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Publisher: Larva Games
Game Length: 15-30 minutes
Even hardcore “gamer’s game” tabletop publishers like Petersen Games see the value in exploring the lucrative market of kid-friendly games. The Tooth Fairy Game is their first release under their new Larva Games imprint. It packs four different kid-focused games into one box, along with over 100 colorful plastic teeth.
The teeth and bag components are delightful, and the four games increase in complexity to allow for a wider range of age and skill, though we found them all underwhelming.
The Tooth Hurts
The first game, That’s My Tooth, simply asks each player to pull teeth from their bag in the hopes of getting five of their color first. There’s zero strategy (like the card game War) but easy to play with much younger kids. Pulling Teeth is almost the same game but with multiple bags to choose from, and a die roll for the number. These games provide the barest of introductions to set collection, but younger kids will get a kick out of collecting small plastic teeth.
Lie Through Your Teeth is when things get a bit more interesting. It’s basically Liar’s Dice but using numbers and colors of teeth. Players start with a random assortment of teeth in their bag, then bluff on how many and what kind of teeth everyone has collectively.
Unlike Liar’s Dice, winners gain teeth when they win (rather than losers losing dice), giving the winners of each round more and more information. This makes it harder for other players to catch up and can quickly become frustrating. Bluffing is a hard enough concept for children to grasp without piling on the challenge of a runaway leader.
Finally there’s Treasure Teeth, which is a secret bidding game using teeth as currency. A roll of a dice determines the max bid, up to double the roll. Everyone divides their teeth into two hands in the hope of getting their biggest bid randomly selected in a winner-take-all. There’s a bit of strategy with how much to bid, and the risk and reward in dividing the teeth.
Treasure Teeth is a noble attempt to simplify poker-style treasure pots and antes into a game for younger kids, but, like the Liar’s Dice-inspired Treasure Teeth, is also not a genre that lends itself to being kid-friendly in the first place.
The Tooth Fairy Game has an age recommendation of 6+. The four included games gradually scale in complexity, allowing for even younger kids to play the easier games, which amount to little more than pulling colorful teeth from bags.
While I love the the huge amount of colorful teeth and cloth bags, none of the four games do anything meaningful with the theme. The teeth could just as easily be anything else, like buttons, cubes, or coins.
Including four games of increasing complexity is a brilliant method of producing a kids game, allowing one game box to grow along with the kids. But introducing two very kid-unfriendly genres, bluffing and betting, results in dissatisfying half-measures.
Find The Tooth Fairy Game at Petersen Games Website.
Capcom is hosting two seasonal holiday events this year, one for Monster Hunter: World, and one for Monster Hunter World: Iceborne. Owners of the Iceborne expansion can join in on both events.
The Iceborne event is the Asian-themed Holiday Joy Fest, and it’s currently ongoing in the new hub town of Seliana, until January 5, 2020.
During the Holiday Joy Fest event, hunters will be able to earn double the number of daily vouchers, as well as earn Winter Star Tickets and Joyful Tickets through completing bounties. Over two dozen limited-time event quests for both Low/High Rank and the new Master Rank will be available, including previous year quests and overlapping events, such as the Horizon Zero Dawn collaboration.
The event will also feature special layered armor, crafted from rewards from the seasonal events, as well as the Oolong armor set, which includes a new bonus skill that grants an increased chance to get VIP Joyful Tickets, to craft special armor and charms. You can also craft new handler and poogie outfits.
See here for details on all the new event quests.
Back in the base game’s town of Asteria, they are celebrating the Christmas-themed Winter Star Fest event. The Winter Star Fest event features all the Low and High Rank limited-time event quests, and the chance to craft the Orion armor set using Winter Star Tickets, as well as the Felyne Snowcat Palico Armor and Bristly Pincushion hammer.
Both seasonal events run until January 5, 2020. Monster Hunter: World is available on PC (Steam), PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, while Iceborne is available on PS4 and XBO, and arriving on PC on January 9, 2020. It’s rated T for Teen.
Welcome to Steamville, home to thousands of discounted PC games. The Steam Winter 2019 Sale also features Holiday Quests, where users can earn Festivity Tokens to get custom emojis, profile backgrounds, chat stickers, and a digital coupon.
First, the sales. Here are some highlighted deals:
- Red Dead Redemption 2 $47.99 (20% off)
- Monster Hunter: World $23.99 (60% off)
- Dragon Quest 11: Echoes of an Elusive Age $29.99 (50% off)
- Resident Evil 2 $19.79 (67% off)
- Disco Elysium $31.99 (20% off)
- Sid Meier’s Civilization 6 $14.99 (75% off)
- Two Point Hospital $11.89 (66% off)
- Jurassic Wold Evolution $8.99 (80% off)
- Slime Rancher $7.99 (60% off)
During the Steam Winter 2019 Sale, users can complete Holiday Quests for Mayor Carol, earning Festivity Tokens. There’s a set list of quests, followed by a new quest added each day of the sale. Quests involve doing things around the Steam library, such as adding games to your wishlist and voice chatting with a friend. Each quest earns 100 Festive tokens upon completion, and users can earn up to 2000 Festivity Tokens by completing them all, and earn an exclusive Steamville badge.
Here is the initial batch of quests:
- Interact with Steam Labs Interactive Recommender
- Joining a Group Chat Room
- Make a Wish (add three games to your wishlist)
- Take a Steam Labs Deep Dive
- Use Chat Stickers
- Watch the Yule Log Burn (A live broadcast of a fireplace)
- Search for Something New
- Check Out Steam Labs community Recommendations
- Voice Chat with a Friend
In addition to completing Holiday Quests, you can also earn Festivity Tokens by buying games during the sale. Every $1 spent during the sale will net 100 tokens. Tokens can be spent at the Holiday Market, including new chat stickers, emoticons, and backgrounds for Steam profile pages. The real prize is a $5 coupon, redeemed with 5,000 tokens, though it’s limited to one purchase.
The Steam Winter 2019 Sale ends January 2, 2020.