Frozen Olaf’s in Trouble Game

Frozen Olaf's in Trouble Game

Heart to Recommend: 1

“Let it go, let it go…” *ahem* We couldn’t help ourselves, this song has been playing like a broken record since that movie came out. Commercials, youtube covers, the radio, soundtrack, and the Blue Ray. Unless you’re living under a rock, you know that the item we’re discussing on this page is the classic game of Trouble. No, it doesn’t look like the classic one you grew up with. Those basic colors have gone through a makeover and that’s because it’s been mashed up with the world of Disney’s Frozen.

From the Manufacturer:

  • Olaf’s in Trouble game is a Frozen version of the classic Trouble game.
  • Pop-O-Matic unit rolls the die.
  • Features your favorite Frozen characters.
  • Includes gameboard, plastic game unit with Pop-O-Matic die roller, 16 pegs and label sheet.

Pop the bubble to save Olaf in this Disney version of the classic Trouble game! You can play this game as your favorite Frozen character, and your job is to travel around Arendelle to save Olaf. But watch out for the avalanche! Pop all around the board in the Olaf’s in Trouble game-it’s a game worth melting for! Copyright 2013 Disney. Trouble, Pop-O-Matic and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.

The Gifter Opinion:

Surprisingly, the Frozen Olaf’s in Trouble Game is a hit with BOTH our girls and boys. And that’s a great thing in our book. We have the classic game at home and it’s never had as much attention at this version of the game. Mind you, it’s the SAME GAME. But slap Frozen on and all of the sudden the classic game of Trouble is now way more interesting to them.

Be warned, the quality of this game isn’t as amazing as we were hoping for. It’s not horrible, but it’s not something that will be past onto another generation to enjoy.

Kid Safe? Yes! Hasbro says “Ages 5 to adult.

WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD — Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Connect 4 Game – A Classic Game of Patterns

Connect 4 Game

Heart to Recommend: 1

Connect 4 has been around for a long time and because of that, it’s also known as Captain’s Mistress, Four Up, Plot Four, Find Four, Fourplay, Four in a Row and Four in a Line. This is a two-player connection game where players first choose a color and then take turns dropping colored discs down into a vertically suspended grid. The pieces fall down a column and occupy the space it lands on. If there is no disc beneath, the dropped disc will land on the bottom row. If there is a disc beneath, the newly dropped disc will stack on top. The object of the game is simple: be the first to connect four of your own same colored discs next to each other vertically, horizontally, or diagonally. Connect 4 is a pattern recognition game.

From the Manufacturer:

  • Classic Connect 4 game is disc-dropping fun
  • Choose yellow or red discs
  • When you get 4 discs in a row you win
  • Includes grid, 2 legs, slider bar, 21 red discs, 21 yellow discs and instructions

Whether via a game board with dice, a deck of cards, simple lines drawn on scrap paper, or electronic media, gaming is a global pastime that has enriched culture for millennia. From the most classic tabletop board games to up-and-active, play-to-learn games for preschoolers to the painfully funny party games that satisfy your wild side, Hasbro Gaming is a one-stop-shop for filling your games closet. While continuing to produce some of the most memorable games in the history of family gaming, Hasbro Gaming stays up-and-coming by developing games that incorporate digital content and by partnering with some of the biggest names in entertainment. Hasbro Gaming and all related properties and characters are trademarks of Hasbro.

The Gifter Opinion:

This is another classic household game. It’s not one that is inappropriate. Kids will have fun with this. In the situation that the game becomes a little repetitive, play the game differently:

According to Hasbro, Connect 4 Classic Grid offers 3 ways to play:

  1. The classic Connect 4 game and line up 4 red or gold discs to win.
  2. Connect 4 Frenzy: Players say “ready, set, drop!” and then it’s a game where the discs fly all over the grid. The rules here are that both players drop their discs at the same time, using one hand only.
  3. Connect 4 Pop Out: you choose to drop a disc into the grid, or eject one from the bottom using the pop out feature. It’s the Connect 4 you love, with new challenges and strategy!

But there are MORE ways to play. We might revisit this post later on and add better explanations of each game: Pop 10, 5-in-a-Row, and Power Up.

Kid Safe? Yes! Hasbro says “Ages 6 to adult.

WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD — Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Jenga Classic – Stacking Game of Generational Fun

Jenga Classic Game

Heart to Recommend: 1

Jenga Classic hasn’t been around for centuries, it actually was invented in the 1980s. But this simple block game has quickly risen to fame over the last couple decades and for good reason too. Those who first played it in the 80s still love it and have since introduced the wood block game to their own children.

From The Manufacturer:

  • Pull out a bock without crashing the stack to win at Jenga.
  • 54 hardwood Jenga blocks.
  • Win by being the last player to remove a block without causing the stack to crash.
  • Includes stacking sleeve.
  • Includes 54 wood blocks and stacking sleeve.

It’s the classic block-stacking, stack-crashing game of Jenga. How will you stack up against the law of gravity? Stack the wooden blocks in a sturdy tower, then take turns pulling out blocks one by one until the whole stack crashes down. Is your hand steady enough to pull out the last block before the tower collapses?

The Gifter Opinion:

Give this game to anyone, yourself included. Seriously, it’s a classic. Every household should have a few games stashed away for those impromptu moments and this is one of those games that will have everyone going “Ooooh… Ahhhh! Don’t sneeze.” Jenga is simple and clean fun for all your friends and family. Of course people have adapted it to many different versions:Jenga Truth or Dare, a drinking game, Jenga "Throw-n-go, and many more.

If your kid is having a sleep over party, you don’t have to worry about other parents complaining about this kind of game. It’s all blocks and there is absolutely nothing inappropriate about it. As long as no one tries to consume a piece or throws it people, this game is harmless. Do you have a friend or family member in college? Why not give them a game to mix up their list of drinking games for the night. This is also perfect if you know someone in a retirement home. A loved one that needs something more than a deck of cards for entertainment, Jenga will put some fun into those bingo-less nights.

As you can tell, this is a stacking game that spans generations. Honestly, this is one of the few games we can think of that is fun and appropriate for multiple generations. Kids, parents, and grandparents can all get into this game. Just don’t let the little ones near the game. Grabby toddler hands have ruined many games in some of our households.

Kid Safe? Yes! Hasbro says “Ages 8 to adult.

WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD — Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

 

Apples to Apples – The Game of Crazy (funny) Combinations

Apples to Apples Party Box - The Game of Crazy Combinations (Family Edition)

Heart to Recommend: 3

Apples to Apples Party Box – The Game of Crazy Combinations is a classic family fun game. Bring it out during any gathering and know you’ll have one heck of time laughing at the ridiculous combinations people will come up with.

Here is excerpt from the sales page.

  • Apples to Apples are the game of hilarious comparisons
  • It’s as easy as comparing apples to apples… just open the box, deal the cards, and you’re ready to play
  • Select the card from your hand that you think is best described by a card played by the judge
  • Includes over 1,000 cards (which gives you HOURS of material to play with)
  • Each round is filled with surprising and outrageous comparisons from a wide range of people, places, things and events

If you would like an Adult version of this game, with cruder humor, take a look at Cards Against Humanity is a party game for horrible people.

If you think you’re ready for some Apples to Apples either for your own collection or as a gift for someone else, go and get.

The Gifter Opinion:

We love this game. It’s a great way to include everyone in the family. Kids, teens, and adults can all join in on the fun. This game is ridiculously silly and fun. Of course you can make it serious, but what’s the fun in that? It’s a game, don’t treat it like it’s open heart surgery.

If you want a version specifically for children, check out Apples to Apples Junior – The Game of Crazy Combinations!

Cards Against Humanity – Is it for you?

Cards Against Humanity

Heart to Recommend: 2

If you’re buying this for yourself, answer the following questions. If you’re buying this as a gift, try to answer the following questions.

  • Do you like Apples to Apples?
  • Do you have a good sense of humor?
  • Do you want and like to have fun?

If you answered no to all of the above, you’re good to go. Card for Humanity is basically an adult version of the classic game of Apples to Apples Party Box – The Game of Crazy Combinations.

Here is excerpt from the sales page, just so you get the sense of humor you’ll encounter.

  • 550 cards (460 White cards and 90 Black cards)
  • Over 13 duodecillion possible rounds (10^40) with 6 players
  • Professionally printed on premium playing cards
  • Includes game rules and alternate rules, shrink-wrapped in a custom box
  • 0% of the proceeds will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation

Cards Against Humanity is a party game for horrible people. Unlike most of the party games you’ve played before, Cards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends.

The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a Black Card, and everyone else answers with their funniest White Card.

Our Personal Opinion:

It’s a fun game. But you can’t take yourself seriously. Sit back, enjoy your favorite adult beverage and play this game. Don’t censor yourself! But we do suggest this games for adults. This isn’t something you want to give little Timmy on his 8th birthday.  This game has been popular since it first came out and for good reason.

Also, consider buying the extension packs for more epic fun.

Holiday Woes – Should you start buying Christmas Gifts Now?

To answer the question of the blog post: Yes!

Start looking today. Holiday gifts can be difficult to buy. Why? Because if you’re a sentimental S.O.B. like we are, you’re going to debate over every single gift that you’ll give out. And most likely, you have more than a handful of people you’re going to have to give meaningful gifts to. One of the contributors to this site has a family of 6, and an extended family of over 50 people.  Can you imagine doing the research for the age range within that family? How is anyone supposed to know what’s the most popular gift is for little girls? Or what about an uncle who is older and established? What do you buy for someone that has everything?

Our guides are here to help you. But don’t be surprised if you have to put in a little effort. We can’t guarantee anything. Gift buying is always a risk unless you get a wishlist — in that case, you might not have anything to worry about. But do keep in mind, if that wishlist is sent to everyone in the family, it’s possible you might end up giving them the same present as someone else. Aside from the dreaded face of disappointment, gifting something the receiver already has is a pretty horrible experience.

Ask us how we know? It’s a memory we chose to bury deep in the back of our thoughts. A moment of silence, please.

With the holidays just around the corner, everyone is starting to think about what gifts to buy for their loved ones. For kids we’re thinking of the hottest toys to buy (3 quick hot wishlist items):

 

We’re also thinking about professional gifts to our coworkers and acquaintances. Something like classic office desk toys are always fun.

These upcoming weeks will be filled with sales and promotions. Use them. If you’re buying for someone who isn’t opposed to getting an older model of an electronic gift, you’re in luck. Most of the sales will revolve around pushing out “old” inventory to make room for the latest model. Sometimes, the newest item isn’t always the best, so take a moment to compare.

Over time it becomes more difficult to buy for the same people. Typically, we buy the same do if every year. If it was a jacket last year, it might be a pajamas that this year. If it was its candle set last year, it might be a perfume this year. You get the point.

So why not make this upcoming holiday season that any special event a little bit better, different, unique? Take a quick look at our guide for the upcoming holiday season for 2014. We’ve done the research for you. Find a list that fits for the occasion or the person you’re buying for and take a look at our suggestions. Our goal to make the process of gift buying one that is enjoyable and easier.