Ubongo

Ubongo is a fast-paced, easy-to-learn, geometric puzzle game where players race to piece together interlocking tiles. The goal is for players to get them to fit perfectly on their own puzzle boards. Ubongo Extreme: Fun-Size Edition is a smaller, lower-priced, and more portable format of the larger game and adds a higher level of complexity by using polyhex tiles instead of the traditional tile shapes. Ubongo Extreme: Fun-Size Edition is designed by
Grzegorz Rejchtman for 1-4 players, aged 8+, and is expected to release on July 1st, 2019.

Inka Brand & Markus Brand continue releasing games in the popular EXIT series, with the latest iteration being EXIT: House of Riddles. The game is classified at a beginner difficulty level, caters for 1-4 players, and plays in roughly 1-2 hours. Players are detectives who are summoned to an abandoned house to investigate an unsolved mystery. Upon entry, the detectives hear screams and find the entrance shut behind them and need to crack the case to find their way out. Expect EXIT: House of Riddles to release on July 22nd, 2019.

Brainwaves is a series of games developed by neuroscientists and game designers where players challenge their episodic memory (memory of recent personal events). Thames & Kosmos are releasing 3 games in this series which are all for 1-4 players, aged 8+, and play in roughly 15 mins.

Brainwaves: The Astute Goose has players identifying a burglar hiding in a crowd and is designed by Reiner Knizia. Then, designed by Dirk Baumann, Brainwaves: The Brilliant Boar has players collect sets of various animal portraits on cards by utilizing their memory to match those in their hand (facing away from them) to those revealed on the table. In Brainwaves: The Wise Whale, players are collecting colorful sea creatures by matching either their colors or animal types, and is designed by Maureen Hiron. Expect all 3 games to release on July 8th, 2019.

UK based organization, Imagination Gaming, had their 6th Annual, International, Hobby Game awards competition. Imagination Gaming was created by Nigel Scarfe and Chris Standley. The awards have a strong emphasis on games around the world which engage children and families and promote social and life skills. The competition is solely funded by Imagination Gaming and assessed by panels of experienced educational professionals and family game enthusiasts and assesses games new to Imagination Gaming in the past 12 months.

“Imagination Gaming offers solutions to engagement and learning in educational and social organisations – for all ages and abilities, focusing on enjoyment and learning in equal measure. Founded in 2007 with the goal to continue to change the perception of games within the UK to one where they are seen and used as the great learning tools that they are. The desire is to see games used on a regular basis in schools and other organisations, as well as by families and groups, to bring people together and provide a stimulating mental challenge across all ages and abilities. The results and testimonials speak for themselves.”

The Award winners for 2018 are:

Maths Award:

 

Gold: Chicken Out, Sum Fun, Ice Dice.

Silver: Spookies, 3×4=Swat, Alana’s Animals, City of Zombies (Ultimate Edition).

Bronze: Race To Infinity.

Literacy Award:

Gold: When I Dream, Werewords, Lexit, Bananagrams.

Silver: Word Bits, Speedy Words.

Bronze: Vote Me!, Wibbell++.

Cross-Curriculum Award:

Gold: Doodle Rush, Destination X, SeArCH, LUPO – The Space Adventure, Brainbox: Under The Sea.

Silver: Insect Intersection, Globe Runner, Can You Hear Me, Speed Colours, Enchanted Paths.

Bronze: Take Care Of Polar Bears, Crazy Cats, Vote Me!, Fast Flags, Weird Things Humans Search For.

Player’s Choice Award:

Gold: Ice Cool 2

Silver: Rhino Hero Super Battle

Bronze: Pyramid Of Pengqueen

Young Einsteins Award:

Gold: Animal Actions (Hampeltiere), My First Orchard, Silly Shenanigans, Rhino Hero Mini, Animal Upon Animal, Catch A Roo, Here Fishy Fishy, Counting Fun, Alana’s Animals, My First Animal Upon Animal.

Silver: Quirk!, Quirk! Legends, Alphabet Jigsaw, Numbers Jigsaw, Hanna Honeybee, Froggy, Jeunesse Farm, My Little Garden (Kleiner Garten), Lucky Sock Dip (Socken Zocken), Go Go Little Penguin, What A Performance.

Bronze: Dog Rally, Tiny Park, Lilly’s Favourite Clothes.

Problem Solving Award:

Gold: Karuba, 13 Ghosts, Arokah, Match Madness, Maze Racers, Baffled.

Silver: Shaperise, Enchanted Paths, Destination X.

Bronze: –

Family Award:

Gold: Werewords, Whoosh!, Doodle Rush, Codenames Duet, Rhino Hero Mini, Destination X, Museum Rush, Yogi, Animal Upon Animal, Chicken Out, Ice Dice, Spookies, Baffled, Maze Racers, Shaperise, Pyramid Of Pengqueen, Brainbox: Under The Sea, When I Dream, New York Slice, Sum Fun, Here Fishy Fishy, Arokah, Match Madness, Abalone, OK Play, Thieves, Counting Fun, 13 Ghosts, Karuba, Catch A Roo, Ice Cool 2, My First Animal Upon Animal, Rhino Hero Super Battle.

Silver: Enchanted Paths, Cauldron Master, Speedy Words, Pikoko, Animal Actions (Hampeltiere), Jeunesse Farm, Quirk!, Quirk! Legends, Bananagrams, 6 Suits, Colour Chess + Lure, Flicky Spaceships, Go Go Little Penguin, SeArCH, Speed Colours, City Of Zombies (Ultimate Edition), Alana’s Animals, Click Bait, Talking Tom – Shopping, Froggy, Silly Shenanigans, 3×4=Swat, Talking Tom – IQ, Insect Intersection.

Bronze: Christmas Tree, Lost ’n’ Found, That’s A Question!, Tri Hand, Crazy Cats, Vote Me!, Race To Infinity, Dog Rally, Hanna Honeybee, Fast Flags, Globe Runner, Can You Hear Me?, Take Care Of Polar Bears, Wibbell++, Word Bits, Aqualiens, Orclympics, My Little Garden (Kleiner Garten), Tiny Park, Weird Things That Humans Search For, My First Orchard, Lilly’s Favourite Clothes, Alphabet Jigsaw, Number Jigsaw, Lexit, Animal Ailments, Lucky Sock Dip (Socken Zocken), LUPO – The Space Adventure, Polar Panic, What A Performance.

Family Classic Awards:

Kingdomino, Ice Cool, Ubongo

Excelled in Schools Awards:

Cortex, Storyline Scary Tales, Pass The Bomb

The BIGGY (Best Imagination Gaming Game of the Year) Award is Imagination Gaming’s most prestigious award. All games submitted into the 2018 awards were eligible for this award. The BIGGY winner this year proved to be a little bit ‘different’ and is a game which can be used in a variety of sessions and educational activities.

BIGGY (Best Imagination Gaming Game of the Year) Award:

When I Dream

 

For more details on these awards visit the Awards website.

Nicole Bunge over at ICV2, posted an article regarding the expansion of U.S. company Thames & Kosmos expanding into the board game market.

Thames & Kosmos was founded in 2001 as an alliance between the Thames Science Center, a science museum and learning store, and Kosmos, the nearly 200-year old German-based publishing house Franckh-Kosmos Verlags-GmbH.

The first game she mentions is Lost Cities the Board Game. This game is based on  the 2008 Spiel Des Jahres winner Keltis, and it is due out in April.  She also goes on to mention the Lost Cities The Card Game for 2 players, which is also being released in April.

She then goes on to mention some more games soon to be released like: Kahuna, Dimension, Dohdles!, and Ubongo. These are games that have been out of print and many gamers can now look forward to a wide release in the coming months.

To learn more, and to read the whole article, please click here.