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Great games for family get togethers.  Playable by young and old.
Gifts under $15
Great games and toys under $15.00
Kids 3-6 years
No reading skills required.  Fun, even for adults.
Kids 7-10 or so
Laughter and strategy.  The whole family will love these games with a younger slant.
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Just the newest and hottest games.  Highly recommended.
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LCR - Left Center Right Dice Game
Price $6.95
Sale Price: $4.95

This game is wildly popular.

The luck of your roll tells you whether to give a chip to the person on your right, put some in the center, or give to to the left. We suspect that some people may be using coins rather than chips to boost interest. Set comes with three dice, rules and two dozen chips in a plastic tube.


Warning: Choking Hazard. Small Parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Wizard Card Game - Original Edition
Price $7.95

Wizard is a several times selection of Games Magazine. Wizard is a trumps and bidding game which is easier for kids than hearts (fewer cards to hold, quicker rounds) and as appealing to adults as euchre. In the first round, each player gets one card; there will be one trick. Everyone bids. In the second round there are two tricks. Total of bids may or may not equal the number of tricks available. At the end of the round, each player who makes his bid gets 20 points plus 10 per trick one. Miss your bid and lose 10 points per trick.

Here's how one thoughtful reader responded, "Hi - I'm not too happy with your review of Wizard. We are four adult female relatives who happily play Wizard all afternoon once a week, and have done so for two years straight! It's like Spades plus wild cards, only better. It's a wonderful, wonderful game and I can't figure out why it's not better known - but I don't know anyone who's heard of it.* It's much more interesting than Euchre because of the added risk, and also because it calls for more skill in bidding and taking tricks; that's not a good comparison (Euchre bores us). It's a TERRIFIC game and we're so glad I happened on it at your Keystone Crossing store! - Mary et al. (Indianapolis) Mary also wrote, "We wore out enough sets of cards that we eventually bought plastic cards and made up our own sets, buying blank cards to label 'Wizards'. The cards are not of great quality - poorer quality than generic poker cards you can buy in the drug store."

Another customer testimonial came when I was showing Wizard to a customer in our store recently. A shopper who happened to be standing nearby chimed in. She said, "Our family loves Wizard...even the people who claim not to like cards. We call it the card game for people who don't play card games." She made the sale. * Note to Mary, somebody has heard of Wizard. It has led our card games department in sales for the past two years.

Quiddler *On Sale*
Price $11.95
Sale Price: $9.67

A fast, appealing, and inexpensive word card game. Sort of a gin rummy with words. You start with three cards in your first hand, four on your next, and so on until you are dealt ten cards for your last hand. The challenge is to meld your entire hand into words. Draw and discard in turn. Try to use high scoring letters, but don't get caught with them uncombined. Quiddler rewards forming even short words because there is a bonus for making the most words in each round. Another bonus is rewarded for the longest word played in the round. Quicker and less intimidating than Scrabble Appealing card designs. Solitaire rules included.


Publisher The Set Game Company produces several high quality games, the most popular of which are Set, Quiddler, and Five Crowns.  Be sure and check them out!

Five Crowns
Price $9.95

Five Crowns is not over 'til the kings go wild. This game is very popular for several reasons. It is easily learned, yet addictive.

Fortunes can change quickly, so even if behind, one has hope. Five Crowns is fun for 2 or more. Kids, teens, and adults all

enjoy playing.

There are five suits in five bright colors. In the first round play three cards, threes are wild. Next, four cards; fours are wild.

Remember, the game's not over 'til the kings go wild. The pace is fast and luck is more important than skill.

Publisher The Set Game Company produces several high quality games, the most popular of which are Set, Quiddler, and Five Crowns. Be sure and check them out!

Rat a Tat Cat
Price $9.95

Would you believe that we discontinued this item at one time? Then friends and the Mensa Hall of Fame urged us to give it a try. Fun, fun, fun. We've played at home every night for a week. This is a game that can be played by children as young as 6. All of us are over 13, but still enjoy it. We have customers who are on their second or third set, having worn out previous decks. Mechanics of play are unusual but simple to learn.

You are trying to end the game with the fewest points on your four face-down cards. One wrinkle is that you may only peek at two of your cards as the game begins. Draw a card from the pile, then choose whether to discard it or substitute for one of your 4 cards. Because you sometimes do not know what a card in your hand is, you may put a pretty good card into your own hand and end up discarding a great card for the next player. On the other hand, a "Swap" card sometimes allows you to do the "pole cat pass" where you stick an opponent with one of your lousy cards while making off with his low point cards. "Peek" and "Draw Two" power cards turn up occasionally, allowing players to maneuver and strategize further. Witty pictures of cats (the good guys--low points) and rats (bad guys--high points) illustrate each of the 54 cards. Winner of Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Best Toy Award and the 1996 Mensa Best New Mind Game.

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Slamwich
Price $9.95

A quotation from the game's box: "Parental Alert: A sharp eye and fast hand will prevail, so be warned when you play this game with children." There are 55 amusingly-illustrated, slice-of-bread-shaped cards. Players take turn flipping over a card. Slap the pile when a Slamwich has been built, but don't "Slip Slap" or you lose a card. Very nice components.

Check out other great Gamewright Games!

Crocodile Dentist
Price $14.95

Crocodile dentist has made hundreds of our customers gasp, screech, and giggle. We keep one out on the counter for folks to try.

Poor old croc has a tooth that's bothering him; pretend to be a Dentist to help him out. Press the wrong tooth and he'll surprise you.

Contains: 1 plastic Crocodile. No loose parts.

Bananagrams
Our Price: $14.95

At long last, a fast moving family word game. 

Each player races to use all of his/her tiles in crossword fashion.  Very popular!

From the Publisher:

Bananagrams by Bananagrams is the award winning Anagram Game that will drive you Bananas! It's fast, easy and requires no paper nor pencil. Place all 144 letter tiles face down. For two to four players, each draws 21 letters and begins independently to construct his or her own connecting or intersecting words, rearranging them as often as desired. When a player finishes, additional tiles are drawn from the "bunch." Educational and great family fun! For ages six and up.



Warning: Choking Hazard. Small Parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Snatch-It
Our Price: $14.95

From the publisher:

2005 Top Creative Toy Seal of Excellence Award also 2006 iParenting Media Award Winner.

Combine letters to build a new word or add onto an existing one. As more letter tiles are revealed, the words grow as so does the excitement.

100 plastic letter tiles packed in a 10-1/4" tall plastic tube.
Yamslam
Our Price: $19.95

More fun than Yahtzee?  Maybe.  The racing aspect of this dice game adds some competitive excitement.  Also, some faces of the dice are red and some are black, so it's possible to roll a flush -- another interesting addition.  Great fun for kids and grown-ups alike.

From the manufacturer:

Let the five dice roll you to a win with Yamslam!
Calculated risk and smart strategy will place the odds in your favor. Roll the dice and choose those that will get you the best results. Each combination has a different point value but only 4 corresponding chips, so get the best ones before they run out! Race your friends to the special bonuses and keep the suspense rolling until the end with Yamslam!
Let the good times roll to Yamslam!


Warning: Choking Hazard. Small Parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

   
 
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