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Toxic new and unusual pandemic-proof games for the holidays

ByReiss Bowler

Oct 19, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) – The pandemic has proven that there is no shortage of games to entertain families, couples and children. The classics are always there, but a range of new or off-the-beaten-track gift entries are available.

A sampling:

TRAGOS: It’s a party card game focused on Latino pop culture that comes in a thedailynewsbox of sets, including one in November that is digital only and costs $ 3.99. It’s the Tragos Stay Home Pack and includes activities such as showcasing your best moves on Bad Bunny’s “Yo Perreo Sola” dance, and your best shot at duplicating Cardi B’s coronavirus howl. Half of the proceeds will go to The Immigrant Worker Safety NetFund. Available at TragosGame.com. Options in Spanish and English, both digital and in a box, are now widely available. Tragos is primarily a drinking game, but what exactly is consumed is up to you.

DO YOU LIKE YOUR CAT ?: What Kind of Cat Are You? A beautiful Maine Coon? A sweet Scottish Fold? This card memory game combines cat cards with human cards. Collect the most pairs to win. A booklet is the ultimate arbiter of which felines go to which people. On preorder before December 10th. And yes, there is also a dog version, now widely available. $ 16.99.

BOOM AGAIN: Designed for two players or two teams, this trivia quiz game speaks directly to the generations that grew up in the 50s, 60s and 70s. It contains more than 2,200 questions based on advertising slogans and jingles, politics and social movements, and movies, music and television. It covers the anti-war movement, the sexual revolution, and the drug culture that were a big part of the boomer experience. $ 45. Available exclusively at BoomAgain.com.

THE FAIR PLAY DECK: Based on Eve Rodsky’s bestselling book “Fair Play”, these cards in a box are for couples who want to initiate a dialogue. There are task cards for deciding who does what, and “unicorn space cards” with ways to make time to learn new things that bring joy, whether that’s a language or training for a marathon. The idea is to set priorities. $ 22. Out October 27th and available for pre-order on the Penguin Random House site.

MTV, THE THROWBACK MUSIC PARTY GAME: It’s a buzzer team game for MTV lovers of the 80s, 90s and beyond. Different rounds require different tasks. There’s the artist round, where any player can pull one out. In a quick round, one player per team tries to come up with songs in different categories, such as pop hymns, before 15 seconds are up. The first team to earn cards from eight categories will party like it’s 1999. The price is basically $ 19.99. Available at Walmart, Target and Amazon.

ANIMAL MAH-JONG: It is the classic tile game that originated in China, only with cards and animals. The set contains instructions for beginners. Rather than traditional line drawings of bamboo and Chinese characters, it features Ryuto Miyake’s beautiful animal illustrations, with each pack featuring Asian land, sea and air animals. Give the gift of pongs and chows, only with pangolins, sea boilers and mandarin ducks. $ 34.99. Widely available.

THE WINE GAME: For connoisseurs and wannabes. The weather is turning, so why not put all that wine to good use? There are two decks of cards, one for red wines and one for whites. The maps cover all of the major wine-producing regions and some unexpected gems, with a booklet with brief descriptions of each and tips on labels to look for. Playing is easy; whoever collects the most sets of four cards is the winner. $ 24.99. Widely available.

PANDO: What animal do I look like? Am I tempted to embellish the truth? Would I spot my friends or family if I saw them commit a non-violent crime? Draw cards and read the questions aloud to see who knows best. Nearly 1,000 questions. It’s smarter than prepubescent, but sometimes just semi-polite. $ 25. Available on PlayPando.com, Amazon, and elsewhere.

CHILDREN AGAINST ADULTS: A fill-in game for ages 8 and up with some toilet humor for those so inclined, along with entertaining allusions for parents. Players are dealt white answer cards and take turns asking questions based on blue cards. Everyone answers every question with their funniest answer. The question reader chooses the winner who decides each round. The game contains 500 cards and expansion packs are available. $ 29.99. Available on Amazon and KidsAgainstMaturity.com.

THE #UPSIDEDOWNCHALLENGEGAME: Ever wondered what life would be like? Put on the glasses that come with this group game and get started. The glasses turn everything upside down. Someone draws a challenge card and each player takes turns trying the task with glasses in place. The first player to earn five points wins. The folks at Vango Toys have special challenges for holidays, birthdays and double rooms on the company website. $ 19.99. Widely available.

SKETCHY TALES, DISNEY EDITION: Players take turns drawing classic Disney characters doing unusual things like Piglet mowing the lawn or Aladdin popping out of a cake. Earn points for the best drawings and craziest guesses. The game is suitable for ages 8 and up. It includes 60 Disney characters and 120 crazy scenarios, along with erasable cards, Mickey Mouse clips and eight mini-markers. $ 19.99. Available at Target and Amazon.

MARVEL UNITED: This is a fast-moving cooperative game where players take control of Marvel superheroes and compete against the most dangerous villains in the Marvel universe. Players draw villain and hero cards as they build storylines. There are Captain America, Hulk, Black Widow and Iron Man, along with villains Red Skull, Ultron and Taskmaster. Who doesn’t want to be a hero these days? From 8 years old. $ 34.99. Available at Target, Walmart and Amazon.