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COMPACT TRAVEL GAMES

Busy youngsters make for a better vacation and more enjoyable travel. In addition to keeping journals, travel games are a good way of provide entertainment for the family and providing activity during slack times . Here are a number of compact games for taking with the family during travel.

 

Magnetic Games On The Move
by Alex  

 

 

Manufacturer's age: 7 years and up
Amazon's recommended age: 7 - 12 years
Box Size (in inches): 12.2 x 12.3 x 0.3
Shipping weight: 1.55 pounds.

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From the Manufacturer

Travel time is fun time with a compact magnetic game board featuring 7 great "bored" games! The magnetic pieces store easily in the attached pouch. It's the perfect travel companion that will keep kids busy for hours.


Travel Chinese Checkers
by Fundex Games LTD

 

 

Manufacturer's age: 8 years and up
Amazon's recommended age: 8 years and up
Box Size (in inches): 5.9 x 5.9 x 1.4
Shipping weight: 0.8 pounds.

 

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From the Manufacturer

Premium, take-anywhere version of Chinese Checkers. Portfolio game features a solid wood game board and cast metal pieces enclosed in a leatherette case.

 


Checkers Travel Portfolio
by Fundex Games LTD

 

Manufacturer's age: 8 years and up
Amazon's recommended age: 8 years and up
Box Size (in inches): 5.9 x 6.1 x 1.5
Shipping weight: 0.75 pounds.
Number of Players: 2

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 Editorial Review

Make your move when you're on the go with this checkers set from the Fundex line of elegantly diminutive travel games. The 6-by-6-inch leatherette case unzips and becomes an open book, revealing a richly colored hardwood pegboard and a pouch containing silver- and gold-hued checkers pegs. A sheet of rules is included, as is a selection of tiny rubber rings used to denote a kinged piece. Even if you travel economy class, your play can look first class with the Portfolio Games Checkers set. --Tony Mason

From the Manufacturer

Take all the fun of a classic game with you wherever you go! This hardwood gameboard in a leatherette case with metal game pieces makes your travel time fun. How can you go anywhere without it?

 


Travel Scrabble Deluxe
by Milton Bradley

 

Manufacturer's age: 8 years and up
Amazon's recommended age: 8 years and up
Size (in inches): 11.5 x 9.75 x 1.75
Shipping weight: 1.6 pounds.
Number of Players: 2 to 4

 

From Toysrus.com & Amazon.com

This compact version of Scrabble, the old-fashioned family favorite, will make a long train commute or cross-country plane journey pass more quickly. The 10-by-11-inch plastic board with its raised squares holds the tiles securely while you play, then folds up to become a neat, sturdy, 6-by-11-inch carrying case for the clear plastic letter racks and the cloth bag of tiles (you can use the bag for drawing letters). The letter racks can fit into the sides of the board if necessary, though they're not obviously meant to do so, making this less of a car or bus game than it might have been; still, it's perfect for train, plane, or boat. Be careful not to drop the tiles, as they're quite a bit smaller than standard Scrabble tiles--but even if you do, good old Milton Bradley will replace the ones you lose. E-N-J-O-Y (15 points)! --Barrie Trinkle

Amazon Customer Review

Ready to Go, October 25, 2002

Reviewer: atcecil from Louisville, Kentucky United States I am very pleased with this edition of Scrabble. Unlike some games' travel editions, this one is completely self-contained. Once you get everything ready, you can recycle the box, because you will have everything you need inside the game's sturdy case. There's even room for a pad and pencil for scorekeeping. The case locks very well when it is closed, ensuring that the tiles inside stay inside. The closed case measures about 11 x 6.5 x 1.5 inches. It's small enough to take with you, but big enough to be comfortably functional. Once played, tiles are held in place very effectively by a sturdy plastic grid. The tiles aren't secured magnetically, so a barrel-roll will end the game, but it won't be deterred by light air turbulence or a bumpy road.  


Word Spin
by Geospace

 

 

Awards: Winner of a 2001 Parents' Choice® Award
Manufacturer's age: 4 years and up
Amazon's recommended age: 5 years and up
Size (in inches): 10.5 x 8.0 x 3.5
Shipping weight: 0.8 pounds.
Number of Players: 1 or more

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From Imaginarium.com Toyologists & Amazon.com

Editorial Review

A winner of many awards--including the Oppenheim 1996 Gold Seal Award, the Best Mind Game of 1995 from MENSA (the high-IQ society), and the 1995 Game of the Year from the Australian Toy Association--Word Spin consists of eight interlocking, magnetic spin wheels with 10 facets that each display one letter. Players combine the wheels to form words. Add up the points on each letter, and the player with the highest score wins. The enclosed game book explains how to use the spin wheels to play 10 different game variations with one or more players, in teams or solo. Because it's magnetic and comes with a travel pouch, it's great for long car, train, and plane trips. For younger kids, try the related game, Spell Spin. --Rebecca Hughes

From the Manufacturer

Spin¿Switch¿Spell¿and Score!!! WORD SPIN is the original Award-Winning MAGNETIC Spin Game that combines the best elements of many popular word games and crossword puzzles! This fun, go-anywhere game for the whole family is simple enough for children to play, yet challenging enough for college professors! The winner of 6 international awards, WORD SPIN includes 8 MAGNETIC wheels which can be switched and re-arranged in any order to spell as many words as possible. Each wheel has 10 letters and each letter has an assigned point value. During each round of play, players try to come up with high-scoring arrangements of the WORD SPIN wheels. Keep track of all the words you spell during your game. If your total points add up to more than your opponent's, then you win! You can even play against your own score, since WORD SPIN is designed to be played by 1, 2 or more players or teams. Instructions describe 10 variations to the game. Travel pouch included.

Amazon Customer Review

Fun to a degree, but look before you leap, February 14, 2002

Reviewer: loce_the_wizard from Lilburn, GA . Word Spin is a great idea, but as with many neat concept there are a couple of points to consider about the actual creation. First, the price is pretty steep for a small hand-held game. I'm sure I didn't pay [very much] for the one I purchased sans all the unneeded, wasteful packaging. Second, even though the pieces are magnetic, they are still quite easy to lose or misplace when they skitter across the floor and lodge underneath the refrigerator..

This game works best as stop-gap entertainment, and if your 8-12-year-old is a budding wordsmith, he or she might derive 15-20 minutes worth of diversion by twisting and arranging the concentric rings to create words of up to eight letters. A plus is that you can reduce the number of rings by sliding one or more from the center spoke to make the game less daunting for younger children. A built-in bonus is that kids will also enjoy snapping the rings together or letting the magnets repel each other. Which leads us back to my comment about how easy it is to lose the letter rings.


Chess Travel Protfolio
by Fundex Games LTD

 

 

Manufacturer's age: 8 years and up
Amazon's recommended age: 8 years and up
Box Size (in inches): 6.0 x 1.2 x 7.8
Shipping weight: 0.85 pounds.

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Reviews

From the Manufacturer: Premium, take-anywhere version of Chess. Portfolio game features a solid wood game board and cast metal pieces enclosed in a leatherette case.

 Amazon Customer Review

Sideways board, September 15, 2002

Reviewer: Aaron Hartman (see more about me) from Columbus, IN United States I bought this item as an avid chess fan, so I guess my rating doesn't really apply to the other games availabe. I've been looking for a good travel set so I got this one. But be careful and look at the pictures of the actual board. It's attached to the case and it appears that whoever made it doesn't really play chess. The orientaion of the board is sideways (white on right). So, if you're OK with having an akward case end in front of one of the opponents, or you like one of the other games, go ahead and buy it. But for my money, I'm still looking for a good quality travel chess set.


Backgammon Travel Portfolio
by Fundex Games LTD

 

Manufacturer's age: 8 years and up
Amazon'srecommended age: 8 years and up
Box Size (in inches): 1.8 x 5.9 x 7.7
Shipping weight: 1.0 pounds.
Number of Players: 2

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From Toysrus.com & Amazon.com

Editorial Review

Make your move even while you're literally moving with this backgammon set from the Fundex line of elegantly diminutive travel games. The 6-by-6-inch leatherette case unzips and becomes an open book, revealing a richly colored hardwood pegboard and a pouch containing the game pieces: 30 silver- and gold-hued pegs. A sheet of rules is included, as is a trio of dice for moving and doubling. Even if you travel economy class, your play can look first class with the Portfolio Games Backgammon set. --Tony Mason

From the Manufacturer: Take all the fun of a classic game with you wherever you go! This hardwood gameboard in a leatherette case with metal game pieces makes your travel time fun. How can you go anywhere without it?


Cribbage Travel Game
by Fundex Games LTD

 

 

Manufacturer's age: 8 years and up
Amazon's recommended age: 8 years and up
Box Size (in inches): 6.1 x 6.0 x 1.6
Shipping weight: 0.75 pounds.

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From the Manufacturer:

Premium, take-anywhere version of Cribbage. Portfolio game features a solid wood game board and cast metal pieces enclosed in a leatherette case.


Calypso and Cribbage Travel Game
by DaMert Company

 

Manufacturer's age: 8 years and up
Amazon's recommended age: 8 years and up
Box Size (in inches): 6.7 x 8.7 x 3.8
Shipping weight: 0.95 pounds.

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From Toysrus.com & Amazon.com

Safety Information: Choking Hazard: Small Parts.

From the Manufacturer:
Ideal for children as their first strategy game.

 

A to Z INDEX OF CATEGORIES   

A -

ACCOMMODATIONS - FAMILY ORIENTED RESORTS
ACCOMMODATIONS FAMILY - OTHER

AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS
AIRPLANE RIDES
ANIMALS
ART AND CRAFTS

ACTIVITIES, BOOKS, GAMES, IDEAS FOR TRAVEL

B -

BABY FOOD, ACCESSORIES, BABY SITTING
BASEBALL AND BASEBALL DIAMONDS
BARBERS AND BEAUTY SALONS
BATHROOMS

BEACHES AND BEACH ADVISORIES
BEACH PHOTOGRAPHERS

BICYCLES

BIRDS AND BUTTERFLIES

BIRTHDAY PARTIES - BALLOONS, COSTUMES, ENTERTAINMENT, MAGICIANS
BOATS - CANOES, RENTALS, SAILING, TOURS AND SCENIC RIDES
BOWLING

C -

CAMPING
CAR SEATS
CHILDREN'S CAMPS
CHILD CARE CENTERS
CHILDREN'S SERVICES
CHRISTMAS
COMPUTER GAMES

D -

DANCE LESSONS
DENTISTS
DEPARTMENT STORES
DOCTORS - FOR CHILDREN
DOLPHINS PROGRAMS AND ENCOUNTERS

E -

ENVIRONMENT

F -

FISH FEEDING, FISHING - DOCKS - MARINAS - PARTY BOATS

FOOD - CHILD FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS , BURGERS , PIZZA

FESTIVALS

G -

GAMES - COMPACT FOR TRAVEL

GOLF
GYMNASTICS

H -

HOCKEY
HOSPITALS

I -

ICE CREAM

J -

JOURNALS, TRAVEL DIARIES AND SCRAPBOOKS FOR KIDS

K -

KARATE
KAYAKING

L -

LACROSSE
LESSONS (See
tennis, wind surfing, wakeboarding, piano,sailing, swimming, recreation programs, arts and crafts )
LIBRARIES

M -

MAGICIANS
MOVIES
MUSEUMS

N -

NATURE WALKS
NURSERY SCHOOLS (See CHILD CARE CENTERS )

P -

PARASAILING
PHOTOGRAPHY FOR CHILDREN / FAMILIES
PIANOS LESSONS
PLAYGROUNDS AND PARKS (see also SCHOOLS)

 

Q -

QUARRY

R -

RAILROADS
RECREATION
READING
RESCUE SQUADS

 S -  

SAILING - LESSONS, SAILBOAT RENTALS, SUPPLIES, EQUIPMENT
SANDALS AND SHOES
SCHOOLS - REGISTRATION, IMMUNIZATION (public),
SCHOOLS (private),
SKATING
SNORKELING AND SNUBA,
SOCCER
SPAS
SUMMER RECREATION
SUNSET CELEBRATIONS AND CRUISES
SWIMMING

T -

TACOS
TENNIS COURTS AND LESSONS,
TOURS
TOYS
TRANSPORTATION
TUTORING

V -

VIDEO MOVIE AND GAME RENTALS,

W -

WAKEBOARDING,
WALKING,
WINDSURFING SUPPLIES AND LESSONS,
WEDDINGS

Y-

YOUTH GROUPS, ORGANIZATIONS, AND CENTERS (see also CAMPS),

Z -

ZOOS (see ANIMALS )

 

 


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