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xSpooky's Brain Trust Pick

ThinkFun's

Code Master™
The Ultimate Coding Board Game

Make programming fun by learning the basics without a computer! In Code Master, your Avatar travels to an exotic world in search of power Crystals. Along the way, you use programming logic to navigate the Map. Think carefully, in each level, only one specific sequence of actions will lead to success. Once you collect all the Crystals and land at the Portal, you win! Playing Code Master won’t just teach you principles behind programming, you’ll also build planning, sequential reasoning and problem-solving skills.

The game can be played alone or with a group and is designed for ages 8 and up. Youngsters may need some help getting started from their parents. Conversely older adults may need some help from their teens to get started (ahem). Which is to say, it might take a thoughtful minute to get going. Once you understand the basics, though, you’ve got 60 logic puzzles to solve at your leisure. The challenges range from beginner to expert with higher-level challenges employing programming techniques like loops and conditional statements.
Code Master includes a game board, a map book, a scroll guide, an instruction manual/answer book and a handful of pieces and tokens

Features:
Avatar
Portal
6 Crystals
10 Maps with 60 Levels
12 Guide Scrolls
12 Action Tokens
8 Conditional Tokens
Instructions with Solutions


ThinkFun's

Johnny Onawa's Game Pick

Circuit Maze ™
The Electronic Logic Game


Judged Best of Toy Fair 2016
Featured in Purdue University's Engineering Gift Guide


Ignite your logic and sequential reasoning skills with Circuit Maze! Your goal is to arrange the tokens to create a real circuit that lights up the different colored Beacons. These clever circuit-building puzzles introduce electricity and current basics to players 8 and up and provide a boost of brainpower and a wonderful introduction to electrical engineering.

With challenges ranging in difficulty from beginner to expert, this logic game will provide engineers of all levels with hours of electrifying logic and problem solving fun. The game is played on a grid and includes 60 challenge cards of increasing difficulty.

Challenges are outlined on one side and the reverse side has the answers. The goal is to place tokens on the grid, according to challenge card criteria and create a working circuit. When you complete the challenge correctly, the tokens light up.

This game is easy to learn and challenging to master for both children and adults. It requires no setup and cleans up in seconds. This is not a game that your kids will outgrow quickly as it provides hours of brain-tease to master. This is also a great item for adults "game night."

Age: 8 and Up
Players: 1 PlayeInstructions: View PDF
Features:
1 Game Grid
60 Challenge Cards from Beginner to Expert with Solutions
Instructions
21 Game Tokens (1 Two-Part Power Source, 3 LED Beacons, 2 Straights, 2 Bridges, 2 Double Corners, 2 T-Shapes, 5 Corners, 1 Switch and 3 Blockers)


Nina Ricardo's Favorite

Nintendo's Classic Mini is a tiny NES with 30 games

Relive your childhood memories


That old NES in your attic is a pain to drag out of its box whenever you get the hankering for a rousing game of Super Mario Bros. 3.

Enter the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition and is described by the company as a "near-identical, mini replica" version of the original NES console which was released in 1985.

The diminutive version of one of the most influential home video game consoles of all time will launch with over 30 NES titles preloaded, including Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy and Metroid. The mix also includes some surprising choices such as StarTropics, but it's a well-rounded sampling of the best the system has to offer.

The full list includes Balloon Fight, Bubble Bobble, Castlevania, Castlevania II: Simon's Quest, Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., Double Dragon II: The Revenge, Dr. Mario, Excitebike, Final Fantasy, Galaga, Ghosts' N Ghoblins, Gradius, Ice Climber, Kid Icarus, Kirby's Adventure, Mario Bros., Mega Man 2, Metroid, Ninja Gaiden, Pac-Man, Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream, StarTropics, SUPER C, Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Bros. 3, Tecmo Bowl, The Legend of Zelda and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.

You'll get the preloaded games, an HDMI cable, an AC adapter and one NES Classic Controller, which obviously looksexactly like the ones you're used to. Nintendo has offered a few more details about the micro console, including whether or not it can connect to the internet to download more games and if the company will release additional software for it.

For those that want to play with a second player, Nintendo confirmed that the replica console will support two-player functionality for games with that option and a second controller can be purchased for $9.99. Players with a Classic Controller or Classic Controller Pro can also use those, according to the company

 

The system launches this November 11th for $59.99 across North America and the UK.

Bobby Whitfield 's

February Kid's Book Pick

Figley's Search for the Perfect Pet

by Suzanne Cotsakos and Ryan McCulloch

Illustrated by Ryan McCulloch

Full Color Hardcover Book $15.95

 

This is the newest entry in a series of fun adventures for young children from Mutasia Press. The books are easy to read and the and separately available plush toys of the characters in the stories together make for a child's total immersion in the wonderful world of Mutasia.

Somewhere far away, in the uncharted realms of the ocean, lies the mysterious island of Mutasia. As one of the few unexplored places left on Earth, Mutasia is home to a previously unknown collection of wildlife, unique to the island of Mutasia. The inhabitants are called Mutasians and are mixed up mixes of every type of animal imaginable.

Figley is the youngest member of the group. He is a combo of possum, cow and finch and is trying as hard as he can to keep up with his older friends. Figley is still discovering what he likes, who he is, and what he wants to be, and is always looking to his friends for guidance and inspiration. Being the youngest is definitely hard, that’s why Figley has to work extra hard to fit in. Unfortunately, in his over-enthusiasm, he rarely thinks through the consequences of his actions, forcing the older kids to come to his aid.

When Figley's friend Billie tires of her boringpet pugapillar, Figley sets out to find her the weirdest,wildest and whackiest pet on the island. He consioders a dolphin-pony, A lizard-cat and a Flamingo-elephant-goldfish. Of course there are weird traits that come with weird pets and soon Figley finds that these exotic pets are destroying Billie's house. Maybe it's time for Billie to consider what is really inportant in a perfect pet.

For more information see www.mutasia.com


Kiyoko Hakanami Kid's Movies s

"Moana"

In Ancient Polynesia, an island's fisherman can't catch any fish and the crops fail. The King learns that the demigod Maui caused the blight by stealing the heart of the goddess Te Fiti.and put a terrible curse on the island. An impetuous Chieftain's daughter's island, Moana Waialiki (Auli'i Cravalho) a sea voyaging enthusiast answers the Ocean's call to seek outthe demigod to set things right.

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The only way to heal the island is to persuade Maui to return TiFiti's heart. Moana is chosen set sail across the pacific Ocean for a fabled island to find a precious artifact that could save her people. She teams with demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson) to locate a legendary island, and together the pair explore fantastical lands and encounter incredible sea creatures

The Players:Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House |

The Filmmakers
Directed by Ron Clements, Don Hall,
Screenplay by Jared Bush and Ron Clements
Released by Disney

"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"

The Harry Potter franchise jumps back in time to explore the wizarding world of 1926 New York. This is an amazingly delightful romp inthe Harry Potter Universe with great special effects and lots of NYC flavor mixed into the familiar references.

The film is the first of five movies which chronicle the adventures of writer Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) in New York's secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads Scamander's celebrated book in school.

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Scamander arrives in the big Apple as part of a global study of fantastic beasts,only to discover that the city is being threatened by both mystical acts of destruction byt an unknown force and a group of religious extremist No-Majs (the American term for Muggles, i.e. those unable to use magic) who are set on exposing the existence of witches in New York politics. There is also a rebel group within the magical comminity lead by Percival Graves (Colin Farrel) whose ambition is to harness the power of the dangerous force and bend it to his will to allow for a coup of his superiors, who are preoccupied with capturing a renegade mage named Gellert Grindelwald.

Unfortunately, Scamander gets caught up in this conflict when some of the magical creatures in his care are accidentally released and he encounters a group of local witches, Porpentina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston) his future wife and her sister Queenie (Alison Sudol) who become his protectors and later collaborators in exposing the villain.

The Players:Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Johnny Depp, Zoe Kravitz, Dan Fogler, Gemma Chan, Jon Voigt, Ron Perlman

The Filmmakers
Directed by David Yates
Screenplay by J.K. Rowling,from her novel
Released by Warner Brothers Pictures


 


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