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Brain Challenges

Games To Challenge Your Brain


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Catan 5th Edition

Catan Studios
Released: 2015-04-23
Multi-colored Toy (Strategy)

Catan 5th Edition
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  • 3-4 Players, 60 minute playing time
  • New graphics, board and cards
  • Winner of "Game of the Century" award
Product Description:

Your adventurous settlers seek to tame the remote but rich isle of Catan. Start by revealing Catan’s many harbors and regions: pastures, fields, mountains, hills, forests, and desert. The random mix creates a different board virtually every game.

 

     No two games are the same!

     Embark on a quest to settle the isle of Catan!

 

Guide your settlers to victory by clever trading and cunning development. Use resource combinations— grain, wool, ore, brick, and lumber—to buy handy development cards and build roads, settlements, and cities. Acquire your resources through trades, cards, or lucky dice (even outside your turn).

But beware! Someone might cut off your road or buy a monopoly. And you never know when the wily robber might steal some of your precious gains!

 

Catan (aka The Settlers of Catan) has been awarded with “Game of the Year,” “Hall of Fame,” and even “Game of the Century” honors in Germany, the United States, and a host of other countries worldwide. An international favorite, it’s been called the “Perfect Social Game.”

Product Info

  • Ages: 10+
  • Players: 3-4
  • Playing Time: 60 minutes
  • Designer: Klaus Teuber
  • Art: Volkan Baga & Harald Lieske & Stephen Graham Walsh
  • Made in: U.S.A.

 

Components

  • 19 Hexagonal Region Tiles
  • 6 Sea Frame Pieces
  • 9 Extra harbor Pieces
  • 20 Wooden Settlement Pieces
  • 16 Wooden City Pieces
  • 16 Wooden Road Pieces
  • 95 Resources Cards
  • 25 Development Cards
  • 4 Building Cost Cards
  • 2 Special Bonus Cards
  • 18 Number Tokens
  • 2 Dice
  • 1 Wooden Robber Pawn
  • 1 Rulebook & Almanac

Squirrels! - The Fast Paced Strategy Game

da Vinci's Room
Green and Blue Toy

Squirrels! - The Fast Paced Strategy Game
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  • Collect 5 Nut Cards First to Win the Game - Draw from the deck, steal other players cards, hands and make them discard their cards. This game is strategic and fast paced to keep you on your toes.
  • Rated Ages 12+ For Mild Cartoon Violence - Playable by Ages 8-10+
  • Pick Up Your Copy Now for Highly Replayable Fun with Friends and Family
Product Description:
A Family Game for Kids and Adults

Squirrels is an easy card game to pick up and play with a variety of ages. The goal: collect 5 nut cards of the same color. However, to reach your goal you will have to combat other players stealing your cards and placing other road blocks in your way.

Attack Cards and Wild Cards Keep Things Interesting

While you try to collect your nut cards, your friends will play attack cards to steal and discard your cards. Wild cards in the deck make things even a bit more weird as you may end up trading hands with another player or if you're lucky you can end up with a card that counts as any color nut of your choice...

Not All Nuts Are Created Equally

The game features 4 color nuts cards: green, blue, orange and the dreaded nut of unmentionable color. Although there are an equal number of each nut in the deck, the nut of unmentionable color is said to be accursed to squirrels and it is much harder to collect to win than the other 3 colors.

Compact Size Makes it Easy to Pack Up and Travel

Squirrels comes in a compact box which makes it easy to pop in a pocket, purse or bag and take with you on the go. If you're headed out for vacation or on the road and want to play a game on a stop over lunch, squirrels is quick enough to make sure you're back on the road in time, but long enough to stretch the legs.

Rated Ages 12+ for Mild Cartoon Violence (complexity is playable by younger ages)

Sequence Game

By Unknown

Jax
Released: 2006-07-01
Toy (Strategy)

Sequence Game
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  • Easy Enough For Children, Challenging For Adults!
  • High Quality
  • Exceptional performance
Product Description:
It's fun, it's challenging, it's exciting, it's Sequence. Play a card from your hand, place a chip on a corresponding space on the game board when you have five in a row, it's a Sequence. Learn to block your opponents - remove their chips. Watch out for the Jacks, they are wild. With a little strategy and luck, you'll be a winner. Contents: Folding Game Board, 2 Decks of Sequence Cards, 135 Playing Chips and Instructions. For 2 or more players, ages 7 and up. Country of Origin: USA or Hong Kong or China.

Mastermind Game : The Strategy Game of Codemaker vs. Codebreaker

Pressman
Released: 2006-01-01
multi-colored Toy (Strategy)

Mastermind Game : The Strategy Game of Codemaker vs. Codebreaker
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  • Fast, simple strategy game--one of the bestselling games of all time
  • Players take turns setting secret codes and solving the codes
  • Ages 8 and up
  • Classic game of logic an deduction
  • Two players
Product Description:
Test your code-cracking prowess with Mastermind, the challenging game of logic and deduction. Can you crack the code in 10 moves or less? Can you create a code than can't be cracked? With more than 55 million units sold, Mastermind is a great strategy game . . . and one of the world’s most popular games ever. It’s easy to learn and fast to play, and with more than 2,000 possible codes it’s different every time. The Codemaker sets a secret code, then the Codebreaker tries to match the code using logic, deduction, and maybe even a little bit of luck. After each move, the Codemaker gives clues to the Codebreaker. Make the code even more devious by using multiple pegs of the same color or by leaving one or more peg holes empty. With so many possible code combinations, every game is guaranteed to be a brainteaser. All of this mind game's components can be stored in the game board. For 2 players ages 8 and up; the winner will be a true master mind. Includes game console with built-in storage tray and code peg shield, 108 code pegs in 6 colors, 30 key pegs in two colors, and complete instructions.

Diplomacy

Avalon Hill
Toy (Strategy)

Diplomacy
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  • For 2-7 Players
  • European political theme
  • 360 minutes to play
Product Description:
The classic game of negotiation, cunning, and deceit is back. Through negotiations, alliances, and intrigue, expand your empire over pre-World War I Europe. Form alliances and unhatch your traitorous plots as you negotiate and outwit- in a delicate balance of cooperation and competition- to gain dominance of the continent. Your success hinges not on the luck of the dice, but your cunning and cleverness.

Color Cubed Strategy Game

Learning Resources
Toy

Color Cubed Strategy Game
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  • Match the most colors and win!
  • Strengthens spatial and strategic thinking skills by matching color and position
  • For 2-6 players, ages 5+
Product Description:
Color-matching fun for everyone! Place any card to start. Each card includes different combinations of up to four colors, so be sure to look at your cards closely. How many colors can you match with your next play? Match the most colors, and win! This addictive, make-you-think strategy game builds matching, critical thinking, and addition skills. Includes 40 cards and Activity Guide. Cards measure 3″H; box measures 41/2" x 41/2". For 2-6 players. .

Stratego Original

PlayMonster
Toy (Strategy)

Stratego Original
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  • A Napoleonic theme where two armies, complete with spies, battle to win!
  • The classic game of battlefield strategy
Product Description:
Two armies clash. Who will be victorious? Strategy is the classic game of battlefield strategy that has sold over 20 million copies worldwide. For over 50 years, Strategy has thrilled strategy game fans by inspiring them to challenge an opponent and attempt to lead their army to victory. Two players command Napoleonic armies and devise plans to deploy troops, using strategic attacks and clever deception to break through the opponent's line and capture the flag!

Pandemic Board Game

Z-Man Games
Multi Toy (Strategy)

Pandemic Board Game
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  • For 2-4 Players
  • Updated version of the popular co-operative game
Product Description:
Four diseases have broken out in the world and it is up to a team of specialists in various fields to find cures for these diseases before mankind is wiped out. Players must work together playing to their characters' strengths and planning their strategy of eradication before the diseases overwhelm the world with ever-increasing outbreaks. For example the Operation Specialist can build research stations which are needed to find cures for the diseases. The Scientist needs only 4 cards of a particular disease to cure it instead of the normal 5. But the diseases are out breaking fast and time is running out: the team must try to stem the tide of infection in diseased areas while also towards cures. A truly cooperative game where you all win or you all lose.

Dragonwood A Game of Dice & Daring Board Game

Gamewright
multi-colored Toy

Dragonwood A Game of Dice & Daring Board Game
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  • Collect sets of adventurer cards to earn dice
  • Choose your strategy carefully, the landscape of Dragonwood is ever-changing
  • 2 to 4 players
Product Description:
Dare to enter Dragonwood! Deep in the heart of this mythical forest lurk angry ogres, giggling goblins, and even the famed and fearsome fire-breathers themselves! Collect sets of adventurer cards to earn dice, which you will use to roll against your foes. Stomp on some fire ants, shriek at a grumpy troll, or strike the menacing orange dragon with a magical silver sword. Choose your strategy carefully because the landscape of Dragonwood is ever-changing. Only the bravest will overcome the odds to emerge victorious! It may be hard to imagine, but Dragonwood, with its vast array of richly illustrated cards, started out looking much different than where it ended. Inventor Darren Kisgen submitted a prototype without a single illustration - just simple words and numbers written in marker on blank white cards. Well apparently that's all was needed, because within moments, our play testers were enraptured with the simple-to-learn but deeply engaging fantasy-themed game. Illustrator Chris Beatrice beautifully captured the wit and humor depicted in Darren's words to create one of our most visually appealing games.

Anti-Monopoly

University Games
Released: 2007-06-01
Multi Toy (Strategy)

Anti-Monopoly
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  • Anti-Monopoly from University Games is a fresh twist on the classic game of real estate
  • Includes game board, plastic playing pieces, cards and play money
  • University Games offers you and your family creative games that are easy to learn and fun to play
Product Description:
Anti-Monopoly from University Games is a fun update of the classic game invented by Elizabeth Magie 100 years ago. It's a twist right out of the headlines, as free market competitors clash with ruthless monopolists. In Anti-Monopoly, you must choose a side before the game begins. Will you be a monopolist or a free market competitor? The two types of players follow different rules in their quest for big money. This idea of movement and choice makes Anti-Monopoly the first game of its kind. Includes game board, cards, play money and plastic playing pieces. Suitable for 2 - 4 players age 8 and up. Made in the USA. University Games offers you and your family original ways to have fun. Creative gameplay and quality components are our standard. We know that people want to play right away, so our games are easy to learn. Our games keep all players involved, even when it’s not their turn. The games combine luck and skill and present a new challenge each time you play. And all University Games products make learning fun. Spend time with us and you can have a great time with your family, get to know the neighbors, entertain your friends, and even learn to read.


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