Ubongo: The Brain Game to Go is a fast-paced, addictive, and easy-to-learn puzzle game, you race the clock to fit a set of interlocking tiles perfectly into a specific area. Based on the original hit board game Ubongo, this compact version features 15 colorful plastic tiles, 20 puzzle cards with over 200 puzzles, and a plastic game board that doubles as a durable travel case. Slide in a puzzle card and give your brain a workout! The puzzles get progressively more challenging as you go. Pass the game around to challenge your family and friends. Who is the master layout artist and who is spatially challenged?
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Thames & Kosmos have revealed their releases in 2021 including new editions and expansion of favorite games. Check out below for what you can put on your tabletop this year.
Escape Room Games for the Home!
The EXIT: The Game series allows you to bring the excitement, intensity, and team spirit of an escape room to your living room. In each EXIT game, your team starts out locked in an imaginary room or trapped somewhere or tasked with a mystery to solve. You must solve a series of riddles and puzzles in order to unlock doors and objects, and reveal new riddles. Each correct solution brings you to another riddle and eventually to freedom.
EXIT: THE GATE BETWEEN WORLDS
692879 AGES 12+ MSRP: $14.95 GAME AUTHORS: INKA AND MARKUS BRAND, AND RALPH QUERFURTH PLAYERS: 1-4 PLAYTIME: 1-2 HRS LEVEL: 3 of 5 AVAILABLE: MAY 2021
An ancient map has led you deep into a cave and through a strange gate to another world. Can you solve the riddles and find your way and back home?
EXIT: THE CURSED LABYRINTH
692860 AGES 10+ MSRP: $14.95 GAME AUTHORS: INKA AND MARKUS BRAND PLAYERS: 1-4 PLAYTIME: 1-2 HRS LEVEL: 2 of 5 AVAILABLE: JUNE 2021
During a tour of a historic castle, your attention is diverted to an intriguing labyrinth in the middle of the castle’s garden. When the gate slams behind you, the only way out is through. Can you solve the riddles and escape the impenetrable labyrinth?
EXIT: KIDNAPPED IN FORTUNE CITY
692861 AGES 12+ MSRP: $14.95 GAME AUTHORS: INKA AND MARKUS BRAND PLAYERS: 1-4 PLAYTIME: 1-2 HRS LEVEL: 3 of 5 AVAILABLE: OCTOBER 2021
Criminal activity is rampant in Fortune City, and now the sheriff has disappeared. Can you solve the riddles and stop the kidnapping before it’s too late?
EXIT: THE DESERTED LIGHTHOUSE (WITH PUZZLE)
692878 AGES 12+ MSRP: $24.95 GAME AUTHORS: INKA & MARKUS BRAND PLAYERS: 1-4 PLAYTIME: 2-3 HRS LEVEL: 4 of 5 AVAILABLE: MAY 2021
You trudge along the dark, rocky coast seeking shelter from the raging storm. Drenched to the bone, you look up to see a brilliant beam of light pierce the curtains of rain. A lighthouse! But suddenly and inexplicably, the light goes out. You glance out into the water and spot a ship. It is heading straight for the cliffs! You realize that it is up to you to race to the top of the lighthouse and turn it on again before the ship crashes on the cliffs! But many puzzling obstacles stand in your way.
In this EXIT game, there are riddles within riddles, hidden within four 88-piece jigsaw puzzles. Like other EXIT titles, The Deserted Lighthouse has no game board, but it also has no riddle cards. Instead, there are four jigsaw puzzles that you will find and assemble, one at a time. Each completed puzzle reveals a location containing more riddles to decipher.
EXIT: THE SACRED TEMPLE (WITH PUZZLE)
692877 AGES 10+ MSRP: $24.95 GAME AUTHORS: INKA & MARKUS BRAND, JULIANA VOORGANG PLAYERS: 1-4 PLAYTIME: 2-3 HRS LEVEL: 3 of 5 AVAILABLE: APRIL 2021
Crooked treasure hunters have broken into the office of your university’s archaeology department! Your professor has disappeared without a trace — and so has a book with old records about a hidden temple. You must act quickly and chase down the criminals. Your pursuit will take you deep into a mysterious jungle on a small island. You must find the professor in time and save the revered treasures of the temple before they fall into the hands of the devious robbers!
In this EXIT game, there are riddles within riddles, hidden within four 88-piece jigsaw puzzles. Like other EXIT titles, The Sacred Temple has no game board, but it also has no riddle cards. Instead, there are four jigsaw puzzles that you will find and assemble, one at a time. Each completed puzzle reveals a location containing more riddles to decipher.
THE CREW: MISSION DEEP SEA
691869 AGES 10+ MSRP: $14.95 GAME AUTHORS: THOMAS SING PLAYERS: 3-5 PLAYTIME: 20 MIN. AVAILABLE: JULY 2021
In this highly-anticipated follow-up to the original cooperative card game — winner of the 2020 Kennerspiel des Jahres — players work together to search for the lost continent of Mu. This new adventure takes your crew deep down into the abyss on a search for the fabled sunken land. How far you get depends entirely on how well you work together as a team. Card by card, trick by trick, your search party will discover the challenges that lie ahead and forge a path to Mu. This new version of The Crew has the same innovative cooperative trick-taking mechanic as the highly lauded original game — but with some exciting new surprises!
While communication between your crew members is severely limited by your submerged state, it is also critical to your success; finding the hidden land in the murky depths depends not only on winning tricks, but also on carefully negotiating the order in which they are won. If things don’t go as planned, you might just be able to salvage the operation. But it will take near flawless execution and perhaps a little luck to finally reach Mu.
UBONGO: THE BRAIN GAME TO GO
696187 AGES 8+ MSRP: $14.95 GAME AUTHOR: GRZEGORZ REJCHTMAN PLAYERS: 1 PLAY TIME: 20 MIN. AVAILABLE: JULY 2021
In this fast-paced, addictive, and easy-to-learn puzzle game, your goal is to fit a set of interlocking tiles perfectly into a specific area. Based on the original hit board game Ubongo, this compact version features 15 colorful plastic tiles, 20 puzzle cards with over 200 puzzles, and a plastic game board that doubles as a durable travel case. Slide in a puzzle card and give your brain a workout! The puzzles get progressively more challenging as you go. Pass the game around to challenge your family and friends. Who is the master layout artist and who is spatially challenged?
Based on the original worldwide sensational hit board game Ubongo
The hit tile-placing puzzle game, now available in a portable plastic carrying case
Play solo or in asynchronous multiplayer challenges
Solution guide included should you get stumped
694258 AGES 8+ MSRP: $39.95 GAME AUTHOR: GRZEGORZ REJCHTMAN PLAYERS: 1-4 PLAYTIME: 25 MIN. AVAILABLE: JULY 2021
Stretch your mental muscles into the third dimension! In this version of Ubongo, the hit puzzle game, players race to place three-dimensional blocks so they fit perfectly in a specific area on a puzzle card and completely fill a designated threedimensional space. Each time you win, you collect colorful plastic gems; the player with the most valuable collection of gems at the end of the game wins. The puzzle cards each have multiple puzzles on both sides: one side is easier, the other more difficult. A total of four difficulty levels makes this the perfect game for beginners and experts alike, allowing the whole family to play together. With four sets of eight durable three-dimensional pieces and 72 puzzle boards featuring a total of 671 puzzles, the game can be played with up to four players — or challenge yourself in solo games. Take your puzzling to the next level with Ubongo 3D.
697396 AGES 5+ MSRP: $24.95 GAME AUTHOR: GRZEGORZ REJCHTMAN PLAYERS: 1-4 PLAYTIME: 20 MIN. AVAILABLE: NOVEMBER 2021
Ubongo Junior brings the fun and lively tile-placing play from the original hit puzzle game Ubongo to players ages five and up. Each player starts the game with seven puzzle boards and nine tiles of different shapes and colors, each displaying a different cartoon animal. The players race to place their animal tiles to perfectly fill a specific area on their boards as quickly as possible. The fastest player shouts “Ubongo!” and quickly takes colorful plastic gems from the bag. The other players keep racing; as long as the hourglass is still running, there is still time to place the animal tiles and earn some gems. At the end of the game, the player with the most valuable gem collection wins. Each of the 50 puzzle boards has an easy side and a more challenging side, for a total of 100 puzzles. Pack in the fun, with Ubongo Junior!
ANDOR: THE FAMILY FANTASY GAME
691747 AGES 7+ MSRP: $34.95 GAME AUTHORS: MICHAEL MENZEL, AND INKA AND MARKUS BRAND PLAYERS: 2-4 PLAYTIME: 30-45 MIN. AVAILABLE: APRIL 2021
Venture into a land of fantasy and legend! In this cooperative family role-playing game, each player chooses one of four powerful heroes: the magician, the warrior, the archer, or the dwarf. Your heroic journey begins with a mission to rescue some wolf cubs that are lost in a dangerous mine. But, before embarking on your search, your party must get past Mart, the bridge guard, by completing all of his tasks. Only then will he let your party cross his bridge and enter the mine. However, danger still lurks on the horizon, as a dragon encroaches on the castle Rietburg just as you approach the mine. Should he arrive at the castle before your heroes rescue the wolf cubs, your party will lose the mission — and the game. If your party rescues the cubs first, you win! Andor: The Family Fantasy Game features gameplay that is similar to the popular Legends of Andor, but more approachable to younger players, making it a great introduction to the entire Legends of Andor series of games.
THE GRAND HOTEL ABADDON
695134 AGES 12+ MSRP: $19.95 GAME AUTHORS: PHIL WALKER-HARDING, MATTHEW DUNSTAN, UTE WIELANDT PLAYERS: 1-4 PLAYTIME: 90 MIN. x 3 AVAILABLE: JULY 2021
It’s been a long year, and you’ve been looking forward to a nice, relaxing vacation at the Grand Hotel Abaddon. But what started out as a quiet retreat has become something else entirely. Strange things have been happening all around you. Could ghosts be behind these mysterious incidents, as the other guests and hotel staff seem to believe, or is there a more rational explanation?
The Grand Hotel Abaddon is a cooperative adventure game, played over three chapters. During the game, the choices you make determine what happens next. Explore the hotel, question guests, investigate rooms, and wander hidden passageways. Each player takes on a different role, cooperating to uncover hidden secrets. Only by working together will you be able to solve the mystery of the Grand Hotel Abaddon. With multiple possible endings, your choices will decide how the story ends!
680428 AGES 12+ MSRP: $69.95 GAME AUTHOR: MARTIN WALLACE PLAYERS: 2-4 PLAYTIME: 120 MIN. AVAILABLE: MAY 2021
Anno 1800 is an epic city-building strategy board game based on Ubisoft’s popular PC game of the same name. Players strive to build up their industrial might as they develop an island society at the dawn of the industrial age. Investing in their nautical fleets enables trade and expansion to new territories in the old and new worlds, but players must focus above all on maintaining the health and happiness of the citizens of their home islands. While the population is initially satisfied with food and clothing, in time it will demand valuable luxury goods. Players must plan their development strategies and supply chains carefully while keeping an eye on the distribution of specialized roles within their territories. The objective of the game is to plan for an even distribution of farmers, workers, craftsmen, engineers, and investors. But beware, because the competition never sleeps. Players may steal new achievements out from under each other’s noses at any time! Whose island will prosper and whose will fall?
THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD
680565 AGES 10+ MSRP: $59.95 GAME AUTHOR: MICHAEL MENZEL PLAYERS: 2-4 PLAY TIME: 60-90 MIN. AVAILABLE: JUNE 2021
The year is 1193, and the county of Nottingham, England is suffering under the oppressive rule of the corrupt Prince John and his henchmen. In this cooperative family board game, players take on the roles of Robin Hood and his Merry Men as they battle the wicked rulers in the city and throughout Sherwood Forest. Designed and illustrated by Michael Menzel, the award-winning creator of the Legends of Andor game series, this game features a beautifully illustrated gameboard that changes over the course of the game and a gorgeous, faux-leather-bound, 216-page hardcover storybook that narrates the story and advances the gameplay. An innovative game mechanic allows you to move your character figures freely around the gameboard; you do not need to follow one set route. The gameboard also has interactive panels that are flipped to reveal hidden characters and new gameplay elements during play. As your quest progresses, you open these panels and speak to various characters who alter your course. A quickstart game in the rulebook effortlessly launches you into the action. Grab your bow and arrow and join the fight for justice and equity!
680046 AGES 10+ MSRP: $19.95 GAME AUTHOR: YASUTAKA IKEDA PLAYERS: 5-8 PLAY TIME: 60 MIN. AVAILABLE: JULY 2021
Werewolves vs. Vampires vs. Humans
What team is the player sitting next to you on? Are they a blood-sucking vampire? A ferocious werewolf? Or just a hapless chump trying not to get bitten? And what team do they think you’re on?!
In FANGS, it’s werewolves v. vampires v. humans. This thrilling social deduction party game challenges players to determine which one of these three secret roles each other player has assumed. Since you don’t know who you can trust when the game begins, you must attempt to conceal your role from the other players while working to identify your allies and your enemies. Werewolves are out to expel vampires from the game; vampires aim to expel werewolves; and the humans are just trying to avoid detection and survive until the end of the game. Throw in some secret weapons and ulterior motives, and this party game for 5 to 8 players makes for a howling good time.
FANGS is an amped up werewolf-style social deduction game that is playable without a game leader and without an app. With lots of information to suss out and analyze, it elevates the social deduction game to the next level. Each player has a specific role with unique goals and win conditions, forcing players to act in ways others might not expect. On a player’s turn, they choose between multiple actions, but limiting factors make it so there are justifications and excuses for any action. The addition of a strong storyline gives this social deduction game the added feeling of a roleplaying game.
The design of the gameboard makes the game easy to learn and play, so all your friends and family can get in on the action.
LOST CITIES ROLL & WRITE
680589 AGES 8+ MSRP: $14.95 GAME AUTHOR: REINER KNIZIA PLAYERS: 2-5 PLAY TIME: 30 MIN. AVAILABLE: MAY 2021
Get rolling on your next Lost Cities adventure!
Begin your expedition on one of six colored paths by rolling the smallest possible numbers on the dice. Each turn, decide whether to continue an expedition or start a new one. Acceleration fields and artifacts provide opportunities to advance quickly, but you’ll have to carefully consider which paths to take on which roll. If you make good progress, victory beckons — but if an expedition gets stuck, you will lose points just as quickly as you earned them! This small and portable format is the perfect Lost Cities game for on-the-go fun. Simple rules and a short playtime make this game ideal for family game nights.