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Nothing brings the family together like having fun… and games are a great way to have fun, challenge your mind, and get to know each other! Winning Moves Games has a great selection that will appeal to game players young and old. They even remake classic games you knew as a kid. We had the chance to try three of their games…
Classic Waterworks is a game I remember playing as a kid. You have to build a complete a pipeline before your opponents. Your opponents can use “leaky pipe” cards to slow your progress. It seems very simple at first glance, but you need good strategy skills to win. I’m not a strategist. My skills with this game are still frustratingly lacking, but my husband enjoyed repeatedly winning. 😉 Even with my lack of skills, I can admit it’s a fun game. I love that it is card-based so it will travel well. An average game lasted us about 30 minutes, so it was long enough to be worth playing but not so long that you got tired of it. I look forward to improving my skills in the game and I hope that Xander can join in soon. He’s six and shares my sad strategic skills. 😉 The game is intended for eight and up.
If you’re not a creative thinker, Brainspin will likely frustrate you… but it’s probably just the kind of game you need. It is also a card-based game and would be great for breaking the ice at parties or getting an insight into how your friends’ minds work. Each card features a very basic shape. Players look at the cards and make a list of what they see in that shape. Take a look at the box cover. Do you see lips, a burger, a bug? When time is up (1 minute), everyone compares lists and the unique answers score. You can’t just pull wild answers out of thin air though… players can vote on any contested answers. The highest score after three rounds wins. You could extend the game easily with additional time plus they offer additional shapes as downloads and a few blank cards to draw your own. We haven’t had much opportunity to play this yet, but upcoming holiday parties would be a great chance!
It will probably be pretty obvious as I write this, but This Game is Bonkers! was our clear favorite of this batch of games… and probably our favorite yet of all Winning Moves games we’ve played. It is a classic game created the very year I was born, but I don’t recall playing it as a child. I know I would have loved it even then. It is a fairly straightforward board game, but it is ever-changing as each player builds and rebuilds the track with each turn. Placing cards just right can lead to multiple turns in a row. Even a player far behind can end up winning out of nowhere. It was exciting and challenging. From Xander at 6 to my mom at 49-again (wink wink), we all had a blast. This one is definitely a great addition to the game room and one we will be enjoying for many years.
Pros: Fun original and classic games. Well made. Fun to play. Challenge your strategic skills and/or imagination. Great for family or gatherings.
Cons: No complaints, honestly.
Winning Moves is a leading maker of board games, card games, and puzzles. Since their first year of operation in 1995, they have forged a close relationship with one of the world’s largest game companies, Hasbro, Inc., owner of Parker Brothers and Milton Bradley. As a result, many long-lived Parker Brothers and Milton Bradley games are now made exclusively by Winning Moves!
- Classic Waterworks – The classic 70’s card game is the original leaky pipe card game. Be the first player to complete a pipeline from valve to spout! ($10.95)
- Brainspin – A great ice-breaker and creativity game. Players open up their minds and write down everything they see based on the card in play. No answer is too crazy as long as you can convince your opponents of what you see. Let your creativity explode! ($5.95)
- This Game is Bonkers! – Inspired by the classic 1978 version, This Game Is Bonkers will delight a whole new generation of fans! Players “build” a new track with each game so it’s never the same game twice. Your goal is to be the first player to score 12 points. ($15.95)