8 NEW DJECO DROPS TO GET YOUR GAME ON!
It’s starting to look like a really good week!
In this final instalment of Djeco’s latest releases, we’ve lined up a whole bevy of brand new games and we’re pretty sure there’ll at least be one gem you can’t wait to get your hands on. But don’t take our word for it- scroll below and have a look for yourself!
We’ve been on a huge IQ game kick lately, so it’s only natural Polyssimo‘s the top of our list.
With three varying levels of difficulty, players set the starting two blocks in the exact position as depicted on the challenge card, then proceed to fill out the rest of the board with the remaining blocks. Flip, rotate, translate, reflect – the challenges in this game provide an excellent hands-on experience for problem solving, lateral thinking, and spatial reasoning; all of which are fundamental applications in STEM disciplines. The recommended age says 7+, but we know of adults (the whole lot of us here included) who still get a real brain workout from this game.
Players will clash like cats and dogs in this super boisterous game of strategy! The rules to Tic Tac Cats are simple enough to understand, but game play will be as formidable as the players involved!
Players take turns putting down their own cards on the table with the objective of being the first to achieve a 4-in-a-row; but every card on your hand is differently designed, so choosing the right card to overlap is key.
You can see how much strategic thinking and tactical movement comes into play. While working to build your own 4-in-a-row, you must, at the same time, always check that you’re not leaving an open move for your opponent. It’s like Tic Tac Toe, with the added element of spatial reasoning. Talk about mental multi-tasking!
When we play with tangrams, we consider shapes from a variety of angles and perspectives. How would the shapes look if we stuck them together? Rotated them? Slid them around into different positions? This translates to acute problem-solving and logical thinking skills, perceptual reasoning, visual-spatial intelligence, creative and mathematical thinking, amongst a whole host of other benefits that continue to aid cognitive development even in later years.
In this advanced game of Tangrams, kids have to recreate the pictures shown on the challenge card, with no guiding outlines for assistance. We’d rate this a 10/10 for difficulty, but we find most kids to be smarter than us these days, so… chances are they’re going to do much more good with this than we ever did.
Get your hawk eyes on – Archi Chato is no game for the lackadaisical! This speed & observation game sets a duel between two players as they race to build the exact same pyramid as shown on the challenge card.
All those tiny detailings that you see on the sides make all the difference in the world; and you need to get the patterns down to the tee. The striking similarities from one building block to the next will clutter your concentration and mess your mind, so you’d need full focus and a whole lot of mental effort to succeed!
Let’s take a breather from all that seriousness with this comparatively laidback Squelettos Card Game.
The objective of this point system game is to curate a sequence of cards in ascending order (and hopefully from the same family, for bonus points). Players take turns flipping over as many cards as they want from the central deck to choose one for keeps each round- but don’t get overzealous. You lose your turn completely if you turn over 2 cards of the same colour. At the end, points are tallied based on various factors and rules; and the one with the most points, wins.
We love Squelettos because, on top of a little strategy and memory work, it also refines your risk-taking personality and seeks to achieve a balance between being too impulsive and too meek. The game concept is also easy enough to understand for the younger ones, while retaining a good element of fun and challenge that still really appeal to the grown-ups.
We always love ourselves a good game of deduction – and Crazy Ducks is one that will definitely give Sherlock a good run for his money.
Players take turns laying cards on the table and then announcing how many ‘legs’ the animals in that respective row or column have – information which the others then have to utilize to deduce each other’s ‘secret duck’ colour. This comes with a bit of trial and error, a dash of mathematical thinking, and a whole lot of clever deduction; all of which come together to develop powerful thinkers with great analytical capabilities. Highly recommended for the inquisitive and quick-minded!
Here’s one for the tots: We cannot emphasize enough the importance of tactile play in early development; the same way we cannot emphasize how much we love this new Djeco game as a result.
A fun game of association and touch, Tactilo Loto requires players to spin the wheel before reaching into the drawstring bag to ‘feel out’ the correct object; and through that, sharpening the one sense that is least put to practice today: touch.
There’s nothing overly complex about this game, but the fun is still bounteous and development benefits, endless.
Fairytales never looked this fresh!
In this exciting game of Cooperation, all players work together to build the house of bricks and land safely inside before the Wolf gets to them. We don’t want to state the obvious but, never let your guard down – you’ll find yourself in the cooking pot if you cross paths with the big, bad Wolf along the way. And when all 3 pigs land in there before you can get each other out, well, guess who’s going to be tonight’s dinner?
Any enthusiast can tell you – the true appeal of any board game has everything to do with bonding; and the need for collaboration here only adds to the beauty of that experience. By planning together and making shared decisions, players end up playing with one another rather than against each other. Coupled with its relevant and winsome story setting, Woolfy has proven to be a categorical winner with every kid (and adult) we’ve tested this on.