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Gift Guide No. 3: Games

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

There a a lot of games under our tree this year. Soren, who is obsessed with games, had declared that every single Saturday night for the rest of our lives will be family game night. In that case, I figure we had better gear up.

I was torn though about whether or not to post my games list before or after the holiday. I understand it's a gift guide, but games seem like they need a test-run before suggesting that our readers go out and buy them.

So, as a happy medium, I'm going to tell you what we have, then come back after the holiday and let you know if they are fun or not.

Our friends at Blue Orange Games, makers of Spot It! which is a family favorite, sent two new pocket games for us to try.

Shrimp Cocktail is for ages 7 and older and Speedeebee is for ages 8 and older.

I'll say right now that both games can be played in under 20 minutes and I already LOVE that. Soren has fallen in love with Monopoly which is fun, but can take hours and hours to play. We set the timer on the stove to 1 hour and tell him that whoever has the most money/property when it rings is the winner. I'm becoming more and more of a fan of the short game.

The one in the middle I bought for Soren online.

It's a Professor Noggin's Civil War card game and is similiar to Trivial Pursuit except it uses facts about the Civil War. It's supposed to make kids smart and I'm all about that.

Professor Noggin has similiar games about geography, world history, explorers, etc. If we like this one, we'll definately purchase more.

Also under the tree is Connect Four, Mickey Mouse Memory, and Clue.

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