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New Games Win 29 Awards

New Games Win 29 Awards

We were thrilled to have 7 new Blue Orange games recognized this year by trusted awards institutions and industry authorities.

These seals of approval help parents make more informed decisions when it comes to selecting the best media and playthings for their family. And with Christmas and Hanukkah just around the corner (yep, I said it, don’t hate me!), stumped holiday shoppers can consider these award winners as fool-proof choices for friends and family.

Among our notable winners is this summer’s release Spot it! Party, which took home Dr. Toy’s coveted 10 Best Games and The National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Gold Seal. Our latest sustainably made wooden game, Keekee the Rocking Monkey earned Dr. Toy’s Best Green Product award and Nada received the Silver Seal from NAPPA.

We always feel extra special when Playonwords.com recognizes our games with the Play Advances Language award. Inherent skill building in our games is something that we aim for, so we were proud to have licensed speech-language pathologist Sherry Artemenko award Ooga Booga and Spot it! Basic English for their language learning value.

Here’s a complete round up of our winners including stand out quotes from the test reports. Click on the award institution to read the full report.

Ooga BoogaMemory game for kids

Dr. Toy
• Best Vacation Products Award 2013

Parents’ Choice Foundation
• Fun Stuff Award 2013

Playonwords.com
• Play Advances Language Award 2013
“Silly and engaging, this game is unlike any you have ever played.”

Tillywig Toy Awards
• Laugh Out Loud Award 2013
“This is the funniest party game we’ve seen in a very long time.”

Major Fun
• Party Award 2013

National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA)
• Honors Award 2013

 

Spot It Sight Words Matching Game

Spot it! Basic English 

Playonwords.com
• Play Advances Language Award 2013
“This game is so fun kids might not even ‘spot’ the educational component!”

 

20 Express

Tillywig Toy Awards20 Express Numbers Bingo Game
• Top Fun Award 2013
“A delicious balance of skill and luck that keeps players coming back for fun, again and again.”

The National Parenting Center
• Seal of Approval 2013

National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA)
• Honors Award 2013

Major Fun
• Party/Family/Kids Award 2013
“To have a game that is a great party game and a great solitaire game at the same time is something special.”

Dr. Toy
• Best Picks Award 2013

 

FlashFlash Fast Dice Game

Dr. Toy
• Best Vacation Products Award 2013

Dr. Toy
• Best Picks Award 2013

Parents’ Choice Foundation
• Fun Stuff Award 2013
“This is a keeper!”

Tillywig Toy Awards
• Best Family Fun Award 2013
“Fun doesn’t get any more rapid-fire than Flash.”

The National Parenting Center
• Seal of Approval 2013

 

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Dr. Toy
• Best Vacation Products Award 2013

Dr. Toy
• Best Picks Award 2013

Parents’ Choice Foundation
• Approved Award 2013
“Nada is pure fun, something that kids living in a complicated time can use.”

Tillywig Toy Awards
• Best Family Fun Award 2013
“As dice games go, this one has it all – speed, fun, excitement, and lots of dice.”

The National Parenting Center
• Seal of Approval 2013

National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA)
• Silver Award 2013

 

Keekee the Rocking MonkeyWooden Balancing Game for Toddlers

Dr. Toy
• Best Green Product 2013

Parents’ Choice Foundation
• Approved Award 2013

Tillywig Toy Awards
• Brain Child Award 2013
“Preschoolers find the game exciting and stimulating, and its colorful, charmingly designed all-wood components add significantly to the fun.”

 

Spot it! PartySpotitParty_PlayerCatchTheHand_close

Tillywig Toy Awards
• Top Fun Award 2013
“This edge-of-your-seat fun is a blend of intense competition and silliness that makes for a rollicking good time.”

National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA)
• Gold Award 2013

Dr. Toy
• 10 Best Games Award 2013

 

Spot It Game Rules: Secret New Ways to Play Unveiled

Spot It Game Rules: Secret New Ways to Play Unveiled

When developing Spot it! Party, the latest expanded edition of the popular Spot It game, we toyed around with many new game rules. Of course, several variations (or mini-games as they’re called in the Spot It rule booklet) didn’t make the final cut, despite being a blast to play. As a blog exclusive, we want to share the one that came the closest to print! It’s called Ducks In A Row, and you’ll need the card holders that come in Spot It Party to play.

We know that many Spot It fans come up with their own ways to play or twist the rules. We would love to hear your ideas for Spot It game rules and share them on the blog! Please email marketing(at)blueorangegames(dot)com with your family’s way to play. Alright, let’s play!

Spot it! Party Game Rules – Ducks In A Row 

1. Preparing the game:

Depending on the number of players, take either 4 holders or 8 holders.

2 – 4 players: 4 holders 5 – 8 players: 8 holders

Line up 4 holders facing the same direction in a horizontal row. If you are playing with 8 holders, line up the other 4 holders in a horizontal row behind the first row. Example:

Spot It Game Rules

When playing with one row, everyone sits side by side facing the holders. When playing with two rows, one group sits on one side of the holders and the other group sits opposite them. It is okay if the sides are uneven by one player. Shuffle the cards and insert one card into each holder with the symbol side facing the players. Deal four cards face-down to each player. Place the rest of the cards in the tin and set aside.

2. Object of the game:

To be the first player to get rid of all your cards.

3. Playing the game:

At the same time, players flip over their stack of cards. Players try to spot a symbol that appears both on their top card and any one of the 4 cards in the holders facing them. If you spot it, call it out (example: “Magnet!”) and place your card face-up in front of the matching holder card. If another player finds a match between that same holder card and their own card, they place it in front of your card. Always look for matches with holder cards, not the cards in a line in front of them. Important: The number of cards in front of a holder cannot exceed the number of players on a side. Example: If there are 3 players, you cannot place a 4th card in front of a holder, but must look to another holder card for a match.

Spot It Game Rules

When playing with 4 people on a side, no more than 4 cards can be placed in a row on that side! If you are playing with 2 back to back rows of holder cards (and more than 4 players), both groups will be racing to get rid of their cards but half will be using one row of holder cards and the other half will be using the other row.

4. Winning the game

The first player to place their last card in front of a holder wins!