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.
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.
Big Potato has released their two latest games, OK Play and Chameleon, and both are exclusive to Target stores. The first is Chameleon, a social deduction game in the same vein as Spyfall where you are trying to find the chameleon. To start you shuffle up the code cards and the chameleon card and give one to each player, then you will flip over a topic card and roll two dice. From those two dice and the code card it will indicate which topic, there are 16 on a card, the players will be talking about. At that point you will take some time to think of a word associated with the topic, something specific but not too specific. The chameleon’s job is to either blend in and not get outed, or if that fails, to figure out what the topic is. Everyone else’s job is to make it hard for the chameleon to figure out the word, and try to sus out who the chameleon really is. Tom Vasel give it a Seal of Excellence in his video review and so if you like games like Spyfall, give this one a look.
The other game is OK Play, a simple abstract game where you are trying to get 5 of your colored pieces in a row. Gameplay is super easy in that all you do on your turn is place a piece, or move a piece if they are all out, and whoever gets 5 in a row first is the winner. With quick and simple gameplay like that, Big Potato took the time to make sure the game is playable anywhere, and I think they accomplished that. The pieces are nice plastic tiles and the carrier for them keeps them all contained in four nice stacks, allowing for easy travel with this game. Tom give this game a Seal of Approval in his video review and so if you like simple abstract games like this, check it out. For more info you can read the two press releases below.
The Chameleon – Big Potato Games
Big Potato are back with a brand new game called The Chameleon. The indie games company will be releasing its game as an exclusive at Target this summer and the game is out now across all stores and on-line.
It was recently crowned the ‘Best Party Game’ at the UK Games Expo which is the third largest games convention in the world, and was awarded The Dice Tower’s reputable ‘Seal of Excellence’.
The Chameleon is a family-friendly, social bluffing game, devised by legendary board game inventor Rikki Tahta, creator of Coup. If you are the hidden Chameleon, your mission is to stay undetected and work out the secret code word. If you aren’t the Chameleon then you must track down that elusive Chameleon without giving away the secret word. If the wrong person is accused, the real Chameleon escapes. If the Chameleon is caught, they have one last chance to escape by guessing the secret word.
Games are short and sweet, and full of flying accusations, quick-thinking and Sherlock-like deductions.
For more information, visit www.thechameleongame.com.
• Ages 14+
• 3 to 8 players
• 10 minutes to play
OK Play – Big Potato Games
This summer, indie board games company Big Potato is releasing its new family-friendly travel game called OK Play. Big Potato is the only board game brand that is exclusive to Target and the game is out now across all stores and online.
OK Play is super-simple to learn but tricky to win. It’s like an off-road Connect Four but for 2-4 players and to win you’ve got to sneak a straight or horizontal line of 5 tiles in a row. There’s no board to stop the game going off in random directions and if you run out of tiles, you get to re-position old ones.
With toughened plastic tiles and a handy carabiner, OK Play is made to travel. Don’t leave home without it.
For more information, visit www.okplaygame.com.
• Ages 8+
• 2 to 4 players
• 15 minutes to play
About Big Potato
After the success of their trivia card game Linkee, founders Ben, Dean and Tris decided to set up their own business. Big Potato was set up in 2012 as an independent board games company. With all of the products created and designed in-house, Big Potato offers a variety of board games ranging from family games to adult party games. The Shoreditch-based company sell through UK retailers both large and small. Last year, they successfully entered the U.S. market through an exclusive deal with Target.
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.