. $19.95



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