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Brain Challenges

Games To Challenge Your Brain


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Exploding Kittens: A Card Game About Kittens and Explosions and Sometimes Goats

Exploding Kittens LLC
Toy

Exploding Kittens: A Card Game About Kittens and Explosions and Sometimes Goats
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  • Exploding Kittens is a card game for people who are into kittens and explosions and laser beams and sometimes goats.
  • This is the most-backed project in Kickstarter history and all cards feature illustrations by The Oatmeal.
  • This box, like 99.99% of boxes, does not meow.
Product Description:
Exploding Kittens is a card game for people who are into kittens and explosions and laser beams and sometimes goats. In this highly-strategic, kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette, players draw cards until someone draws an Exploding Kitten, at which point they explode, they are dead, and they are out of the game -- unless that player has a defuse card, which can defuse the Kitten using things like laser pointers, belly rubs, and catnip sandwiches. All of the other cards in the deck are used to move, mitigate, or avoid the Exploding Kittens. Exploding Kittens is the most-backed crowd funded project ever, the most-funded game in the history of Kickstarter, and has paved the way for peace and tranquility in the modern world.

Catan 5th Edition

Catan Studios
Released: 2015-04-23
One Colour 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

Citadels

By Bruno Faidutti

Fantasy Flight Games
Released: 2013-07-28
Toy (Strategy)

Citadels
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  • For 2-7 Players
  • A compelling card game of nobles, intrigue, and cities
  • For Ages: 10+
  • Playing Time: 20 60 min
Product Description:
Nominated for the German Game of the Year in 2000, Citadels has finally arrived in an English-language edition. Game enthusiasts of all genres will be enchanted by this wonderful game of bluffing, deduction, and city-building. Wrapped in a medieval theme and gorgeously illustrated, players seek to be the first to complete a grand city of their own. Each game round players secretly take the roles of either the King, Magician, Architect, Assassin, Thief, Bishop, General, or Merchant and seek to use the powers of such offices in their efforts to win the game. As an additional bonus, the English version will ship with 10 new cards designed by Bruno Faidutti himself. These cards feature new locations and new characters to make your game of Citadels even more diverse than the original German version. The game is for 2 to 7 players and it takes 20-60 minutes to play. From the Manufacturer.

Pyramix - The Three Sided Strategy Game

Gamewright
multi-colored Toy (Strategy)

Pyramix - The Three Sided Strategy Game
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  • Includes 56 cubes
  • Rules of play and in Spanish
  • Playing time: 15 minutes
Product Description:
Pull apart the pyramid! In this simple yet elegant strategy game, take turns removing one cube at a time from the pyramid stack. As cubes come out, others will slide down towards the base. Plan your moves carefully as the bottom-most cubes are worth big points at the end. And watch out for cobras that may drop in and take a bite out of your score!

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.

Mastermind Game -- The Strategy Game of Codemaker vs. Codebreaker -- Can You Crack the Code?

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

Mastermind Game -- The Strategy Game of Codemaker vs. Codebreaker -- Can You Crack the Code?
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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.

Codenames

Czech Games
na Toy (Party)

Codenames
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  • For 2-8+ Players
  • Ages 14 and up
Product Description:
Codenames is a social word game with a simple premise and challenging game play. Two rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents. Their teammates know the agents only by their codenames. The teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first. Spymasters give one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the table. Their teammates try to guess words of their color while avoiding those that belong to the opposing team. And everyone wants to avoid the assassin. The game works very well with 4 players if you prefer to guess without help. Or you can add more players if you prefer lively discussion. There is also a cooperative variant where a single team tries to achieve the highest score they can by playing against the game itself.

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.

Ticket To Ride

By Various

Click&Buy
Released: 2007-05-01
DESIGN 1 Toy (Strategy)

Ticket To Ride
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  • For 2-5 players
  • One of the most popular specialty games of all time
  • There are 225 Colored Train Cars
Product Description:
Ticket To Ride

7 Wonders

Asmodee
Released: 2011-03-28
Toy (Strategy)

7 Wonders
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  • For 3-7 Players
  • Great strategy game
Product Description:
You are the leader of one of the 7 great cities of the Ancient World. Gather resources, develop commercial routes and affirm your military supremacy. Build your city and erect an architectural wonder which will transcend future times.


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