I was sent these games by Pressman Toy. All opinions are my own.
We were stuck indoors on a day that went from rainy to sunny every 10 minutes, so my boys and I decided to try out some new games rather than take our chances outside.
Though the funny thing about these “new” games is that they are a throwback to my own childhood. 90s game time! (or I even think 80s with some of these) All of these games are available exclusively at Target.
Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?
For ages 8 & up, 2-4 players. Go on a top-secret mission to find Carmen and figure out what loot she stole. This is a card game, requiring some critical thinking and note-taking in your Top Secret Evidence Journal. I played this with my 9 year old and he really enjoyed it (and he beat me, figuring out the clues to where Carmen was and what she stole before I could). Watch the Carmen Sandiego video to see more.
Nickelodeon’s Legends of the Hidden Temple Game
For ages 12 & up, 4-12 players. This is one of the more unique games we played. It’s played in 4 different rounds, with one player/team being eliminated after each round (though there’s still something for the eliminated players to do). There’s a dice race, trivia questions, some more active games, and a final race through the Hidden Temple. Because there are so many different things going on, I highly recommend watching the instructional video before you play the first time. It’s easy after that, but does help with the first time- you can also go watch it so you can see the game in action. My 9, 11, and 12 year-olds played this with me and were able to play along. There is some reading required and some critical thinking, which is why I think 12 is the suggested age, but younger could play, especially with older family members there to help. This is the game my kids wanted to play over and over again.
The Oregon Trail: Hunt for Food Game
For ages 12 & up, 2-6 players. Much like the original Oregon Trail game, I usually end up dying from dysentery in this card game. You can play this game on its own or as an expansion to The Oregon Trail Card Game. My boys got the Oregon Trail Card Game for Christmas last year and they have fun playing it. Younger than 12 can play, but again: reading level and critical thinking is a factor in determining the right age. This throwback reminds me so much of my childhood. Take a look at the Oregon Trail Game video.
Saved by the Bell Game
Ages 8 & up, 2-6 players. A friend and I played this, rather than the kids taking a turn. You know, because it’s Saved by the Bell! Though kids really could play and wouldn’t even have to have watched the show to be able to play. There are questions about scene cards, but most (if not all) could be answered without having seen the show. Personally, I think this one is more fun for the adults who remember the show, though the whole family could play.
Check out these games, available exclusively at Target, to host your own retro game night.