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Jenga Giant Review

Jenga Giant Review

A game that has really stood the test of time is Jenga.  

I remember playing that game when i was in High School.  I also remember playing that game in college.  AHEM.  it makes a very good drinking game - but I NEVER said that! ha

Anyway, this old classic returns with some BIGGER love!  This game grows to about 3 feet tall!  It travels well & it's hours of high energy fun!  Jenga Giant is approx $139.

Jenga Giant

Jenga Giant can be built up to 3 feet tall.  Can you imagine?  Love this thing.  In fact, this past weekend my family played Jenga Giant (I got one to review) and the one who lost had to clean out the dishwasher.  ROUGH STUFF, right? ha. 

Here are the specs on the game:

How Do You Jenga?®

  • Jenga® Giant™: The classic Jenga® game, but MUCH BIGGER!
  • Stacks to over 3 feet high!
  • 54 Precision Crafted Polished Jenga® Giant™ Hardwood Blocks
  • Sturdy box for easy storage and transport
  • Jenga® Giant™ On-Box Game Play Platform
  • Players: 1 or More
  • Ages: 10 to Adult


Holiday Gift Guide: Uncommon Goods

Uncommon Goods carry some interesting and out of the box gift ideas! We have two favorites this season that are great for imaginative play!

Pallina Dropping Ball Game

Pallina is a fun, suspenseful and strategic game that's fun for the whole family! Each player chooses a color. The object of the game is to remove your color sticks from the basket without letting any of your color balls fall. The winner of the game is the player who has the most balls in the basket by the end. Made of sustainable bamboo in China.

Includes 1 basket, 20 bamboo sticks, 16 wooden balls, 1 purple felt mat, and 1 reusable storage box.

Ages 4 and up.

Price: $36.50

 

 Make Your Own Family

 

The only time it's ok to draw on your brother's face is if you're making him smile. Encourage creativity and family unity with an imaginative kit that lets kids create their own wooden family from seven dolls, 3 pieces of fabric, 3 pieces of felt, craft glue, yarn in 4 colors, and 12 colored pencils. Instructions included. Made in New Zealand.

Ages 4 and up.

Price: $40

Check our more of our 2013 favorites in the Real Mom Media Holiday Gift Guide!

 

Holiday Gift Guide: Angry Birds Trilogy

One of the hottest games this year is Angry Birds! Everyone is playing it on their phones, tablets, and, now, you can play it on your gaming system!

Angry Birds Trilogy

 

Fluff your feathers and reach for the sky! We are excited to announce that Activision Publishing, Inc. and Rovio Entertainment’sAngry Birds™ Trilogy is now available for Nintendo’s Wii U™ and Wii™ systems. Encompassing three award-winning, best-selling titles - Angry BirdsAngry Birds Seasons and Angry BirdsRio - Angry Birds Trilogy delivers well over 100 hours of avian adventure and brings one of gaming’s most popular franchises to nest on Nintendo’s home consoles for the first time.

 

 

Angry Birds™ Trilogy is now available for Wii U for $49.99 and Wii for $39.99. This game is rated E (Everyone) by the ESRB. It is currently available for the Nintendo 3DS hand-held system, the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft with Kinect™ for Xbox 360 compatibility, and the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system with full PlayStation®Move support.

 

 

 

LeapFrog App Toys

LeapFrog App Toys

 

Another household name in our house, for sure. 

LeapFrog.  

LeapFrog is a brand that just stands the test of time.  They are in homes all over the world and known for their amazing quality.

In my house, we call everything LeapFrog.

Maybe because we have EVERYTHING LeapFrog! ha. 

From the LeapPad to the LeapReader. 

To two new AWESOME products!

First off, the Creativity Camera Protective Case is fabulous!  My son LOVES to take shots with my iPhone.  And to be honest...sometimes it drives me NUTSO.  He snaps and snaps and snaps!  With this camera - he can snap AND he can create!  (When I skim through my camera roll I smile at how creative he gets with this product.  It's not just 25 same pics.  Kids got an eye!)

We're kicking off the holiday season EARLY in our house.  So I share with you my dudes artwork. haha  He's a funny kid!  He also loves to play augmented reality with the camera.  And yes.  You might want to buy your kid his own device as I often lose my phone with this toy!

 

Another really fun product out just in time for the holiday season is the Learn to Write with Mr. Pencil Stylus and Writing App.  

I would not be honest with you if I didn't tell you that I've used this PERSONALLY about 20 times so far. hahaha I LOVE how it writes!  My notes are fabulous with them.  

Boston has an issue with how hard he writes and what's great about this pencil is that it is sooo soft.  I'm not worried about him scratching up the iPad.  There are more than 85 different activities to enjoy with this app and stylus. 

We haven't even made it through half of that yet!  

 

 

Holiday Gift Guide: Jenga Tetris + #Giveaway!

The Real Mom Media elves have been hard at working finding the best toys and gifts for the 2013 Holiday Season. We will be unveiling our official 2013 Holiday Gift Guide soon but to give you a sneak peek at what's inside we will be posting some of our favorites each day!

To kick off our guide preview, we have a fun giveaway for you! Have a family game night with Jenga Tetris!

 

Jenga Tetris 

 

What do you get when you combine two of the world’s best-known stacking games? The answer is JENGA TETRIS®. It’s sure to be a party as players push, pull and stack the iconic TETRIS shapes into a JENGA tower like you’ve never seen before! Keep the game going for as long as you can by competing to build the tower to the greatest height possible!

Age: 8+
Players: 2 or more
Approximate Retail Price: $14.99

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Disclosure: We were provided product for our review. All opinion are our own.

 

 

 

iPieces Air Hockey and Fishing Game

 

iPieces Air Hockey

and Fishing Game

 

I love modern technology!!

Seriously.  LOVE IT.  So much so, that my 4 year old is a master at it.
We recently received two games from Pressman Toys.  Air Hockey & Fishing Game are great family fun!!

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION THROUGH PRESSMAN TOYS

 

Experience the fast-paced thrills of Air Hockey. For the first time, players can hit the animated hockey puck with the iPieces hockey strikers. Players can represent a country of their choice to compete in a varietyof fun and exciting tournaments when they download the Air Hockey App.

 

Experience the challenge of catching a fish with your rod. The Fishing Game comes alive as you try and catch as many fish as you can before they are all in the buckets. To catch a fish, you need to use your iPieces fishing rod to catch a fish when it opens its mouth, and then drag it into your bucket. But watch out – there’s a hungry heron flying above that will try and sneak a fish from your bucket. The Fishing Game provides hours of fun for little ones.

What does your family like to play on iPads?

 

The 7 Habits of Happy Kids Game

The 7 Habits of Happy Kids Game

If you are looking for a fun and educational game for your child, this game is it! The 7 Habits of Happy Kids Game from Educational Insights teaches children great habits to live by. Add this to your next family game night!

Product Description:

A playful way to introduce, practice, and promote 7 kid-friendly principles of personal happiness. Share thoughtful, personal responses, and really listen to each other in this family-friendly game that includes game board, 7 character pieces, 7 token holders, 7 sets of tokens, 12 Wild Ernie tokens, and 1 pair of “Ear-Resistable” Jumper Rabbit ears

Ages 6-10 years.

Approx Retail:  $29.99

Nowhere to Go

Nowhere to Go

This is such a cool game from Educational Insights! It's easy to set up, get into, and fun for the entire family. One of the things I love is that it's transportable. Great for taking on vacation!

Product Description:

Trap your opponent in this step-by-step strategy game for two. Take turns blocking paths and crossing bridges until one player is completely cornered. Addictive fun— you’ll want to play again and again.

Ages 8-18 years.

Approx Retail:  $19.99

What's a Dame to Do

What's a Dame to Do

Grab a bunch of your closest friends for a Girls' Night In and settle down for a round of "What's a Dame to Do?!'. This game is the perfect Girls' Night In staple. You and your girlfriends will be belly laughing all night!

 

Product Description:

Can you predict how your friends will react? Want to see who knows you best and laugh alot while you're at it? In What's a DAME to do?! (R) the object is to guess what your friends would do when presented with little 'dame dilemmas.' On your turn, read a Dilemma card, and the other players will predict what you would do by giving you Reaction cards. Place these cards so that other players can vote on your reaction. Did anyone figure you out? Reveal your answer and see who guesses you best, and laugh a lot while you're at it! EXAMPLE: You see an Ex at the grocery store and you are NOT looking your best. What's a DAME to do?! Would you: Hide in the bathroom? Slap on some lipstick? Have a chat? Stop, drop and roll? So simple and fun! Who guessed you best? Get out the martinis and chocolate, coffee and scones, or wine and brie and find out!


Ages 18 and up.

Approx Retail:  $25

Dabble - The Fast Thinking Word Game

Dabble - The Fast Thinking Word Game

Product Description:

Dabble is a great learning tool for kids and fun for the entire family. At the core of the game lies a fast-paced word game that will help children and adults develop many useful skills - including vocabulary, spelling, and quick thinking.

 

Dabble has won the following awards: Dr. Toy's 10 Best Games 2011 Dr. Toy's 100 Best Children Products 2011 Creative Child Magazine Word Game of The Year 2011 2011 Top 10 PAL Award Winner - PAL stands for Play Advances Language Winner of the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Seal Award 2011 Parents' Choice Gold Award 2011 The Washington Post Great Games for 2011 The Noise on Toys Award of Exxcellence


Ages 10 and up.

Approx Retail:  $24.99

Elefun Snackin Safari Game

Elefun Snackin Safari Game

We are TOTAL gamers in our house!  One thing I love to do is get UNPLUGGED on the weekends and crawl in the floor with my 4 year old. 

This game is a PERFECT game for that.  

The kid LOVES anything 'pick up' style he's all about.

Product Description:

It’s a bouncin’, snackin’ barrel of fun with the SNACKIN’ SAFARI game! Grab your elephant with his attached springy truck and go to home base, then start bouncing your elephant’s trunk on the snack cards to pick up a tasty snack! Once it’s caught, run back to home base and drop it off, then get back to the snackin’ as quick as you can! Make a pile of snacks, and if your pile is the biggest at the end, you win!

Snatch up snack cards with your elephant’s springy trunk! Whoever grabs the most snacks wins! 2 elephant heads come with handles and springy trunks. Bonus game: Find the golden tutti frutti cake snack card and win! Press on the trunk to lock the spring in place for storage. Stretch out the trunk to unlock the spring.

Game includes 2 SNACKIN’ SAFARI elephant heads, 2 handles, 2 elephant trunks, 13 Snack Cards and 2 Home Base Cards.

Ages 3 and up.

2 players.

Adult assembly required.  Approx Retail:  $15

Tic Tac Two

Tic Tac Two

Looking for a great brain buster? Tic Tac Two will help you better your brain!

Product Description:

A World War II soldier created Tic Tac Two as a way to help him and his comrades pass the time in a foxhole. It’s like Tic Tac Toe, only better for your brain, which is no surprise for a game created by a member of the Greatest Generation. What makes Tic Tac Two better? For starters, this solid wood strategy game has 25 spaces instead of nine. But the real fun (and brain workout) begins when players pick up the smaller grid of nine spaces and move it around the larger board to either win the game or block their opponent. Play this addictive game over and over and you’ll never see the same strategy twice!

Approx:  $19.99 

Star Wars Fighter Pods

Star Wars Fighter Pods

When I visited New York City back in February, I had a chance to play with the Star Fighter Pods. They were a huge hit with not only the kids but all of the adults as well!

Product Description:

Micro heroes, mega battles! Iconic Star Wars characters get a collectible new gaming twist, as players use Figher Pods to knock down as many figures as possible. Spin, Launch, or Roll your Pod into battle...even connect your Pods together or place your figures on top or inside of them for extra "power"! More than 100 Star Wars Figher Pods figures available in a unique new style. Each sold separately.

Ages: 4 and up

Approx:  $2.99-$19.99 

Classic Battleship Movie Edition Game

Classic Battleship

Movie Edition Game

YOU SUNK MY BATTLESHIP!! Ha.  I love this game.  So fun to be able to bring it back.  I use to get slaughtered by my retired-Army-Green-Beret dad growing up.  Now I play against my husband and slaughter him!

Thanks dad for the war training.  =)

Product Description:

You are at the helm in the fight for the future of the planet. Will you command the Alien Fleet or defend the Human Navy? Scan the battlefield for locations to conceal your highly-detailed, movie-based ships. Then, brace yourself for search-and-destroy battle intensity as you compete with the enemy to keep your ships afloat. Choose from three game variations for edge-of-your seat excitement!

Includes 2 game units, 5 Navy ships, 5 Alien ships, 2 Decks of Special Ops cards, red & white pegs, rules and reference card.

For 2 players.  Ages 7 and up.  Approx:  $20

NASCAR Unleashed for Wii

NASCAR Unleashed for Wii

Can you hear it now? "Vvvvrooom! Vrroooom!!" - That is the sound of your childs voice while they whip their NASCAR vehicle around the corner in this interactive video game for the Wii. Even fifteen of NASCAR’s biggest drivers make their appearance! Including Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and many more. 

Product Description:

Racers will break free from the ovals as they explode onto the pavements, beaches and off-road areas of some of the most beloved NASCAR sanctioned race tracks. The thrill in re-discovering familiar tracks with a new twist gives NASCAR Unleashed a completely unchained stock car experience.

After picking a turbo-charged race machine from 15 of NASCAR's biggest names, players are transported into a fast-paced, special effect laden, thrill ride. You can race wild on real NASCAR tracks such as the Daytona International Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway, but things get really crazy when racers break free from the oval and explode onto the pavements, beaches and off-roads of the surrounding cities. For NASCAR fanatics and those new to the sport, the thrill is in discovering the joys of a completely unchained stock car experience. See the sights, feel the salty ocean breeze and blast past the lofty skyscrapers.

MSRP: $39.99

Genre: Racing Action

Publisher: Activision

Developer: Firebrand Games

Local Play: 2 Versus

Rated: E for Everyone

Website: ActivisionUnleashed.com (Hint, visit the website. It gives you a neat preview of the game. Along with some really cool screen shots you little one will love.)

Family Game Night 4

Family Game Night 4

I absolutely love board games.  For some reason they just make me smile!  They're fun.  And UNPLUGGED.

Well...they use to be.  hahaha

EA Games so kindly sent us Family Game Night 4 to review for Wii.

There are 5 games you and your family can play.  CONNECT 4 Basketball, Yatzhee! Bowling, SCRABBLE Flash, BOP-IT & SORRY! Sliders.  You can win Monopoly cash after each game.

So you can bring all the great classics together!

Pick it up pretty much anywhere... The game is approx $40.

Ratuki

Ratuki

It is impossible to fall asleep during this game. Experience Ratuki, the fast flippin', quick grabbin' card game. Parent's will be hitting the shelves for this game for the whole family. Warning: I cannot prevent you from getting red hands!

Get ready for a card-slamming frenzy from start to finish with Hasbro’s card game, Ratuki. Be cheetah fast as you race to build piles of cards from one to five, and try to be the first to collect the most runs of five to win. It’s quick to learn and easy to play. Once you start playing, you won’t want to stop!

Approximate Retail Price: $9.99

Ages: 8 and up

www.Hasbro.com

Jungle Speed Board Game by Tom & Yako

Jungle Speed Board Game by Tom & Yako

Bring some family fun and laughter to the table for game night! Count on your keen sense of observation and quick reflexes to get ahead in this game. 

How to play Jungle Speed:

The Jungle Speed game is engaging and exciting. The complete deck of cards featuring abstract images is divided evenly among all players. Place the cards face down in front of you.  A bright yellow totem is then placed in the middle of the table.

•       Each player, in turn, reveals the top card of their draw pile. As players become more familiar with the symbols, they flip cards faster.  Players are looking for identical cards.  Colors have no significance, just the symbols.

•       If two cards are identical, those players must make a grab for the totem.  The faster player then gets to dump off all their cards to their unfortunate adversary.

•       To add to the difficulty, certain symbols on the cards are almost identical, which can trick a player into grabbing the totem by mistake.

•       Just when players think they’ve got it down, one of three special cards can temporarily change the rules and keep them on the edge.  Players may be called to make a grab at once, look for matching colors and not symbols, or even simultaneously flip cards.

•       The first person to get rid of all their cards wins the game!

For ages 8+

Playing time: 15 minutes

Players: 2-10

Retails for around $19.99

Get it at Target for less! 

Spot It!

Spot It!

This card game is loads of fun! Challenging for both children and adults. Your babysitter will even love to sit down with your child and play Spot it! 

There is always one, and only ONE, matching symbol between any 2 cards in this party game. Spot it and you win! A sharp eye and a little bit of speed is all it takes to become a Spot it! master.

Speed is definitely the key here. Match them fast! This game is great for perception and matching skills. Typical game play is 10-20 minutes with four different variations: The Tower, The Well, Poison Gift, and Hot Potatoes. 

Learn how to play The Well below with Spot it!

Retails for about $14.99

For ages 6+ 

Buy it @ Toysrus.com.

Fastrack

Fastrack

What a 'fast' game, and it looks like a race track too! With Fastrack, the action is non-stop and the fun is plentiful. Using the elastic cord, be quick and aim well to be the first to send all of the disks zooming across to the other side. WARNING: You may find it difficult to stop playing. 

This is a strategy game brought to you by Blue Orange Games. Playtime lasts roughly 10 minutes. Includes 12 playing pieces (six for each side), one wooden track and illustrated rules.

2 players required ages 5+

Average retail price: $21.99

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