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1. 3-D Solar System - Boxed Glow
$19.99
2. Glow in the Dark Star Explosions
3. Harry Potter Magic Puzzles
$24.99
4. Murder on the Grill
5. Colorforms Games Silly Faces
$24.99
6. Pasta Passion & Pistols Mystery
7. Fact Or Crap
8. A Taste for Wine and Murder Mystery
$14.99
9. Secret Square Board Game
10. Colorforms Dress-Up Activity Set
list($21.99)
11. Kids Battle The Grown Ups
$7.99 list($9.99)
12. My First Brain Quest: Fruit Dominoes
$23.99
13. Battle of the Sexes
$25.99
14. Worst Case Scenario Game
$21.99
15. Staying Alive
$15.99
16. 20 Questions
17. Murder at St. Andrews Puzzle (1,000
$16.99 list($19.99)
18. Game Of Knowledge
19. Impossibles 750-piece Jigsaw Puzzle:
$24.99
20. Reel Clues

1. 3-D Solar System - Boxed Glow In The Dark Stars and Planets

Asin: B000066HSN
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: University Games
Sales Rank: 1992
Average Customer Review: 4.07 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (15)

No Sun No Solar System!
You can't very well have a solar system without a sun and this product does not have one. Ridiculous!

Vincent 's favorite Night time activitie
I purchased this for my son (He just turned 2) after he was totally taken with Baby Einstein's Baby Galileo's Dvd. It's a bit of a pain with the installation (fishing wire, and those very tiny star tac's ). But other than that its a great way for children to learn about the solar system.

A must have!!!!!!!!

I want one too
My daughter got one of these but never showed much interest, so we hung it in my 4-yo son's room. It was so cool, the planets glow really brightly and in different colors....Jupiter is kind of red and neptune is blueish. I take every opportunity to go in his room and watch these, I want my own set. Now all I need to do is convince my wife.
Very cool toy.

Educational Room Decorations
The educational value of having the planets hang from our son's room is great. At 4 years-old, he could name the nine planets thanks in large part to this "toy". So I give it the highest marks in educational value. A little tid-bit about each of the planets is provided on a panthlet in this set and I read it to our son as my husband hung the set. Our son actually memorized much of what I read to him and when the set was new he asked me to reread the panthlet to him several times to fill in the pieces of information that he had forgotten.

It's also fun in that our son enjoys showing it to our guests and telling them about the planets. However, I rate the set as 4 out of 5 stars in the fun category simply because it is more like decoration. This set hangs from the ceiling, so you never play with it or even touch it once it is hung. You simply enjoy looking at it and talking about it.

The downside of this set is that the stars are really small stickers so you will want to purchase some larger glow-in-the-dark stars. Also it is a pain to hang this set since you have to tie fishing line to each of the planets and then use tack-like objects to connect them to the ceiling. But once you have it all set up your child will probably be pleased.

The Case of the Missing Sun
I am currently considering purchasing this toy for my 7 year old nephew. From the reviews, it sounds pretty neat. However, for all those reviewers who were mourning the lack of a sun, allow me to point out that this set seems to be scientifically to scale. Since that is the case, a 3d model of the sun would be thousands of times larger than the model of the earth, hence you would have about a 6 foot wide sun model to hang from your ceiling! That might just be a little too awkward.

Still think I'm going to purchase it, though. ... Read more


2. Glow in the Dark Star Explosions

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Asin: B00001LDDR
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: University Games
Sales Rank: 1385
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Editorial Review

This Star Explosion kit allows children to create a universe intheir own bedrooms. With over 500 glow-in-the-dark adhesive pieces tochoose from (including stars of all sizes, comets, asteroids, and spiralgalaxies), junior astronomers can create star displays, black-holeeffects, and, with the aid of the included star map, actualconstellations. There are 364 small (.25-inch to 1.5-inch) star stickersand about 200 larger (1.5-inch to 5.5-inch) plastic shapes that adhereto walls and ceilings with the putty that comes with the set (it's safeto use on most surfaces). The stickers and plastic shapes are made ofGlominite, a safety-tested product that stores light. Each time theGlominite shapes are exposed to light, they recharge--so that theglowing keeps on going. --Kathryn Gustafson ... Read more

Reviews (1)

WE TURNED THE BEDROOM INTO A GALAXY
I had a lot of fun with my granchildren transforming their bedroom into a glowing galaxy. There was more than enough stars to make a bunch of constellations on their ceiling. These are easy to use and weren't messy at all. The kids love staring at the stars and pointing out the names of constellation before they go to bed at night. I was surprised when they started pointing out the real ones once we were outside one evening.
The experience really turned them on to learning about the constellations. We even ended up buying a real telescope and book about stars. What a fun way to learn for all of us. ... Read more


3. Harry Potter Magic Puzzles

Asin: B000056CGX
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: University Games
Sales Rank: 8854
Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (5)

A bit confused
I tried playing with this game, but I couldn't figure out how to get the spiral game to work. That is the only one I have tried sp far and I've only been trying for about a half hour, but it gave me a head ache, so i gave up. But other than that, the game was a ton of fun and is sure to keep me busy for a long time.

An Uncle who bought a cool gift
I bought the Harry Potter Magic Puzzles for my nieces and I scored some major brownie points. They loved this at first because it was about their hero, Harry Potter, however, they play with it for hours on end. Putting the puzzles together is fun in itself, but then there are the cool magic tricks and the VERY COOL optical illusion using the spiral disk too. This is great for any kid interested in magic, as well jigsaw puzzles and Harry! A big thumbs up!

5-0 out of 5 stars ?
This game is cool.
anybody can play this game.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best
It works perfectly and it is so cool!!! I LOVE IT!!!

3-0 out of 5 stars Harry Potter game
This was ok i guess.

I'm a British fan though and it said Sorcerers in stead of Philosophers stone but it doesn't matter that much.

I would say this game is pretty good, but you've gotta be a Potter lover to play. If your not or have never read the books you could find it very confusing.

I'm 12 and I understood it though, but the instructions were very confusing and it took ages to work them all out, i spent about 4 hours trying to work out how you caught the snitches!

It was quite durable but hadly educational

Thankyou for allowing me to show my personal opinions of this truly athentic game with you Americans! ... . ... Read more


4. Murder on the Grill

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Asin: B00000J01D
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: University Games
Sales Rank: 4704
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Editorial Review

Could it be Ivan Spudnik, the Russian rocket scientist, ormaybe Chubby Cheddar, the hit rock 'n' roll musician with a secret?Somebody put a barbecue fork through car dealer Tom Dooley, and thatsomebody is at your dinner party. Bepuzzled's popular Murder àLa Carte series makes your home the scene of the crime with a complete1950's murder mystery that places your guests as the chief suspects.Only one of them knows for sure who put the fork in Dooley. Six toeight friends play roles from a sexy divorceé to greaser JohnnyAngel, with plenty of scripts and suggestions on how to ham it up. Theset includes an audiotape guide, background booklets for each player,special clues (including mysterious checks and blackmail letters), andanything else you need for an evening of unpredictable fun. There areeven party invitations and tasty recipes. --Paul Hughes ... Read more

Reviews (1)

A Murder Party for Adults
The box says this is for "Adults", especially since the game contains some flirty statements and descriptive accusations in the script. At the end of each script or dialogue each person had to accuse others of being the murderer, based on facts in their script booklet. The party planner's book gives great suggestions for props, music and food. We checked out a 50's CD from the library and played it all night long. We also had a hula hoop, 50's book and a 57 Chevy prop to go with the theme. The end had quite a twist, which made it fun and interesting. Overall, a fun game! Requires about three hours to play game. Note to Party Planner: Read through the first dialogue of the part you play to better understand how the dialogue should go. This will help you better explain to others. Have fun! ... Read more


5. Colorforms Games Silly Faces

Asin: B00000IZW2
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: University Games
Sales Rank: 5453
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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Editorial Review

How many times have you said, "Your face will stick that way"?If you've tried to discourage your kids from sticking out their tongues or pulling on their cheeks, try redirecting their face-making energies to the Colorforms Silly Faces Game. The object of the game is to assemble an indescribably silly Colorforms face on the blank character card. Give the spinner a whirl for the type of feature--eyes, nose, mouth, hat and hair, and ears. Pick the piece that's just right and then place the item on your character--it sticks like magic. The first person to complete a face wins the game. No reading is required, so once kids understand the rules they can play independently. --Lisa Whipple ... Read more

Reviews (6)

4-0 out of 5 stars A nice change.
For a parent who remembers Colorforms from her own childhood, I enjoy watching my four year old experiment with the silly faces in this game. The game itself is fun and he can "play" it by himself just by making up the silliest faces he can. The big problem I've had with the game is the small cards they supply to store the colorforms on. There are specific places to put each of the pieces and my child doesn't have the coordination to put them away himself. The game comes with a warning to store the colorforms carefully or they may stick to each other and lose their coloring. A simple large card would have worked much better.

5-0 out of 5 stars My pre-schooler loves this game!
My 3 year-old received this for Christmas and it was a huge hit! The rules were immediately understood by him and he loves to make silly faces. It has also helped him to understand taking turns and sharing as well as how to lose, and win, gracefully. He loves for me to get this game down for him to play alone -- he just likes to make a silly face on each of the four cards to show me. I like the fact that he will play with by himself since that allows me the time to do housework or feed his younger sister! The only problem that we have had with the game is a really minor one and that is the plastic piece underneath the spinner that holds the arrow on will come off from time to time, but it just has to be snapped back into place and we're off and running again. All in all, I think this is a really fun game for the little ones and I would recommend it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun, but...
The paint comes off the Colorforms pieces when the back and front are stuck together. My child complains that they do not look "pretty" anymore.

5-0 out of 5 stars My kids love to make Silly Faces!
My kids love to play this game! The rules are simple, the concept is great, and they can make hundreds of silly faces so the game is different every time they play. I also found that they pick this game up and play with it by themselves as a play set-I've never found another game that has this feature (it also makes me feel like this is a great value!). Finally, I've loved Colorforms since I was a kid, so I'm delighted that my kids love them too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great game for preschoolers
This was the perfect first game for my mature toddler. I loved to watch him surprise himself as he mixed and matched the components of a face into outrageous combinations! ... Read more


6. Pasta Passion & Pistols Mystery Dinner Party Game

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Asin: B00000J00L
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: University Games
Sales Rank: 1943
Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
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Editorial Review

Put on your own mystery dinner theater: murder's on the menu, and everyone's a suspect in this grownup game for six to eight players. The game includes everything you need to serve up mystery, murder, and fun: a shopping list, menus, and recipes by cookbook author Sandra Gluck; eight party invitations and envelopes; place cards; secret clues; and, best of all, a murder mystery to solve. Invite your friends to dress up and play the roles of the devious suspects (each with his or her own character booklet with roles and background info): Rocco Scarfazzi, Mama Rosa, Marco Roni, Bo Jalais, Angel Roni, Tara Misu, Father Al Fredo, and Clair Voyant. Serve up a meal or light snack, play the (included) cassette tape with its introduction, summary of events, and solution to the crime. Find out who killed New York restaurateur Pepi Roni, and why. --Rebecca Hughes ... Read more

Reviews (7)

A Killer Evening!
We invited 3 of our couple friends to be the guests for the evening. We played Italian music in the background-- the theme from The Godfather was perfect! All of our guests took time to dress up; one of our guests (in his vinter role) even brought his own wine glass and stained his fingers a purplish color! We had each couple bring a pizza and a bottle of wine; we served appetizers and dessert! What a blast. Took photos and mugshots (a line up of all the suspects against the wall). It DID take a lot more work to host and play a role, but it was a delight for everyone! We spent hours playing the game, but it was a lot of laughs and the ending was a great surprise! Just relax and invite friends who love to let their hair down!

Great Fun!
My friends and I had such a blast playing this game. We all were in costume/character all evening and had a wonderful 5 course meal. We did lots of decorating as well. One of the funnisest was, The "victim" is the twin brother of one of the characters so we enlarged a photo of the guy coming as the twin and hung it on the wall. We surrounded it with candles as sort of a vigil to the dearly departed. The hostess had a T-shirt made that said "I Killed Pepi Roni" to give as a gift to the "murderer". They had a chalk outline on the sidewalk in front of their house with yellow "caution" tape wrapped around it. Since we stayed in character, ate our meal between scenes, and just had fun in general, it took us several hours to complete. A very fun evening.

A night of fun
This was the 1st mystery dinner we had ever tried - and we've been having them on a regular basis ever since then. This game is easy to prepare for, easy to participate in and FUN! A great night - without a doubt.

3-0 out of 5 stars A fun idea for a dinner party
Rather than prepare the suggested menu, everyone was assigned a dish with an Italian theme, that took alot of work off of the hostess. We all dressed in costume. Some people had real problems translating the third person descriptions into first person. If anyone wears reading glasses, make sure that they bring them! Overall, we had a great time, and are planning another one, looking for the Lethal Luau version for next time.

4-0 out of 5 stars Needed a bit more instruction
My guests arrived in their designated costumes, and all had a great time in just the preparation of their characters. The guests chose to help me out by preparing some of the dishes. We went straight out of the book. The mushroom salad was not enough to feed the eight I had in attendance. The green beans needed to be cooked longer than the book suggested. The onion topped Boboli was a hit!! No one knew if the roasted peppers were to be served as an appetizer, salad or main course...we live in Texas.
The character books need to be written in first person,(the you's need to be replaced with I's), as the guests were very dependent on their scripts. We didn't get in to the challenging very well until the third round and only because one of my guests had been to a mystery dinner before. ... Read more


7. Fact Or Crap

Asin: B000066544
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: University Games
Sales Rank: 9421
Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (5)

It Got the Party Started!
My brother borrowed my Fact or Crap game, after I told him how much fun my husband and I had with it with our friends (We are in our low 30's). My brother and his friends are in their 20's.
He threw it in the trunk of his car, where it sat for weeks! One night, he was at a party with his girlfriend and it was pretty lame. My brother remembered the game in the trunk and brought in and everybody started playing it. It really sparked conversation and there were all different ages and types of people there. The party really came to life and it turned out to be a fun night. My brother said that people even learned a lot while playing. And...That's a fact!

* * Very Fun Game * *
Fun game that will give you lots of laughs!!

* Just Plain Fun *
This is a great game if you just want a simple night to kick back and have lots of fun and laughs.I am in my 20's and play this when we have family gatherings or when my friends and I are just hangin' at home for the night.We love it and always have such a blast while playing it.

not worth it
boring - a one note game. this could have been a card game - i thought it would be more involved. when you guess something correctly, you get a token and once the tokens are gone, you count them up and whoever has the most wins. the only twist is a kind of lightning round, but it's not enough to keep it interesting. the questions are cute, but the novelty wears off sooner than later.

Balderdash is more fun...sitting around without a game and talking is more fun.

Get Hooked
If you love trivia, you have got to get this game! It's fast, easy, and there is no board to have to deal with. You can play singles or doubles. I just wish there were additional cards that we can buy as we have gone through all the cards several times. You will have hours of fun, but I feel the questions are too hard for children. ... Read more


8. A Taste for Wine and Murder Mystery Game

Asin: B00000J00M
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: University Games
Sales Rank: 8373
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Editorial Review

Put on your own mystery dinner theater: murder's on the menu, and everyone's a suspect in this grownup game for six to eight players. The game includes everything you need to serve up mystery, murder, and fun: a shopping list, menus, and recipes by cookbook author Sandra Gluck; eight party invitations and envelopes; place cards; secret clues; and, best of all, a murder mystery to solve. Just invite your friends to dress up and play the roles of the devious suspects (each with his or her own character booklet with roles and background info): Otto Von Schnapps, Tiny Bubbles, Papa Vito, Marilyn Merlot, Ralph Rottingrape, Hedy Shablee, Bonny Lass, and Bud Wizer. Serve up a meal or light snack, play the (included) cassette tape with its introduction, summary of events, and solution to the crime. Find out who killed California vineyard owner Barry Underwood, and why. --Rebecca Hughes ... Read more

Reviews (4)

A Taste for Wine and Murder
Although this murder mystery game set made for a fun evening with friends, it was rather confusing. I recommend reading the first dialogue so that you can get a feel for it, and explain it better to your guests. Also, please let your guests know that if their character booklet says anything about a "clue #x" at any point, have them let the rest know. The "clue" booklets are vital to determining the murderer[ess]. Overall, take time to decide what to say to your guests when explaining how the game runs, and make sure that you don't leave anything out of the explanation.

5-0 out of 5 stars Do you drink wine? If so, grab this game!
OK, I have to first admit that I *love* these kinds of party games. The whole idea of dressing up, hanging out with friends and trying to solve a mystery together while you eat delicious food is just about the most enjoyable way I can imagine to spend with 7 of my best friends. This game makes it so easy! You follow the instructions, hand out the notes to the players, and it's all set! A definite must-have for any fun-loving wine drinker! Perhaps the only drawback might be that some people just don't enjoy these sorts of play-acting games. So choose friends that really have fun with this.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun, fun, fun!
What fun my friends and I had while doing this murder mystery party. A must for game-players and wine-lovers!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Fun! Good wine, good food and good friends!
We had a great time with 7 guests and a four course meal. We served a different California wine with each course. We played a round in between each course and remained in character the whole evening. It was a blast! ... Read more


9. Secret Square Board Game

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Asin: B00000IVTU
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: University Games
Sales Rank: 1686
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Editorial Review

Much like playing 20 questions, this wonderful game sharpens thinking skills while providing lots of competitive fun. It begins when 25 picture pieces are laid out in a five-inch-by-five-inch square. One player hides a token while the others try to find it by asking questions about the picture it's under. If the player asks, "Can it fly?" and the other player says "No," all squares with flying things are removed. If a player asks, "Is it alive?" and the other player answers, "Yes," all squares depicting nonliving things are removed, and so. This process continues until players have narrowed down the square that hides the token. The game is deceptively simple, yet calls for carefully thought-out questioning to win quickly. It's fun for two to four players and requires no reading. --Lee Strucker ... Read more

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great deductive reasoning skills
My son received this game when he was 5 and he still likes playing it 2 years later. It is fun without the pressure of a win/lose scenerio. I'm ordering one for my nephew who just turned 5. I highly recommend this game. ... Read more


10. Colorforms Dress-Up Activity Set

Asin: B00000IZWA
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: University Games
Sales Rank: 8717
Average Customer Review: 3.91 out of 5 stars
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Editorial Review

This Colorforms Dress-Up Activity Set helps teach two crucial things that are often difficult for kids to learn: taking turns and coordination. Each player begins with a shiny cardboard character wearing a swimsuit and in desperate need of fashion assistance. The object of the game is to assemble a fabulous Colorforms outfit for your character. Spin the spinner for type of clothing--shoes, skirt or pants, shirt, purse, glasses, necklace, or hat.Pick out the piece that's just right and place it on your character--it sticks like magic! The first person to complete an ensemble wins the game. No reading is required, so once kids understand the rules they can play independently. --Lisa Whipple ... Read more

Reviews (11)

3-0 out of 5 stars good concept but....
Bought this for my 2 and 3 year old children at Christmas. My daughter likes it better than her older brother.

It's a game, but she just likes to dress up the cardboard figures.

Personally, I hate the small colorform pieces. They tend to get lost very easily. The cardboard doll stands fell apart after 2 uses.

Good toy for the price.
I tried to find regular colorforms and couldn't. This is a good game for the money, but the clothes don't stick on very well. Although the pieces are colorful, cute and durable.

WE LOVE THIS GAME
I have played this game with all my neices and nephews, from 2 1/2 to 7yrs. All the kids love it and a great game that doesnt really make a mess. Kids sit still and are entertained. I am on my 2nd game now cause I had to give the first one to a niece and bought it for several kids. I Can't say enough good things about this game, although its really getting hard to find in the stores lately.

This is a fun game for little girls
This game was so fun, we bought it twice. The first one was played for a long time, and when it was finally too far gone, my daughter wanted another one. Very fun!!!!!!!!

2 & 4 year old love it!
My 4 year old loves to play this with me the "right" way and my 2 year old loves to dress up the dolls. My 4 year old is a boy and he doesn't seem to mind that all the clothes and dolls are "girls." There are shorts so I just say one is a boy with long hair, but he doesn't care about gender one bit. You can get a lot out of this game b/c the little ones can play dress up while the older ones actually play the game. It is a lot of fun and we love that winning is based on chance not skill. It gives a lot of skill building in fine motor skills putting the clothes on the bodies. ... Read more


11. Kids Battle The Grown Ups
list price: $21.99
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Asin: B000066548
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: University Games
Sales Rank: 8510
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Editorial Review

Society puts grownups at an advantage over kids in most cases, but this family game--at least around the table--gives either group an equal chance at bragging rights. Like most trivia games, it's divisive, competitive, and intellectually challenging. It also requires luck, treachery, and some knowledge of pop culture and current events. There are two levels of trivia questions--132 cards each for grownups and kids--which evens the score considerably. For instance, how many parents can name each member of 'N Sync? (We didn't think so.) Teams pull a small tug-of-war rope back and forth across the vertical playing board as questions are correctly answered. The first team that loses its grip, loses the game, and if winners are smart may have to do the dishes for a week. --Diane Beall ... Read more

Reviews (5)

Great Game Long Overdue!
What a great game to encourage kids and their elders to learn more about each other. I played this game with my grandchildren and boy did we have fun. I learned all about what music they like and what they are doing in school and they learned about Frank Sinatra, the Beatles and what my pet was as a girl. These are things they don't teach them in school (pop culture from the past, old music, etc.). These are things kids can only learn from connecting with their elders. All families should play this game. A BIG THUMBS UP!

Worth It
We really enjoy playing this game. One of my favorite things about this game is that it can last as short or as long as you'd like it. Because a game can easily be over in 5 minutes, we usually determine how many 'rounds' we are going to play and then tally # of round wins to see who is the overall winner. The more rounds you decide to play the longer you can play. The game provides lots of laughs.

A Great Game To Play Together
This game is great because the board is good, but the questions are better. There are separate questions for adults and kids. My two boys, aged 9 and 12, love it when my boyfriend and I get answers wrong because they know the right answer. The questions for us are about things like their cartoons or things they are learning in school but we forgot by now. We got it as a gift and we liked it so much we bought it for friends.

We laughed so hard we almost cried
I disagree with the other review that I read. My son and husband and I played Kids vs. Adults with another family and we were laughing out loud. We had so much fun, we bought the game ourselves. We did not find the questions too hard and we all learned a few things. Good game!

Don't bother!
While this game has a cute idea of a tug of war between adult and kid players, it has questions that no child of 8 would be knowledgeable about. The age level should be 12 and up. If you're looking for a game to play with adults and children, may I suggest Brain Quest. It gives your child a chance to succeed by showing what they really know with questions based on a child's grade in school. You certainly won't find that in Kids Battle the Grown-ups. ... Read more


12. My First Brain Quest: Fruit Dominoes
list price: $9.99
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Asin: B00000IZWV
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: University Games
Sales Rank: 1909
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Editorial Review

Each picture card contains two fruit pictures, set up side-by-side, domino-style. The name of the fruit is printed below the picture. Players take turns laying down their cards by matching a picture on one of their cards to an "open end" of one of the cards already played. If a player cannot play during a turn, she must draw a card from a face-down pile. If a matching card is picked, she plays that card. If a nonmatching card is picked, she must keep the card and her turn is over. The first player to place all her picture cards wins. Contains 28 picture domino cards and instructions. --Alison Golder ... Read more

Reviews (2)

We LOVE this game!
I am Mommy to 23 month old twin girls, both with slight speech delays. We got this for Christmas last year, but just took it out a few weeks ago. I am proud to say they can both identify all of the fruits and name them back to me correctly! This has been a great tool fo rme to help them get to talking more. We don't really "play" the game yet, but we have learned fruit names and colors, as well as matching, from the cards!

The cardboard is a bit flimsy, but then again my girls are a bit young and may just me hard on things. I HIGHLY recommend this! I can't wait until they can play it by the rules - it will be so much fun for our WHOLE family!

Great for the youngsters
I bought this game for my toddler. He is only 2 and a half. There are not many games out there for kids that young. This is a great game because it teaches him different fruits and how to identify them. Then, as he gets older, he can learn how to match them. The pieces are thick and durable---even after he put half of them in his mouth!
I highly recommend this game. I am going to buy the other titles in the series (the animal matching and others). ... Read more


13. Battle of the Sexes

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Asin: B00000J00P
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: University Games
Sales Rank: 2647
Average Customer Review: 3.14 out of 5 stars
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Editorial Review

The Battle of the Sexes Game is about defending your gender tooth and nail. It's the perfect game for couples, or groups of couples, who want to have fun and watch the hormones fly while they're at it. As a proponent of your sex, you must test your knowledge of the opposite sex by answering questions from a series of gender-based question cards. Some questions appear terribly easy, until you realize that the opposite sex must answer them. For instance, how easy would it be for a woman to answer the following: "What is Grolsch?" Answer: beer. "What does a Zamboni do?" Answer: resurfaces the ice on hockey rinks. And, what about a man answering these: "Which member of the bridal party usually throws the bridal shower?" Answer: the maid/matron of honor. "How many birth control pills come in a single pack?" Answer: 28. And then there are wild cards for each gender that are good lines of defense against the opposite sex. Examples: "Make her carry your golf clubs? Go back three." "You offer to be his designated driver, again? Move ahead one."

After being given two tokens (red for females, blue for males), flip a coin, shuffle the four subject-decks (separately), and have at it. The battle of the sexes is carried out on a hilarious, cartoonish game board. Extras: You can place a time limit for each answer to really get the drama going, and there will be drama. You can also place a side bet on your date or significant other--if for no other reason than to light a fire under his/her chair and profit from it. Guaranteed fun for after dinner or group get-togethers. --Diane Beall ... Read more

Reviews (49)

5-0 out of 5 stars A great game for a dinner party.
I first heard of Battle of the Sexes on my local radio station. I was interested in the way each gender had to know and correctly answer opposite gender questions. I purchased the game, and organised a dinner party with 6 of our best friends to play the game.

The gameplay was great!! It created both fun and laughs between the guys and the girls. The question content was current and up to date, not like other question/answer games we have played in the past. The aim of the game is for your gender to reach the opposite side of the board first. You do this by answering a series of opposite gender based questions. At one point of the game you may land on a 'Wildcard' space. If the guys land on the 'Male' space they follow the instructions and move forward. If the guys land on the 'Female' space the opoosite happens. You can end up back at your starting position.

A great game!

Waste of Money
I bought this game for a New Year's Eve get-togther that I was having. The questions are totally sexist. All of the male questions are about cars and fishing and the women questions are about cooking and fashion.
We just played through the game and kept our own score. I have had this game for about four years and have only played twice (including New Year's). This game was a waste of my money and I strongly recommend something else.

ONLY ONE NIGHT OF FUN!!!
I bought this game and immediately played it with friends. We found the playing board to be an unnecessary waste of space and kept score instead. In about 1 1/2 hrs, we had gone through all the question/answer cards. This game is not worth the price I paid for it. You are better off buying a triva game!

GREAT GAME!
I love games and have a huge pantry full of them. I knew about this game but never had the desire to get it. I thought it wouldn't be any fun and it would cause arguments (men vs women, you know?). My father got it for me for Christmas and now I think it is a really great game! Some of the questions are harder, and I don't know who knows this stuff, but just when you think you've got the team stumped, someone jumps up screaming out the correct answer! This game is definitely better played with a huge group of people. We played with the whole extended family for hours at our Christmas party. Everyone was cracking up having a great time. I then was "required" to bring it for the New Year's party at my fiancee's parents house (I ALWAYS bring the games for parties!). This time it was an even bigger group of people and it was great. It allows you to have a wide range of knowledge on your team. I highly recommend this game, especially for bigger parties. No limit to the amount that can play and the more the merrier! Have fun, and go LADIES!
-Christina

SUCKS!!!
Wow i thought this game would be fun. Thumbs down on that one. This game was terrible. The females had a much eaiser time anwsering the questions the males were asking. The males however had the worst time answering the questions the females asked. Even the females didnt know the answers to some of the questions they were asking us. All in all this game was really boring and all it incited was complaints from the males because we couldnt answer ANYTHING correctly. Maybe we are just stupid...but im sorry, the average male does not know who the first female cosmetic company was..or what Creme Ferechashsadh (something French..i didnt see the spelling) is...

final verdict...DO NOT BUY THIS GAME!! TOTAL WASTE! Stick with Cranium...much better game! Durability is 5...considering as many reviewers felt..this will remain in the box from here on out. ... Read more


14. Worst Case Scenario Game

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Asin: B00005EB9M
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: University Games
Sales Rank: 2525
Average Customer Review: 2.78 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (18)

How do you survive playing this game?
This game puts a new meaning to the words "bored game". I would suggest playing this game if you have company over that will never leave because this will encourage them to go. While some of the information is interesting, the game itself is nothing more than answering a general question and moving forward. You'd be better off just purchasing the book instead of the game.

Needs something more
We got this game for our eight-year-old son and played it with him and his 9-year-old friend. The concept of the game is very simple - counters move around the board by correctly guessing the answer to a 'worst case scenario' question. The questions were difficult for the children. Some of the words were hard to read and the situations difficult to answer for children of this age group with their limited life experience. The most glaring problem, however, was the justification as to why that was the correct answer. Nowhere was that given. This would have given the game a much more interesting spin and made the trip round the board that much more worthwhile. It did give rise to some discussion but the answers were so esoteric that after a while we just gave up. We never did finish the game.

A Crowd Pleaser
I find reviews helpfull when I am purchasing new games, thats why I am compelled to write one for this game.
A Relative of mine brought this game along to a family reunion and it was a total hit. We made guys vs girls teams and were just rolling in laughter at both the questions and the answers!
We played two games back to back and then after the games we kept going through the cards just for fun.
Lets just say this game made that reunion the best one I had been to in years!
We liked the game so much we bought it ourselves and brought it to my husbands family's get together. Everyone had a great time with it and quite a few of them went out and got the game for themselves.
If your looking for a fun game that will have everyone laughing, this is it.

A blast to play!
I had to write something after reading some bad reviews on this game. We took it with us to a small family reunion and played it one night. Started out with just two adults and two kids - pretty soon we had around fifteen people playing. Everyone was laughing so hard at the questions! We stopped using the board and just had teams. It was so much fun several people went out and bought it the next day. I guess it depends on the crowd and your sense of humor, but I would definately recommend it. They sell a travel pack that has all new questions and you can use it as an add on to the game - I'm ordering it right away!

Do Not Buy This Game
My family and I enjoy playing new games. But did not enjoy this game at all. The questions were pretty dumb. They did not give you a scenario at all. Just "How To..." For example, "How to drink water" I think it would have been more exciting to hear WHY I had to find water to drink- After your boat sank to the bottom of the sea, you managed to find dry land on a deserted island. But you have no water to drink. What should you do? Three choices. And I think it would be beneficial to find out why the "right" answer is correct. (I agree with the other reviews-that I question some of the "right" answers)

We were lucky enough to be able to take back an open game to the store. We didn't even finish the one game we played of it. It was pretty boring, pointless, just a pure guessing game. No fun! ... Read more


15. Staying Alive

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Asin: B00005LIOF
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: University Games
Sales Rank: 8681
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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I don't understand why this game is 'staying alive'
If you enjoy a good time...then look elsewhere. This game is awful! I had done one of these murder mystery games before, years ago, and really enjoyed it. So I decided to host my own, and I bought Staying Alive. It came with a bunch of prep materials including invitations, costume suggestions and the like, but the materials were much more focused on giving you recipes for your gathering than supplying you with detailed character descriptions or instructions on how the game is played. The night of my murder mystery everyone showed up, all dressed up which was fun. The we started the game. The game is set up very rigidly, and doesn't leave any room for interpretation or imagination. For example, at the beginning of each round each character is given information about themselves, some of which shouldn't be revealed "unless directly asked about from another player." We discovered while playing the game that each of these pieces of information were given to other players in order to ask us about. So each round played out as if we were reading a script...and a really bad script at that. The motives are all poposterous and stupid and there is absolutely no character development at all, or room for character development. And the murderer...comes out of thin air, as if chosen at random from a hat. Please don't waste your money on this stupid stupid game!
P.S. I gave this game a 3 for durability, but I'm not sure what that means. I guess you could play it again, but then why would you want to?

Look out John Travolta!
My husband and I played this game with some friends last weekend and we had a truly GROOVY TIME! Talk about making a dinner party fun! We used the invitations that came with the game and the menu suggestions. We encouraged our friends to dig out their old 70's cloths (some even bought some at the local Salvation Army for very cheap) and we played 70's music as people arrived. We even gave a bottle of wine to the people with the best costume. It was really fun and everyone got into acting out their 70's cheesey characters. The game was very easy to understand and we all go into solving the murder. We are going to get another Murder Mystery Party for the very near future. Get this!!! Especially if you have friends that need a little change in their life. Have some fun and be creative! No holds barred! ... Read more


16. 20 Questions

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Asin: B00004YO0X
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: University Games
Sales Rank: 1816
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Editorial Review

Strictly speaking, 20 Questions isn't a game that you needspecial rules or a board for. But innovative as ever, University Gamesmakes a good thing better with a fun design and a little extra help foryounger players. This product features a game board (2 to 10 playersrace around a question mark-shaped circuit) and 150 question cards (for3,000 total clues). Each card has a person, place, thing, or year(either recent or otherwise noteworthy, like 1989 or 1776) with 20clues about the subject. Players take turns trying to figure out theclues ("My favorite cat wears a hat," "I am a doctor who has nopatients"), and both the reader and the guesser advance based on howquickly the subject gets figured out. --Paul Hughes ... Read more

Reviews (3)

Fun for kids
My six year old loves this game, but it's too easy for adults. If I don't pretend I don't know the answer, then I will beat him every time. It's great for kids to play with each other.

20 questions Star Rating
This game is entertaining. Fun and challenging game. Keeps kids alert and working on clue giving skills.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Game
My seven year old daughter loves to play this game! I love it because it's very educational. She enjoys using her knowledge from school and just general knowledge to figure out the answer. She's learned a lot of new things, too. ... Read more


17. Murder at St. Andrews Puzzle (1,000 pc)

Asin: B00000JBMC
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: University Games
Sales Rank: 27861
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18. Game Of Knowledge
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B00000DMF8
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: University Games
Sales Rank: 14116
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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The Game of Knowledge, which sports Trivial Pursuit-like design and directions, is stuffed with more than 1,500 brain-boggling questions and two sets of cards so that the whole family can play together: one set is for players ages 10 to 15; the other is for ages 16 and older. The goal is to answer one question correctly from each of six categories--Our World, Science, Nature, Sports, Media, and Fame--to earn six colored rings. The catch is that players can only collect rings if they answer questions correctly while positioned on one of the six Knowledge Bases.

The degree of difficulty between the sets of cards is slim enough to accommodate youngsters who want to challenge themselves by answering the questions meant for older players. "Which of these structures is tallest: the Eiffel Tower, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, or the Statue of Liberty?" If you answered, "the Eiffel Tower" (1,056 feet), you are correct. (By the way, parents, that was a children's question.) Here's one for adults: "Which epic poem tells of Odysseus' return to his homeland after the Trojan War: The Aeneid, The Iliad, or The Odyssey?" Your high-school English teacher is sighing in relief if you answered, "The Odyssey." --Cate Bick ... Read more

Reviews (7)

1-0 out of 5 stars Shouldn't Be Promoted As An Educational Game
This has got to be the worst game I have ever purchased. I was not impressed with suicide questions and questions about hard rock bands etc., my children had not even a clue who these people were. I thought I would like the fact that their were 2 sets of questions. Family Trivial Pursuit would be a better choice.

4-0 out of 5 stars Educational and fun
This is a terrific game that preteens and adults can play together!Adult and child questions make it fun for the whole family.

Soooo much better than junky board games highlighting the latest character or movie hype!This is timeless!

2-0 out of 5 stars Incorrect Knowledge
While playing this game for the first time, and using less than one quarter of the supplied cards, our family found four cards with incorrect answers.For example, one card claimed that Grand Prix races take placenot on the road but on an oval track.Another claimed that radar, notsonar, uses sound waves to detect objects.Another spelled the Ebola virusas "E boli".The fourth card had an answer that was correct, butwas not the only correct answer, as was claimed.The makers of this gamewould do well to hire a fact checker.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not very pleased with this product
There were good and bad things about this product.I liked that it had easier questions for children, but the questions were a big problem.They asked like 3 questions on blue whales, and missed many other importantareas of science and nature.I found the adult questions to be laughablyeasy (there were a lot of true/false questions), or so obscure or unclearthat they were not "fair" questions.I think that a game liketrivial pursuit while it does not offer easier questions in the standardset for children, has much better thought out questions that are consistentand cover a broad range of topics!

2-0 out of 5 stars okay..
The game is good but the directions are not.We sat down to play the game but it took us a long time to understand the rules. ... Read more


19. Impossibles 750-piece Jigsaw Puzzle: Something Fishy

Asin: B00000J01K
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: University Games
Sales Rank: 30674
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars This puzzle is cool!
This is a neat jigsaw puzzle. There is some degree of repitition in the picture to make it tricky. And then they go and take away the edge pieces, so you just have to pick a random place to start. Makes it much more interesting. And in case that is not enough, there are five extra pieces, that do an excellent job of blending in and looking real. I had no idea which pieces I wouldn't use until I was completely done. If you like jigsaw puzzles, you'll like this. ... Read more


20. Reel Clues

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Asin: B000066543
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: University Games
Sales Rank: 6528
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (3)

A movie-centric "Cranium"
I got this game for Christmas and, being a movie buff, I popped it right open, gathered up some family and gave it a whirl. It's not a fantastic game, but it is a lot of fun. The object is to assemble a "film crew" by winning cards with the names of directors, actors, locations and movie titles on them -- to do this, you win chips by playing various movie trivia games: word association, imitation, drawing and more. It reminds me of another favorite game of mine, "Cranium," in that it combines lots of other games.

The only complaint I have about the manufacture of the game are the clear yellow chips you accumulate to purchase your cards -- on certain surfaces the chips become almost invisible, and I'm still not certain I didn't lose a couple in a plush carpet.

Still, it's a lot of fun, and while it will primarily appeal to movie buffs, there are enough different games and diverse enough questions to give everyone a fun time.

This was fun!
We are big movie buffs and some of the questions were easy and some were hard so it evened out. I liked this game alot, they just need more questions!

Great Fun!
My husband and I bought this game not having played it previously. It just sounded like fun since we are both such movie buffs. Well after reading the directions, I was a little worried about playing it but we tried it and just loved it. My friends and I love playing board games when we get together and while they were uncertain about being able to play it, they are not the movie nuts that we are, they had a great time. They have purchased it as well. We've played many games in one night! The object of the game is for your team to get two actor cards, 2 location cards, one director card and one screenplay card to win. You collect the cards by earning points for the questions your team answers. The game cards have five sections called "Take 1 through to Take 5. Take 1 gives you a category, drama, comedy, etc., and five clues for your team to guess a movie title. Take 2 has your teammate guess either an actor's name or movie title - you have to think of the clues to give. Take 3 is a riot - drawing a movie title is a blast. Take 4 is guessing an actor's name by not giving their movie titles -- just giving tidbits about their life, the storyline of one of their movies, or by doing an imitation of them. Take 5 gives you three movie titles and your team has to tell which one doesn't belong. All game play is by timer and each team has an opportunity to steal the points if your team does not get the answer correctly (exception to this is Take 2 which you cannot steal). The movies go from really old, black & white, to today's movies. The questions run from the really challenging to easy. We are really glad we bought it. ... Read more


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