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Scott’s Toy Box: Company Spotlight: Ravensburger

Over the years that I’ve written this column, I’ve come across many great game companies. One of those companies is Ravensburger. I’ve written about many of Ravensburger games and some of my most recent favorites have been from this company. They have games for a variety of age ranges so you’re sure to find something for everyone in the family. They also have many games based on movie franchises that allow players to take on a role from their list of favorites. All three games in this month’s column are from Ravensburger and I’m sure you’ll see more of them in future columns as well.

Horrified American Monsters

The monsters are back on the prowl, but instead of the monsters from classic horror movies these monsters are from American folklore. Bigfoot, the Jersey Devil, Mothman, the Chupacabra, the Ozark Howler, and the Banshee of the Badlands are all converging on the town of Cross Creek. It’s up to you to defeat them while escorting citizens to their safe places and keeping the terror of the town down. Each monster has its own unique way of being defeated that vary in complexity. My favorite is the Jersey Devil that utilizes the citizen cards in a different way than they are usually played. You win the game by defeating the monsters in your game. You lose when either the terror tracker reaches the end or when you run out of monster cards. It is one of my favorite games from this year and I highly recommend it.

$28 | Target

Labyrinth

In this game, players take on the role of wizards traversing an ever-changing maze. Each player has a stack of treasure cards, and their goal is to find them all before the others find theirs. The maze is made up of tiles placed on a board with a few stationary tiles and you have one extra tile that can’t fit on the board. At the beginning of your turn, you slip the tile in while knocking out one of the other tiles, then you move your wizard along the path toward the treasure you are currently seeking. Your strategy is to use the tile to open up a path for you while also blocking the path for the other wizards. It’s a good thing that you’re keeping the treasure you’re seeking a secret. 

$29 | Amazon

Funny Bunny

Players play bunnies racing uphill to a giant carrot. Each player has four bunnies of the same color and turns over cards in a deck to see how far they can get up the hill. Ever so often the giant carrot will turn, causing havoc for the bunnies; a fence or mole might knock a bunny down the hill, a draw bridge might raise preventing passage, or a hole might open up in the path. If a bunny falls down the hole they are out of the game and if a player loses all four bunnies this way, the game ends for them. A player wins when their bunny is the first to reach the carrot. 

$26 | Ravensburger.us

About The Author

M Scott Anderson

M. Scott Anderson grew up in Hattiesburg and now currently lives in Jackson. He went to college at USM and got a degree in Mass Communications with a minor in Creative Writing. He has always loved to be a storyteller. Friends from childhood would tell him of stories he would say he’s writing that included them in it. He enjoys comic books and superheroes and loves having friends over to play both table top games and video games.

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