Scott’s Toy Box: Mix It And Match It
By M. Scott Anderson
When I was young, every time I went to a place with a soda fountain, I would mix together all the drinks I liked. I did this for so long that I lost the ability to tell the difference between a Coke and a Dr. Pepper. But I enjoyed those mixed drinks so much! Sometimes mixing things up can create something great which is what this column is all about. To mix things up, I even included a game all about matching.
Dropmix is one of the coolest toys I’ve seen in a long time. It’s a board that requires using an app on your phone and cards to create music, putting together pieces of popular songs. Each card has a part of the song on it. The yellow cards contain lyrics, the red ones contain melodies, the blue ones add the beat, and green ones – the bass. There are even cards that have all four on them. When you place a card on board, the app recognizes which card it is, and when using all five slots you create a unique song to enjoy. You can even lay cards on top of one another and the app reads the card on top. There are games on the app where you try to score the highest points, however freeplay mode is enough fun for all. If you are concerned about lyrics being not age-appropriate, you can take all the yellow cards and check them to remove any with offensive lyrics. You don’t even need the yellow cards as the slot to place the yellow cards can also have a red card placed on them. The base game (the board and 60 cards) costs $99, but you can usually find it on sale for about $50 at Best Buy or Amazon. There are card sets sold separately for $5-$15.
These cute plushes are great alone, but when you have two or more of them they become extra special. The body, head, arms and legs are all separate pieces that are held together by magnets, meaning when you have more than one you can switch parts of the animals to create your own unique creature. In the first collection there is Brady Lion, Migüel Frog, Hazel Sloth, Randy Orangutan and Iris Unicorn. You can find them all at theanimoodles.com, each for $25.
In this card game, every card matches in exactly one way. Each card has a sharp dressed animal holding a gift and the matches refer to the animal, the gift, or the color of their clothing. The box comes with 53 cards and instructions for 10 different games. The majority of the games can be played with two or more players. There is also a game for playing solo. In Party of One the goal is to build a grid of 3×3 cards and have the three cards match going down, across and diagonal. The major mechanic of all the games is finding the part that matches between cards. It’s a fun unique deck of cards to add to your gaming closet. Each box has a different animal on the cover but they all contain the same deck. You can find this game on Amazon for about $6 but I’ve also seen it on the shelf at Walgreens.