“Hey everybody, it’s time for MATCH-O-RAMA™! Trade in
the usual dice-rolling routine for a game night that will have you looking for
lights and cameras—can you dig it?”
Publisher theOP, previously known as USAopoly, has announced the hilarious new game-show-style party game, Match-O-Rama from lead designer Pat Marino (Die Hard: The Nakatomi Heist Board Game). In Match-O-Rama, 4-8 friends come to the table armed with a dry erase board and a prediction wheel. A category is chosen from the deck of cards, such as “local sports teams” or “classes you hated in high school”. Everybody then writes down answers they feel other players are likely to pick. The prediction wheel allows you to decide if your answer will come up within the next 2 players, or the next 4 four players around the table. The tighter your prediction, the more points you earn. Everybody reveals their answers and points are given. The first player to 35 points wins the whole shebang in Match-O-Rama.
Match-O-Rama is available now exclusively at Target stores. The game comes with 8 dry erase boards and prediction wheels, 100 category cards, and 60 scoring tokens. For more information, check out theOP’s website here.
Netflix meet Asmodee. Now that the introductions are over, it looks like Asmodee will be publishing Black Mirror: NOSEDIVE, a game based on the show’s episode of the same name. Not many details are available about the game itself, only that it is a social game which also integrates with a smartphone app. NOSEDIVE supports 3 to 6 players, ages 13 and up.
“NOSEDIVE features light social and strategic gameplay that is engaging, interactive, and accessible for new players.”
NOSEDIVE will be available at Target stores starting on November 25th. The press release only indicated that the game launches at Target stores and Target.com, so it is not clear if NOSEDIVE will only be available through Target, or if this is just a timed exclusive.
“There’s something special about breaking free from screens and spending real, face-to-face time with family and friends—and that’s why our guests are loving the ever-growing board game trend. We’re out to make Target their go-to destination for great games, so over the past couple of years, we’ve more than doubled our assortment and we’re constantly working with the nation’s leading game makers to create even more unique, exclusive games for our guests to enjoy with those they love.”-Kelly Caruso, senior vice president of Hardlines, Target
Upon hearing of the announcement of the title This Game Goes to Eleven, likely many fans like myself of the film This Is Spinal Tap (1984) expected to see a licensed IP game from the film, similar to the more than five games out in the last five years from The Princess Bride (1987). Alas, this is not the case, and instead the game is loosely based on the general idea from the film’s iconic joke. But before you write the game off completely, it is being published by Gamewright, who have had several notable and successful games in the past with hits like Sushi Go Party and Forbidden Desert.
This family-weight game features 72 cards and a guitar pick, and allows 2-6 players (ages 8+) to have rocking time adding cards to the center pile to 11 in a quick 15-20 minute play session.
This Game Goes to Eleven had its sneak peek at GenCon 2018, and is out in the US as a Target store exclusive, similar to recent titles such as Megaland and Ticket to Ride: New York. More info on This Game Goes to Eleven can be found at Gamewright’s website.
Hopefully this games lives up to the classic joke from character Nigel Tufnel, and BoardGameGeek ratings will have to follow IMDB’s rating scale for the movie This Is Spinal Tap and will have to max out at 11 when the page is created.
New games from USAopoly tend to pop up with the seasons, but now they’re turning up the heat so-to-speak. Super Mario Brothers: Power Up Card Game (Underwater Edition) and Blank slate were both recently announced and will be headed to different specific retailers this summer! Of course the Super Mario Brothers: Power Up Card Game already exists, but this new edition transforms the whole thing into the infamous world 2-2 underwater level. The gameplay is the same, just now there’s a lovely aquatic look to all the cards, bloopers to worry about, and a reason to hum this theme song instead while you play. While the original game is available at most retailers, Walmart has the exclusive right to sell the Underwater Edition so you’ll need to head to the notoriously blue store for this new blue version.
Blank Slate, on the other hand, is Target exclusive and an all-new word association party game. A cue card shows a word and a blank, and everyone must quickly fill in the blank on their personal dry-erase boards. The goal isn’t to be particularly funny or devious, but rather to pick what you believe is the most common word associated with the cue card because, after revealing everyone’s boards, only the players with matching answers will score points. It’s very intriguing to have two games come out exclusive to each of these retailers, yet it’s indicative of their rivalry and both USAopoly and gamers benefit from this sort of competition. If you’re interested in either of these titles, be sure to check out your local stores or their websites soon.
Pandasaurus Games has announced they will be bringing the 2015 Spiel des Jahres nominated card game, The Game, to Target stores in August. This will be an exclusive version for Target and will feature new box and card art from acclaimed illustrator Kwanchai Moriya.
You can learn more about this variant of The Game and see some of the new artwork on the Pandasaurus website and Facebook post.
One of the recent trends in board games has been for big box stores, such as Target and Walmart, to claim their share of exclusive titles from within the hobby board gaming world. Several of these exclusives have been noteworthy; we have seen Target obtain Bob Ross Art of Chill Game, and Walmart is the exclusive seller of Fog of Love. The most recent participant, Red Raven Games, has announced an exclusive game with Target, Megaland. Ryan Laukat‘s newest creation Megaland has the look and feel of his previous masterpieces, bringing up images of Near and Far or Artifacts Inc. Megaland is a push-your-luck game set in a video game universe, where players fight monsters to collect coins and build up their world. 2-5 players can use coins to improve their character, build bowling alleys or arcades, and delve deeper into each new level. But players who push too hard are likely to come home with nothing. The player with the most coins at the end wins.
Megaland is due to come out in Fall 2018, exclusively at Target stores.
Designers will be required to identify the game’s target audience, the void the game is filling, and what makes the game different from others currently on the market. Designers will also have to answer a variety of other questions such as whether any market research, utility patent searches, engineering plans, cost analysis, and any prototypes have been completed.
Games are not the only category considered. Dolls, activity sets, pre-school toys and imaginative play products are other categories also considered in Target’s Open Innovation Project.
Notifications for those who are selected to meet with Target will be sent by February 1. Those selected in Target’s Open Innovation Project will present their ideas to a panel of Target Toy Buyers and get feedback from experts in Mass Retail at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center throughout the day on Saturday, February 17th.
Target is quickly seeing the benefit of offering better and more varied games on their shelves, and by benefit I mean they are making good money on them. So in order to stay ahead of the game they are continuing their method of getting boat loads of exclusive games that will only appear on their shelves. So this past weekend saw the addition of over 50 of those games ranging from 90’s themed games, party games, and rustic editions of classic games where they made games like Risk completely out of wood. Some of the titles you will see now include:
Exploding Kittens Party Edition, an exclusive expansion pack to the mega-popular Exploding Kittens
Sunken Sailor, a Pictionary-type game from Finland with a distinctive Scandinavian design and a wooden box
Pling Pong, a Kickstarter game similar to beer pong in that you are bouncing balls into cups, but with no alcohol involved and is much more colorful
Deer Lord, a party game where players are challenged to do crazy things without being called out on them.
Coding games from Think Fun: On the Brink, Rover Control, and Robot Repair
And this is just a small selection of the games. You can read more about these additions on the Forbes website, or just browse the game aisle of your local Target today.
With August having come to a close, Calliope is reminiscing on the excellent August they had between GenCon, and one of their games being picked up by Target. That’s right, now included in the dozens of games recently announced as Target exclusive, the new editions of Roll For It! purple and red are now among those exclusives. Changes in the new edition are mostly cosmetic with inclusion of a drawstring bag, new colorful opaque dice, and a viewing window on the box. So if you are looking for a quick and fun dice chucking game, you only have to go as far as your local Target to find it.