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    1. 20 Questions Handheld Game
    $24.99
    2. Cranium Hullabaloo Game
    $59.99
    3. V-Smile
    $30.99
    4. Scrabble - Deluxe Turntable Edition
    $169.99
    5. Santa Fe Train Set: Blue and Silver
    $29.99
    6. Blokus Game
    $34.99
    7. Scene It Dvd Game
    $19.99
    8. Cranium Cadoo for Kids
    $199.99
    9. ESPN Game Station
    $19.99
    10. Rush Hour
    $24.99
    11. Leapster Electronic Book: Finding
    $23.99
    12. Silly Six Pins Bowling Game
    $29.99
    13. Disney SCENE IT? The DVD Game
    $79.99
    14. Color Pixter: Purple
    $24.99
    15. The Letter Factory Game
    $15.99
    16. Thomas Giant Floor Puzzle (24
    $39.99
    17. Heroscape Game System Master Set
    $39.99
    18. Electronic Battleship Advanced
    19. Trivial Pursuit DVD Game Star
    $14.99
    20. V. Smile Joystick

    1. 20 Questions Handheld Game
    by Radica Games
    Toy
    list price: $13.99 -- our price: $13.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0001NE2AK
    Sales Rank: 12
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • It knows what you're thinking!
    • Innovative "Artificial Intelligence" game with an exciting new design
    • The classic game of 20 Questions captured for the first time in a portable format
    • If it reads your mind within 20 questions it wins, if not, you win!
    • Can you fool 20Q?

    Reviews (78)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Out of this world fun!
    When I tested this at the store, I was instantly convinced to bring it home and share with everyone in the family.Everyone was amazed, you can see very surprised facial expressions from most of them, and spooked expressions from others thinking it was possessed (reallly funny!).My Mom began referring to it as "he" instead of an "it" - - it's a very smart little computer. It exactly guessed a carburator, urethra, star, it called love an "emotion", rainbow and on and on.I would say it gets it right 99% of the time. Highly recommend this.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great machine
    A fun, easy to use game that will keep you occupied for hours. A great gift idea or to use at your home/office, this machine asks 20 questions to narrow your choices and is also good for parties. Highly recommend.

    5-0 out of 5 stars very good
    this toy is very cool
    i just got it yesterday
    it is cheap(as in prices)
    it is very educational that i brought it to school and my teacher loved it
    if you dont have it get it ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Games    2. Board Games    3. Trivia   


    2. Cranium Hullabaloo Game
    by Cranium
    Toy (31 July, 2003)
    list price: $24.99 -- our price: $24.99
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    Asin: B00008MIGQ
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    This game is sort of like Twister meets Simon Says. Lay the Hullabaloo pads around on the floor about two 'kid's feet' away from each other. The pads are different shapes and colors and have pictures and words on them. Turn on the game console and the cheerful music begins, a happy voice welcomes you to the game and then gives the simple directions you'll need to play. "Jump on a square shape," "Slide over to a red shape," "Hop to a shape with an animal on it" and so on. Then it might tell you to freeze, or to put a body part on one pad, and then a different body part on another. Then, it'll tell you that if you are on a particular pad at the end of that round, you are the winner. We found it to be fun, and easy to understand--though we did wonder how long it might hold a child's interest. --Megan Sullivan ... Read more

    Reviews (50)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fun for the whole family!
    We received this as a family gift for Christmas. My 2 year old and 5 year old both love this game and my husband and I have fun playing it with them too! I highly recommend this because it is very educational and fun at the same time! Plus it helps the kids burn off some energy!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great game for our family
    My son received this game as a gift from my husband's employer.WE LOVE IT!!It's simply a lot of fun.The music is catchy and the kids have to listen (great as skill-building) for the next set of instructions.It's not predictable and it's a game that gets everyone off the couch.We've had a lot of fun.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Be 7 Again!
    I recently visited my goddaughter who has three boys 7-10 years old. The broke out the Cranium Hullabaloo and we all had a ball! This game is loads of interactive fun, keeps the kids hopping and focused, and gives their mom some "downtime." I forgot I was 55! It is now on my Christmas and birthday "must buy" gift list. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Games    2. Party Games    3. Grownup    4. Board Games   


    3. V-Smile
    by Vtech
    Toy (06 July, 2004)
    -- our price: $59.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00023JJOS
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Outfitted in orange and purple, this electronic learning system for preschoolers plugs directly into a television, and at first take looks a lot like a video-game console. Insert any of Vtech's "Smartridges" into the unit for lessons on language, math, phonics, problem-solving, music, and more. Children can choose between two difficulty levels. Included are a large joystick, adjustable to right- and left-handed kids, and an Alphabet Park Adventure cartridge; other cartridges are sold separately. There's also a storage compartment on top that holds up to six cartridges. The system can run on either three C batteries or an AC adaptor; strangely, neither are included. --Andy Boynton ... Read more

    Reviews (260)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Don't Buy This
    This started out to be a wonderful toy for my 4 year old son.But after a month (and after I'd spent quite a bit of money on the cartridges) the problems started.The power goes on & off at will.When I called the V-tech 1-800 number they walk me through the re-set process which takes 2 minutes & is a pain the he heiney.And within a few days it happens again.What a pain...

    2-0 out of 5 stars vsmile a bit disappointing
    I bought the vsmile thinking it looked cute and would be a great way for my child to learn.From the beginning, the controller had a loose part rattling around in it.After about two weeks the "enter" button kept getting stuck.I had to pay shipping to send it back, but it was replaced with a new one.I will be calling tommorrow to have the unit replaced.Often the power button would stay on and now after replacing batteries, the power won't even come on.A bit disappointed at this point because my child rarely got to play with it.

    2-0 out of 5 stars stopped working
    I thought that this was a cool toy until it stopped working afer about 2 weeks. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Learning    2. Games    3. Electronic Learning Aids (ELA)    4. Electronic    5. Math    6. Alphabet    7. Preschool   


    4. Scrabble - Deluxe Turntable Edition
    by Parker Brothers
    Toy
    list price: $31.99 -- our price: $30.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00000IWH9
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    It's still hard to get a triple word score, the tiles are still made of wood, there's only one "X" in the whole box, and family feuds are increasing exponentially. But after 50 years, Scrabble has had a face-lift: a swivel base allows the board to turn so players don't have to work upside down, a plastic grid helps keep tiles in line, and a handy bag stores the letters when they're not in use. The premise hasn't changed at all--two to four players battle it out to make high-scoring words from seven little letters--so choose a dictionary before play begins to avoid ugly confrontations. --Lynne Sampson ... Read more

    Reviews (86)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Deluxe not like the old Deluxe
    I purchased the new deluxe Scrabble game for my sister in January and was terribly disappointed in how it was made.We both love to challenge each other in Scrabble matches when we are together and her game really needed to be replaced.I was embarrassed at how cheaply the new game is.For the wonderful game that it is, I do believe they could have made a much better version of the turntable model for the price I had to pay for it.Hope they will improve it soon.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic fun for those who love words and word play...
    This along with the official scrabble dictionary is the perfect gift for those who love scrabble. It has a TURNTABLE, that is all I need to say.The turntable makes this so much more enjoyable as it is so easy to manuever it to view it straight on in front of you. I wish the game were a bit more substantial but it is a vast improvement over a traditional set because of the turntable as you just store everything in the base.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Before you buy this...
    Check eBay for a complete older version.This one is poorly made,I remember the old deluxe was deluxe.For the new one the best price is here, that I found.And you can't live without this game ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Games    2. Board Games    3. Family Favorites    4. Classic Games    5. Word Games    6. Learning   


    5. Santa Fe Train Set: Blue and Silver
    by Peg Perego
    Toy (27 March, 2004)
    -- our price: $169.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000063JDC
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    A train you can ride on? That moves by itself? It's hard to imagine any child not being excited by this prospect. The Santa Fe Train offers an amusement park experience in your own house. Assembly is a snap, literally. The track pieces click together with no problem, and it's so obvious how to assemble the train, you almost don't need the manual. If you feel prepared to take it on, this train set can make for a spectacular birthday or holiday present. In the interests of instant gratification, however, be sure to charge up the battery the night before. Some other considerations for parents: This toy takes up a lot of space: at a bare minimum, 12 square feet. It may have limited replay value, since you can go around and around a track only so many times, even if you are 4 years old. And it requires a bit of maintenance in that you must keep the battery charged up. --David Stoesz ... Read more

    Reviews (20)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Keeps him Safe and Busy
    My son received this when he was 18 mos for X-Mas.He is 2 now and still rides it nearly every day.This is one of his favorites and it keeps him busy 10-15 minutes at a time, a few times a day.You have to wipe/dust the tracks off a few times a week.The dust prevents the train from gliding on the tracks smoothly.I have had NO problems with it jumping the track.I have another one on the way and I expect this will be in great condition for him as well.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Fun
    When we were given this as a toy I was doubtful it would have a big place in our house. I really aim for toys that encourage creative play, exploration of the world, that are not loud. This train, I was expecting would not do this. Was I wrong?!

    This is a fun toy and very exciting. We have had it for several years now and my children still play on it. They can use it without the track which only makes it that much more fun.

    It is fairly easy to steer and has not broken down yet. It is sturdy and has lasted through three children playing with it. It really does lend to creative play- my children have pretended they are delivering mail, visiting family, and so on.

    Much fun. Throw in a few fun books such as Mailing May and this would be an excellent toy to encourage creativity, find and large motor control, and many more skills.

    Enjoy. Well worth the money.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great fun but a little tippy
    We bought this train for our son Christmas 2003 when he was 1 1/2. He loved it and still does but I agree with others that the extra car tends to derail alot. Also, if he leans over on it then it will all come off the track. It doesn't hurt or scare him. We have begun to teach him how to put it on the track by himself. Overall, he gets alot of enjoyment from this train. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Vehicles    2. Ride-Ons    3. Motorized    4. Trains    5. Preschool    6. Games   


    6. Blokus Game
    by Educational Insights
    Toy
    -- our price: $29.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00011F5DK
    Sales Rank: 306
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (17)

    5-0 out of 5 stars great game
    This is a wonderful game for children and adults.I introduced it to my adolescent special education class and to their delight they were competitive with peers and adults.Thisis because it challenges visual and spatial parts of the brain.
    It fits instructional objectsfor sustained attention, pattern recognition and spatial discrimination.No two games are alike.The students love the web site (...)where they play against the computer.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Simple to Learn and FUN!
    My son (9 years old) saw this at the "teacher's store" by us and it's always sold out so he had to wait to get it. Boy was it worth the wait!He loves it! And we love it!All of his friends play and it's so easy to learn.The better you get at it, the more challenging the game.I'd recommend this to anyone!It's not a game that will sit on the shelf.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Creative Educational Game for the Family
    My 5 year old son received this game as a present from my sister.I also have a 6 1/2 year old son.The two of them put down their gameboys and played this game with us over and over for two hours. We've had the game for a week now and they are still asking to play.It's a great introduction to building strategies and using their spacial abilities.The rules are simple and the game itself goes fairly quickly which is great since my kids have a hard time sitting still for long.If I had seen this at the store I probably would never have considered it, but I would recommend it to everyone now that we have played it. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Games    2. Learning    3. Strategy Games    4. Activity   


    7. Scene It Dvd Game
    by Mattel
    Toy (04 September, 2003)
    list price: $39.99 -- our price: $34.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000A9Y4I
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Scene It? The DVD Movie Game is for the film buff what a double-fudge brownie sundae is for the chocoholic. Players take turns moving around the game board and answering challenges, which usually take the form of trivia questions--about movies, of course. Questions are culled from either a box of cards, much like Trivial Pursuit, or from onscreen prompts that follow movie clips. The included DVD is loaded with snippets from recent movies, although the occasional classic sneaks in too. Multiple questions are asked about each clip--identify the title of the movie, name actors in the scene, recall some minor detail--so that even when the clips begin to repeat, it will take some time before questions do too. (Subsequent DVDs are also said to be in the works.) The game board, which looks like a cross between an accordion and a film reel, can be folded out to accommodate longer games or closed up for shorter ones. Scene It? was definitely built to be a party game, and another advantage of the DVD is that there’s no need to explain the rules. Instead, just press play and hope that everyone simmers down enough to pay attention. Plus, the hokey music and neon "You Are a Winner" screen that ends the game is certain to send those individuals who like winning a bit too much--and you know who you are--into an absolute frenzy. --David Morel ... Read more

    Reviews (58)

    5-0 out of 5 stars AWESOME AWESOME FUN
    This game is a dream come true for a movie buff. It has questions from movies that r so random that only a true movie buff wud be able to answer them. If you just enjoy watching movies and see the popular/blockbuster ones that come out...you're gonna suck at the game. But if you enjoy watching movies because of the director who created the movie or the author who wrote the story ..this game is for you.
    The only shortcoming is...I played this game till I pretty much exhausted all the scenes and questions so you need to pick up the sequel pack as well if you buy this game. I would highly recommend this game.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Use this Party Game Sparingly, and Have Fun
    My wife and I received "Scene It" around Christmastime, and it took us quite some time to play it for the first time.When we had company over one night, we broke the game out and we had a fabulous time, even though I'm a movie fanatic and the contests do tend to be one-sided when a Film-Dork/trivia fanatic like me faces off against people who are just looking for an entertaining game.(I earned a nickname that evening that I cannot mention in public.)

    The set-up for the game is quite simple.The board itself is very smart; it is basically an around-the-board first format, but when it is folded, a shorter version of the game can be played.There are two dice, one which tells you how many spaces to move, and one which tells you which category of question you will receive.Depending on your roll, you might have to answer a trivial-pursuit type question, read by an opposing player from a card (three categories of questions), or you might have to go to the DVD player to answer a special on-screen question or puzzle.You might have the question all to yourself, or you might have to play everyone else.

    The on-screen DVD questions are quite creative.Some challenges will have you identify a movie from a single frame of the film... but the actor/actress has been erased from the frame.Some challenges might be Wheel-of-Fortune style puzzles where the letters slowly appear and you must be the first to answer correctly.Often, an entire clip is played from a movie, and a question is asked at the conclusion of the clip; it might be as simple as "name the movie" or "name the actor", or it might be something more like "how many times was the word 'friend' said in this clip?"

    Now, right away, you will probably say to yourself, "wait!If there are only 150 (or so) clips on a DVD, then I'll learn all of those questions in no time!"What I don't think has been stated in previous reviews is that each clip has several different questions that might be asked, so this number is vastly multiplied.And with the variety of different puzzles on screen and trivia questions, there are more questions than people might first think.We've now played the game about ten times, and we do come across questions each time we play it that we know we've had in the past.

    In the version I received, we have two DVDs inside, not just one, so that will include more puzzles and whatnot.But if you are considering purchasing this game, you shouldn't expect to play it like Parcheesi or Sorry with a different result every time.No matter how many different possibilities, there are only a finite number of questions.If one plays it again and again and again, you may exhaust the mystery of these questions in a fairly short amount of time.

    Scene It is a game long-awaited for originality, and is an extremely fun game to be played in numbers.My advice is save it to play when friends come over... it is very worth the price for parties, but if you are looking for a game to be played on a frequent or daily basis, look for an old standard.Even though I love the game, I have to say that until Mattel comes out with several more (and much more inexpensive!) DVDs to augment the game, Scene It is really a game that should be kept for special occasions.For those special times, it is very worth it.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Part doesn't work for us
    Maybe no one else has run into this, but for us part of the DVD won't work.It plays most of the categories, but every time we try to use "All play to win," the images are garbled to the point where they can't be seen.(Our DVD player is new, bought in January 2005.)We still can play the rest of the game, just have to skip that section or use another part.
    ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Games    2. Board Games    3. Trivia   


    8. Cranium Cadoo for Kids
    by Cranium
    Toy (18 October, 2001)
    list price: $19.99 -- our price: $19.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00005NOGK
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Cadoo is the funky fusion of tic-tac-toe, general knowledge, sculptingskill, and scavenger hunt designed for kids by the brainiacs who brought us theleft side/right side frenzy of Cranium. Operating solo or in combo with others,players attempt to line up four of their jack-like tokens on the groovilycolored grid board by fulfilling a myriad of tasks in an array of categoriesfamiliar to Craniacs. Whether attempting to sculpt a taco out of the includedclay or guessing which of Milky Way, Butterfinger, or Twix is longer, cadetsfind that correct answers and successful missions--can you bring back bothsomething smaller than your big toe, and something bigger than your foot, inless than a minute?--put them one-quarter of the way closer to their Cadoo. Withits elements of strategy, its elegantly funny graphics, and some downrightserious silliness, there isn't a lot of Cadon't in Cadoo. --Tony Mason ... Read more

    Reviews (84)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome game for everyone
    My daughter received this game for her eighth birthday.We are avid game players in this house and own several cranium games.This game definately meets the cranium standard.We had a BLAST playing this game and ended up playing several time.My daughter loves the variety of activities, where I love that everything fits back in the box! This is a great family game.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The perfect kid's game...even teens will get some kicks
    This is a wonderful game for kids 7-10, and even teens, like me, might enjoy it for a while. Like the original Cranium, players are encouraged to use all kinds of different skills to advance in the game. The different types of cards encourage kids to work with words, draw pictures, act things out, and even sculpt with the included clay (it's great clay, by the way, and stays moist and pliable through tons of use). The variety is what keeps it fun, as you're always wondering what you'll have to do next.

    The game pieces themselves are eye-catching and colorful. The cards and playing board are nicely illustrated with cute characters (Cranium fans will recognize the star, cat, worm, and Data Head). The playing pieces have a unique, whimsical shape that not only makes them look cool, but allows them to fit together for easy storage. These touches give the game a cheerful, happy look, but never in a cheesy way.

    The gameplay is forgiving, as the included timer gives you ample time, and the questions and activities are simplified for younger players. Some challenges, however (sculpting in particular) are tough even for older players. Overall, though, everything seems to be at the right level for the age group, and all the activities are educational in some way. Plus, they're so fun that kids will have a good time doing them even if they don't win the game.

    All in all, Cadoo has no flaws at all, and is overflowing with creativity and variety. It's a great game for a group of kids, a family looking to spend some quality time, or just about anyone, and parents will have the satisfaction of knowing that their child is learning as they play. It's the perfect balance: more kid-friendly than classics like Monopoly and Clue, more educational than games based on TV shows, and different from just about everything out there.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Exellent, but not bad
    When I got this game for my birthday, I was so happy to play it. That day I played it was so much fun. Three days later, I forgot about it. Then in March 2005, I was board and I remembered Cadoo.Then my mom accsept playing with me. Then it was so much fun!
    So buy one now.Or not. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Games    2. Party Games    3. Board Games   


    9. ESPN Game Station
    by Fisher-Price
    Toy (28 June, 2004)
    -- our price: $199.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00020QJF8
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Parents looking to encourage a love of athletics in their children without breaking the bank buying up an infinite variety of sports gear, may wish to consider this versatile set branded by the folks at ESPN, who know a thing or two about sports. Its a collapsible freestanding kit that offers six sports in all. Basketball is rendered in the model of the classic pop-a-shot game, keeping score as you shoot baskets. In football, youre the quarterback throwing a ball through a small hoop, the same hoop used to test your pitching accuracy in the baseball mode. The action moves to the floor for the other sports as you kick at a small target with a soccer ball, slap a puck at a small target in hockey, and putt into a cup for golf. All necessary gear is included for each sport and an electronic scoring system and the canned voice of ESPN announcer Stuart Scott add to the fun. Some sports in this set work better than others, basketball being a little more fun than hockey, but the sheer versatility of this set make it a good option and means it will be hard for anyone to run out of challenges. --Charlie Williams ... Read more

    Reviews (38)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Addicting but unreliable
    I bought this for my six year old son. I must say, I have spent more time on it than him, playing it into the night after he's put to bed. I've had some reliability problems though--the scoring quit working reliably shortly after we got it--sometimes it records a score, sometimes it doesn't and checking the wiring and replacing batteries hasn't fixed it.Also beware, it's BIG. You need plenty of room and a high celing. Even when "collapsed" into it's storage position, it is a mighty prominent addition to your home. Still, wouldhave given it five stars overall if it worked reliably.

    3-0 out of 5 stars FUN TO PLAY BUT NO FUN TO PUT TOGETHER
    My boys age 12 & 8 wanted this for Christmas so against my wishes I made the purchase. I knew it would be a big job to put together...why do toy makers think parents should make the toy???
    Anyway the instruction book states that it will take 7-14 hours to put together...It took two people 9 hours... I must say it is durable and that is what I was looking for.Make sure you have a room with over 7 foot ceiling because we measured the basement thinking it would fit but had to put it on the unfinshed side of the basement because we did not allow room for the basketball to be thrown higher than 7 feet in order to fall into the net. My kids wanted this toy because the voice is from ESPN and without batteries this toy would be NO FUN to them.The basketball and football are the games they play most.Golf and soccer and hockey are not competitive enough and the scoring is not interactive like the the other games. I know there are other sturdy arcade style basketball games on the market for less money that I could have purchased, but no others that have the ESPN game voice. If you buy this allow ample time to put it together and make sure you have batteries on hand.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Worth it!
    I'll keep this brief.I purchased this for my 2 kids (boy and girl ages 10 and 6) for xmas.They played with it all day xmas and everyday since.They still haven't played with the rest of their toys for playing with this so much.Yes it's a couple of bucks and yes it takes up alot of room...but it's worth it.Better that their on their feet moving than sitting watching tv and playing video games. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Sports    2. Games    3. Tabletop Games   


    10. Rush Hour
    by ThinkFun
    Toy
    list price: $19.99 -- our price: $19.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00000DMER
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Honk! Honk! It's gridlock and the little red car can't move.The player is a traffic cop in the Rush Hour Traffic Jam Puzzle wherethe objective is to get the red car off the road. To play, pick one of40 challenge cards; solutions are printed on the back of each card.Then set up the cars and buses in a specified pattern on the6-inch-square road grid. Move the vehicles one by one (obey those trafficlaws!) until the red car can escape the traffic jam. There are fourlevels of difficulty. Kids can alternate turns with another player orjust "play in traffic" alone. The game from Binary Arts received anational award from Mensa and is used in elementary school mathclasses. The design includes clear instructions printed on the sturdybox, which can be used both as a playing tray and for storage. The gamecards stow away in a drawer in the road grid. This is a 1999 Parents'Choice recommended toy. --Marcie Bovetz ... Read more

    Reviews (96)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent intelligent game for all ages !!
    Games has a simple objective -- get the Red car out of traffice. And boy! it is difficult and changelling at higher level. Set up the *cars* as described in cards and figure out a way to get the Red Car out.The best thing is complexity raange from very easy to very hard. So it captures kids interests and provides the extra incentive to move to the next level !!

    Simple rules -- once you have placed the cars on the Grid, you can only move them forward or backward.

    A great addition to this game is "Rush Hour 2, 3 and 4 Gift Pack" for less than $12/-. Each set has 40 cards or in total 120 different levels. The highest level is really really difficult. Meant for the "Pros" only !!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Game!!
    I first encountered this game at a friends house while I was house-sitting, and I tell you...without it, I think I would have lost mt mind!It is basic yet challenging all at the same time...and it really is for all ages!Since I bought it off amazon.com, my niece and my father-in-law have both enjoyed the thrill of playing Rush Hour.I would strongly recommend this game for anyone who thinks they would be too good for this game...cause they won't be!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great fun and awesome game!!!
    My husband and I gave this game to our daughter for Christmas. When she first unwrapped the present she looked uninterested. Later that day she pulled it out and asked what it was about. We got it out and tried it out. Instantly she was hooked as was I. This game is really a great game, but it is also a wonderful educational product. It truly teaches thinking skills and as a homeschool parent I can truly appreciate that. I highly recommend this for anyone regardless of where or how your children are schooled!!!! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Board Games    2. Family Favorites    3. Puzzles    4. 3-D Puzzles    5. Strategy Games    6. Brain Teasers    7. Activity    8. Games    9. Grid Games    10. Brain Games    11. Learning   


    11. Leapster Electronic Book: Finding Nemo
    by LeapFrog
    Toy (01 October, 2004)
    list price: $24.99 -- our price: $24.99
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    Asin: B00029R6H4
    Sales Rank: 152
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (4)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great!
    Another of my 3 year old's collection - he loves it and has mastered it well.Very well done.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Finding Nemo
    My son loves this game. He likes to read with it. I think it is a nice addition to the collection.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great game !
    My 4YO son loves this cartridge. The children have a choice of reading the Nemo story or playing one of four games. My son does not really like the story, but it is cute. Admittedly it is difficult for an electronic toy to beat mom's reading!

    The games are great. They all have multiple skill levels and are fun and challenging. I often have to force my son to let his Leapster "rest awhile". His favorite game is trying to find the fish in the deep dark ocean. On level 2 words are displayed and you have to find the fish by listening for where the word sound is the loudest. Unfortunately, there are a limited number of fish, but my kid hasn't noticed, he is happy every time he finds one. And, instead of sounding out the A like they do with the other letters, they say "Ay".

    The Nemo cartridge also has a hide-n-seek game which teaches comprehension skills. Various Nemo characters and props appear in bubbles and the Leapster asks a question such as "Who helped Nemo escape from the tank?" and the child would need to select the "Gill" bubble. I haven't seen logic games like that on the other cartridge we have.

    Overall, the characters are cute, the games are educational and my kid loves it. I'd give this more stars if that were possible! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Learning    2. Games    3. Electronic Learning Aids (ELA)    4. Electronic    5. Math    6. Alphabet    7. Handheld   


    12. Silly Six Pins Bowling Game
    by Hasbro
    Toy
    list price: $23.99 -- our price: $23.99
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    Asin: B00004TRD7
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Sally, Stevie, Stanley, Sophie, Stewie, and Sid are six colorful, lightweight bowling pins--each with their own personality--that talk to kids while they bowl. Taunts such as "C'mon!Roll the ball already!" get kids started, and phrases such as "Whew!That was close," keep them aiming for the pins. Bells, whistles, and cheers are heard if a spare or strike is bowled. The tan plastic base has six colored circles to hold the pins in place, but it is not required that colors match up for a game to begin. Silly 6 Pins only keeps score one frame (two balls) at a time, so keep a pad of paper nearby if you're playing as a family. Three AA batteries are required, but not included. --Pam Lauer ... Read more

    Reviews (81)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fun for the whole family!
    My little boy got to open this on Christmas Eve, his grandparents got it for him.My little boy was so shocked and excited when he saw the game!He had wanted this game for several months but I was'nt sure he'd like it as much as he wanted it but it was one of those games that I was wrong about- He loves it!I have to admit it is really a fun game.Thebowling pens shake and talk to you as you play and they say funny, cute phrases.My little boy who is almost 4 can set the game up him self and play it without anyone else or if he wants we can play with him.I like games that he can understand and be able to play without having a second player all the time.It makes this game even more a good purchase because being an only child there is'nt many games that are like this.He loves this game and still plays it a lot even 3 1/2 months later.I would reccommend it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars FUN FOR ALL AGES
    I was reluctant to purchase this toy for my son's third birthday simply because he has never been bowling or knew anything about it.However, based on your reviews I decided to try it out.My son is not easy to keep busy and this was the trick!This toy is a blast!He loves to set the pins up just as much as he loves to knock them down.He plays it with his 12 year old sister and it seems to be the only time that they don't bug eachother.They have a ball!we all do, the voices are cute, but I wish it was louder.Easy to clean up, and just plain fun!I think we will get lots of milage out of this game.

    5-0 out of 5 stars FUNNY game
    My girls were given this game a couple years ago. . .ages 2 and 3.They crack up over the voices and play it still.I like it also b/c it's so darn cute! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Activity    2. Games    3. Preschool    4. Party Games    5. Wacky    6. Tabletop Games   


    13. Disney SCENE IT? The DVD Game
    by Mattel
    Toy (06 July, 2004)
    list price: $35.99 -- our price: $29.99
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    Asin: B0002262RG
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Executing a clear and comprehensive crossover strategy between a board game and a set of familiar characters can be a tricky enterprise. But this synthesis of familiar Disney and the increasingly popular board game Scene It works exceptionally well, relying on DVD technology and the familiar faces of Disney's beloved characters to form a consistently entertaining family play experience. Included in the set are a game DVD, a game board, four category reference cards, 30 "buzz" cards, and 160 trivia cards with special sets for kids and adults. The game's designers thoughtfully included some Disney classics for Mom and Dad but there is more of an emphasis on Disney properties of the last fifteen years or so, The Lion King, George of the Jungle, the live action 101 Dalmatians, in order to appeal to the youngsters. Game play between the physical board and the action on the DVD is well executed and we found it easy to understand the rules and have fun. --Charlie Williams ... Read more

    Reviews (20)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Scene It Disney Game Review
    The name of ths very exciting game is called Scene It Disney. This game to me is very ''interesting''. I think this game is very interesting to me because I like the thing's that they have in their cartoon movies that I'm interested in like the kind of clips that they play that are on nickelodeon. This game has lots of colorful objects that will make you want to play;Like the game board that we play on and the dice has little pictures on it to be able to tell us what to do. The movie clips are colorful, but I think theres only one cilp that is Black and White.
    This game promises you family trivia game cards with magical Disney Clips! It also promises that you willhave fun and I thought the same thing. This game also promises a DVD and a boardgame. I think the rules are kind of easy because some of the questions I might not know and there are to much. Scene It Disney is more fun when you play with a group because it's more ''EXCITING AND FUN''. There is alot more action then just playing with 2 people because it makes the game more boring This game has movie clips like, Lion King, Flubber, Rapunzel Finding Nemo etc. That's why it's also interseting.
    This game has a remote, two dyes, that are diffrent.I had fun plyaing because it had action in it because we was plying in groups.This game did build skills for me because I learned from the questions that I didn't know. If I had brought this game I would get what I payed for because it came with all the materials.
    I would play this game again because it has fun and excitement in it. I hope all the people that hear of this game willlove to play this game because it is vey interesting.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Disney Scene It?The DVD Game
    I think this game is a very fun and energetic game.Iplayed it once and lved it.It is the BEST game I have ever played.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A. M. T.'s review for disney Scene it
    I couldn't wait to get this game I was so excited when it was finally in stock at Toys R Us. I got the game and played it right away. I was rather disappointed when the game started repeating clips and questions. It started repeating them the 4th time I played so that is a bad point about the game, that the fun didn't last as long as I had hoped. There are good things too. I hadn't seen some of the movies it mentioned and seeing the clips about them prompted me to see the movie. I also think this is really a game for all ages. I have a lot of cousins and we all played it together. Everyone had fun even the adults. The funniest part of playing with my whole family was that my grandpa had the most fun. Overall I think this is a pretty great game to have and I am looking forward to sequels of the game to come out.
    ~*~A.M.T~*~ ... Read more


    14. Color Pixter: Purple
    by Fisher-Price
    Toy
    -- our price: $79.99
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    Asin: B0000C6EB8
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    The Pixter is like a personal digital assistant (PDA) for kids. But instead of storing boring appointments and phone numbers, they get to draw, do puzzles, and learn a little, too. The Pixter is about the size of a small book, and has a pretty solid weight to it. It's made out of brightly colored and durable plastic. The main action of this toy is drawing with an attached stylus. The Color Pixter offers much better graphics then the black and white version, which comes in handy with activities like Paint-by-Numbers and Connect-the-Dots. You can draw a picture free form, or you can use one of the starter backgrounds. There are tool buttons, like on a PDA, that give you access to fun stamps, special effects, and the eraser button. You can also save your creation in the Pixter's memory. There are some boppy tunes playing along with all this creative activity, but luckily for parents, there's also a jack for headphones and a volume adjuster. An expansion slot on top of the Pixter accepts ROM-based expansion cards that contain additional software and games. Requires 4 "AA" batteries. (Not included.) --Megan Sullivan ... Read more

    Reviews (30)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy Pixter...Go for a Leapster
    My 3-year-old loves her Leapster and plays with it in the car on long trips as well as in the house when I have to do things that leave her on her own. That's why, when I saw what looked like really fun and educational games for the Pixter, I put it on her wish list for her birthday. It'll be twice as much fun when there are more games from which to choose, I thought. But it's turned out to be a major disappointment. The screen is grainy, the interface is not intuitive, and one really has to press hard to get the screen to recognize the stylus. It's not easy even for an adult! The drawings skip and you can't drag items once they're placed: You never know where they're going to be centered before you place them. The games are not as educational as those on the Leapster, either. We bought Global Passport, Creative Genius, Barbie Fashion Show, Pet Shop, and Symphony Painter (that one is the worst!). She's using the Pet Shop a little, but that's it. Don't waste your money. Go for the Leapster...It's elegant and fun with a clear picture and sound. Now I wish I'd taken to heart the previous reviewer who bought the Leapster instead because I'm stuck with all this expensive useless nonsense. I had also bought the math, Barbie writing and Clifford cartridges, but I'm going to return those because they were bought in a brick and mortar store and haven'tyet been opened.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great fun!
    How cool is this?! A color computer for little hands. It is a great set.The game cartridges that go along make it just as exciting as any gaming system.The basics to it are drawing and other artistic works such as stickers, shapes and fill-in colors.My son got one at the age of 4 and loved it.He broke the first one by falling on the screen, but we bought a new one because of the use of the first one. Now, nearly 2 years later, he is expanding his artistic talents by drawing with different styled lines, creating his own coloring themes and the like. Works great, day or night, as the screen is lit.We often take ours in the car because of the headphone option and volume control.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Get a Leapster instead
    I was very disapointed in the Pixter. We returned ours and got a Leapster. The graphics and controls are so much better on the Leapster and the games are much more fun and educational. Also the Leapster is much more intuitive, a child can pick up a Leapster and figure everything out - there is even a "hint" button if the child gets stuck. A child that gets stuck with the Pixter can only look at the grainy screen and wonder where they went wrong. This toy is not worth the money. ... Read more

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    15. The Letter Factory Game
    by LeapFrog
    Toy (19 July, 2004)
    -- our price: $24.99
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    Asin: B0000AE5YL
    Sales Rank: 418
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (7)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not so great for every youngster!
    I bought this game for my boys after they already learned their letter sounds from the Letter Factory DVD (like everyone else, I HIGHLY recommend the DVD!)
    I've been disappointed because:
    1) Professor Quigley talks too much, and if several people are playing, it takes forever to get through everyone's turn!There's no way to skip Quigley's whole monologue with every letter.One active 5-yr. old boy thought it was "boring".His 3-yr. old brother played for a while, but also lost interest.
    2.) The harder level of play asks for matching letters to letter sounds (which my kids can do) and also asks "What letter comes before B?" (which my kids totally don't understand.)The easier level of play asks kids to get a certain color of card, and then move forward a certain number of spaces.Too easy for the 5-yr old, but it works well for my 2-yr. old if I help move the marker.
    3.) I lost a letter card from my set, and was thrilled when I called customer service and they offered to send a whole replacement set of cards!Several weeks later, I called back... found out the cards aren't in stock and they'll send them when available... I've been waiting THREE MONTHS now for a replacement set (although I'd be happy just to have the one missing card!)

    5-0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTELY THE BEST!!!
    My son, who just turned 3 LOVES,LOVES,LOVES this game! He can play by himself or with us and he runs around the house singing his phonics sounds! We got him the LeapFrog Fridge Phonics last year to help him learn his letters, but once we got him the Letter Factory DVD, he really caught on and can play this at Level 2 providing he pays attention.Fully interactive, he can repeat the question with a push of a button and has several tries to answer correctly. Also, the game keeps track of each player and seems to advance everyone so they stay fairly close together. I also like that it continues past the first "winner" and lets the other players finish and win.This game is absolutely the bast of all the other we got him!

    5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT EDCUCATIONAL FUN INDEPENDANT PLAY
    GREAT FOR THE KIDS AGES 4 AND UP. INDEPENDANT PLAY NO PROBLEM, (AFTER YOU SHOW THEM HOW TO SET IT UP JUST ONCE) MY 3 AND 4 YEAR OLD LOVE THIS GAME. GREAT EDUCATIONAL VALUE 2 LEVELS OF PLAY FOR BEGINNING ALPHABET TO SOUNDING OUT WORDS. EXCELLENT, THANK YOU LEAP FROG. WORTH EVERY PENNY !! ... Read more

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    16. Thomas Giant Floor Puzzle (24 Pc)
    by Ravensburger
    Toy
    -- our price: $15.99
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    Asin: B00004TQHS
    Sales Rank: 201
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (5)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Puzzle for Little Ones
    My 28 month old son got this puzzle for Christmas and loves it.He put it together the first time out of the box himself. It is the first thing he does every morning and then several times a day.My almost 5 year old likes it too. It is not as sturdy as the Melissa & Doug floor puzzles, but it still really sturdy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Nice picture making for an easier puzzle
    My 2 year old daughter has this puzzle and thinks its wonderful.

    Unlike many puzzles, with just one character on it, the picture is brilliant having lots of different trains, etc on it.It is easy to fit togehter, with parts of a different character or scene on every piece.She can easily put Thomas, the sheds, Harold, etc together thus eventually making the whole puzzle.

    This is by far her favourite puzzle.For one, it's Thomas!And for 2, it's well-made and 'easy' to work out how to put together.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Most Beloved Toy
    My son who just turned 4 years old in December received this for Christmas.I'm amazed at the beauty and durability of the pieces.He put it together about three times (with help) the first time we opened it!I never seen him so excited about a toy and to my greater surprise--a puzzle!Each time he placed a new piece in (sometimes with my assistance and sometimes not), he'd ask me to turn around and then ask me to look.When I looked I praised him for his accomplishment and he squealed with excitement.He literally jumped up and down almost after each piece was placed!He told me this was his favorite gift for Christmas and believe me he had quite a few more that were more expensive.I'll be buying more Thomas puzzles from this company in the near future as I'm very impressed. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Preschool    2. Puzzles    3. Floor Puzzles    4. Jigsaw Puzzles    5. Easy Puzzles    6. Toddler    7. Activity   


    17. Heroscape Game System Master Set
    by Hasbro
    Toy (15 October, 2004)
    -- our price: $39.99
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    Asin: B0001ITVZQ
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    The Heroscape line of toys is like the all-star game of make believe. While other games might focus on a specific era of history, the age of chivalry, perhaps, or the Jurassic period, Heroscape puts everyone together on one enormous madcap battlefield. Vikings, World War II soldiers, ninjas, mutant monsters, samurais, dinosaurs, dragons, they’re all there, done up as tiny, highly detailed figure. It would be sort of comic if all the players didn’t look so gosh-darn serious. 85 interlocking terrain tiles are also included so you can craft exactly the landscape you wish for all the action to happen on. Multiple dice are featured along with game cards and detailed instructions on how to play. We liked the boundless imagination of this game and the open-minded versatility of its imaginary protagonists. --Charlie Williams ... Read more

    Features

    • Construct the customizable 3-D, interlocking-tile board with terrain and terrain accessories - the field and the battle change with each game! Includes 30 detailed miniature warriors 10 game scenarios including 5 ways to build your field, and 10 ways to play.
    • Intense, but easy-to-learn game play: heroes actions are governed by stats on army cards indicating movement, range, armor, attack powers and more.
    • Eliminate all your enemys pieces to win.
    • Collect and build your armies and pit them against your friends armies for endless gaming variety.
    • Ages 8 & Up.

    Reviews (28)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Game - Storage system needed
    This game is very well made, very intuitive game play and all hand painted characters are well designed.The only negative on this entire game is finding a way to store it when it is not being played.The box it comes in is totally useless and will not easily allow you to put the game back into it once done (although I have come close to getting it all in on a few occasions).My advice is purchase a large plastic container to store it in when you purchase the game, but I highly recomend purchasing the game, you will be glad you did!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Interactive Game
    This game really brings my son & I together & he's learning so much that he doesn't realize he's learning - like creative problem solving!!!Definitely worth the money.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great game even for younger children...
    Recently I've been searching for more traditional (i.e. board) games for my 5 year old son in an effort to (1) get him away from all the electronic goodies he uses and (2) spend some quality family time with him.I tried some of the common old style board games (Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders, SORRY!, etc...) but they didn't hold his interest for more than a few minutes.Knowing that he's just a year or two from being introduced to YuGiOh or Pokemon or whatever else his peers are into these days, I considered some of those games to try out with him.But being able to understand those games is just too far away for him right now and I couldn't see a way to simplify them so that he could at least get a foot hold on the learning curve.

    So, while browsing the game isle at my local Wal-Mart I notice HeroScape.I was pretty sure the little action figures would capture his attention which is the first step in getting him going on any game.After doing some research on the game (www.heroscape.com takes you to a great site with all sorts of demos and information about the game) and after reading all of the reviews here on Amazon, I felt like I couldn't go that wrong trying it out.What made me more comfortable was the fact that there are two modes of play you can use... a basic mode and an advanced mode.So I made the purchase.I knew I made a good choice the first night I showed him the game.He was thoroughly fascinated with all of the little characters (particularly with the dragon and the guy who rides the dinosaur).However, at 5 years old, I knew he wasn't interested in the rules even in the basic mode of play so I simplified things... a lot.I set up the terrain tiles in a simple landscape layout strictly for aesthetic value and scattered some figures at either side of the board.I explained to him that he can choose which character he wants to control and which he wants to attack.No movement rules... just a good guy and a bad guy.Then I showed him that we each role ten dice (use the red or blue but not both as they're different), if he has more "face ups" than I have, he wins and gets to capture my character... if not I win and capture his.If we tie then we roll the 20 sided dice to see who gets the highest number and then that person wins. Those are the only rules in our game.And that is one of the biggest features of this game...you can make it whatever you like.I tell stories as we play that incorporate the characters on the board and his face is just lit up with imagination.

    I was pretty sure that if he liked it, this game was going to help teach him creative thinking and strategy (once he evolved out of "5 year old mode") but it really hadn't occurred to me that his math skills would be polished while we play.For the 2 or so hours we played (yeah, see if "Candy Land" can hold a 5 year old's attention that long) he was clearly picking up speed counting his dice, counting mine, and comparing values.I am extremely pleased with this game, and to be quite honest, I too think its fun to play and I'm sure as we move into the more advanced modes it will be even better.

    One note about something my wife said when I showed her the game... she was afraid it was going to be like Dungeons and Dragons.In other words she was concerned that it would be too violent or somehow otherwise unhealthy.Well, first of all, I explained D&D wasn't like that (but that's another story) and second, that there is nothing more violent about this game than playing cops and robbers, cowboys and indians, or even little green army men.You get out of it what you put into it.For instance, our characters don't die, they get captured.

    I agree with pretty much all of the positive reviews here on Amazon for this game and also agree with the issue of the box being too small to get everything back into once you take it out.Will it all fit again?Yes, but that's no small task and its much easier to get a rubbermaid container and use that with some zip-lock sandwich bags or something for the smaller parts.

    In summary, this is a fantastic game that can be adapted to younger players if the parents use a bit of imagination.I think it will grow with the child at the child's pace and rival any game that's on the shelf now.Its expandable as well with new packs of characters coming out from time to time.I hope this helps people considering this game to try it out, I really think you'll be glad you did.
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    18. Electronic Battleship Advanced Mission
    by Hasbro
    Toy
    -- our price: $39.99
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    Asin: B000056KQR
    Sales Rank: 849
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (20)

    3-0 out of 5 stars much better
    as in the title (advanced mission) is the main feature of the game. instead of shooting only 1 space at a time like in classic battleship you get weapons for most of the ships! for example submarines have sonar which scan 9 spaces for ships but doesn't give the exact coordinate have two torpedos that fire horizontally or vertically down one row or across a column till it hits. the destroyer can hit 3 spaces at once horizontally or vertically and aircraft carrier can hit 5 spaces at once. also you can launch 2 recon planes off of the aircraft carriers. a recon plane is used to scan a small area(4 spaces) each for ships and gives exact coordinates when. although useful, it takes 2 turns to launch the plane or move it to another point and scan. of course both players get AA guns to shoot down those nosy planes. finally the battleship has the most devastating weapon in the game- the tomahawk missile. only can be used once and hits 9 spaces at once. because it is a computer that stores your ships' position if you play against the computer (you can) the computer always hits your ships when using a special weapon. the use of strategy gets BATTLESHIP 5 stars for educational value but overall the game got 3 stars because the hit and miss pegs are incredibly hard to remove and sometimes need to be removed with pliers.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Cool twist on classic battleship
    I bought this game for my son but both he and I love the game.It takes the basic battleship game and adds some complexity and variety by letting you choose from among several modes of play.The salvo mode lets you attack your opponent one space at a time, but the advanced mode is really our favorite.In this mode each of your ships has a set of missles that allow you to attack groups of squares in different patterns.The submarine, besides having two torpedoes, can be used to search for the opponents ships.The more you play the game, the more sophisticated the strategy gets.For example, you have to decide whether to use your assests to scan for the enemy ships, or to use your weapons before your ships can be detected and sunk.It is an easy game to learn and we have had hours of fun with it.My son's friends come to the house and want to play this game instead of computer games!

    The only negative about the game is that it is really "chatty".Every time you make a selection of your weaponry, you will hear a rather long (5 - 10 second) soundtrack telling you your weapons are ready to fire.If you play the game a lot, these soundtracks slow the game down and become moderately annoying.Other than this minor annoyance, the game has been great fun.

    2-0 out of 5 stars great toy for convicts
    I would have bought this toy for a convict.Otherwise, its worthless.My children found it borish, lame and no fun at all.I thought it was pointless.I would advise anyone with a few dollars to save their money. ... Read more

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    19. Trivial Pursuit DVD Game Star Wars Saga Edition
    by Hasbro
    Toy (25 March, 2005)
    list price: $44.99
    Asin: B00061I4YW
    Sales Rank: 1241
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (2)

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Game I Own, but for Hardcore Fans Only
    You better know your stuff before you plan on purchasing this game and make sure you know 2-4 people who know more than they should as well about the Star Wars universe. Some of these questions are extremely tough and there are very few easy ones. I used to play the Decipher Star Wars card game, so my memory of those cards actually helped me a lot with remembering certain characters that were barely mentioned in the films. This is a truly great game that we knowledgeable Star Wars fans finally deserve.

    5-0 out of 5 stars If you're a Star Wars fan, this is fun
    There's nothing like getting together with fellow Star Wars fans and play this special version of Trivial Pursuit. It's great! It's just like the old Trivial Pursuit with, of course, questions only about Star Wars. When you try for a wedge, however, you have to resort to one of two DVDs that come with the game for the question. If you don't answer the question in the time limit given, your oponents can shout out the right answer - as long as they don't have the wedge - and possibly steal it from you. If you like the classic Trivial Pursuit and you happen to be a Star Wars fan and you have a couple like-minded friends or family members, this is a lot of fun and definitely worth the money. ... Read more

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    20. V. Smile Joystick
    by Vtech
    Toy (25 September, 2004)
    -- our price: $14.99
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    Asin: B0002SAHS0
    Sales Rank: 343
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars 2 players= 2 joysticks
    I read one of the earlier reviews that suggested not to get the second joystick, but I ended up buying it anyway. I am so glad I did for several reasons:
    1. you cannot select 2 players w/o having a second controller
    plugged in.
    2. not having to pull one child off the system to allow the other child to have a turn.
    We have almost every game for this system, and now both children can enjoy it:)

    2-0 out of 5 stars JOYSTICK DILEMA
    I BOUGHT THE V.SMILE SYSTEM FOR MY 3 YEAR OLD FOR CHRISTMAS THE GAMES ARE EDUCATIONAL AND SHE ENJOYS THE SYSTEM BUT IM DISSAPPOINTED THAT THE JOYSTICK HAS MALFUNCTIONED SO QUICKLY MY DAUGHTER GETS FRUSTRATED BECAUSE SHE CAN'T MOVE LEFT,RIGHT,UP OR DOWN. I E-MAILED VTECH WITH THE PROBLEM AND STILL HAVE NOT GOT A RESPONSE FROM THEM ITS GOING TO COST ME $14 PLUS SHIPPING TO PURCHASE ANOTHER JOYSTICK WITH THE HOPES THAT IT WILL WORK AND NOT MALFUNCTION LIKE THE FIRST ONE

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good Joystick
    This joystick is well-designed and great for little kids.The colored buttons flash when you're supposed to use them, the main button is big enough so that even very yound kids can be successful using it, and the cord is really long so you can sit anywhere.Even though my three kids are all right-handed I think it's cool that the stick can be reversed for left-handed kids.

    One reviewer mentioned the second joystick isn't necessary for two player games.I agree that it shouldn't be necessary but it actually is necessary in the games we've played.Instead of two players playing at the same time, they take turns (this is how 2-player games work in The Lion King and Alphabet Park Adventure).The fact is that the players can't simply pass the same joystick back and forth.The second joystick is required.

    I would have liked it if the V.Smile system and the joystick were designed like other gaming systems, whereby if you yank on the controller it will easily detach from the system before the console falls off of, say, a shelf or a tv.That would have been a good feature for a game designed for young kids. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Games    2. Learning    3. Electronic Learning Aids (ELA)    4. Electronic    5. Alphabet    6. Preschool    7. Music   


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