As a parent looking for games to play with my kids, I am always impressed at the quality and durability of titles from HABA. With quality cardboard and wooden parts, they sometimes aren’t cheap (although these titles are relatively inexpensive) but components are first rate. While my oldest child is now able to play more strategic games with dad, he still enjoys playing these when we get together for a family gaming moment with the entire family. Here’s a few HABA games I’ve played in the past few months, starting with my favorites.
It’s time once again for me to preach to the masses on the greatness of boardgaming. Nothing beats the social aspect of in-person gaming with friends. Last year’s run-down remains a great list of recommended games. Here again are some great examples of boardgames to get you and your family gaming. You might not find all these titles at your local mega-mart but many can be found online or in a friendly local game store. Some may argue $50+ boardgames are expensive, but compare that to videogaming (and where multiple copies are required for multiplayer play) and the economics of boardgaming shows their true value. Good boardgames are timeless, just as good today as they will be years in the future. They will provide many more hours of entertainment than most video games. In that vein, feel free to delve into some past year’s guides for 2014, 2013, or 2012.
For each game I’ve provided the number of players, an approximate MSRP (you might find it lower), and expected time for one game.
I just got a new batch of amiibo figures, this time they are Legend of Zelda based. I guess to correspond with the 30th Anniversary of the Zelda franchise, at least according to the boxes. So let’s take a look at them!
As you look through your holiday lists, don’t forget to include a good boardgame or two. Aside from eating together (also highly encouraged,) there are very few activities requiring people to interact face to face. Not everyone is all that interested in a heavy thinking game, and there are a whole line of simple dexterity games that are great fun for all ages. The following is a list of what I call ‘flicking games,’ games that involve players flicking wooden (plastic in some cases) pieces around a playing area as the main objective. Some are straightforward while others require a bit more than just manual dexterity.
Virtual Reality is nothing new. Back in the 90’s, when 3-D graphics were getting a little more commonplace in games, we got to see its infancy in the form of special arcade games and failed consoles like the Virtual Boy. It even entered the realm of movies and TV with films like The Lawnmower Man and kids shows such as VR Troopers. Fast forward to the present, where technology has advanced exponentially, and VR has made a bit of a comeback, with games on PC and even consoles like the PlayStation. So I started thinking about games that I would like to play in VR. Here’s my list:
The 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System was literally a game changer. It helped bring the video game industry out of a slump in the mid-80’s. And for many children at the time (myself included), the NES was a household name. You didn’t just play video games, you played Nintendo. To honor that excellent time in gaming, Prima Games has just released a new book: Playing With Power: Nintendo NES Classics. It features games published by Nintendo for the NES, as well as strategies for select games, probably to coincide with the NES Classic Edition (a smaller NES shaped device with 30 games inside) which was recently released as well (sadly, as of this writing, I have not been able to find one of those).
Hey folks. Just got a new batch of Nintendo amiibo figures. This time they’re of more Mario characters. This set includes Wario, Waluigi, Daisy, Rosalina, Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, and Boo. Let’s check them out!
With the popularity of the mobile game Pokémon Go, recently released Pokémon Sun and Moon on the 3DS, and a new series of the anime cartoon soon to be airing on Disney XD, Pokémon is bigger than ever. So if you have a young fan of the Pokémon cartoon around the house, you may want to check out this nice hardcover book! It chronicles the adventures of Ash and his friends in the cartoon, as well as which Pokémon they’ve caught and battled, what gear they use, who they’ve met and where they’ve been.
The theme for all things Pathfinder this fall has been dark and deadly supplements to the game to bring a bit of horror to player’s games. Supplements have been released featuring the covert shenanigans and evil organizations found in Ultimate Intrigue and Villain Codex, the dank and dark setting found in Horror Adventures, and the dark ghostly burdens found in the Haunted Hero Handbook. It is as if the teenaged(1) Pathfinder RPG has entered its Goth stage. There is even a release of miniatures, Deadly Foes, designed to complement these dark tales of woe. Aside from the darker side, the Pathfinder rulebooks have taken a page from cell phone technology and have been shrunk into easier-to-carry paperback editions.