Top Games

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Sure, you can watch the toy commercials on TV and read the advertising inserts in your local newspaper. But if you really want to know what the hot games are this holiday season, listen to the playtime experts at the Toy Industry Association.

Click on these links to find what's hot right now. Then, if you want to play even further, go to ToyAwards.org and register your vote for the 2011 Toy of the Year awards. Winners will be announced in early 2011.

In the meantime, happy shopping and merry everything!

5 Second Rule

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5 Second Rule®
Patch Products
patchproducts.com
Ages 10+
$24.99
Time's not on your side when you're playing 5 Second Rule, the game that asks you questions – like "Name 3 breeds of dogs" – as time twirls down on the unique twisted marble timer. Say the first things that come to mind...and risk ridiculous answers slipping out!
LEGO

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LEGO® Games Creationary
LEGO Systems, Inc.
games.lego.com
Ages 7+
$34.99
Imagine playing charades by building with LEGO bricks! Players roll the dice to select one of four exciting building categories, and then sift through the LEGO pieces to build their object. Cards offer three levels of difficulty, challenging players' creative building skills so that others can guess what is being created.
Lego

Toy Industry Association

LEGO® Games Minotaurus
LEGO Systems, Inc.
games.lego.com
Ages 8+
$24.99
The mighty Minotaur, a mythical creature, protects a secret temple hidden deep inside a labyrinth. Players must be the first to lead their three heroes to the temple, avoiding the Minotaur and cleverly placing walls to block opponents. By changing the LEGO® dice, players can change game play, and by re-building the maze, every game is a new adventure.
LOOPZ

Toy Industry Association

LOOPZ™
Radica
playloopz.com
Ages 7+
$29.99
Loopz™ is an interactive memory game consisting of four independent semi-circular rings or "loops." Combining music, motion and memory, Loopz™ gets people moving as they match the patterns of light and sound that emerge. As each ring pulsates, players must quickly put their hand through the lit loop to keep the music sequence going.
Rory's Story Cubes

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Rory's Story Cubes®
Gamewright
gamewright.com
Ages 8+
$7.99 Rory's Story Cubes is a pocket-sized creative story generator, providing hours of imaginative play for all ages. With Rory's Story Cubes, anyone can become a great storyteller. Simply roll the cubes and let the pictures spark your imagination ... Cubes reinforces artistic expression and vocabulary development.
Scrabble Flash

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Scrabble Flash
Parker Bros.
hasbro.com/scrabble
Ages 8+
$29.99
Scrabble Flash provides a fast, frantic play experience as players slide, swap and shuffle five electronic letter tiles in a race to try to find as many 3, 4, and 5 letter words as they can in 75 seconds. Digital letter tiles contain 'Wonder-Link Technology' which recognizes formed words when the tiles are placed side by side, and keeps score of correctly spelled words. Players can compete individually against the game and try to earn the highest score possible or as an elimination game in a social setting.
Spot it

Toy Industry Association

SPOT IT!
Blue Orange Games
blueorangegames.com
Ages 7+
$12.99
Spot It! contains four fast, challenging mini-party games in which all players play simultaneously. With fast action and endless fun, this unique card game is sure to be a splash at your next party and to become a family favorite. There is always one, and only one, matching symbol between any two cards in this game. Spot it and you win!


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