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Click on the award symbol for the review or press release.  For a description of the award, scroll to the bottom.



Games for Educators, May 2009 Full text
Baltimore Sun, November 2008  Full text
Chicago Tribune, December 2008, by Eric Gwinn Full text
The Princeton Packet, November 2008,  By Ruth B. Roufberg Full text
Pulp Gamer podcast. September 2008  Podcast
Games for Educators, by Karen Luciana  Full text
Nights and Weekends.Com, August 2008, by Kristin Dreyer Kramer.  Full text

BoardgameGeek, January 2008  Full text

Verbatim, Holiday 2007, by Gloria Rosenthal.  Full text
December 2008 July 2008 June 2008 April 2008 January 2008 January 2008 
December 2007  December 2007  December 2007  November 2007  November 2007  October 2007  July 2007 


Tillywig Awards, February 2010. Full text



BoardgameGeek. November 2008.  Full text

Knucklebones, January 2008, by Ryan T. Jones.  Full text.

Knucklebones, July 2007, by Jason K. Burnett. Full text.

Verbatim, Holiday 2005, by Gloria Rosenthal.  Full text

Games Magazine, August 2004, by Robin King.  Full text.


Chicago Tribune Top 10 Board Games 2004 Traditional Games Award Creative Child Magazine Preferred Choice Award
December 2007 December 2007 October 2007 November 2007 November 2007 October 2004 July 2004


GO mental FUNDAmental - US Version

Knucklebones, January 2008, by Ryan T. Jones.  Full Text.

Creative Child, February – March 2006.  Full text.

December 2006 July 2006 February 2006 February 2006 December 2005



 Financial News, December 2003, by Heather McGregor.  Full text.

 Top 10 games for Christmas 2005, by Mark Johnson.





Top 10 Board Games of 2007

About.com  Top 10 Board Games – the annual list of  the best board games released during the previous year.  Published by Erik Arneson on boardgames.about.com

Mensa Select winners are chosen annually at the Mensa Mind Games competition. During the competition, Mensa members play and rate new board and card games. The five games that rate the highest are named Mensa Select and may display the Mensa Select seal on their packaging.  Previous Mensa Select winners include Apples to Apples, Trivial Pursuit, and Scattergories.  For more information see www.mindgames.us.mensa.org.

Games 100  a list of the best games of the year as chosen by Games magazine

Each year, Games magazine publishes a buyer's guide with 100 of the games that, according to the magazine, "over the course of the year, proved to be the favorites of our editors and tireless playtesters". 



The National Association for Gifted Children – Parenting for High Potential Award.  Parenting for High Potential is the NAGC’s quarterly magazine designed for parents who want to make a difference in their children's lives, who want to develop their children's gifts and talents, and who want to help them develop their potential to the fullest.  Parenting for High Potential September edition features the NAGC’s Recommended Toy List.


The iParenting Media Awards Program – provides a credible and objective method of determining the best products in the marketplace and then honors them with the most prestigious consumer award.  The iParenting Media Awards is the only consumer awards program certified by ISO 9001:2000, the internationally recognized standard of quality assurance.  Reviewers are a diverse set of parents, experts, licensed childcare centers and schools nationwide.

The National Parenting Center's Seal of Approval program is an independent testing procedure conducted to judge a variety of products introduced and marketed to the parent/child consumer market.  The testing involves a multi-step process conducted over an eight week period. Staffed by volunteers, the testing facility of The National Parenting Center gives parents, children, and educators the opportunity to examine a variety of submitted products. The testers are encouraged to play with, build, read about, and judge by the reactions of the children, each product's quality.

Tillywig awards are given to products that have high entertainment and/or educational value.  Each product is evaluated on a number of criteria, including Ease of First Use, Replay Value, Quality/Appearance, Social Interaction/Fun Factor, Creativity, and Thought Processes/Motor Skills.  Products are used by a number of testers, who come from all walks of life and a broad range of ages, in an observed focus group format. 

For more information see http://www.tillywig.com/about.php#awards-criteria.


The annual Top 10 list presents the Chicago Tribune’s choice of top 10 cool board games for winter revelry.

The annual Top 10 list presents the Chicago Tribune’s choice of games that will bring pleasure for children, adults and families for the gift-giving season. 

In 2005, the Chicago Tribune expanded its annual Top 10 list to 20 and divided them into 4 categories of 5 games each.


 The Major FUN Award goes to games and people that bring people fun…games that:

  • make people laugh,

  • are original, flexible, easy to adapt,

  • are well-made, durable, easily stored,

  • are easy to understand and teach.



The Toy Man™ Award of Excellence - The products which become recipients of The Toy Man™ "Award of Excellence”, are part of a limited number which rise to the very top in their evaluation. They demonstrate quality in design, safety, and value, and in their evaluation results they receive a rating of “5” which is the highest level available.  


"The Toy Man™ Editors Choice Award" (a.k.a. eChoice™ Award ) - This is more than just an award, this is the "brass ring" so to speak; the award that serves as an emblem of recognition for products/services which contribute substantially to positive productivity. This productivity is measured in the value of potential cognitive/critical skill growth and/or overall improvement in an individual or group.


"The Toy Man™ Seal of Approval" is an emblem of recognition for products which meet the high standards set forth by the International Parenting institute™ (IPi™). These standards are represented through strict product evaluation guidelines which were created by IPi™ for adoption and use by The Toy Man™ Product Guide.



Creative Child Magazine Awards – Each year between the months of February and April over 1,000 sample products are submitted for testing.  Each product is then assigned to a category and classified by age group.  In June, a panel of judges, which may include child psychologists, child educators and parents, monitors a pre-selected group of kids whose ages correspond to the various products that were submitted. The panel then evaluates each product based on four major factors: educational value, creative nurturing, creative play and overall value with respect to retail price.

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