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Here you will find some of our recommendations for nontraditional board games.  These are some of the top rated board games out there with very unique twists and strategies.  If you want to find out more about a game, see a review, or purchase the game, just click the name and you will be led to Amazon.com for more information.   Good luck in your game search! 

 

                 

Zooloretto Each player uses small, large, wild and exotic animals and their young to try and attract as many visitors as possible to their zoo. But be careful - the zoo must be carefully planned. Before you know it, you have too many animals and no more room for them. That brings minus points! Luckily, your zoo can expand. A zoo of a family game in which less is sometimes more ...Ages 8 & Up

 

 

Qwirkle Mix, Match, Score and Win! This game combines well-thought strategy with quick-thinking challenges. Qwirkle is played by creating rows and columns of matching colors and shapes. Since the simple play requires no reading, the whole gang can connect shapes and colors making the strategic multiple-tile moves that earn maximum points. 108 wood blocks. For 2 to 4 players. Ages 6 and up.

 

Mystery Garden Game One player draws a card showing a picture of an object on the playing board, and the others try to guess the object by asking questions that can be answered "yes" or "no." Ages 4 and up.

 

  

Mayfair Games Hey That's My Fish Look for hungry penguins in this fast playing and exciting boardgame. Hey! That's My Fish! is highly suitable for families and strategy gamers.  At the pole your Penguins are jumping from ice floe to ice floe hunting fish. They re also trying to block other Penguins and secure the best fishing grounds for themselves. The Penguin colony that catches the most fish by the end of the game wins. Ages 8 and up.

 

 

Enchanted Forest Find "once upon a time" fairytale treasures&inherit the kingdom! Cinderella's glass slipper, Aladdin's lamp, Puss' boots, the Emperor's crown, 13 magical surprises hidden in the Enchanted Forest. Explore the lovely forest, peek at treasures. When the king asks for help, race to the palace to become the next to take the throne. Lovely classic illustrations. 2-6 Players. Ages 6 and up

 

Smart Mouth The quick-thinking word game where players go head-to-head in a fast-paced, hilarious game ofaction. Individually or in teams, players slide the Letter Getter device forward and back to reveal two lettered tiles. The first player to spot and shout out a word of at least five letters, beginning with the first letter tile (orange) and ending with the second letter tile (green), receives those two tiles. Player(s) with the most tiles at the end wins. Ages 8 and up.

 

 

The Settlers of Catan - New 4th Edition One of the most successful games of all time, Settlers of Catan is a trading and building game set in the mythical world of Catan. Players roll dice to determine which resources are generated each round and then must strategically trade those resources with other players to get what they need to build their settlements, cities, and roads. With multiple ways to gain victory points and a board that changes in every play, Settlers of Catan is a game that can be played hundreds of different ways. The base of a hugely successful franchise, with multiple engaging expansions, Settlers is the core game of many collections, and is a wonderful way to spend time with family and friends. Ages 10 and up.

 

 

Rex Game Idol Quest Board Game Idol Quest, the exciting 3-D board game of capture and escape. The strategy game of capture and escape. In the middle of deeplake in the jungle and ancient idol sits atop an ancient tower. The objective is to build a path across the lake using stone blocks, capture the priceless Idol and have your explorer escape to a waiting boat before another player beats him to it, or be forced back to the starting point, or worse, be "buried" under stone blocks. While of the objective appears simple, there are many twist that can quickly change the dynamic of the gamae. Idol Quest is a fast-paced family game for two to four players. Ages 7 to adult. Includes: A folding game board depicting a colorful jungle lake scene, a a removable tower, a plastic Idol, 12 colored plastic Explorer pieces, 26 simulated stone blocks, a deck of 35 cards, a single die, storage tray and instruction sheet. Ages 7 and up.

 

Travel ManiaAn award winning and fun way to learn geography! Players travel the globe answering questions about world geography, culture, and history while collecting passports and visa stamps. Contains over 2,000 multiple choice trivia questions with 7,866 interesting and humorous answer choices. The cards include 1,473 added facts and commitments to help along the journey. Travel Mania is designed for 2 to 20 players. Ages 7 and up.

 

Nexus Ops From the Manufacturer Deep Space. Explorers have discovered an abundance of Rubium on a distant moon. Gaining authority over this very rare and valuable resource is imperative to the Company - and that's where you and your mercenary strike force come into the picture. Your drop zone is a few clicks away from one of the moon's Monoliths, where the heaviest concentrations of Rubium are located. Seize control of the area and establish the Company's claim to the Rubium. Your can expect heavy resistance from opposing corporate forces, so enlist the aid of any indigenous life forms you encounter. Just get the job done - by any means necessary. This tiled board game blends Euro game-style mechanics with aggressive war tactics in a futuristic theme. Nexus Ops is for 2-4 players and takes 60-90 minutes to play. Product Description Deep-space explorers have discovered an abundance of rubium on a distant moon. Gaining authority over this rare and valuable resource is imperative to the Company - and that's where you and your mercenary strike force come in. Your drop zone is a few klicks away from one of the moon's monoliths, where the heaviest concentrations of rubium are located. Seize control of the area and establish the Company's claim to the rubium. You can expect heavy resistance from opposing corporate forces. So enlist the aid of any indigenous life forms you encounter. Just get the job done - by any means necessary. Game comes with 164 plastic figures, 90 cards (mission, secret mission, and energize cards), 98 tokens, 16 game board tiles, 1 monolith hex, 4 reference charts, 8 dice, and 1 rulebook. For 2 - 4 Players. Ages 12 and Up.

 

Questionary: The game of smart questions- By Spark Games, LLC Made in USA and winner of multiple awards, Questionary is not only the funniest party game you have ever played, it is also educational for young minds. The basic concept is very simple. You pick a card that has a word on it. Your team has to guess the word within 90 seconds by asking you any question and as many questions as they like. But the catch is, you can only answer in "Yes" and "No". A few more answers like "May be" or "I don't know" are allowed too. If your team cracks the word, it wins and rolls a dice to move its pawn on the scoreboard. There are bonus points for difficult words! Words have been very carefully selected to be fun and challenging. There is nothing to draw or perform and even the shyest people want to play Questionary again and again!Awards:* Game of the Year Award by Creative Child Magazine, 2007* Best Product award by Dr. Toy, 2007* Honors award by NAPPA, 2007* High Potential Recommended Toy by National Association for Gifted Children, 2007* Seal of Approval by The National Parenting Center, 2007* Excellent Product award by iParenting Media, 2007* HOT Product award by iParenting Media, 2007* Preferred Choice award by Creative Child Magazine, 2006* Highest ranking game in word based category by MENSA, 2006 Ages 11 and up

 

Bendomino Bendominos play just like regular dominoes but their innovative curved design gives you much more control over the game. Full of challenges, Bendomino offers passionate games in which strategy, luck and good times are always combined. A great Game for all generations. Ages 5 and up.

 

 

Fantasy Flight Games Ingenious Ingenious is the new abstract placement game from internationally-renowned game designer Reiner Knizia. Players place colored tiles on the hexagonal board, scoring points, blocking opponents tile placement, and trying to protect themselves from being blocked by their opponents. Marvelously elegant and compulsively replayable, Ingenious is an excellent introduction to German-style abstract board games. It's ingeniously simple, and simply ingenious! Ingenious is suitable for up to four players, as well as for solo play. Ages 8 and up.

 

Safety Brainiac - Junior Edition In Safety Brainiac, children learn how to stay safe against the dangers and threats they can encounter everyday. The 360 questions educate and entertain kids while providing them with a diverse variety of safety tips and techniques that will help them stay safe. As questions are answered correctly, they earn tokens which they cash in for the puzzle pieces needed to complete their Safety Brainiac puzzle. Once the puzzle is complete, the child races back to the center square to answer a final question. After answering a final question correctly, the child is awarded a Safety Brainiac Winner's Certificate and Coupon for showing great safety smarts. Ages 5 and up.

 

Blokus Strategy Board Game Blokus encourages creative thinking and has received a Mensa award for promoting healthy brain activity. The goal of this game is for players to fit all of their pieces onto the board. When placing a piece it may not lie adjacent to the player's other pieces, but must be placed touching at least one corner of their pieces already on the board. The player who gets rid of all of their tiles first is the winner and strategic thinking helps as you block moves from your opponent. Blokus sometimes comes to an end because there are no more possible moves.

Four players make this abstract game especially fast and exciting; however, it can be just as fun for two or three players. Blokus has come up with a number of different ways to play the game to make it more thrilling when playing with less than four players. Draft Blokus allows a player to use more than one color and Reverse Blokus reverses the entire game so that the person who places the least amount of tiles on the board is the winner. It can even be played in a solitaire version when one player attempts to place all of their pieces in a single sitting. A game of Blokus typically lasts a 30 minutes. As a practical feature, raised edges on the board help keep the tiles in place and allow convenient clean-up. This game includes 84 pieces in four vibrant colors, an instruction guide, and one gameboard with 400 squares.

Blokus is simple to understand, but the game's complexity is revealed shortly after everyone begins to play. It can be addictive, even for those not normally into abstract games. Blokus is a catalyst for spatial thinking, as players form images in their mind before placing the pieces on the board. Children and adults can play together for hours of competitive family fun. As Europe's 2003 Game of the Year, Blokus is adored by many and even played in professional tournaments.  Ages 5 and up.

 

No Stress Chess With this revolutionary chess teacher, you'll be playing the world's greatest game in no time at all! Unlike any other chess teacher, No Stress Chess teaches you how to play using illustrated cards and an illustrated two-sided game board. Includes two-sided chess board, 17 charcoal pieces, 17 ivory pieces, 56 action cards, black plastic card tray and instructions. For two players. Ages 7 and up

 

Hedbanz Game Got something on your mind You sure do! Its a picture, but of what Maybe you're a rhino... Or a pitcher...or an apple. You'll have to guess. You start the game with 3 tokens. When its your turn, flip the timer and ask your friends as many yes or no questions as you can until the sand runs out. Guess what you are and you'll get rid of 1 token. Get rid of all 3 tokens and you win! Comes with 6 Hedbanz, a deck of Hedbanz cards, a timer and game tokens. 2 to 6 Players Ages 8 and up


 

 

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