Sunday, September 13, 2009
My family loves to play games, so we always get excited when we’re given the opportunity to try new ones. Even though we love traditional games, like Scrabble (for the older members) and Candyland (for the younger ones), we’re always hoping we’ll find our next new “favorite.” I think that’s happened!
John Kiely of RandomLine, Inc., a game company that he founded in 2002, sent us three new games to try. RandomLine games “encourage children to be creative and use their imagination. No Noise. No Batteries. Simply Imagination.” In fact, RandomLine’s line of games and activity pads are so popular that they can now be found in more than 1,500 U.S. toy stores, gift shops, museums, zoos and aquariums, as well as in Canada and Europe. Let me tell you about the games we played:
I’m writing about this game first because my twins are obsessed with it. And I do mean obsessed. Ever since the first day we played it, they’ve been asking me to play it every day since. I am NOT kidding! SQUIGGLE Connect is a drawing game, but fortunately no artistic talent is required (because I don’t have any). Players roll a combination of dice to create a series of dots and “squiggles” on their dry erase boards, and then they have 60 seconds (as shown on the timer included) to create a picture with their squiggle. When the time is up, each player tells a little story about what he’s drawn. Then players vote (using special hilarious voting cards) on what they think of each drawing/story. There are “positive” and “negative” cards, but if you’re playing with young kids or even a “sensitive” adult, you can choose to play with only the positive cards. My boys are having so much fun with these drawings that they even use their boards to draw when they can’t find anyone to play the game. (You need at least 3 players.) The game says it’s for ages 8 and up, but my brilliant almost-6-year-olds have no trouble with it. (However, we have been using only the positive cards since one of my twins is not exactly a good loser!) In a word, this game is awesome.
SQUIGGLE On-the-Move is one of the many drawing activity pads offered by RandomLine. This makes a great travel game because it’s compact and has everything in one place: the drawing pad with squiggles on each page, four markers in a little compartment, and a spinning wheel that tells you what to draw. SQUIGGLE On-the-Move has suggestions for items with wheels, such as a submarine, skateboard, sailboat, pick-up truck, fire truck, airplane, train, and more. Other drawing activity pads include SQUIGGLE Barnyard On-the-Go, SQUIGGLE Ocean On-the-Go, SQUIGGLE Bugs On-the-Go, and several more. My boys have had a lot of fun with this game, too. If you’re planning a trip, whether it’s on a car or plane, these drawing activity pads are a great way to entertain the kids (and adults)!
Hurry Up! The Dice Game
I gave this game to my teenagers because they like dice games. Like Yahtzee, you have to roll a certain combination of numbers (called a “challenge”) to earn points, but in this game you have to beat the clock! You only have a certain amount of time to roll what you need, and players compete to get the most points. It moves really fast, and I greatly enjoy playing it with my teens.
RandomLine has many other great games and activities that you can explore at www.RandomLine.com. Their products can be purchased at Barnes & Noble, Toys ‘R’ Us, Fat Brain Toys, eBeanstalk, Are You Game?, and many other retailers. Click here for a full list of sellers.
Now you also have an opportunity to win…
1) the SQUIGGLE Connect game, AND
2) a SQUIGGLE On-the-Go activity pad!
For your first required entry, please visit www.RandomLine.com and then come back here and leave a comment with the name of an item that caught your eye that is NOT one of the three games I reviewed. You must do this for all other entries to count.
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One winner (U.S. residents only) will be randomly selected from the qualified comments received by Sunday, September 27, 2009, at midnight ET. Please leave an email address on one of your comments if it’s not available on your Blogger profile. Winners must respond within 72 hours or another winner will be drawn.
CONTEST CLOSED. Congratulations to the winner, cstironkat, who said: "I Voted for Squiggle On-the-Go to win a 2009 Fat Boy Toy Award. I hope they win."