A couple of new boardgames were under the tree this morning. I’m looking forward to playing them, but in the meantime I thought I’d show you what we got.

Colosseum

  • Designers: Markus Lubke, Wolfgang Kramer
  • Manufacturer: Days of Wonder
  • Year: 2007
  • Players: 3 – 5
  • Time: 60 – 90 minutes
  • Ages: 10 and up

In Colosseum you are a Roman impresario – producing great spectacles in your arena in the hope of attracting the most spectators to your events. You’ll earn wealth and glory for each event you run, using it to build ever more ambitious events. Attract the most spectators to one of your events and you’ll be granted the title of Grand Impresario, with tales of your extraordinary spectacles acclaimed throughout the empire.

Purchase at Amazon or Funagain Games.

Forbidden Island

  • Designer: Matt Leacock
  • Manufacturer: Gamewright
  • Year: 2010
  • Players: 2 – 4
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Ages: 10 and up

Dare to discover Forbidden Island! Join a team of fearless adventurers on a do-or-die mission to capture four sacred treasures from the ruins of this perilous paradise. Your team will have to work together and make some pulse-pounding maneuvers, as the island will sink beneath every step! Race to collect the treasures and make a triumphant escape before you are swallowed into the watery abyss!

Purchase at Amazon or Funagain Games.

Scrabble Flash

  • Designer: Alfred Mosher Butts
  • Manufacturer: Hasbro
  • Year: 2010
  • Players: 1 or more
  • Ages: 8 and up

It’s up to you to find words in a “flash” with this fun, electronic version of the classic SCRABBLE game! Use the interactive SmartLink tiles to build your words and they’ll flash and beep with each word you make! They’ll also automatically time your turns and display your score with the maximum possible score. Put your skills to the test with three different solo and competitive games and slide, swap and shuffle your way to a win. It’s fast-paced, addictive, word-building fun!

Purchase at Amazon or Funagain Games.