2015 TBL Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide: Thumbs Up & Wink from Blue Orange Games #holidaygiftguide

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The Binder Ladies were given the mentioned product(s) and possibly compensated for this post.  All opinions are our own.

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Blue Orange Games has been making high quality games for the whole family for almost 15 years. They start with the best materials, combine them with new and unique ideas for games, and the end result is hours of fun! Their hope is to help families unplug and spend time together, making memories the “good old-fashioned way.” They also care about the environment; for each tree used to make their wooden games, Blue Orange Games plants two more in its place. Having received more than 200 awards throughout the years, including Best Store Support and Vendor of the Year, you can be guaranteed to find games you love, and have the customer support you deserve.

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I, Sarina, was given Thumbs Up and Wink to review. These both seemed like a lot of fun, so I was glad to get the chance to try new games with my kids and friends. Thumbs Up is for 2-6 players, suggested for ages 6 and up. It’s a fast paced game with several ways to play, which are all equally as fun! The object of the game is to stack colored rings on your thumb in the order they appear on the challenge cards. Wink is for 4-8 players, and is suggested for ages 8 and up. It is a little more challenging, and takes a few tries to really get the hang of it. The object is to find who your secret partner is by winking at them, without being caught by your opponents!

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Thumbs Up was a great game for my kids to play (Lili is 6, Jonathan is 15.) This games teaches dexterity and helps with visual perception, focus and concentration.  We put all the colored rings in the center of the table, and flipped over a challenge card, and watched the kids scramble to  replicate the pattern described on the card. After doing a few cards, we realized that this game was, by far, much easier for Jonathan than it was for Lili; so we changed the game a little bit by giving Lili an easier challenge card, and Jonathan a card that was a little more different. Now Lili was getting excited, as the playing field was even! In the end she had a great time, and Jonathan liked being able to play a game with his little sister that lasted only as long as her attention span. In the future, I would reserve this game for when she is with children her own age, such as her cousins (6, 8, 10 and 11) who I think would also love this game, and they would be of a similar skill level.

I saved Wink for when we had friends over. My husband Jon and I have our best friends Jon and Sonja over as often as possible; they’re such dear friends, and we always find ourselves laughing and having a wonderful time in each other’s company. We all like playing fun games, especially Sonja and I. To learn how to play Wink, it’s best to watch the video, as that explains it clearly. After the first couple of times trying to play, we really got the hang of it. We were laughing so hard, and yelling (happily) so loud, Lili came out from her room to ask what was going on! We looked hysterical trying to wink at each other, and trying to catch someone else hinting to their partner!

Adults and kids of all ages will love the products made by Blue Orange Games. There are gifts for all age and skill ranges, so you really can’t go wrong. Entertain your family and guests with a new game at your next get-together.

 

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