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Boom Boom Balloon Makes Family Game Night a Blast

The sound of a balloon popping always makes your heart skip a beat, but Boom Boom Balloon, from Spin Master, turns all that anxiety into a fun game! Players ages 7 and up roll the… read more

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Angry Birds Telepods Line for Star Wars II

Hasbro Inc.‘s Telepods line uses patented new technology to allow kids to play in two ways: In the physical space and through full integration with apps. The Telepods play experience is available in a new… read more

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Diggin Active Orbits into Fun

Diggin Active is bringing power-packed fun to the backyard this summer with Punch Paddles. Punch Paddles is a new paddle game where each kid wears a huge soft fist to punch the ball back and… read more

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Skylanders Swap Force: Neat Toys, Fun Game

This week, The Toy Insider got a chance to preview the upcoming Skylanders Swap Force video game and toys from Activision at an after-school event in New York City. The original entry in the series,… read more

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Toy Insider Moms Gives Input to Woman’s Day Magazine

Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht shared her picks for great games to create a little friendly competition this summer with Woman’s Day. Her picks include Smakaball, the Nerf N-Sports Flag Football Set, the Wave Hoop,… read more

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Gamewright Serves Up Sludge

Monster Café, from Gamewright, is a terribly tasty new card game. Players lay down cards to seat hungry monsters around tables filled with such revolting refreshments as Roasted Roadkill, Boiled Brains, and Stinky Sock Stew.… read more

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What’s More Fun Than Stealing Gold?

Fandooble, from MindTwister USA, is a great game for kids—and adults—looking for a medieval fix. Players try to earn the most gold by stealing it from Dragons and other players. The game includes four dice,… read more

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Get the Picture?

Get the Picture, by Mindware, is a brain-bending spin on dot-to-dot puzzles. Two players or teams of kids ages 8 and up race to identify their mystery images by following secret clues. The clue windows… read more

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Embrace Your Inner Salesman with Snake Oil

Snake Oil is a family and party game, from Out of the Box Publishing, for three to 10 players ages 10 and up. It is the perfect ice-breaker, allowing players to come up with silly… read more

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Fun in a Flash: Quick Games for Families

On rainy days, classic favorites such as Scrabble and Monopoly are perfect to entertain kids. But some busy families might not have hours to devote to board games. There are great new games on the… read more

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