Category Archives: Board Games

Gotta Catch the Pokémon Trading Card Game Battle Academy

Pokemon Trade Card Game Battle Academy

The Pokémon Company International has released the Pokémon Trading Card Game Battle Academy, the first-ever board-game adaptation of the best-selling Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG), at participating physical and online retailers around the world.

Designed for Trainers of all types, including parents and children who may be new to the Pokémon TCG, Battle Academy reimagines strategic Pokémon TCG gameplay as an easy-to-learn and fun-to-play experience for the whole family that comes in a classic board-game format.

Including everything a Trainer needs to master the basics of the Pokémon TCG, each Battle Academy box comes with a two-player game board, three 60-card decks, tutorial guides, gameplay accessories, and a code card for the free-to-play Pokémon Trading Card Game Online on iOS, Android, and Pokemon.com.


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Ch-ch-ch-ch…ah-ah-ah… Friday the 13th Board Game from The OP is Now Available

Friday the 13th: Horror at Camp Crystal Lake

Since the early 80’s Jason has been haunting our living rooms with 12 versions of one of the scariest villains in cinematic history. The Op has announced Friday the 13th: Horror at Camp Crystal Lake is available now. Press your luck with the first-ever licensed Friday the 13th board game, and don’t get caught by Jason!

Friday the 13th: Horror at Camp Crystal Lake is for 3-6 players ages 17+ and games should be about 60 minutes.

Summertime fun is dying out at Camp Crystal Lake, where masked and murderous Jason Voorhees is on the hunt for camp counselor blood… and your unlucky day is looming. Grasp for as much lifesaving supply as possible to escape the vengeful serial killer’s slaughter and try to make it out alive through five nights in this edge-of-your-seat game of chance, strategy, and survival. Reach into the bag and see what you will find!

Players press their luck and avoid Jason Voorhees from the classic horror series. Players take on the role of a stereotypical character – the Nerd, the Partier, the Nice Guy, the Final Girl, the Diva, and the Jock – as they try to survive multiple nights from the terror that is Jason.

Coveted tools of survival are just within your reach to randomly draw from a camp bag – cast iron pans, gasoline, cleavers, flashlights, and more – that can be used in combinations for higher point values. But watch out for the Jason tokens.

Friday the 13th: Horror at Camp Crystal Lake

Retailing for $29.99, the game includes 6 Player Boards, 1 Cabin Board, 10 Critical Supply Cards, 6 Backpack Cards, 64 Fear Cards, 88 Blood Spatter Tokens, 6 Escape Tokens, 6 Player Tokens, 1 Night Tracker, 67 Supply Tokens, 1 Camp Bag, and 1 Rulebook.


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Pandasaurus Games’ 3D Area Control Game CTRL is Out Now

Pandasaurus GamesCTRL is here! In CTRL, you place colored cubes to control every angle in this head-scratching strategy game! Ctrl takes minutes to learn but has enough depth to engage the whole family.

Designer Julio Nazario came up with one of those games that is so brilliant, you wonder how it hasn’t been made already. Smart, snappy and takes literally minutes to learn.

CTRL retails for $24.95 and is available at local game stores and Target. Games take about 20 minutes and is for 2-4 players.

CTRL
CTRL

Who’s the Greatest? Debate in Who’s the G.O.A.T.? from Big G Creative

Who’s the G.O.A.T.?

New from Big G Creative and game designer Peggy BrownWho’s the G.O.A.T.? is the hilarious party game that’s one part prediction, one part competition, and all parts fun. Who’s the Greatest of All Time (G.O.A.T.)? You are! Everyone’s the greatest at something. Who’s the G.O.A.T.? allows friends and family to discover each other’s hidden talents and is fun for all ages.

The game comes with six irresistible squishy goats. Players pick who they think will be the best at a variety of off-the-wall challenges, then vote by tossing their squishy goats. Goats will go flying around the room! It’s one bleating good time.

Play includes verbal challenges such as whistling or yodeling, physical challenges such as doing the robot dance or walking on your knees, and challenges such as writing in bubble letters or drawing the best goat.

Score a tin can if you voted for the player who did it the greatest, and the G.O.A.T. scores a tin can for being great! The player with the most tin can tokens at the end of the game, wins.

For three to six players ages eight and up, Who’s the G.O.A.T.?  takes twenty minutes to play and includes six squishy goats, 200 challenge cards, 60 scoring tokens, one pad of paper, six pencils, and one sand timer.

Available now at Target stores nationwide and Target.comWho’s the G.O.A.T.? sells for $24.99.

HABA Announces Animal Upon Animal Unicorns and Animal Upon Animal Dinos

HABA USA has announced two new games to join the HABA universe: Animal Upon Animal Unicorns and Animal Upon Animal Dinos! Both games will be exclusively available from Barnes & Nobles stores and B&N online this fall, after an initial release at Gen Con Online July 30th-August 2nd. Both games will be for sale at the HABA site during the event, as well as the Gen Con store.

Animal Upon Animal Unicorns

$19.99 MSRP
2-4 Players; 4+ years; 20 minutes

The unicorns are having fun in the flowery fields and decide to make a pyramid! Which player can successively stack all of their unicorn and unicorn friends first to win?

Animal Upon Animal Unicorns

Animal Upon Animal Dinos

$19.99 MSRP
2-4 Players; 4+ years; 15 minutes

This game is jurassic! Can you stack all of you dinosaur pieces onto the pyramid before the other players? Be careful to not let anything fall.

Animal Upon Animal Dinos

The Gates are Open! Gates of Mara is Coming Soon!

Gates of Mara

WizKids has announced the upcoming release of Gates of Mara, a new 2-4 player game from one of the designers of Flotilla!

In this fantasy game from designer JB Howell, players take on the roles of tribal leaders seeking to lead their people to prosperity. To do this, they will secure influence in each realm, enchant their tribes, collect elemental resources, and earn gate keys. Over the course of four rounds, players will position influential figures from their tribes around the realms and gates. At the end of each round, the player with the most Influence in each area stakes a claim on it, earning points if they have claims in a realm at the end of the game. Players can also earn points by enchanting their people, completing objectives, and collecting keys. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins!

Gates of Mara blends upgradeable worker placement with layered area-control mechanisms, all brought to life by the art of Nastya Lehn. You can lead reptilian dragonkin, the amphibious goblins, the insectoid antids, or the arboreal elves.

Retailing for $69.99 the game includes 1 Enchantment Board, 5 Realm Boards, 4 Player Boards, 48 Enchantment Cards, 20 Banner Cards, 8 Fire Banner Cards,16 Objective Cards, 5 Wanderer Cards, 1 Central Gate, 5 Standard Gates, 4 Elemental Lord standees, 1 Wanderer standee, and 28 Tribe Figure standees.

The gates open soon, so be sure to pre-order!

Betrayal at Mystery Mansion is Out Now

Betrayal at Mystery Mansion

Zoinks! The Mystery Inc. Gang has another thrilling puzzle to solve! Releasing today, Betrayal at Mystery Mansion, a new board game based on the critically-acclaimed Betrayal at House on the Hill, lets players explore the mysterious mansion as Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Velma, Daphne, and Fred. Players discover clues, investigate spooky stories, and maybe even unmask a monster! Betrayal at Mystery Mansion is available in stores everywhere starting today, July 24, 2020.

Designed by the team behind Betrayal LegacyBetrayal at Mystery Mansion is more exciting than a double triple-decker sardine and marshmallow fudge sandwich, including all new inside and outside tiles, Item, Event, and Clue cards, tokens, and 25 brand-new haunts based on classic Scooby-Doo episodes and movies. Once players find enough clues to learn what’s really going on, the haunt begins and one player switches sides to play the role of the Monster. Those meddling kids then try to stop them before they carry out their sinister plan – hopefully pulling off the mask to reveal it was Mr. Wickles the whole time!

Betrayal at Mystery Mansion is now available everywhere and retails for $35.


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Betrayal at Mystery Mansion

Animalkind Have Overthrown Humanity in Animal World War, on Kickstarter now!

Half-Monster Games has launched a crowdfunding campaign for Animal World War, a squad-level combat game for 2-8 players set in a future where Animalkind have overthrown humanity and survived to their own industrial age of trench warfare. The Kickstarter runs through August 13th.

Animal World War is also available for virtual play via Tabletop Simulator and Tabletopia.

Bluff Your Movie Knowledge with King of Movies: The Leonard Maltin Game

King of Movies: The Leonard Maltin Game

For forty years, Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide served as the film geek’s Holy Bible, an annually updated softcover brick of a reference book, packed with thoughtful, witty, and occasionally weird capsule reviews of thousands of films. Those synopses are at the heart of King of Movies: The Leonard Maltin Game, a tabletop casual party game of creative invention and hilarious deception. 

In King of Movies, it doesn’t matter if you’ve seen every film ever made or if you’ve never seen a movie in your life. The fun is in the fibbing. One player reads a movie title and the other players invent a short synopsis in Leonard Maltin’s unique style, with the goal being to trick the other players into thinking theirs is the real Maltin review. If you choose the real Maltin or you fool another player, you score.

Featuring handsome packaging with art by Mondo all-star Matt Taylor, the game contains everything you need to play the game with up to six players.

Stuck at home, apart from your movie-loving friends? Not a problem. One person can own the physical game and everyone else can easily play along via Zoom with the King of Movies app for iOS and Android. 

If your synopsis is extra creative, your insane/brilliant/outrageous movie idea might just become a future cinematic sensation. Snap a photo of your best and most creative King of Movies synopses and post them to Twitter and Instagram with #MaltinKingofMovies. On January 1st of each year, Leonard Maltin himself (!!!) will choose one synopsis that will be officially optioned by Drafthouse Films. King of Movies: The Leonard Maltin Game is available for pre-order.

The game is for 2-6 players, ages 3+. It’s designed by Ant Timpson, art by Matt Taylor, produced by Tim League and Mondo Games, and written and edited by Zack Carlson. It’s expected to ship in September 2020 and retails for $25.

Create a Masterpiece Out of Thin Air in El Maestro

WizKids has announce that the first English release of hit game El Maestro is available now!

In El Maestro, one player leads the group in air drawing their Oeuvre (their fine work of art). The others physically draw along with the motions, doing their best to recreate the Maestro’s shapes and understand their signals. Sign your masterpiece, then guess what you’ve been creating – and try not to laugh too hard when you share!

Players gain points for artistic merit, as well as for words guessed correctly. The Maestro gains points depending on whether or not they spoke during their performance. The game ends after 4 rounds, and the player with the most points wins!

Perfect for game night, El Maestro is a fun new spin on charades-style gameplay that will earn a standing ovation from the whole family! 


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