About.com “Notes from Toy Fair: Day Three”
February 17, 2010
Erik’s Board / Card Games Blog
By Erik Arneson, About.com Guide to Board / Card Games
Day three at the 2010 American International Toy Fair is now history, and here’s a quick look at just a few of the games that caught my eye. Queen Games was showing several new games, including New York (a reworked version of the Spiel des Jahres winner Alhambra), Fresco (a strategy game about painting the ceiling of a cathedrall), Samarkand (a strategy game about trading goods on The Silk Road), and San Francisco Cable Car (a reworked version of the connection game Metro).
Winning Moves Games has a new card game based on the classic deduction game Clue. Clue: The Card Game – Mystery at Sea has game play similar to a previous Clue card game, but with several new elements — including the possibility that Mr. Boddy is a suspect, not the victim.
Pressman will release NCIS: The Game this year, with nine original cases for players to solve — all written by the hit television show’s writers. This game can be played solo or with up to 6 players as a cooperative game. Other games in Pressman’s robust 2010 lineup include Vampire Diaries: The Game, a new trivia game based on “The Office,” a line of children’s games based on PBS’s “Dinosaur Train,” a new twist on Chinese Checkers called Chinese Revolution, and a board game based on the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books.
I was stoked to see Go Hoops and Go Shop!, two new games from GoZone — publisher of the sports dice games Golo Golf, Go 500 (auto racing), and GoLong (American football). Both games build on the basic mechanics established in the company’s previous games, all of which I have enjoyed. Go Hoops is a basketball game, and Go Shop! is designed especially for women who like to shop. If you play Bunco and are ready for a new challenge, look for Go Shop! in April.
Zombie Dice and Cthulu Dice, two inexpensive and very quick games from Steve Jackson Games, both include cool custom dice and quick, addictive gameplay.
Rowboat is a new trick-taking card game from a new publisher, Moosetache Games. This nautical-themed game (with nice art) bears some similarities to Spades, but adds a few nice additional elements.
Day three at Toy Fair was packed full from start to finish for me, so I’ll be posting more in the coming days. Today is the fourth and final day for this year’s event..