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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

from Winningmoves Inc.

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


Chad Wilson-Wright's Favorites

Lunii's My Fabulous Storyteller


Do you like storytelling? Then here's Lunii's "My Fabulous Storyteller", which allows kids 3 - 8 yrs to create their own stories and hear it played back to them screen free. Lunii "My Fabulous Storyteller" is really simple to use. Kids can choose options to put together a story including the hero, the place, and the object. Then listen to it play back.

They can create and hear one of the 48 stories. It is up to them to choose. There's also a LuniiStore with more content so kids have unlimited possibilities with the creative storytelling. The Lunii founders also mentioned some education elements including learning numbers, history, etc. Those options aren't fully available in the English version yet but they promise to send me more info and demo unit to try out Lunii "My Fabulous Storyteller."

There are 48 Stories in the Box + 6 free "Good night" stories with the application plus hundreds more stories to download on the Lunii Store
Audio Stories where the child is the hero
Battery powered Toy rechargeable with an USB cable
Mac and PC connectivity.

Lunii’s Fabulous Storyteller is the new-generation, fun and interactive storyteller. Start your adventure with 48 original stories, following Susan and Ben on unexpected journeys.
My Fabulous Storyteller allows children to create their own choices, simply and intuitively, by toggling and pushing buttons. They can choose a HERO, a WORLD, a COMPANION and an OBJECT – and navigate whole worlds of wonder.
There are always more options at the Luniistore – more stories, games and discoveries – to ensure that learning is always fun.The perfect gift for car trips! My 4 years old son adopted it in 2 minutes, super easy to use, nice stories that are not too long! A brilliant and intelligent game!


Chad Wilson-Wright's Kids Movie s

"Goosebumps Haunted Halloween"

While collecting junk one day, best friends Sonny and Sam find a magic book that brings Slappy, a mischievous talking dummy from an unpublished "Goosebumps" book by R.L. Stine to life. Hoping to start his own family, Slappy kidnaps Sonny's mother and brings all of his ghoulish friends back to life -- just in time for Halloween.

As the sleepy town becomes overrun with monsters, witches and other mysterious creatures, Sonny joins forces with his sister, Sam and a kindly neighbor to save Sonny's mom and foil Slappy's much more evil and sinister plan.


The Players: Wendi McLendon-Covey, Madison Iseman, Jeremy Ray, Ken Jeong and Jack Black

Directed by Ari Sandel
Screenplay by Rob Lieber and Rob Lieber
Released by Columbia Pictures

 



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