In late 2013, a kickstarter was started for a board game designed to teach kids about programming. It wasn’t for junior high and high school kids either, this as aimed for kids as young as 4 years old! That game was called Robot Turtles and it became one of the most successful kickstarters for a board game of all time.
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Sometimes on a long trip you want something to entertain the kids or yourself that doesn’t involve reprogramming the GPS to drive you through a barn. For that bit of entertainment we have added magnetic travel games. Many popular games are represented, such as chess, checkers, backgammon, crosswords, hangman, tic-tac-toe, and four-in-a-row. All the games are in 5-1/4″ flat tins designed to fit easily in a suitcase or travel bag without taking up too much space. All games have the required number of pieces to play the game and make for great fun on the road.
OK, so 70’s and 80’s nostalgia still seems to be with us, be it in the music, the oddball clothes, or conflict in Libya but there are few parts of that era that we never expected to see again, and that is in the popular electronics games of the era.
No, not video games. Electronic games! These were hand-held, often LED based games with simple electronics. They pre-dated almost all home video games except possibly early home Pong systems. In their day, they were somewhat bulky and expensive for what they did compared to more modern hand-held game systems.
But now they are back in a smaller, and less expensive form! They have been melded to carabiners so they can hang from backpacks or belt loops. The games may be smaller, but the gameplay is the classic stuff you remember!
First up is carabiner SIMON
SIMON was introduced in 1978 (at the infamous Studio 54 of all places) but was mostly considered and icon of the 80’s. The original model was a large disc almost a foot across. Wheras the new retro carabiner version has a play area just 2″ across! This actually makes the game a little easier (not less difficult!, Just easier to operate) as you don’t have to move your hands to pound huge buttons. The play is the same as the classic: SIMON beeps a button and it lights up. You press that button. SIMON beeps the same button then another, you follow. Then three buttons, etc. Each round a new button is added to the sequence and you challenge your memory to try and recall the pattern. It gets harder and harder as the game goes along! SIMON carabiner version retails for just $9.99!
Also in the Carabiner game line is BOP-IT. Bop-It doesn’t have quite the retro factor that SIMON does as it was released in 1996! But nothing moves as fast as electronics development!
Wheras with SIMON you are following a pattern, with BOP-IT you are following commands. You are told to bop it (hit the unit) twist it(twist the yellow knob), pull it (pull the blue knob) or shout it (yell anything at the BOP-IT unit). If you do the right command and do it fast you score higher! The original BOP-IT did not have the ‘SHOUT-IT’ – that is a new addition.
BOP-IT went through many incarnations, and this new design lends itself to the carabiner design quite well.
So have some classic games that fit in your pocket! Its amazing how much fun something so old can be!
We have recently added KHET to our product lineup! Khet has been around for a while but was always a bit on the expensive side. But the makers of Khet have now realeased Khet 2.0, which is a much more affordable game!
Like the best strategy games, Khet is very easy to learn but hard to master. Each side is given a special ‘Sphinx’ laser piece that ‘fires’ when you press it’s head. You also have several mirror ‘pyramid’ pieces, a couple of ‘Scarab’ pieces with mirrors on either side, a ‘Pharoh’ piece (which acts as the ‘King’ of the game to be protected), and a ‘Anubis’ piece that is used to block the laser. Players take turns positioning, rotating, and firing to try and illuminate the opponents Pharoh. Sounds easy? It is, but the possible reflections and positions make for endless possibilities int he game. You can even change the startup positions of the pieces at the beginning of the game to make for a different experience!
Khet is an excellent strategy game that works on the principles of optics. An option game addition can be obtained that turns the ‘Scarab’ pieces from mirrors into beamsplitters that send 1/2 the light through and reflect the remainder. That makes a huge change in the tactics of the game!
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