Star Wars: Republic Commando is now available for PS4 & Switch

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Finally finally finally finally finally finally Star Wars: Republic Commando is available for PS4 and Switch!

After years of staring longing at used copies of the game running for like $150 on Amazon, you can download an affordable version of the classic squad-based shooter to your barely-last gen console. According to science, this is undeniably very good.

If you’re unfamiliar with the game, it came out in 2005 and was early proof that Star Wars fans had an appetite for stories revolving around the now iconic Clone Troopers. With Bad Batch coming soon, it’s no surprise LucasFilm is revising their early forays into clone stories. This isn’t a remake, it’s the original game ported to new consoles, meaning the graphics are a little outdated but they still look great. It’s honestly kind of charming.

Beyond the lore and storytelling, the gameplay was unique and fulfilling as well. From the official game description:

You are the leader of an elite squad of Republic Commandos, your mission is to infiltrate, dominate, and ultimately, annihilate the enemy. Your squad will follow your orders and your lead, working together as a team – instinctively, intelligently, instantly. You are their leader. They are your weapon.

Oh, and if you’re a collector junkie, those original X-Box discs on Amazon I mentioned have suddenly dropped down to about ten bucks.

Best Pinball Machines You Can Buy If You Want To Turn The Den Into A Low-Key Arcade

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Since 1871, pinball machines have entertained the masses.  Memories as a kid of going to an arcade and seeing the loud noises and bright colors as some local pinball wizard secured a ridiculously high score was always such a cool and fascinating experience.  Now, you can bring that experience to the comfort of your own home (and become a pinball wizard yourself).

No matter how old we are, we just want to have fun, and having your own pinball machine could be a game-changer.  Since some of the pinball machines listed here are pretty rare, they are used models — but they do come completely refurbished.  They’re definitely worth it if you’re a collector and any machine on this list would be a great addition to your home if you want to own a classic pinball machine that you and your whole family can enjoy.

Star Wars Pinball Machine

Star Wars Pinball Machine – Pro, $5,999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can relive your favorite moments from a galaxy far, far away with this Star Wars Pinball Machine from Stern Pinball.  Based on episodes IV, V, & VI, you can watch scenes play out on the two High Definition LCD screens as you listen to the original musical score from John Williams played through the included stereo high-fidelity sound system.  The new Star Wars Pinball Machine is available in Pro, Premium, and Limited Edition models depending on your preference.  This Pro Edition includes a molded static Death Star inside that lights up and includes 9 green Super Laser Weapon LEDs.

Kiss Pinball Machine

KISS Pro Pinball Machine, $8,999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you wanna rock and roll all night and party every day (but not really because you have to get up early in the morning), then the KISS Pro Pinball Machine is just for you.

Experience 10 famous KISS songs as you embark on a thrilling journey, ultimately becoming an elite member of the KISS Army.  Players score points and finish game objectives to fuel the audience’s energy and excitement.  This means that the higher your score gets, the bigger and louder the show gets, resulting in a KISS concert pinball experience like no other.  The game also features custom speech from KISS members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons.

Best Pinball Machines

Medieval Madness Pinball Machine, $14,999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can really show off to your friends with this one.  Medieval Madness is widely regarded as one of the best pinball machines ever created.  The main objective of the game is to “destroy” six castles by hitting the castle’s entryway with the pinball, but it also features dozens of mini-missions for you to complete.  The Medieval Madness Pinball Machine was released in June 1997 by Williams and had a production run of 4,016 units.  It was an immediate success and achieved widespread popularity among collectors.  Unfortunately, demand for the machine dwindled the supply substantially, making it one of the most collectible machines you can find today.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pro Pinball Machine, $5,999

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In this classic TMNT pinball adventure, players will go into battle with Leonardo, Mikey, Donatello, & Raphael against classic TMNT villains like Shredder & Krang.

This machine features 3 flippers, 3 high speed ramps, a hidden ninja training ball lock area, and a high speed magnetic spinning pizza disc capable of holding and throwing 3 balls during pizza multi-ball mayhem.  The original 1987 theme music complements the action with custom video scenes and events created exclusively for this extremely entertaining pinball experience.

Jurassic Park Pro Pinball Machine, $6,999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just like the blockbuster movie, the Jurassic Park Pro Pinball Machine recreates all that heart-pounding excitement of a T-Rex chasing you through a forest… but with flashing lights and pinball sounds.

Your mission is to rescue park staff and recapture dinosaurs that have been released by that awful Dennis Nedry.  The Pro, Premium, and Limited Edition models also feature a Jungle Adventure Vehicle target in the middle of the play area that is a spinning Newton Ball.  This kinetic target registers direct hits and determines the direction players navigate on the island during all that frantic dino action.

Deadpool Premium Pinball Machine, $7,699

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Yes, even the “Merc with a Mouth” has his own pinball machine.

Players will team up with X-Men characters such as Wolverine, Dazzler, Domino, and Colossus as they battle against villains Juggernaut, Sabretooth, Mystique, Sauron, and Mr. Sinister.  In typical Deadpool fashion, you’ll also battle against a T-Rex and the Megalodon (because it’s Deadpool).  Well known voice actor Nolan North (Uncharted) once again provides his talent to the voice of Deadpool.  Each game features a 3-bank drop target with a ball lock that’s guarding a custom molded Lil’ Deadpool bash toy target. In addition, all models include two stainless steel and wire form ramps with a Katana Sword ramp return.

Cheap Pinball Machines

Striker Extreme Pinball Machine $3,895

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the soccer fanatic in your family, Striker Xtreme is a fast-paced soccer pinball machine with a moving magnetic goalie that actually blocks, passes, and saves.  This machine features all the gameplay you’d expect like corner kicks and “throw-ins.”  If you do manage to win against all the countries, you’ll gain championship status and be rewarded with some celebration multi-ball mode to show off your victory.

Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein Pinball Machine $4,895

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prepare yourselves for the spookiest of times with the Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein Pinball Machine.  Based on the 1994 film, this game utilizes an oversized dot matrix display for added video action.  There is even a Frankenstein figure that grabs both balls with its hand and throws them onto the playfield during multi-ball.  Try explaining that feature to someone with a straight face.

Simpsons Pinball Machine

Simpsons Pinball Party Machine, $8,999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t have a cow, man, but The Simpsons Pinball Party Machine is said to feature one of the most complex rule sheets that have ever been designed for a pinball machine.  Reaching the “Super Duper Mega Extreme Wizard Mode” requires an obscenely large number of shots to be achieved and apparently, only a few people have ever reached that lofty goal.  The iconic Simpsons’ house garage door leads to a second playfield level which features a dot matrix color television, a monorail that transports the ball across the playfield, and a couch that when filled with three pinballs, starts multi-ball mode.

Addams Family Pinball Machine

Addams Family Pinball Machine, $12,999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Addams Family Pinball Machine is the best-selling pinball machine since the 1930s, having sold 20,270 units.  Based on the 1991 movie of the same name, this pinball machine features custom speech by the movie’s stars, Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston.  It’s even got ‘Thing’ hanging off the top right-hand corner to cheer you on!

Baseball Pinball Machine

Slugfest Pinball Machine, $4,999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Slugfest Pinball Machine is actually known as the last pitch and bat pinball machine to be manufactured.  You can play 2 players and switch between batting and pitching or 1 player can play against the computer by batting only. When the ramp in the middle is up, you have the chance to hit the ball into the upper deck for a home run!  This one is a nice alternative to the regular old pinball machine with its unique features.

Batman Pinball Machine

Batman Dark Knight Pinball Machine, $7,999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Dark Knight is one of the best comic book movies (and one of the best movies in general) and the Batman Dark Knight Pinball Machine is a gorgeous pinball machine worthy of the film’s legacy.  Features of the pinball machine include “The Joker’s Reveal,” a mechanical cylinder that rotates to reveal a taunting Joker, Scarecrow’s Crane, a mechanical crane featuring a spring-attach pinball which the player can strike with the pinball, and the Batmobile Bridge, a see-saw mechanism that races a pinball alongside a miniature Batmobile.

Co-Op Game “It Takes Two” Challenges Characters to Fix Their Relationship

It takes two co-op relationship game
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“Couples that play together, stay together.”  It’s something my wife and I always say.  Next year, It Takes Two from Hazelight Studios and EA looks like it will take that motto to a whole other level.

At the Game Awards, Hazelight Creative Director Josef Fares announced It Takes Two, a co-op adventure involving Cody and May.  They’re a couple who seem to be having some marital problems… oh, and they’ve also turned into dolls and are trapped in some kind of fantasy world.  Josef, who is also responsible for creating the co-op only game A Way Out, seems to be having a ton of fun with this one.  While A Way Out was built around betrayal and murder, It Takes Two is taking a much, much, more light-hearted approach to its story.  It’s also something different that I’ve never seen done in a video-game before, which makes me that much more excited to try it out.  Feel free to check out the trailer below.

Gameplay-wise, there will be a staggering amount of things you can do.  On the surface, it seems to be your standard platform game, but you’ll be riding on top of frogs and spiders, driving a wooden boat, sliding down through an icy cave, and trying to keep afloat while crashing down a raging river, just to name a few.  Just like A Way Out, which makes the gameplay so interesting is there is no single-player.  Everything you do is with your partner, so you’ll have to work together to find out if Cody & May have a happily ever after.

While It Takes Two looks like it will be a blast and have its fair share of laughs, Josef wants it to emotionally resonate with players as well.  In a Playstation.Blog post, Josef confidently says that “It Takes Two is going to be a wild roller coaster ride through a lot of emotions. I love messing with players’ minds! Making them second-guess. But at the end of the day, this is a story about love. I promise that you will definitely feel something when you’re done with it.”

Now, I just need to convince my wife to stop playing Animal Crossing so we can play this together.

It Takes Two launches on March 26th, 2021 for PS4, Xbox One, & PC.  If you own a PS5 or Xbox Series X and purchase the game, you’ll be able to upgrade it to next-gen on the same day.

15+ Drinking Games That Aren’t Just Beer Pong (But Yeah, That Too)

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Who says drinking games are just for college kids and frat parties? Admittedly, now that we’re adults, we’ve let the art of imbibing get a little boring. Drinking now might be tossing back a few cocktails during dinner or whiskey on the rocks while working from home after hours. Why, though? Why aren’t we playing Kings with our friends on a Friday night? And there’s no reason we shouldn’t “Ride the Bus” or play Flip Cup with our partner.

Besides, now seems like the best time to bring drinking games back. After all, it’s not like we can go out and chase down fun in all the usual ways (thanks again, COVID-19). While the drinking games with cards we’ve included here might only work well in person with people in your pod or “core four,” that doesn’t mean all social drinking is out. You could easily fire up a Zoom meeting with your pals and play a game of Truth or Drink.

So, the next time you order groceries, order up some Blue Ribbon or Fireball. Then set out on an endeavor to bring drinking games back to your life as a grown-up.

Adult Drinking Games With Cards

1. Pyramid or Beeramid

Pyramid is the ultimate BSing card game. First, you set up a “pyramid” by placing cards face down: six cards on the bottom row, five on the next, then four, three, two, and one card on the top row. Afterward, the dealer deals each player three cards. From there, you try to get your friends to drink based on what cards they think you have.

2. Horse Race

Like betting but don’t want to waste alcohol money on a horse race? In this drinking game, you bet using drinks instead of money and each ace card is a “horse.” The best part: Literally no skill is required. It’s all left to chance.

3. Ride The Bus/Around The World

The best way to describe Ride the Bus? It’s kinda like drunken Uno. The object of the game is to get rid of your cards.

4. Kings

In this game of chance, how much you drink depends entirely on the cards you draw. Many cards (especially face cards) have rules unique to each friend group, family, or gaming establishment. We love it because it’s your chance to personalize it based on your friends and setting.

Drinking Games For 2+ Adults

5. Beer Pong

Beer Pong is probably the drinking game that requires the most skill and coordination. It’s also absolutely the most popular game played at frat and sorority parties. But, who says you can’t play it on your wife’s farmhouse dining room table?!

6. Flip Cup

The only game as popular as beer pong at frat parties is Flip Cup. Setup is cheap: Some disposable cups and whatever you want to drink, even Natty Lite. And the object of the game is simply to flip cups and get drunk.

7. Quarters

You may have played quarters at a college party back in the day, too. But you don’t have to have a big group in order to play. As a matter of fact, sitting at a table and bouncing quarters with just your best bro or lady is equally chill and fun.

8. Drunk Jenga

Drunk Jenga is another game that’s easy to play as a pair. And it only gets more fun the more you drink.

Drinking Games For 3+ Adults

9. Fingers/Finger Spoof

If we’re being real, Fingers is a little iffy as far as sanitation goes. After all, the game is played by everyone putting their fingers on the rim of the glass and betting how many people will drink. That’s a lot of fingers where your mouth will go. You do you, though. After all, drinking games and questionable behavior sort of go hand-in-hand (or, in this case, fingers-in-beer).

10. Wizard Staff

Wizard Staff is kinda like Edward Forty-Hands. But in this case, instead of taping your drinks to your hands, you tape them to each other. Each time you crack open a new beer, you tape it to the top of your empty can. The more you drink, the more cans you stack, thus creating a wizard staff. Whose will be the biggest?

11. Never Have I Ever

Never Have I Ever can be played in a pair or in a larger group, but it’s definitely best played with people you know well. The concept is simple. You take turns saying, “Never have I ever…” and following up with something fun or scandalous. (“Never have I ever gotten so drunk that I puked” or “Never have I ever cheated on someone.”) Anyone who has done that thing takes a drink.

12. Truth or Drink

Truth or Drink is very similar to Never Have I Ever. In this game, though, one person poses a question and players either answer or — you guessed it — drink. There’s an actual game you can buy, but you can easily DIY it by writing questions on index cards or simply pulling them from thin air.

13. No Hand Flip Cup

We all remember flip cup from our old college days, but have you ever played it without using your hands? Instead, players must drink and flip their cup upside down using only their mouths. Good luck!

14. Mr. Freeze

Mr. Freeze is probably the messiest game of freeze tag you will ever play. At the beginning of the game, one person is named Mr. Freeze. When that person freezes, everyone else must stand still as well. The last person to freeze must take a shot. To avoid getting blackout drunk, pay attention.

15. Russian Roulette

This game does not require a pistol but is just as exciting! To play, you’re going to need six shot glasses, playing cards, dice, and a bottle of vodka, tequila, or any clear liquor. Fill one or two glasses with liquor and the rest with water. Make sure you mix them up so no one knows which glass is which. Layout six cards numbered one through six. Place a glass on each playing card. When you roll the die, whichever number it lands on is the glass you drink. If a number was already picked, roll again until you get a number that’s there.

16. Straight Face

When you’re drunk, being serious is hard. In this game, everyone writes a funny or inappropriate sentence on a piece of paper. Then each player places their note into a hat. Each player takes turns picking a funny line out of the hat, and anyone who laughs or smiles must take a shot.

17. Pennies

Have you ever tried throwing a penny into a shot glass? It’s pretty darn hard, and that’s the point. Everyone must take turns bouncing or tossing the penny into the tiny cup. If you miss, surprise! You drink. If you get one in, pick someone to take a shot.

12 Marvel Board Games That Are Perfect For Game Night (With Or Without The Kids)

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Family game night is fun. Of course. But, it’s getting a little monotonous, right? You can only play Apples to Apples or Bananagrams so many times — and your partner isn’t keen on letting you teach your ten-year-old how to play Black Ops just yet. What to do? It’s probably time to add some new games into the mix, Pops.

You could go a million different directions when game-buying. There are so many classics you probably haven’t exposed your kids to yet. But, at the end of the day, they’re still the same old games you’ve played for decades. If you’re looking for something new and truly entertaining, try sifting through games inspired by some of your favorite blockbusters or TV shows. There are a ton of Star Wars games, for instance. (Good luck finding some of those original, collectible releases where they didn’t include Rey.) Or, you know, dive into the world of board games inspired by Marvel movies. In some cases, Marvel board games are simply old school games with a Marvel twist. However, they’ve also created some games entirely unique to Marvel. Here’s a look at some of the best we’ve blown through on family game night.

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Marvel Board Games

1. Marvel United

As one of the most popular Marvel board games, Marvel United has players assume the roles of their favorite heroes and then work together to defeat the universe’s most hated villains.

2. Codenames: Marvel Board Games

This is a team game. You’ll be dealt cards with code words on them, and you’ll work together to decipher who each code represents. Your options? Oh, you know, basically everyone in the MCU, including members of Hydra and S.H.I.E.L.D. Can you get them all right?

3. Avengers Monopoly

We’ve all played Monopoly a million times. And for roughly a billion hours. We can’t promise the Avengers-themed Monopoly will go any faster (you know it won’t). But, when you add in our favorite Marvel heroes and villains, it begins to feel a lot less redundant.

4. Marvel Crisis Protocol

Despite the money involved in some of the deck-building and ball-collecting Marvel games, Crisis Protocol probably feels the most expensive. The core set is about $80. It does, however, come with everything you need to play a truly wild game, complete with a “set” and tons of tiny figurines of the most popular heroes and villains.

5. Legendary Marvel

This deck-building game is the ultimate in nerdy fun. Much like Words With Friends’ seemingly endless expansions, Legendary Marvel has almost as many expansion sets as there are heroes. We like the Venom expansion best, which includes poisoned and venomous villains. It lets you work your way through all the heroes as the bad guys.

6. Marvel Avengers Hero Rush

Hero Rush is for kids six and up, making it perfect for even your littlest Black Panther fan. Hardly any strategy is involved. It’s mostly based on speed and chance. Bigger kids might get a little bored, but it’s a good chance to teach them patience and let “the baby” have some fun.

7. Marvel Champions: The Wrecking Crew

Okay. This is technically a card game. This fantastically fun mission-centric game is family-friendly and meant to be played on a tabletop, so we’ve decided to count it. Can your family of superheroes defeat the wrecking crew? Only one way to find out!

8. Risk: MCU Edition

Have you taught your little monsters the intense joy (and torture) of playing Risk? They might not be stoked on the original history-drenched version. They will, however, eat up this Avengers-filled game of strategy and domination.

9. Marvel Monsters Unleashed

Your bigger kids will genuinely love this strategy game. It features practically all their favorite Marvel heroes and villains, plus a set of monsters created purposely for the game. You’ll work together to demolish some of the fiercest Marvel monsters ever unleashed.

10. Marvel Villainous

Gotta kiddo who roots for the bad guys? They’ll love Marvel Villainous. This strategy game lets players choose between some of Marvel’s most notorious villains (Thanos, Hela, Ultron, Killmonger, or Taskmaster), then work against each other and Marvel heroes to complete their mission.

11. Marvel Battleworld

We’ll say it: Battleworld is a money-grab. In order to best play the game, you have to continue to buy and collect “Battleballs.” Each ball comes with board pieces, dice, and a playing piece. Can it get expensive? Oh, yeah. Really fast. Is it still fun? Also, yes!

12. Connect 4: Black Panther Edition

Connect 4 is an underrated game to start with if you ask us. But hopefully now that this killer version features T’Challa, Shuri, and other iconic Wakandans, this nostalgic token board will get its due.

15 Superhero Party Games and Activities for Your Little Avenger

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Kids — along with countless fully grown adults — can’t resist superheroes. And really, who can blame them? Between all that cape-wearing, and flying around saving the day, it is a pretty appealing career. Best of all, unlike real life, if you or someone else has a problem, you can just use a superpower to solve it, without having to think about annoying stuff like logic, money, or gravity. Anyway, if your kiddo has a party coming up and asks for it to be superhero-themed, you may initially be delighted, assuming that it’ll be pretty easy to throw together. After all, the Marvel Cinematic Universe and DC Comics films have dominated pop culture for decades, how hard could it be?

Then you’ll realize that a lot of the superhero games and activities your child wants are kind of dangerous for those without superpowers, and primarily involve climbing and/or jumping off of things. But don’t worry: there are plenty of superhero-themed activities and party games that are perfectly safe and somehow, still really fun. If you’re looking for ideas, here are 10 superhero party games and activities that everyone will love.

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Race against the clock

Superheroes usually have to accomplish something while in a race against time, and this game will give your party guests that experience. Give the kids a simple task — like filling a jar with buttons — and see how many each person can fit into the jar in a minute. The person who gets the most within a minute wins.

Feats of strength

Sadly, not the Festivus activity, but another good one nonetheless. Get a roll of aluminum foil and give each child a few long sheets. Tell them that they’ve just been granted a superpower that allows them to crush metal like it’s NBD. This one’s a group effort, so tell them you’re timing them to see if they can turn that whole roll of foil into small-ish balls (maybe around 4 inches in diameter) in less time than it took a group of supervillains. Spoiler: The kids win.

Don’t touch that kryptonite!

Take those foil balls they just made in the previous game, and tell them that the villains were so mad about losing to them that they turned their metal handiwork into kryptonite. The kid superheroes aren’t supposed to touch the kryptonite with their hands, but they need to move it all over to another part of the room/house/yard. Have them get creative and come up with different ways to do it.

Spiderman

Grab some plastic spiders — or whatever fake insects they have in stock — from the dollar store, along with some of those sticky hands (you know, the ones that lose their stick after mere minutes). Put all the plastic insects in a particular area. Then, on the other side of the room/yard, place a cup with each child’s name on it. Using only their sticky hand (the weird rubbery one, not their literal sticky hand), they have to pick up the spiders and move them from the spider nest to their own cup. The person with the most in their cup at the end of the game wins.

X-ray vision

Get a bunch of brown paper bags and put some sort of (safe) object inside of them. It could be stuff from around the house, or prizes from the ol’ dollar store, etc. Have a bag ready for each kid, and without looking, have them feel around inside the bag and try to guess what’s in there using their “X-ray vision” (aka hands). Or you can up the ante and not have them feel what’s in the bag at all. Place each one on the table and tell your child which items are included in the game, but not in each bag. The child who guesses correctly gets the item in the bag. Trust us — they’ll feel just like superman if they get it right!

DIY mask station

Instead of buying the attendees superhero masks, put them to work making their own and call it a game. No need for anything too fancy — we’re talking half a paper plate and some sort of string. Have them decorate it based on their chosen superpower.

Superhero obstacle course

Let the kids show off their superpowers by going through an obstacle course that you’ve put together with stuff you’ve found around the house. Have them go one at a time, and time them. The one who makes it through the fastest (and without just barreling through and knocking everything down in their way) wins.

The perfect villain

Give the kids some paper and crayons. Tell them to imagine what their arch-nemesis villain would look like and what kinds of powers they’d have. Have them draw the villains, and then take turns telling the other superheroes in attendance all about their nemesis/villain and what makes them so evil.

Take down the villain

Get a bunch of empty plastic bottles or containers (from soda, laundry detergent, snacks, etc) and carefully tape the pictures of the superheroes’ nemesis/villains to each one. Line them up in a row, and give the kids bean bags or something of an equivalent size/weight. From a few feet away, have them gently throw the bean bags at the villain containers to try to knock them down. It’s like that carnival game, except much easier to win.

Supercookies

Even superheroes need snacks, so why not let the ones at your party design their own? Have some plain (and decently sized) sugar cookies ready to go, and provide the guests with frosting, sprinkles, and anything else edible they want to use to decorate their cookie with their character’s emblem — think: lasso of truth, a spider, the bat signal, a cup of coffee. Tell them to keep their design to themselves, and then once everyone is finished, have people guess what they made.

Captain America shield toss

Captain America is the epitome of patriotism, and he makes fighting bad guys look like a ton of fun. Get your kids to embrace their inner Steve Rogers and don their own shields. Have them decorate a few large, heavy-duty paper or plastic plates. After they’ve customized their “shield,” put a basket or box 20 feet from them and have them stand behind a line. Each child should have about five plates. You also want them to have weight, so when they toss them, it goes pretty far. Their goal is to get as many “shields” inside of the basket before the minute is up. The player with the most shields in the basket wins and saves the day. It’s basically a frisbee toss your kids never knew they needed and a no-mess or cleanup activity, except for picking up the plates.

Black Panther yarn battle

For this super-powered game, you’re only going to need a spool of black yarn and intense focus. Each child places one hand behind their back. The goal is to unravel the entire ball of yarn. The first child to unravel the ball wins. They can use whichever method they prefer as long as they keep a hand behind their back.

Ant-Man aim

You’re going to need raisins and three half-full two-liter soda bottles. Put the bottles in a line in the middle of the party. Each player will stand above their bottle and drop the raisin, AKA the ants, from eye-level into the sodas. Bending or lowering your hand is forbidden! Not only is this a great way to put your eye muscles to the test, but raisins are also a super healthy snack for kids. The first child to get three raisins in their bottle wins.

Design your cape

This may not be a game, but when has your kiddo ever turned down arts and crafts? Every hero needs a cape, so each child will get a wide piece of fabric. Set out glue, glitter, and gel markers for their project. Make sure they have stickers, pipe cleaners, pins, fuzzy balls, and whatever else you think they’d like to stick to their cape. When everyone’s done decorating and the glue has dried, cut a hole at the top of the fabric so they can place it over their heads.

Iron Man and Bolts

Grab lug nuts from the garage and give each player a chopstick. Make sure each lug nut is standing up instead of facedown on the table. Using their chopstick, each child will pile their lug nuts on top of each other. The first kid to stack five bolts wins. To make the game even more challenging, tell players to use their mouths to hold the chopstick instead of their hands.

Mandalorian Monopoly Focuses on Protecting Baby Yoda

Mandalorian Monopoly
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During the pandemic, families have been forced to spend a lot of time together. Activities that might previously have previously occurred once in a while suddenly became commonplace, as everyone was stuck inside during quarantine. I don’t know about you, but my kids and I have taken in a lot of Netflix and Disney+ over the past few months. And we’ve played a lot of board games.

Now, just in time for the upcoming holiday season, someone had the brilliant idea to combine those two things. And we’re not even talking about the Elf themed monopoly (you can pre-order now!) or the countless other amazing TV and Movie themed monopoly editions.

Monopoly has released a brand new edition, and this one is sure to appeal to Star Wars fanatics. Especially those who are eagerly anticipating the return of The Mandalorian next month.

Mandalorian Monopoly
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Monopoly’s new Mandalorian edition, inspired by Disney+’s popular show, is available on Amazon as we speak for $30, and it’s pretty cool looking. It even tweaks the original game with a slightly different mission.

Here’s the description: “Imagine traveling around a dangerous galaxy where Imperial enemies threaten the safety of The Child, the character fans call “Baby Yoda”. In the Monopoly: Star Wars The Mandalorian edition board game, players can play as The Mandalorian, Cara Dune, IG-11, or Kuiil. Getting The Child token lets players enhance their character’s special ability and use The Child’s unique ability. Buy hideouts, win battles, and earn Imperial credits. The player with the most Imperial credits wins, but be vigilant! If an Imperial enemy gets The Child, the game’s over for everyone!”

It’s sort of a genius move to prevent players from using Baby Yoda as their token and instead make his protection the purpose of the game – as opposed to buying up land and erecting hotels and angering your siblings.

You can still buy places of course, and in this version, they are called “hideouts,”
and like any good Monopoly game, they allow you to charge rent.

There are also enemy tokens that cause complications, including Moff Gideon, the bearer of the legendary Darksaber. Encountering those enemies changes gameplay and leads to battles, all in the name of keeping Baby Yoda out of Imperial clutches.

Mandalorian Monopoly Unboxed
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Monopoly has a long history of creating themed versions of their games, but this one also tweaks the rules and changes the stakes, which should make for a more exciting family game night than normal.

And, with Baby Yoda involved, a much cuter one!

But it on Amazon for $30.

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Son of a Nutcracker! Monopoly Got an ‘Elf’ Makeover for the Holiday Season

Elf Monopoly
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Monopoly has gotten many makeovers throughout its 85 years. The iconic game has been redesigned with countless themes, including movies and TV, many of which have become collector’s items. Though the gameplay has remained more or less the same, Hasbro has made some improvements to make your Monopoly experience more enjoyable (and more fair – looking at you, bank robbers).

The most recent iteration of the classic game involves one of our favorite holiday characters, Buddy the Elf. Will Farrell brought us a somewhat unexpected gift in his 2003 movie – of course, it was hilarious, but the captivating story about an out-of-place elf and his journey to find his family was both enthralling and heartwarming. It’s one of those movies that stays with you, making you smile any time you see maple syrup or a mall Santa.

Now, USAopoly is taking you on a trip through the glorious world of Buddy the Elf in the form of a game. The Elf-themed Monopoly set will feature game pieces straight out of the movie including Santa’s sleigh, a polar bear cub, Jack-in-the-Box, the mailroom coffee mug, Santa’s bag, and of course, maple syrup. Since the film takes place in New York City, the houses and hotels will be replaced with apartments and skyscrapers.

Elf Monopoly
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Christmas Cheer And Christmas Spirit cars take the place of chance and community chest cards, making for a very festive Monopoly experience.

“Relive the hilarious movie Elf featuring the journey of Buddy The Elf from the North Pole where he passed the seven levels of the candy cane forest, through the sea of swirly-twirly gum drops, and then through the Lincoln Tunnel,” Amazon describes.

Elf Monopoly
(Amazon)

The game contains characters, quotes, and properties that will pull you into the classic holiday film, making the friendly competition of a Monopoly game a whole lot sweeter.

According to USAopoly, the Monopoly rules have also gotten a holiday makeover. “Celebrating the classic holiday comedy, this custom edition of Monopoly will have you collecting and trading wonderous landmarks along the path of Buddy’s journey, like Santa’s Workshop, Gimbel’s Toy Department, and the Lincoln Tunnel. Grab a token and your elf shoes, and travel around the board spreading Christmas cheer – and don’t forget to sing loud for all to hear!”

Visit Amazon where you can pre-order it (for a December delivery) for $53.

Or if you’ve made the nice list, you can probably just ask Santa directly.

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61 Fun and Thoughtful Family Questions for Dinnertime Bonding

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Looking for a fun new way to bond with the fam? Experts say that families who eat together are often more bonded. That bond can lead to not just better mental and emotional health, but better grades, too. Of course, it’s hard to get your kids to sit down at the table with you sometimes. Between baseball practice, homework, and screen time, there’s so much competing for your kids’ attention. If you want to get them around the table without all the whining, the key is to make it fun and spend that 20 to 60 minutes focusing on eating and chatting.

The best way to get your kids engaged: Ask them questions. You can make it a game or simply ask questions for the sake of hearing answers. If you have older kids, you could even try the Instagram/TikTok-inspired family superlatives game so many families and celebs have made videos of. We pulled together a list of both sets of questions. Hopefully, you’ll soon find dinnertime is filled with laughter.

Questions To Get Kids Talking

1. What do you think is mom/dad/sibling’s favorite food?
2. If you were making dinner, what would you make? Whose dinner sounds best?
3. Can you guess the ingredients in tonight’s dinner?
4. What’s your favorite thing to do alone?
5. What do you like to do when we hang out together?
6. If you found a genie and had three wishes, what would they be?
7. What would you do if you found $100 on the sidewalk?
8. What is something that really bothers you about: school, our family, our house, your friends, life?
9. What made you laugh today?
10. Would you change any decisions you made today?
11. If you could make one law for the entire world to follow, what would it be?
12. What is the best thing about your best friend?

Would You Rather Questions

13. Would you rather skydive or scuba dive?
14. Would you rather have one giant mansion or two normal homes in different places?
15. Would you rather have a cat or a dog when you’re a grown-up?
16. Would you rather live somewhere always warm or always cold?
17. Would you rather fight one horse-sized duck or ten duck-sized horses?
18. Would you rather give up steak or chicken?
19. Would you rather lose your sense of smell or your hearing?
20. Would you rather go to the movie theater or stay home and watch movies?
21. Would you rather go to Disney World or Universal?
22. Would you rather do without music, movies, or video games?

Family Superlatives

23. Who is mom’s favorite?
24. Who is dad’s favorite?
25. Who is the funniest?
26. Who borrows the most money?
27. Who gets into the most trouble?
28. Who gets away with the most trouble?
29. Who has read the most books?
30. Who’s the more lenient parent?
31. Who’s the best cook?
32. Who has the biggest potty mouth?
33. Who is the messiest in the house?
34. Who makes the most noise in the morning?
35. Who makes the best breakfast?
36. Who has the best jokes to tell?

Creative Family Questions

37. If you could be any character from TV, movies, or books, who would you be and why?
38. What would you do if you could be invisible for a day?
39. If you had the ability to time travel, where would you go?
40. If you could have dinner with anyone from history, who would it be?
41. What three questions would you ask your pet if you could?
42. What’s your favorite smell?
43. If you had to leave earth, who would you take in your spaceship?
44. What songs would be on the soundtrack of your life?
45. If you created another day of the week, what would you name it?
46. If your stuffed animals could talk, what would they say?
47. How do you feel when I hug you?
48. If you drew everything that came to your head, what would you be drawing right now?
49. What do you think you’re going to dream about tonight?
50. What animal would make a good driver?
51. What made you smile today?
52. What bugs you?
53. What makes you awesome?
54. What makes your friends awesome?
55. What is your favorite movie?
56. What is your favorite book?
57. What’s your favorite joke?
58. What is your favorite day of the week?
59. If you could eat one thing every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
60. Do you want to be famous?
61. Would you rather play inside or outside?

Apple and Google Remove Fortnite, Players Buy It on eBay for Thousands

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If you’re into gaming, you probably felt a disturbance in the Force this week. As if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced? Don’t worry, you’re not crazy: Fortnite was removed from the Apple store and Google Play.

They pulled the mega-popular game from its stores after they determined that the manufacturer, Epic Games, had violated Apple store guidelines by allowing users to make in-app purchases directly and bypass the 30% tax.

“Today, Epic Games took the unfortunate step of violating the App Store guidelines that are applied equally to every developer and designed to keep the store safe for our users. As a result, their ‘Fortnite’ app has been removed from the store,” Apple said in a statement that was echoed by Google.

“The open Android ecosystem lets developers distribute apps through multiple app stores. For game developers who choose to use the Play Store, we have consistent policies that are fair to developers and keep the store safe for users,” the Google statement said. “While ‘Fortnite’ remains available on Android, we can no longer make it available on Play because it violates our policies. However, we welcome the opportunity to continue our discussions with Epic and bring ‘Fortnite’ back to Google Play.”

Epic Games is now suing Apple for “anticompetitive conduct,” and the game remains off the platforms.

There is some good news: if you’re desperate to get it back, there is a solution – if you’ve got the money. A lot of it.

If you’ve already got Fortnite installed on your phone, Apple and Google can’t remove it. So, seeing an opportunity, enterprising eBay users are selling phones that have the game. But they’re selling them at a premium. Several Fortnite-installed phones are being listed at thousands of dollars, and one even offered with a starting bid of $12,000 (and Buy It Now at $19,000?!) on the auction platform, which is simply insane, especially since the game remains available on plenty of other platforms, including Playstation, Nintendo Switch, Xbox, even personal computers.

In a sign that America hasn’t completely lost it, there haven’t been any bids placed on those absurd listing. It looks as though the top bid thus far is $2500. Of course, if this conflict with Epic Games isn’t resolved soon, it’s going to be a tough fall for kids wanting to hold Fortnite in the palm of their hand – and their parents who might be willing to pay whatever it takes to get those kids to stop whining about it!

80 Road Trip Questions and Games to Help You Bond With Your Future Adventurers

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Now more than ever it seems like travelers are returning to the idea of the great American road trip. Sure, you can fly to Florida in three hours. But, you’ll see none of the cool things you pass along the way. Hard pass. Enter the minivan. And the snacks. And the screen time debate. And the “Are we there yet?” question asked every fifteen minutes from now until eternity. (Or until you lose your shit and someone ends up crying.) Again.

There are cool things about road trips, though. Honest. For one thing, you don’t have to rent a car when you get there, figure out a new car seat or sit in someone else’s cigarette smoke. For another, it’s the chance to eat Waffle House at 3 a.m. It’s a chance to do a fire drill around the car while making a pit stop in some tiny town you’ll never see again. All while eliciting giggles from your most favorite people in the entire universe.

So, how do you pass the hours when you’re trying to limit technology, encourage your kids to look out the window, and avoid losing your cool? Maybe you should try bonding by keeping your kids thinking with road trip questions and games. Luckily, we’ve gone ahead and rounded up some questions sure to start some interesting conversations. Bon voyage!

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Would You Rather and This or That Questions

Below we’ve rounded up the best this or that questions from all over the internet that will bring your family to complete existential crisis. Use these queries to learn even more about your kids.

1. Drive or fly?
2. Driver or passenger?
3. AC or Windows down?
4. Sleep or look out the windows?
5. Radio or headphones?
6. Music or podcast?
7. Music or audiobook?
8. Disney or Universal?
9. Disneyland or Disney World?
10. Beach or Lake?
11. Mountains or desert?
12. Hotel or cabin?
13. City or country?
14. Swim or sight-see?
15. Nature or city?
16. Waffle House or Denny’s?
17. McDonalds or Burger King?
18. Milk or juice?
19. North or south?
20. East or west?
21. Minivan or SUV?
22. Detective or a pilot?

23. Skiing or water park?
24. Fly a kite or swing on a swing?
25. Dance or sing?
26. Hide and seek or dodgeball?
27. Firework display or a circus performance?
28. Raining or cold and snowing today
29. Create a new holiday or create a new sport?
30. Float in space or the ocean?
31. Incredibly lucky with average intelligence or incredibly smart with average luck?
32. Horses or ponies?
33. Apples or oranges?
34. Broccoli flavored ice cream or meat-flavored cookies?
35. Popsicle or a cupcake?
36. Play with giant 5-foot bubbles or a bathtub-sized pile of Legos?

In-depth questions about traveling for the ride there…

37. If you were planning our trip where would we go?
38. What would we do when we got there?
39. Where would we eat?
40. What’s the first thing you want to do when we get there?
41. What’s the absolute one thing you must do at our destination?
42. Is there anything you don’t want to do?

In-depth questions for the ride home…

43. What was your favorite thing we did?
44. What was your favorite meal?
45. Any favorite snacks?
46. What souvenir will you always keep?
47. What’s your favorite memory from this trip?
48. Is there anything you’d change about this road trip?
49. How does this trip compare to others? (If this is their first: Do they want to do it, again?)
50. Where do you hope we go next?
51. Where do you hope we never go?

More questions to start conversations

52. Where do you want to take your family when you’re a grown-up?
53. Where do you want to go by yourself when you’re a grown-up?
54. What do you think would make a vacation very expensive?
55. Where would you go if you needed a cheap vacation?
56. Where would you suggest someone else go on vacation?
57. Do you think you’ll travel a lot when you’re older? Why or why not?
58. Do you think it’s more important to buy souvenirs or make memories when we’re on vacation?
59. Would you rather get super cool presents for holidays and birthdays or know we’re saving for super cool trips in the summer?
60. If you could go on a vacation with just Mom, where would you go?
61. If you could go on a vacation with just Dad, where would we go?
62. Where would you like to go on vacation with your siblings, without your parents?
63. Which do you like better: Getting there faster and having more time at the destination or taking our time and enjoying the ride?
64. Would you rather we drive at night, while you sleep, or during the day, so you can see where we’re going?
65. Do you like surprise trips or do you want to help us plan our vacations?
66. Do you want a trip to the beach or the mountains?
67. Do you enjoy movies or music in the car?
68. Do you want to help with cleaning up or setting up?
69. If you could go on vacation with just your friends, where would you go?
70. If you could only bring one gadget to a deserted island, what would it be?
71. If you could only watch one Disney movie for the next year, what would it be?
72. If you could only play one sport for the rest of your life, what would it be?
73. If you could have only one snack for the rest of the year what would it be?
74. Would you rather have more gifts in your Christmas stocking or under the tree?
75. If you had to choose between Halloween and Christmas, which would you choose?
76. Would you rather parents tell the truth about Santa or keep up the fantasy?
77. Would you rather have one toy you never get tired of or many toys you always get tired of?
78. Would you rather be surprised with a trip or knowing ahead of time you’re going?
79. If you had to move one holiday to a different time of the year, which holiday would it be and why?
80. Do you prefer reading the book or watching the movie version of something?

40 Smart Brain Teasers For Dads Who Love To Laugh (and Troll)

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Looking for something fun to tease your kids with? Riddles and brain teasers have long been the ultimate Dad trick. They’re right up there with dad jokes — frustrating yet surprisingly simple (once you’re told the answer) and always worth a (very, very small) laugh. When was the last time you quizzed your kids? These brain teasers won’t teach them anything… except for a little logic. Think of each teaser as a very simple prep for your future lawyer’s attempt to take the LSATs. It’s certainly cheaper than hiring a tutor. Sit back, read through, and enjoy a laugh, Dad. Those burgers were perfect and you’ve earned this.

1. I left my campsite and hiked south for 3 miles. Then I turned east and hiked for 3 miles. I then turned north and hiked for 3 miles, at which time I came upon a bear inside my tent eating my food! What color was the bear?

White. The only place you can hike 3 miles south, then east for 3 miles, then north for 3 miles, and end up back at your starting point is the North Pole, where only polar bears live.

2. If you drop me I’m sure to crack, but give me a smile and I’ll always smile back. What am I?

A mirror.

3. Always in you, Sometimes on you; If I surround you, I can kill you. What am I?

Water.

4. How can a man who shaves several times a day still sport a long beard?

He’s a barber.

5. I’m not clothes, but I cover your body; The more I’m used, the thinner I grow. What am I?

Bar of soap.

6. What has cities, but no houses; forests, but no trees; and water, but no fish?

A map.

7. When may a man’s coat pocket be empty, and yet have something in it?

When it has a hole in it.

8. What is cut on a table, but is never eaten?

A deck of cards.

9. What building has the most stories?

The library.

10. A man is looking at a photograph of someone. His friend asks who it is. The man replies, “Brothers and sisters, I have none. But that man’s father is my father’s son.” Who was in the photograph?

His son.

11. What coat goes on wet?

A coat of paint.

12. A sundial has the fewest moving parts of any timepiece. Which has the most?

An hourglass — it has thousands of grains of sand.

13. Take off my skin and I won’t cry, but you will! What am I?

An onion.

14. Five apples are in a basket. How do you divide them among five girls so that each girl gets an apple, but one apple remains in the basket?

Give the fifth girl her apple in the basket.

15. What goes through cities and fields, but never moves?

A road.

16. A man stands on one side of a river, his dog on the other. The man calls his dog, who immediately crosses the river without getting wet and without using a bridge or a boat. How did the dog do it?

The river was frozen.

17. You live in a one-story house made entirely of redwood. What color would the stairs be?

What stairs? You live in a one-story house.

18. When will water stop running downhill?

When it reaches the bottom.

19. What tastes better than it smells?

A tongue.

20. What day would yesterday be if Thursday was four days before the day after tomorrow?

Friday.

21. What is made of water but if you put it into water it will die?

An ice cube.

22. Sometimes I am born in silence, Other times, no. I am unseen, But I make my presence known. In time, I fade without a trace. I harm no one, but I am unpopular with all. What am I?

A fart.

23. On which side of a chicken are there more feathers?

The outside.

24. What five-letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it?

Short.

25. Turn me on my side and I am everything. Cut me in half and I am nothing. What am I?

The number 8.

26. I can’t be bought, but I can be stolen with a glance. I’m worthless to one, but priceless to two. What am I?

Love.

27. I am the beginning of sorrow and the end of sickness. You cannot express happiness without me yet I am in the midst of crosses. I am always at risk yet never in danger. You may find me in the sun, but I am never out of darkness.

The letter S.

28. Your parents have six sons including you, and each son has one sister. How many people are in the family?

Nine — two parents, six sons, and one daughter.

29. The ages of a father and son add up to 55. If you reverse the digits of the son’s age, you get the father’s age. How old is the father?

The father is 41. His son is 14. 

30. What word looks the same upside down and backward?

SWIMS. 

31. There is only one time in your life when you’re twice as old as your child. When is it?

When they reach the age you were when they were born. 

32. You throw a baseball as hard as you can, and it comes back to you. It doesn’t bounce off anything, nothing is attached to it, and no one else catches it or throws it back to you. How?

Throw the baseball in the air. 

33. A man, woman, and child go for a walk when it starts to rain. They aren’t carrying umbrellas and don’t have hats, but only two return with wet hair. Why?

The man is bald! 

34. What is special about these words: job, polish, herb?

They are all pronounced differently when the first letter is capitalized. 

35. I am taken from a mine and shut up in a wooden case, from which I am never released. And yet I am used by almost everybody. What am I?

Pencil lead. 

36. No matter how little or how much you use me, you change me every month. What am I?

A calendar. 

37. A red house is made from red bricks. A blue house is made from blue bricks. A yellow house is made from yellow bricks. What is a greenhouse made from?

Glass. 

38. In my hand, I have two coins that are newly minted. Together, they total 30 cents. One isn’t a nickel. What are the coins?

A quarter and a nickel — one isn’t a nickel but the other is. 

39. What kind of running means walking?

Running out of gas. 

40. What can be swallowed, but can also swallow you?

Pride. 

Super Mario Themed Jenga and Monopoly Celebrate Game’s 35th Anniversary

Super Mario Themed Jenga and Monopoly Celebrate Game’s 35th Anniversary
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A childhood without Super Mario is like Thanksgiving without a pie-eating contest. It’s boring, uneventful, and there’s no concrete way to assert your dominance over your siblings (and cousins, family friends, basically any kid naive enough to pick up a fork/controller). There’s no question as to just how iconic Super Mario is – people who have never even played the game can easily identify several of the lovable characters, as well as the ones we love to hate (looking at you, Waluigi).

This year has been a big one for Super Mario fans. The game celebrated its 35th anniversary, and a lot of exciting Mario-themed news has emerged from unexpected places. Nintendo collaborated with Levis to create a Mario-inspired clothing line featuring hoodies, jean jackets, and it wouldn’t be Mario if they didn’t throw in some overalls. Lego announced a new Super Mario set that will incorporate both the building process of classic Legos and some additional pieces and features that turn your creation into a playable game, à la Mario.

The newest company to hop on the Super Mario bandwagon? None other than the board game legend, Hasbro. Hasbro recently announced two new Mario-themed games, both of which are Hasbro originals with an Italian plumber twist (which is, coincidentally, my favorite wrestling move).

The first of the two games is the Monopoly Super Mario Celebration, which is a fun take on the original. Playing the OG Monopoly was fun, but I truly couldn’t care less if I owned Reading Railroad. I’ve never even been there – how do I know it doesn’t suck? What if it’s haunted? There are just too many unknowns. With the Super Mario Celebration edition though, I would absolutely fight you for Bowser’s Galaxy Reactor. The game features places, characters, and artwork, straight out of the Mario world. There’s also a question mark block on the board that plays Mario sound effects and randomly assigns rewards and penalties to players.

Monopoly Super Mario Celebration

Super Mario Monopoly
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The game is currently on Amazon, though it doesn’t officially launch until August 1st.

Super Mario Jenga

The second game is a leveled up version of Jenga, in which players compete as different Mario characters. The goal of the game is for players to race to the top of the tower in order to defeat Bowser. According to Amazon, players “spin the spinner to determine the number of blocks to stack, how many layers your Super Mario character must climb, or whether to reverse play or collect coins.” For a little extra Jenga flavor, the players also have to be careful not to topple the tower as they move their pegs around and remove blocks. If the tower falls they lose coins, and it’s game over.

Super Mario Jenga
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You can purchase Mario Jenga on Amazon now for $20, and be on the lookout for Mario Monopoly in early August. Happy (board) gaming!

Of course, you could always keep things more adult and play Jello shot Jenga.

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