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xSpooky's Brain Trust Pick

ThinkFun's

Code Master™
The Ultimate Coding Board Game

Make programming fun by learning the basics without a computer! In Code Master, your Avatar travels to an exotic world in search of power Crystals. Along the way, you use programming logic to navigate the Map. Think carefully, in each level, only one specific sequence of actions will lead to success. Once you collect all the Crystals and land at the Portal, you win! Playing Code Master won’t just teach you principles behind programming, you’ll also build planning, sequential reasoning and problem-solving skills.

The game can be played alone or with a group and is designed for ages 8 and up. Youngsters may need some help getting started from their parents. Conversely older adults may need some help from their teens to get started (ahem). Which is to say, it might take a thoughtful minute to get going. Once you understand the basics, though, you’ve got 60 logic puzzles to solve at your leisure. The challenges range from beginner to expert with higher-level challenges employing programming techniques like loops and conditional statements.
Code Master includes a game board, a map book, a scroll guide, an instruction manual/answer book and a handful of pieces and tokens

Features:
Avatar
Portal
6 Crystals
10 Maps with 60 Levels
12 Guide Scrolls
12 Action Tokens
8 Conditional Tokens
Instructions with Solutions


 

Claire Elizabeth Whitney's Game Pick

Top Trumps

Each game consists of 30 topical cards with engaging content: facts, stats and info to support image!

This proprietary brand is endorsed by educators and encourages camouflaged learning.

Travel the length and breadth of the world with Top Trumps, from pole to pole and across the equator.Each pack of cards is based on a theme, such as cars, aircraft, boats, dinosaurs, or characters from a popular film or television series. Each card in the pack shows a list of numerical data about the item. For example, in a pack based on cars, each card shows a different model of car, and the stats and data may include its engine size, its weight, its length, and its top speed. If the theme is about a TV series or film, the cards include characters and the data varying from things like strength and bravery to fashion and looks, depending on the criteria.
All the cards are dealt among the players. There must be at least two players, and at least one card for each player. The starting player (normally the player sitting on the dealer's left) selects a category from his or her topmost card and reads out its value. Each other player then reads out the value of the same category from their cards. The best (usually the largest; in the case of a sports car's weight or a sprinter's 100m time, for instance, lower is considered better) value wins the "trick", and the winner takes all the cards of the trick and places them at the bottom of his or her pile. The winner then looks at her/his new topmost card, and chooses the category for the next round.


In the event of a draw the cards are placed in the center and a new category is chosen from the next card by the same person as in the previous round. The winner of that round obtains all of the cards in the center as well as the top card from each player.

Players are eliminated when they lose their last card, and the winner is the player who obtains the whole pack. Some variants of the rules allow 'three card pick', whereby a player who has only three cards remaining is allowed to choose any of their three cards to play with. Typically, this lengthens the game considerably.

In the Countrys deck yopu find out about each country's highest point, their population and how far they are from DC. Beautiful images, maps of the world and of course, amazing facts make this pack of Top Trumps a globe-trotter's dream! This pack also features our Treasure Hunt bonus game - answer the questions on the cards and decipher the code to unlock some cool prizes online. The world's a pretty awesome place, so what are you waiting for - grab this pack now and start wowing your mates with your mind-blowing Top Trumps knowledge.

In Wonder of the World you go from grand canyons to wild waterfalls, we've scoured the globe to bring you WONDERS OF THE WORLD Top Trumps! Thirty of the most breathtaking and awe-inspiring sights that Planet Earth has to offer, including the world's most dangerous volcano (hot stuff), a gigantic South American glacier (pretty cool), and the only living thing visible from space (clue: it's not a sumo wrestler). This pack also features our Treasure Hunt bonus game - answer the questions on the cards and decipher the code to unlock some cool prizes online.

 

Other decks include the topics, Marvel Universe, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Dinosaurs, USA, Presidents, Space, Sports Cars, Creatures of the deep and dozens more.

Price per deck is about $10


Nina Ricardo's Favorite

Nintendo's Classic Mini is a tiny NES with 30 games

Relive your childhood memories


That old NES in your attic is a pain to drag out of its box whenever you get the hankering for a rousing game of Super Mario Bros. 3.

Enter the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition and is described by the company as a "near-identical, mini replica" version of the original NES console which was released in 1985.

The diminutive version of one of the most influential home video game consoles of all time will launch with over 30 NES titles preloaded, including Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy and Metroid. The mix also includes some surprising choices such as StarTropics, but it's a well-rounded sampling of the best the system has to offer.

The full list includes Balloon Fight, Bubble Bobble, Castlevania, Castlevania II: Simon's Quest, Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., Double Dragon II: The Revenge, Dr. Mario, Excitebike, Final Fantasy, Galaga, Ghosts' N Ghoblins, Gradius, Ice Climber, Kid Icarus, Kirby's Adventure, Mario Bros., Mega Man 2, Metroid, Ninja Gaiden, Pac-Man, Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream, StarTropics, SUPER C, Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Bros. 3, Tecmo Bowl, The Legend of Zelda and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.

You'll get the preloaded games, an HDMI cable, an AC adapter and one NES Classic Controller, which obviously looksexactly like the ones you're used to. Nintendo has offered a few more details about the micro console, including whether or not it can connect to the internet to download more games and if the company will release additional software for it.

For those that want to play with a second player, Nintendo confirmed that the replica console will support two-player functionality for games with that option and a second controller can be purchased for $9.99. Players with a Classic Controller or Classic Controller Pro can also use those, according to the company

The system launches this November 11th for $59.99 across North America and the UK.


Zoey Ricardo's Kid's Movies s

"Peter Rabbit "

As in the book published in 1902, the story begins with Peter Rabbit (James Corden) disobeying his parents' rules and sneaking into Old Mr. McGregor's vegetable garden for a snack. Old Mr. McGregor gives chase, but Peter and his trusty sidekick, Benjamin Bunny (Colin Moody) elude capture. All the running around gives the old man a heart attack, and Peter assumes all their problems are solved — until McGregor's great-nephew moves in.

Thomas McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson at his most playful) is a tightly wound Londoner who resents relocating to the countryside to care for the property. He's still apoplectic about being passed over for a promotion at Harrods, and that irritation is compounded when he discovers his great-uncle's house and garden are overrun with cotton-tailed cuties he calls vermin.

 

The rabbits' savior — and maybe Thomas', too — is Bea (Rose Byrne), a kind-hearted animal lover who lives next door. She moved to the country to paint, and her best pieces recall Potter's original "Peter Rabbit" illustrations. Those illustrations come to life at various points during the film. The simple, hand-drawn animation contrasts beautifully with the slick digital work that comprises most of the movie, inserting realistic-looking talking rabbits into live-action

Peter recruits his younger sisters into the battle for McGregor's garden. Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki and Daisy Ridley respectively voice Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-Tail, and while these T-shirt-wearing bunnies are undoubtedly adorable, the top-level talent behind them is underused (with the exception of Robbie, who also narrates the film).
As the conflict over the garden escalates, it becomes clear that Peter and Thomas aren't just fighting over vegetables, but for Bea's affections. It's a modern romantic take on the classic rabbit tale.

The Players: James Corden, Fayssal Bazzi, Domhnall Gleeson, Sia, Colion Moody, Sam Niell, Margot Robbie, Daisey Ridley

Directed by Will Gluck
Screenplay by Rob Lieber
Released by Columbia Pictures



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