Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Wonder Forge Games: Konexi Review and Giveaway!




Wonder Forge was founded in 2007 by CEO Jacobe Chrisman and a team of creative individuals. Their goal was to create a company focused on children's entertainment, as well as innovative and original games. Wonder Forge has a sub-brand, "I Can Do That! Games", that challenge and entertainment preschool aged children. These games and puzzles feature favorite characters from popular children's literature and television shows, and encourage self-confidence, creativity, and social/physical activity. They also have Family Games, which are great for all ages. These games are more challenging, and are appropriate for parties or family game nights. Wonder Forge games have received so many awards (over 100 of the industry's top!) that I cannot list them all. I have listed the awards that Konexi received below. Wonder Forge is committed to the environment and practices sustainability measures such as eliminating plastic waste and using recycled material.

In 2007 a small group of creative folks with a passion for children’s entertainment came together to develop extraordinarily fun, original, quality play experiences. Wonder Forge preschool titles celebrate the “can do” in all kids, engaging them physically, socially, and creatively. Our family games bridge generation gaps and build lasting family bonds. Today Wonder Forge offers more than 80 games, puzzles, and apps created in partnership with some of the industry’s top licenses, and honored with more than 130 prestigious awards for product excellence.

You can purchase Wonder Forge Games at many major retailers throughout the country, as well as internationally! Nordstrom, Target, Barnes and Noble, Dillard's, Kohl's, Toys-R-Us, Kroger, Wegman's, Bartell, Fat Brain Toys, FAO Schwartz, US Toy, Walmart, Amazon, Jedko Games, Logical Toys, Prima Toys, Paul Lamond Games, and Tactic are some of the stores or companies that sell Wonder Forge products. 

Wonder Forge the following awesome games that are not featured in this review. I have included a little blurb from Wonder Forge's website so that you know the concept behind each game. Not all games are included, so this is just a sneak peek!

Family Games
  •  Mythbusters -  Load Buster into his cannon and take a shot at one of 400 myth-busting trivia questions. Can a penny dropped from the Empire State Building kill someone? Do sharks really go for blood? If you answer correctly, place a landing target or re-aim the cannon. When it's time to launch Buster, if he hits your target, you'll score! This game is for ages ten and up and is for two to four players.
  • Spotcha!Toss the 18 oddball objects, flip a card, and the race is on! Is the lawn mower right-side up? Is the wizard hat on its side? Spot the matches and race to grab the correct scoring flags. Everybody plays on every turn, so it's all-out fun for everyone! This game is for ages eight and up and is for two to six players.
  • Thanks A Lot!? - A getaway in southern France, 24 hours of invisibility, or the ability to bring an animal back from extinction … Which would be the ultimate gift? Pick perfect presents for your family and friends. Then find out how well you know them. The higher someone ranks your gift, the more points you score! This game is for ages twelve and up and is for three to six players.

Preschool Games and Puzzles
  • World of Disney - You can purchase the Easter Matching Game (An Easter basket essential that's picture-matching fun! Ages 3+, 1 or more players), the Eye Found It! Game (Discover hidden treasures and beloved Disney characters on the colorful, six-​foot-long game board! Ages 5+, 2 to 6 players) or the Classic Matching Game (Picture-matching fun that’s filled with magic memories! Ages 3+, 1 or more players)
  • Disney Fairies Fly and Go Seek Game - Join Tinker Bell and her friends in a full-body, active game that’ll have everyone flying around the house searching for treasure triangles. Pack up the gorgeous tiles and Pixie Dust sand timer into the on-the-go Disney Fairies bag and bring the fun with you! This game is for ages three and up and is for two or more players.
  • Doc McStuffins - You can choose from Sharing is Caring Dominoes (Reach inside the sweet Doc McStuffins “doctor’s bag” and pull out colorful tiles for a picture-matching dominoes game with a sharing twist. This on-the-go game packs up inside the bag so you can take the fun with you! Ages 3+, 2 or more players) or Matching Game (Make your appointment with the best doc in town and all of her cuddly friends, for classic picture-matching fun! Flip over the decorated picture tiles featuring Stuffy, Lambie, Hallie, Chilly, and the rest of her stuffed animal friends. Collect the most pairs to win! Ages 3+, 1 or more players)
  • Sofia the First - Choose from Royal Prep Academy Game (Discover the hidden charms of Princess Sofia's enchanted school! Ages 3+, 1 or more players), Surprise Slides! Game (Join Sofia and her friends on a magical race where new slides can appear at any time. Turn over the big slide tiles and reveal new slides—sometimes they move you forward, sometimes back—it’s always a fun surprise. A different game every time you play! Ages 3+, 2-4 players) or Matching Game (Picture matching fun with Disney's princess-in-training! Ages 3+, 1 or more players)
  •  Jake and the Never Land Pirates - Choose from Who Shook Hook? (Captain Hook is snoozing in his hammock, surrounded by all the treasure he’s nabbed from Jake and his pirate crew. Spin the spinner to choose your challenge, then use the sword, the fishing pole, or the shovel to pluck a piece of treasure! But steady as she goes–you need to grab the loot without sending Hook tumbling into the water where Tick Tock Croc awaits. This imaginative, play-packed game is sure to be a hit with clever little pirates. Ages 4+, 2 or more players), Matching Game (Picture-matching fun with the whole crew! Ages 3+, 1 or more players), or Never Land Challenge Game (Join Jake and the Never Land Pirates for a high-spirited adventure! Grab your pirate gear and crawl, tiptoe, and jump through the vine archways to earn gold doubloons. Each turn offers a chance to prove your playful pirate skills, whether it’s tucking the cannonball under your chin or balancing Jake’s sword on your head. Collect more coins than Captain Hook to win! Ages 3+, 1 or more players)
  • Discovery Garden - Pick a card to find out which colorful bug or lost tool you're hunting for. Then spin the spinner and take a peek inside the melon patch, the orchard, or the vegetable garden to try to find a match. But watch out—if you spin 'mix the soil,' you'll shake the box and send everything sliding and hiding in new secret spots. Find the most treasures to win! This game is for ages three and up, and for two to four players.
  • Disney Planes Matching Game - The classic game of picture matching soars to new heights with Disney Planes. Flip over the tiles, find matches, and collect the most pairs to win! This game is for ages three and up and for one or more players.
  • Minnie Mouse Bow-tique - Choose from Minnie Mouse Bow Bingo Game (This delightful twist on bingo stars the one and only Minnie Mouse! Reach into the bag and pull out a bow, then find the matching spot on your card. Line up five bows in a row to win. The bows and bingo cards all pack up in a precious pink and purple bag, for carry-anywhere fun little Minnie fans will adore. Ages 3+, 2 or more players), Minnie Mouse Bow-tique Dominoes (This classic picture-matching domino set comes in a cute keepsake tin, all dressed up with adorable artwork from Minnie’s bow-tique. Make play time pretty as a picture with Minnie Mouse, Daisy Duck, and her neices Millie and Melodie too! Ages 4+, 1 or more players), or Minnie Mouse Bow-tique Matching Game (The classic game of picture matching now features Minnie Mouse and her fun-loving bow-tique pals. Flip over brightly colored tiles to get a peek at Minnie, Daisy, Figaro, Penelope, and the whole gang. Collect the most pairs to tie up a win! Ages 3+, 1 or more players)
  •  Mickey Mouse Club House Surprise Slides - Join Mickey, Minnie, Donald and friends on a wacky race where new slides can appear at any time. Turn over the big slide tiles and reveal new slides — sometimes they move you forward, sometimes back — it’s always a fun surprise. A different game every time you play! This game is for ages three and up and is for two or four players.
 

 
Wonder Forge was kind enough to send me a copy of their family board game, Konexi (Premium Edition), to review so that I could share my opinions with you. Konexi is a word and strategy game that focuses on building a three-dimensional tower of interconnected letters. This board game is for ages ten and up and is suitable for two to four players. Konexi contains the following: 26 3-D stacking letters, 1 Nylon Travel Bag, 1 Die, 1 Premium Mover Token, 1 Pad of Paper, 1 Pencil, and a Game Rules Manual. Konexi has won several awards, including: the 2010 Preferred Choice Award from Creative Child Magazine, the 2010 Oppenheim Gold Award, the 2010 Parents’ Choice Silver Award, and 2010 The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval.






The object of Konexi is to be the first person to score twenty points over all of the rounds played. How do you score points? By stacking three-dimensional letters on top of each other to create words without knocking over the tower! To start Konexi, all you have to do is place the three-dimensional letters on a flat surface in one large circle. The order of the letters does not matter - you can see this below in my pictures for an example. Next, you take your token and place it between any two of the letters around the circle. The player with the closest birthday is the one that gets to start the game by rolling the die. The number that comes up is how far clockwise you can move the token around the circle. Spaces count as the spaces in between two adjacent letters (this is also pictured below). You may also get "Any Letter" when you roll the die, in which you get to place your token between any two letters. You get to choose between the two letters that the token is touching to start the foundation of the tower. Put this letter in the center of the circle - you can place it in any way that you like.

The next player rolls the die and has to add another letter to the first letter. The additional letter must be placed into one of the notches on the first letter. You want to place your letters into the notches carefully, because you do not want to accidentally bump the tower and knock it over. The idea is to try and build a word out of the available letters. If you place a letter down and form a word, you get one point for each letter. If you place a letter on your turn but do not form a word, you get no points for that turn. You have to try and place a letter onto the tower either way - you do not have the option of passing. When you are adding your letter to the tower, you can only use one hand. The foundation letter must also be the only letter touching the table. In order to form words, every letter in your word has to be connected by notches. They do not need to be in order, but they do have to be connected (see my pictures below). If your word is interrupted by a stray letter, it does not count. Your words must not be proper names, foreign words, or abbreviations.

If you knock the tower over, whether it be when you are placing a letter or by bumping the table during another player's turn, you will have to take a penalty. A penalty is three points subtracted from your total. Knocking over the tower ends the round; a round can also end if all of the letters have been used up before the tower falls. At this point, a new round starts just as the first did by placing the letters in a circle. When someone reaches twenty points, the game is over. You keep track of your words and their score on the scoring sheet.



























Initially, I planned to bring Konexi to one of the board game nights that I attend regularly, but I had plans to move from New York to Maine and time got cut short. My boyfriend and I brought Konexi with us to Maine and played it in our new apartment. This will definitely be a new favorite; I like that it is versatile, and would work well with a small group of player or only with two. With some board games, you lose a little of the concept or the entertainment when you don't have as many people, but that isn't true with Konexi. I referred to this game as a mixture of Jenga and Scrabble. Although it is completely unique, it has the heart-racing nervousness element from Jenga and the word strategy and point-scoring from Scrabble. It took us about half an hour or a little more to complete a game, which makes it great, because then you can fit in a few games before you get tired. Every time you play Konexi you will have a new experience, because no two rounds are the same. I believe that I captured some of the emotion that Konexi brings out in my pictures -- my boyfriend was very excited about getting the tower stacked so high, but equally frustrated when he ended up knocking it over. This game is definitely appropriate for all ages, and will be one that everyone can enjoy. I would highly recommend purchasing this game if you are looking for some innovative entertainment to spice up your next get together.


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42 comments:

  1. It sounds like Wonder Forge makes a lot of high-quality games! We will check some out for family game night!

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  2. I NEED this game! Huge fan of games that involve making words! Awesome review!

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  3. This game looks like a lot of fun!!

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  4. My little girl loves ANYTHING Doc McStuffins or Sofia the first!

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  5. Looks like fun! But sadly, lol, Im so game challenged I would loose!

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  6. That game looks SO cool. I'm sure it's not as easy as it looks. LOL

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  7. Commented on the fstg review/giveaway

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  8. Honestly we want to try the games you reviewed KONEXI! It looks fun!

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  9. I commented on the Maggie Bag giveaway! Your review of the bag was awesome!

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  10. That looks like lots of fun! My daughter would love the Jake Game, I'm going to get it for her for Christmas (yep, I've already started!)

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  11. Other then this one, we would like to try Mythbusters™ – The Game and Thanks A Lot!?™

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  12. Thank you! We are thrilled to find out who wins! Thanks for the glowing review!

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  13. Mythbusters™ – The Game.

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  14. Nicole LancasterJuly 30, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    My daughter would like to try the Sofia the First Royal Prep Academy Game .

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  15. I really like the looks of this game- Konexi. That is the one I'd want to win.

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  16. Eye Found It!™ Game would be great for my family.
    sonflower277 at gmail dot com

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  17. Mythbusters looks like so much fun!

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  18. I have a preschooler, so Discovery Gardens would be fun for us!

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  19. I'd love to try KONEXI, it looks like such fun!

    samanthatrier@yahoo.com

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  20. They would love "Who Shook Hook?" The twins love Peter Pan. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

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  21. Commented on "Blake's All Natural Meals" post. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

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  22. My daughter would love the Minnie Mouse Bow-tique Matching Game

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  24. I think my kids would really like to try this game! :) They also would love for us to get them Scene It Pixar but it doesn't exist to my knowledge.

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  25. i think my daughter would like the thanks a lot !!!! game.

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  26. Honestly, Konexi, but Spotcha could be fun!

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  27. I think they would like Who shook Hook or The Cupcake Princess games.

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  28. I think my little guy would love the Jake Game

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  29. We'd also like Thanks A Lot? !

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  30. My 4 little granddaughters would like the cupcake princess game
    hrddiana556@gmail.com

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  31. We would LOVE Busytown's I FOUND IT to play with our grandchildren. Even the littlest ones could play.

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  32. I couldn't find a link for Alexa but if you will repost it I will write you a review. I like to visit your blog!

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  33. I think my kids would enjoy playing the Mythbusters game.

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  34. Enchanted Cupcake Party Game looks like it could be funny to play as an adult!

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