Build or BOOM! Game Review

Build or BOOM! Game Review

There’s a new game on the block making waves at the November 2016 Chicago Toy & Game, Build or BOOM! We had the opportunity to take a sneak peek at this fast paced game and it was an instant hit! Check out our video below.

Build or BOOM • $29.99 • Ages 4+

Stack, stack, boom! This construction-themed game has a big boss looking for the best builders in town. Step in line and see who can be the first to bring the blueprint cards to life. Build your structure carefully but quickly on your platform. If you are the best, then smash your boomer to send your opponents’ structure tumbling. This is block stacking and then blocksploding. Kid versus kid and mom versus dad – it’s the fun, quick game for all ages. Each game includes over 40 unique building blocks, 30 cards with 3 levels of difficulty, boomers, platforms and of course, fun!

How to Play Build or BOOM

The rules for a round of play are simple: draw an illustrated blueprint card and then build exactly what you see, as fast as you can. Your opponent will be doing the same thing.

Build or BOOM includes 40 building blocks that take the shape of archways, construction cones, 2x4s, I-beams, barrels, stone squares and of course, the foreman.

Players build each structure accurately but quickly on the platform that rests on a pillow of air. If you finish first, you get the pride and privilege of smashing your opponent’s not-quite-finished tower.

Build or BOOM will be hitting stores in March 2017 or you can grab it on Amazon NOW!

Top Family Game Night Games for 2016

Top Family Game Night Games for 2016

While the holidays can be stressful with all the events, celebrations, and get togethers, they don’t have to be! We love this time of year because of the traditions that we get to carry on with our family, whether it’s our Elf on the Shelf visiting or a fun family game night.

Sometimes it doesn’t have to be about the pressure of checking activities off the list and instead can just be some good old fashioned fun. Get back to basics, break out the board games and start laughing. It will be the memories of the time shared during the season that will outlast any of the gifts.

Need some suggestions for great games for the whole family? We’ve compiled this tested and approved list for your easy reference. There are so many different board and card games out this season that we’ve had a blast trying with our family! 

Hedbanz Electronic Card GameHedbanz Electronic Card GameTop That! Speed Stacking GameTop That! Speed Stacking GameRavensburger Buggaloop Board GameRavensburger Buggaloop Board GameNEW Schmovie: The Hilarious Game of Made-Up Movies (Family / Party Board Game for Kids, Teens, Adults - Boys & Girls Ages 8 & Up)NEW Schmovie: The Hilarious Game of Made-Up Movies (Family / Party Board Game for Kids, Teens, Adults – Boys & Girls Ages 8 & Up)Escape the Room Stargazer's Manor Board GameEscape the Room Stargazer’s Manor Board GameHasbro Pie Face GameHasbro Pie Face GameThumbs Up! Dexterity GameThumbs Up! Dexterity GameChrono Bomb Action GameChrono Bomb Action GameHasbro Speak Out GameHasbro Speak Out GamePeaceable Kingdom The Memory Palace Cooperative Game for KidsPeaceable Kingdom The Memory Palace Cooperative Game for KidsDisney The Lion Guard Protect the Pride Lands GameDisney The Lion Guard Protect the Pride Lands GameHappy Salmon GameHappy Salmon GamePass The Big Pigs Action GamePass The Big Pigs Action GameMoose Caboose The Fun Filled Animal Train GameMoose Caboose The Fun Filled Animal Train GameTaco Takeover Board GameTaco Takeover Board GameYoga Spinner GameYoga Spinner GameCircuit Maze Board GameCircuit Maze Board GameJourney Through Time Eye Found It! Card GameJourney Through Time Eye Found It! Card Game


Top Family Game Night Games for 2016

Pick the perfect game for your next family game night!


Hedbanz Electronic by Spin Master Games

Bring home the fast-paced, team-based electronic version of Hedbanz! There's 3 ways to guess and give clues to figure out what's in your headband: ask "yes" or "no" questions, have your teammates tell you about it, or have your teammates act it out!

Top That! Speed Stacking Game

Put on your hat, break out your props, and hide your rabbits in this magical match up! Do you have what it takes to master your magic in this grand stack ‘em up finale?

Ravensburger Buggaloop Board Game

Quick, can you cross the yard before the HEXBUG takes you out? Fast paced, action packed fun for Family Game Night!

Survive the Quake Engineering Kit at Lakeshore Learning

Put your building skills to the ultimate test…the earthquake test! Our earthquake simulator creates quakes in 5 levels of intensity…and comes with 30 plastic building bricks in a variety of shapes & sizes—so you can test tons of different structures to see if they topple or stand strong! Kit includes an activity book that gives kids a look into the world of earthquakes and engineering. 10" earthquake simulator requires 4 “AA” batteries (not included).

Schmovie: The Hilarious Game of Made-Up Movies

Win trophies for making up funny movie titles in this hilarious family game! Roll the Genre Die and flip two Premise Cards to determine what the Schmovie is about.

Escape the Room: Stargazer's Manor Board Game

Spend an evening working with your guests to solve puzzles, unlock hidden clues, and unravel the mystery of the Stargazer’s Manor. Will you and your guests be able to solve the mystery and save the astronomer before time runs out?

Hasbro Pie Face Game

The exciting Pie Face game is filled with fun and suspense, and somebody’s bound to get splatted! Just put some delicious whipped cream from home or the wet sponge on the “hand” of this hilarious game unit and start turning the handles. It could go off at any time, so keep your fingers crossed and hope you’re not the one who gets a splat in the face! You score a point for every time you turn the handle without getting pie-faced, and the one who scores 25 points wins. Take some risks and hope for the best in this hilarious Pie Face game!

Thumbs Up!

Race to scoop the loops! The goal is to be the first to stack different colored rings on your thumb, based on the order shown on a challenge card. This is not as easy as you think! The challenge cards will require each player to focus on the order of numbers and match their colors. Different variations of play make this a must have party game that is as fun for little ones as it is for the big ones!

Chrono Bomb

Chrono Bomb, a top-selling game in France, is a super secret spy mission where kids use the included clamps and 27.5-ft. string to create a "laser" field to crawl through. At the end of the maze is the bomb, counting down. Tick, tick, tick! So, you have to hurry, carefully, and make it to the end to defuse the bomb and be the hero! Play over and over again, building new courses each time or trying to beat your or your friend's time! Includes free app for more play value!

5-Minute Dungeon

Adrenaline-fueled to create a jolt of excitement for casual and advanced players alike, 5-Minute Dungeon is a game in which players have a short five minutes to conquer a dungeon. Its humor-filled fantasy world is home to creatures like “A Cactus That Wants a Hug,” “The Grime Reaper” and “A Shark With Legs.” In the game, two to five players join together and choose up to five heroes to battle monsters, overcome obstacles, and defeat the dungeon boss. There are five dungeons to defeat, each more challenging than the last, with the final dungeon requiring precise skill, speed, and strategy to defeat. With no time to form a carefully-considered plan, and no predicting what dangers lie ahead, communication and teamwork are the name of the game, crucial to surviving the 5-Minute Dungeon. This game seriously provides snack-size entertainment and an opportunity for family fun packed laughs for casual gamers of all ages!

Speak Out by Hasbro

This hilarious game dares you not to get tongue-tied. Players put in a mouthpiece, draw a card, and try to speak phrases while team members try to guess as many as possible.

Peaceable Kingdom The Memory Palace Cooperative Game for Kids

In the latest cooperative game from the award-winning designers at Peaceable Kingdom, players explore their imaginations and test their memories while creating silly stories about 27 different animal tokens. Players share whacky stories as they place their tokens face down in one of the rooms in the palace. But be careful - there are Memory Monsters lurking in the palace trying to confuse everyone! Successfully remember where each animal is on the board without turning over a Memory Monster and everyone wins! Game includes 16 palace tiles, 27 animal tokens, 3 Memory Monster tokens and instructions for game play.

Disney The Lion Guard Protect the Pride Lands Game

Stand together to protect the Pride Lands! Fearsome foes from the shadowy outlands are closing in and you must work as a team to fend them off! Race to get Kion to the top of Pride Rock so he can unleash the power of the roar and save the day!.

Happy Salmon Game

Happy salmon is the simple, fast-paced card game packed to the gills with high-flying', fin-flappin' fun. Actions including the classic "high 5", the unifying "pound it", the frantic "Switcheroo", and the delightful "happy salmon" will leave players doubled over in laughter. With so many mini-celebrations built into the play, it's the happiest game ever! how to play 1. Everyone calls out the action shown on their top card. 2. When two players have a match, they celebrate performing that action together, then discard their top card. 3. The first player to match all of the cards in their deck wins!.

Pass The Big Pigs Action Game

The fabulous oversized foam swine's can hit all the pig poses that their little pig dice cousins do! Set includes (2) oversized foam pig dice, (1) oversized score pad, (1) drawstring pig storage pouch, (1) pencil, illustrated instructions and Pass the Pigs history.

Moose Caboose The Fun Filled Animal Train Game

The Moose is loose and he is riding in a Caboose! Four trains full of happy animals are chugging off on an adventure. The player who collects the most animal cards, by matching colors, wins the game! Players can add a train car to any engine that matches their cards color. The four trains you build upon will grow bigger and bigger during the game. Whenever a Moose Caboose card is placed at the end of a train, you get to collect all of the cards (up to the engine) in that train. The longer the train, the more cards you score.

Taco Takeover Board Game

Ready, set, TACO! Take an order ticket, grab a taco shell and be the first to STUFF IT with all the correct toppings! It's FAST, FUN and NACHO average game! So don't just TACO 'bout it - PLAY IT! Players race against each other to see who can correctly fill their taco orders first. But be careful! If you draw a "La Cucaracha" card, or are dealt an "Antacid" by an opponent, you'll need to dump your taco and start over! Taco Takeoverâ„¢ is a chaotic, free for all for the entire family - so let's not taco 'bout it any longer, let's play!

Yoga Spinner Game

Yoga Spinner is a delightful introduction to yoga that encourages teamwork and healthy physical activity. Give the spinner a whirl and perform the pose on the corresponding Yoga Pose Card. If you can hold the pose for 10 seconds, you keep the card, and the first player to collect a card in each color wins! You'll need a little luck and teamwork, and a bit more flexibility and balance to win this entertaining yoga game.

Circuit Maze Board Game

Your logic skills and sequential reasoning will light up with Circuit Maze! Your goal is to arrange tokens and create a real circuit to light up the Beacons. Circuit building while solving challenges provides a boost of brainpower and a fun education in electronics. With 60 challenges, ranging in difficulty, this logic game will provide budding electrical engineers with hours of electrifying fun and intense learning.

Journey Through Time Eye Found It! Game

Work together as a team of historians, scientists, and adventurers solving the world’s greatest mysteries! Venture forth and find hidden objects throughout time from the Prehistoric Era to the Present Day. Race to the end of the giant 6-foot game board before your Timecraft runs out of fuel! But be careful not to go too far and end up in The Future!

Wet Head Game

Wet Head is a water roulette game. Fill Wet Head with cold water, strap on the water filled Wet Head, spin the spinner and follow the instructions on the spinner based on where the arrow lands. spin the top and pull out any one of the rods. If you stay dry, pass Wet Head to the next player.

5 Games for Back to School

5 Games for Back to School

The kiddos headed off to school today! We have been counting down to this day all summer. Back to school means back to a routine, back to a schedule, and back to learning! With both kids in elementary school this year, we have been on the hunt for some educational and fun games to keep them learning.

Blue Orange Games has a ton of new games on the shelves with even more games waiting for release. And here’s some great news! Most are educational and great ways to sneak in a little learning.

Ready to buy these back to school game from Blue Orange Games? BUY them on Amazon now!

Vroom Vroom Board GameVroom Vroom Board GameTop That! Speed Stacking GameTop That! Speed Stacking GameDr. Eureka Speed Logic GameDr. Eureka Speed Logic GameSuper Genius - Alphabet Card GameSuper Genius – Alphabet Card GameGigamons - Memory Board GameGigamons – Memory Board Game


5 Blue Orange Games for Back to School

five games for back to school

Top That! Speed Stacking GameTop That! Speed Stacking Game

Top That

Put on your hat, break out your props, and hide your rabbits in this magical match up! When the challenge card is flipped over, players race to stack their objects in 1 single pile following 3 simple rules: objects printed in color must be visible on the stack, objects printed in grey must be hidden INSIDE objects on the stack, and objects surrounded by stars must be kept empty. Do you have what it takes to master your magic in this grand stack ‘em up finale?


Gigamons - Memory Board GameGigamons – Memory Board Game


Enter a realm where magic reigns and the world’s elements are creatures with mythical abilities! On your turn, you will look at 2 of the face-down Elemons on the table, revealing them to all players. When you find a pair of Elemons, you will earn them and also invoke their unique special power, giving you an advantage for the rest of the game. Every three of the same Elemon you find, will summon the corresponding Gigamon to your side. And when you have 3 Gigamons, you win the game! Gigamons is a game artistically designed to engage the player’s imagination and carry them away to a new world.


Super Genius - Alphabet Card GameSuper Genius – Alphabet Card Game

Super Genius Alphabet

This matching game will propel your child into ABC fun as they sound out the letters while matching them with familiar and vibrant illustrations. Developed hand-in-hand with learning professionals, this Super Genius game was specifically created with early learners in mind.


Dr. Eureka Speed Logic GameDr. Eureka Speed Logic Game

Dr. Eureka

The brilliant Dr. Eureka has important experiments for you to complete! Pick a challenge card, 3 test tubes and 6 colorful balls to solve his scientific formula. Carefully move your materials from tube to tube without dropping them, and position them as illustrated on the challenge card. This brain teasing party game can be played solitary or competitively. The high quality components and the creative concept make it a challenging game for the whole family.


Vroom Vroom Board GameVroom Vroom Board Game

Vroom! Vroom!

Ready, Set, Roll! The Great Snail Race has begun and the snails are all ready to go, eager to slide down the garden path. But not so fast! The path to victory is speckled with trinkets and treasures no snail can resist! On your turn, roll the dice, push your snail, and count its shell as it spins around. The fastest snail will win the game as long as it collects one of each trinket on his way to the finish line!


Be back to school ready with these great games from Blue Orange Games! Stock up on games on Amazon now!

Vroom Vroom Board GameVroom Vroom Board GameTop That! Speed Stacking GameTop That! Speed Stacking GameDr. Eureka Speed Logic GameDr. Eureka Speed Logic GameSuper Genius - Alphabet Card GameSuper Genius – Alphabet Card GameGigamons - Memory Board GameGigamons – Memory Board Game