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Holiday Recommendations 2012

Every year, The Game Preserve endeavors to produce a list of games we think would be great, not only for the holiday season, but for any time of the year. Sometimes, we get it right like Apples to Apples, Blokus, and Spot it. Other times, well we just won’t mention them here.  Sometimes you might even see us repeat ourselves. But, that’s only because the game is really good!


Sound familiar? It should. Last year we recommended this word game with great success. So, we’re doing it again.

Dabble is a simple scrabble-like game where you take lettered tiles and must make a two, three, four, five and six letter word. You get points for each accomplishment. Scrabble fans and wordsmiths will love this game.

Price: $24.95

Players: 2 – 4

Ages: 10 or up

Time: 15 – 30 minutes

Flip Out

Basic Strategy game of trying to get 4,5, or 6 cards of like-patterns in a row. Line up six cards in curved plastic card holder that sits in front of you. Swap out a card. Trade with another player.  Swap two cards. Keep going until you have yours cards in a row. But be careful! These cards are two-sided. If your opponent sees a match on the side of cards you can’t see, she can claim them!

Price: $19.95

Players: 2 – 6

Ages: 8+

Time: 15 minutes

Ghost Blitz

There’s always that game that EVERYONE will love to play. Ghost Blitz is that game. Turn over a card. Then, as fast as you can, using the image on the card, grab what’s an exact match or take what’s not at all represented on the card. This is an instant staff favorite.

Price: $17.95

Players: 2- 8

Ages: 8+

Time: Forever…you’ll keep playing it over and over!

Magician’s Kitchen

Hey parents, tired of candy land or chutes-N-ladders? This is the kids game for you. As a magician’s apprentice, it is your job to move colored ingredients to corresponding colored caldrons. Be careful, you could accidentally trip over a lose stone on the floor and spill your precious ingredient! Magician’s Kitchen, 2011 Kinder Spiel Des Jahres (German’s Kid’s Player of the Year) will keep you wanting to play repeatedly.

Price: $29.95

Players: 2- 4

Ages: 5 +

Time: 20 minutes

Sounds like a Plan

Who has the best plan to Create an ice sculpture or Invade a small country? But all you have to pick from a list of suggestions are: Use your head, Get Naked, Run!,  Pick up some Garbage, or Learn to play. Oh, and with a roll of die, you now have to frame your advice as if it came from a grandma. Party game with lots of laughs to be had.

Price: $19.95

Players: 4- 8

Ages: 10+

Time: 30 minutes


Draw a card, roll the dice, say a word that matches what the card asks for before anyone can. It’s that simple. Another game from Blue Orange Games. The producer that brought us Spot-it, Trigger and Fastrack. If it’s from Blue Orange, you can’t go wrong.

Price: $13.95

Players: 2- 6

Ages: 8+

Time: 15 minutes


This a great abstract stragedy game where you need to stomp out the competition! Using your color-specific stomper, stomp out all the marbles so there are none for your opponent to get to. But save the marbles that match your colored stomper, those you’ll need to get yourself out of trouble.

We have a brief review from our Greenwood store Manager Nick on this great game.

PLEASE NOTE: Stomple has been discontinued. It is no longer available to order.

Price: $29.95

Players: 2- 6

Ages: 8+

Time: 30 minutes


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