Posts Tagged ‘entertainment’

Solitaire Frenzy transforms solitaire into a quick paced game that requires multiple players. Be the player with the most cards on the game board to win!

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Not an educational game, but certainly a lot of fun. It makes you think fast and pay attention. The game consists of 6 color-coded packs of playing cards, a game board, score cards and instructions. View Solitaire Frenzy instructions here. Be sure to read the Solitaire Frenzy tip. This game does best with several players because game play depends on everyone’s cards.

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Although play is meant to be a “frenzy”, players need to exercise some control of their cards when placing them on the game board. Messy cards are a total distraction to us organizers! Seriously though, the cards on the board need to be kept in reasonably neat piles so that players can continue playing their cards.

We found it best to designate a score keeper to collect cards from the game board. The score keeper’s job is to group the cards by colors and return them to the players to count score.

♥♦Recommend for fun♣♠

I received Solitaire Frenzy from Jax to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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Polygon is another fun strategy game from Jax. Play your polygon tiles to create a group of three numbers. The numbers determine the score and the player with the highest score at the end of the game wins!

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I agree with the age recommendation (7-adult) for the game because chip placement is challenging. A first time “test-run” game is a good idea to learn the rules. Just match numbers and colors and work toward the highest score. This game uses addition and multiplication skills. A calculator is a good idea at the end of the game to add up all those points. 

The game can be played by 2,3, or 4 players. Or maybe play it as a single player to achieve your highest scoring game.

Polygon contains a folding game board, one die, 49 polygon tiles, and 50 score cards. As with all the Jax games that I’ve reviewed, everything is sturdy and attractive. And fun!

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Take a look at the Jax website to see all the games they make. Every game has the instructions listed on the website to view before buying. View Polygon game instructions here.

I received Polygon from Jax to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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CHIPS!

Roll the dice, then take out the matching chip point total. But don’t get stuck with too many points left over, because the player with the lowest point total wins!! It’s FAST and it’s FUN!

My Review: 

This is my family’s favorite Jax game so far because it’s quick, easy and very entertaining!

This ready-to-play game can be stored in any kitchen drawer or living room end table. It’s small enough to fit in a suitcase pocket for a game on the road or in the air. I especially recommend the little game of Chips at a get-together because it can be played with any number of players (2 or more).  The directions aren’t complicated, it doesn’t require serious concentration, and it can be played anywhere there is a small surface for rolling the dice. The game doesn’t interfere with conversation – it compliments the conversation. It’s big fun coming from a little game in a bag. 

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Also makes a good home school game for reinforcing early math skills since players need to think through all the possible addition combinations which might be used. 

Strategy Note: Eliminate the higher number chips first! 

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I received The Game of Chips from Jax to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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This month’s Jax game is

Inspiring stories within the Bible. Now children and adults can learn about the Old and New Testament as they play the fun game of SEQUENCE. Pictures representing Bible stories are displayed on each card and the game board  The cards also include a story title and scripture reference. Players match the picture on a card to the same picture on the board, then place their chip there. Five chips in a row wins the game! It’s the fun, challenging game of BIBLE SEQUENCE.

The game board looks like the bible where simple illustrations- both on the game board and on the playing cards- depict a biblical story. It’s recommended for players 6 through adult. Any younger player can simply match images and older players can benefit from the scripture verse(s) that is included on each game card. Do you know where the story of David and Goliath can be found in the bible? Do you know all the verses that mentions Jesus feeding thousands?

The game can be played by 2 or 3 individual players or 4 to 6 players if played in a team. The directions are super easy and the game is super fun. In addition to family time, it would be good as a Sunday school game or as a home school game; there are many different spins that you can put on this game to reinforce learning like saying the book reference out-loud or taking the time to look up the verse during the game.

Luck, strategy, and lots of opportunities to learn more about the bible’s stories.

Contents of the game include the folding game board, playing cards, playing chips and instructions. The complete directions can be viewed on the Jax website. As with the previous Jax game I reviewed, everything is quality made to last for many enjoyable game times.

I received the Bible Sequence game from Jax to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

 

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Fall is here – officially starting tomorrow – and the cooler, shorter days make it the perfect time to play some indoor games. I am thrilled with the opportunity to review for Jax and to feature a Jax game each month along with a giveaway!

The assortment of Jax games is as varied as the fall foliage. September’s feature is Sequence States and Capitals.

Each card has the name of a capital with its location shown on the state. Players match the state’s shape and color on the card to the same state and shape and color on the board, then place a chip on that space. When you have five in a row it’s a SEQUENCE . Players of all ages will have fun learning the states and their capitals while enjoying the fun, challenging play of the SEQUENCE game.

We find that this game involves both luck and strategy. The strategy comes in making the most of the cards you have and in where you place your chips. Part luck, part strategy, all Fun! This is obviously a great educational game for kids but it is equally enjoyable played by adults. Do you know ALL your states and capitals? It’s recommended for ages 7-adult but I think some younger kids would be able to play with help. 

The game can be played by 2 players/teams or 3 players/teams. There are three colors of marker chips (green, purple, and orange) and the number of cards dealt to each player depends on how many play. The easy to understand directions gets the game quickly underway and it is a game that scores high on wanting to be played again.

above: game board shows two players; the purple player has a sequence

below: game board shows three players; the orange player completed a sequence

Contents of the game include the game board, playing cards, marker chips, and directions including a US map. The complete directions to the Sequence States and Capitals game can be viewed on the Jax website. The game board folds into the box for easy storage and all contents of the game are nicely made.So what do you think? I recommend it as an awesome gift, as a home school game, or for a fall evening get-together.

 

The winner is: Heather from Columbus, Ohio

Here are your random numbers:

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Timestamp: 2012-10-01 10:46:04 UTC

 

 

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(1) Leave a comment telling me your state and capital.

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Pick the entries you would like to participate in and remember to leave a separate comment for each one so I can use Random.org to pick the winner! Please be sure to leave your email address. If I have no contact information, I can’t award you as winner. Contest ends September 30 @11:59 pm est. (available only to US residents) A winner will be selected at random using the integer generator from Random.org. The winner must respond within 48 hours of notification to claim their prize. 

I received the Sequence States and Capitals game from Jax to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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