“Toy of the Year” Nominated Games Bring Families
Together over the Holidays
December 20, 2011 | The holidays are all about
family bonding – and what better way to connect than through play?
Games that are exciting for all ages and help bridge the gap between
generations are an excellent way for kids, parents and grandparents to
build new memories and have fun.
“Families who play together discover new things about one
another and gain respect for each individual’s knowledge and
strengths,” says Adrienne Appell, trend expert at the Toy Industry
Below is a selection of reinvented classics and brand new innovative
games that are among the nominees for the 2012 Toy of the Year Awards.
To view the full list of nominated toys and games, vote for your
favorite, and register to win fantastic prize packages, visit ToyAwards.org.
- UNO Roboto (Mattel, Inc.) is a new, interactive
version of the classic game, bringing UNO to life by allowing kids to
customize their game in outrageous ways. The UNO Roboto randomly calls
out their names, unique house rules, funny phrases and surprising
commands that can turn the game around at any moment.
- Tetris Link (Techno Source) is a new version of the
celebrated classic – a tabletop strategy game for up to four
players. Players roll the die and strategically drop the Tetris pieces
into the upright game tower to gain points.
- Lego Heroica Castle Fortaan (LEGO Systems, Inc.) is
an adventure-themed build-and-play board game that engages kids in the
battle to free “Heroica.” This innovative game combines
building and creativity with traditional board game play, allowing
players to explore a land of monsters and treasure with the roll of a
- Everybody knows the popular card game, War. An interesting take on
the game lies in Jungle Speed (Asmodee). Cards
are embellished with abstract shapes and colors and add a call to action
to race opponents to a totem. Players flip the cards, spot the
matching symbols and grab the totem faster than their opponents to
- Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure (Activision
Publishing, Inc.) is a brand new adventure game and collectible play
experience that allows players to bring their toys to life. Kids
collect real-world toys and transport them into the virtual game using a
mystical “portal of power” – a magical gateway between
the physical world and the fictional Skylands.
- Swish (ThinkFun) is a spatial card game that is
both challenging and educational. Players must mentally flip and rotate
cards to make matches, or “Swishes.” Swishes are made by
layering as few as two or as many as 12 transparent cards so that balls
“swish” into a hoop of the same color.
- Rory's Story Cubes (Gamewright/Ceaco) teaches kids
how to become great story-tellers by reinforcing artistic expression and
vocabulary development. The pocket-sized game provides hours of
imaginative play. Players simply roll the cubes and let the pictures
spark their imaginations.
These are just a few of the dozens of toys and games that were
nominated for the Toy of the Year Awards. Voting on ToyAwards.org is open now through January 15th.
Winners across 11 categories – and the overall Toy of the Year
– will be announced on February 11th, 2012.