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Knock Your Blocks Off

Knock Your Blocks Off

Fall 2011 Games
Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: Gamewright
Price: $15.99

This is a fast-moving game which has the added benefit of allowing a bit of friendly destructiveness. The game begins when the players are given a certain number of patterned blocks which they must match together to build either a wall, gate, fort, tower or steps.

After placing their crown piece on the block, kids roll the "demolition die" to try and knock off an opponent's crown block from his or her wall. The demolition has to take place in three distinct categories: either boulder (flicking the die towards the opponent), ogre (must use and underhand toss) or dragon (drop the die on the opponent's crown from above). If the attacker is successful in knocking off the crown, he or she gets a prize token. If he or she doesn't succeed, the opponent gets a token. The first player to collect eight tokens wins. This unique game was a hit with testers!

Reilly Reagan   ©2011 Parents' Choice
Reilly Reagan, M.L.S. is a librarian and teacher currently working as a full-time mom. She has been reviewing media since 1991, writing for Library Journal and Video Librarian magazines. Her eight-year old and five-year-old sons enjoy helping with critiques.

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