Thinking Game: WordARound
Talk about a game that makes your brain go in circles! Players try to be the first to read (or, more likely, decipher) the word in a colored band and say it aloud. Collect ten cards to win. 2 or more players.
Ages 10 and up, ThinkFun, $12.99
Memory Game: What's That Racket?
The hunt is on for a bevy of barnyard animals hiding from their farmer friend. At the count of three, gamers baa, bark, bray, and more, all at the same time (a tester fave, of course!), indicating which critter they've hidden under a card. The player who's the farmer then has to remember who's who as he tries to find the missing livestock. 3 to 6 players.
Ages 4 and up, Haba, $12
Game of Luck: Race Through Space
A roll of the die determines how many spaces players can move their rockets as they dash to dock them on the moon. The board tiles shift as well, and if you're stuck on the bottom tile when it moves, watch out! Your rocket is thrown into a black hole and out of the game. 2 to 4 players.
Ages 6 and up, Ravensburger, $20.99
Tricky Game: Swivel
The goal here is to get four pieces of the same color in a row. Easier said than done, as wild tokens, player bluffs, and a board with rotating levels make for a constantly shifting playing field. 2 to 4 players.
Ages 8 and up, Patch Products, $21.99
Active Game: Never Land Challenge Game
Based on the hit TV show Jake and the Never Land Pirates, this cooperative game has players draw cards to determine what action to take (slither, hop, crawl) and which of the included props to use (feather, cannonball) as the team tries to collect more gold than Captain Hook. 1 or more players.
Ages 3 and up, Wonder Forge, $19.99