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Ask the buyer: Top 10 games for Christmas 

 

In our family games have always been a huge part of Christmas, generally it involves making our own rules but it works for us!  Here our the ones I will be playing over the festive season, says toy buyer Selina Clarke.

TICKET TO RIDE EUROPE

£40

This game is not only a great one to play but a beautiful one to look at too!  Simple rules mean it is easy for all the family to learn.  Collect cards to claim railway routes across Europe, the longer the routes and the more routes you conquer the better! 

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DOBBLE

£14

A classic game of snap has been given a makeover!!  The main game involves finding the one symbol that is on both cards, once found you need to be the first person to shout it out, with up to 8 players it can get quite loud!!  There are 5 different variations included in the instructions so each game can be different. The game also comes in a tin so is great for travelling.

A junior version and themed versions are available.

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CORTEX

£14

Your brain will be stretched with puzzles to test all parts of the brain.  Players compete with each other to be the first to remember objects, find the route out of mazes and other tests.  Once solved you receive a brain piece.  Complete your brain to win the game.  Another good game for up to 6 players that gets everyone competing!

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SCOTLAND YARD

£22

This game won game of the year in 1983 so no doubt has been played in many households!  One player becomes the mysterious Mr X, his job is to move around London on various modes of transport.  The Detectives – the other players- then work together to try and find Mr X.  All you will know is his starting point and what transport he has used!

A junior version is also available.

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HAPPY SALMON

£14

Not one for the faint hearted! Happy Salmon is a simple, ultra fast and silly game.  There is no taking turns with this game, players call out the action shown their card as fast as they can.  When you match with someone else you celebrate by performing the action!  Each time you have a match you drop your card, the person to discard their cards first is the winner.

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KERPLUNK

£16

A classic game that comes out in our house every year - what more is there to say! 

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MONOPOLY

From £7

A classic game where everyone will have a copy from many different decades.  This year we have added more themed options to our range.  From the updated classic, with new movers, to the latest Stranger Things TV phenomenon version there should be one for all tastes!

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DON’T BREAK THE ICE

£12

Tap out ice blocks one by one.
They won't melt when you are done!
Take your time and do some thinking
to keep the penguin from sinking.
To win, the penguin must stay on top.
One wrong block-he'll go ker-plop!

A new favourite in the children category or one for after Christmas dinner as it’s not too taxing!

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BIG POTATO MR LISTER

£15

A good game for all ages.  Players work in teams of 2 to compile a list of items as determined on the card, answers are then given until no one has any left.  This team then win a card, once you win 3 cards you win!  An example of lists having to be made include, food items in a Big Mac, the Queens grandchildren, underground lines, Walkers crisp flavours and many more making it good for all the family.

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TUMBLE TREE

£15

This game quickly became a favourite for our toy team. Players are dealt the 108 cards at random, the tree trunk — which is the game container  — is placed in the middle of the table.  The players take it in turn to place their card on the tree, however, each card is different and has to be placed in the way depicted on the card, this may involve tossing the card, dropping it with your eyes closed, hanging it over the edge of the tree and many other ways!! If any cards fall off the tree while you're adding something to it, then you place those in a personal penalty pile. As soon as someone places their final card, the game ends. Players count the cards remaining in their deck with those in their penalty pile, and whoever has the fewest cards wins!

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