COMMENTARY: Breaking the Ice: Adult-Appropriate Party Games

It’s Saturday night (undoubtedly after a long work week). A friend is throwing a huge party for the big game, or a birthday, or just because, you know, it’s Saturday. So you set off on an adventurous evening, teeming with excitement, even braving the seasonal elements if necessary. Your friend welcomes you with a cheery embrace, but as you look around the room, you come to the realization that you don’t know a single soul.

You know the moment. How do you make your way into a conversation without coming across as anything but your cool, confident self? Luckily, there’s a saving grace for these types of scenarios: party games. [Read more...]

A Little Something Extra

Sometimes there just isn’t enough space in the pages of The Toy Book to share everything that we think is worthy. Even though our February Toy Fair issue was more than 300 pages, there were still a bunch of products that just wouldn’t fit. New games from Buffalo Games fell into that category, so we’ve decided to share them with you here! Check out highlights from their new lineup below.

3701-TIME-coverCelebrity Throw Down! The Game – This game combines celebrity pop culture and traditional party game fun into one package.

Escapes puzzle series – Puzzlers can relax and be swept away to picturesque hideaways in the Escapes 1000-piece puzzle series. The first puzzles of the series will feature images from contemporary artist Chuck Pinson, who is a newly acquired license this year.

Vivid 3-D –Buffalo Games’ Vivid 3-D puzzles are designed specifically for puzzlers ­ to both provide astounding depth and preserve a true and satisfying puzzle experience.

Buffalo Games to Donate Games and Puzzles to Hospitals

As part of a new partnership with Kaleida Health, Buffalo Games will provide party games and jigsaw puzzles to playrooms and parent lounges at Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. The company will also provide jigsaw puzzles in the senior daycare center at DeGraff Memorial Hospital and party games and jigsaw puzzles in the waiting areas and recovery areas at Buffalo General Hospital. The party games will include all of the company’s five titles (Gotcha, Truth Be Told, Likewise, The T-Shirt Game, and Last Word), and the puzzles will total more than 35 in various piece counts. Kaleida Health is the largest health care provider in Western New York.

New Product: Gotcha! From Buffalo Games

Buffalo Games has announced plans to release a new party game of rules called Gotcha! In Gotcha! players race to hit the buzzer whenever they see someone breaking a rule, while making sure they are following the rules themselves. Group rules and individual rules are displayed during the game, and the more rules that are in play, the funnier the game can get. You have to be alert and aware or you are out!

Stay tuned for more info from the company.

Celebs Take Home Buffalo Party Games at Oscars

At the 82nd Annual Academy Awards, held last night in Los Angeles, celebrities and Oscar nominees scored party games as part of a partnership between Buffalo Games and producer Suzanne DeLaurentiis, founder of The Cinema City International Film Festival.

Stars that attended the Celebrity Gifting Suite at the show received swag bags, which included a Buffalo Games product—such as Likewise, The T-Shirt Game, and Truth Be Told—and other items including Nicole Paxton Cosmetics, Azura Dawn products, and Jenny B Clothing. All proceeds from the Gifting Suite will benefit the Marine Corps Veterans Association and The Klass Kids Foundation.

The Toy Book’s Toy Report 01/05/10


Catch up on last week’s news! Read The Toy Book Toy Report for 01/05/10.

To view click here.

Buffalo Games to Introduce William Wegman Puzzles


Buffalo Games is partnering with award-winning artist William Wegman to release four of his photographs in a 500-piece jigsaw puzzle, each a unique visual interpretation of his classic Weimaraners. The William Wegman 500 Piece Series of jigsaw puzzles will include Roller Rover, Stanley, Dockers, and Farm Days, and will be released in January.