Scott’s Toy Box: My Favorite Toys and Games
When I first started working at Parents & Kids, some action figures came in the mail. After looking them over and telling my boss how cool they were, she encouraged me to write about them. That was the very first “Scott’s Toy Box” and this month’s column is my 100th! I want to celebrate by reviewing my favorite toys and game.
When you take one of my favorite video games and mix it with one of my favorite board games you would end up with Clue: The Legend of Zelda edition. This game is the modern version of Clue but the suspects, weapons, and locations are all from Zelda, specifically The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Along with Link and Zelda, four of the six sages comprise the suspects (which in my opinion is missing a Zora) and you are trying to find out who is supposed to beat Gannondorf, with which weapon, and where. The board is excellently laid out the same way it appears in the video game, even with accurate secret passages. Like in the modern version of Clue, there are cards you can get that when you roll a question mark or land on a question mark space. These cards have bosses on them and when you draw one, you have defeated that boss and have gained a special power, unless you draw Gannondorf. In the deck, there are eight Gannondorf cards, the first seven cards are harmless and you put them next to the board. When someone pulls the eighth card, they are out of the game defeated by Gannondorf. Clue: The Legend of Zelda edition costs about $35 and can be found on Amazon.
Some of my other favorite videogames are the Lego video games. They are consistently humorous, enjoyable, and constantly rewarding for players of all ages. The Lego Ninjiago Movie is the most recent Lego videogame to come out and it’s no exception. Following the events of the Lego Ninjiago Movie, the game allows you to unlock all your favorite characters, level up your skills and weapons, and master challenging dojos. Like other Lego games, the world is massive and each level has secrets to find and unlock, allowing formany playthroughs. The Lego Ninjiago Movie Videogame retails for about $60 and is available for the Xbox One, PS4, and the Nintendo Switch.
Lastly, All Outta Bubble Gum is a cheap and easy role playing game, all you need is candy and 10-sided dice. One player will assume the role of the game master, the person who is in charge of the setting, the enemies, and which type of roll the other players will need to roll. The other players will take on the characters and each need a bowl with 8 pieces of candy. Throughout the game, the game master will guide the characters through the world they create and ask what they would like to do. When a character says they’d like to do something, the game master will decide if they need to roll a die and what kind of roll they need to make. If they want to do something normal, they have to roll a “chew gum” roll, which means they have to roll a number on their die that is lower than the number of candy in their bowl to do it. If they want to attack or do something that’s kick butt, they have to roll a “kick butt” roll, which means they have to roll a number on their die that is higher than the number of candy in their bowl to do it. Every time they fail a roll or take damage they lose a piece of candy. Throughout the game the characters will be able to kick butt more and be less able to do normal things. For instance, toward the end of the game they have a better chance of kicking a door open than opening a door by its handle. If your roll ever equals the number of candy in your bowl, you succeed in what you’re doing but you lose a piece of candy. And that’s it, no character sheets and no math.
M Scott Anderson is a Hattiesburg native and lives in Jackson and these are just a few of his favorite things.