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Duck! Duck! Go! is a bathtub racing game from APE Games that had us smiling from the very moment we opened the box. The assortment of rubber duckies included in the game are both humorous and well-made and are central to the charm of the game. The box sent to us includes an alien duck and dead duck, among others, which are just a few of the over 150 varieties offered by the publisher.

Word on the Street is a fun party game from Out of the Box Games that tests players’ vocabulary and spelling skills to the limits. Players form two competing teams who are battling, tug-of-war style, over the letters that are placed on the center of the street. On each round, one team draws a category card and spells a word in that category that will push the most possible letters closer to their own side of the board as it is spelled. The opposing team may jump in to try to cause distraction or confusion, which always gets hearts pumping faster as the timer draws to an end.

Octopus’ Garden is a calm and lightly strategic game from Valley Games in which players take on the role of octopuses planting an undersea garden. Pearls are traded for a row or column of three items in the marketplace and then planted in a player’s garden for points. But they shouldn’t be planted just anywhere, as careful planning will attract seahorses and clownfish for bonus points. In addition, the sea stars are worth a high amount of points, yet on each turn they move ever closer to devouring the oysters, which are the source of valuable pearls for purchasing more items.

Even though many games claim to support 2 players, not all are created equal. Some just don't work as well when played with just 2 players, while others do quite well. Here's a list of 12 casual games that play great as 2-player games.

This is a giveaway you definitely don't want to miss: the new 30th anniversary edition of Survive: Escape from Atlantis! Check out our review of the game in the brand new issue of Casual Game Insider and try your luck at winning your own copy.

A summary of murder mystery parties and what Daggerville, a new online source for murder mystery scenarios, adds to the genre.

We often see casual games being drowned out by RPGs, miniatures, and heavier games on crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo. That's where we come in! Here is an overview of some of the best casual game concepts being crowdfunded this month.

The Winter 2013 issue of Casual Game Insider is now in stock and available for sale!

In this issue, we take a look at Kingdom Builder by Queen Games, tabletop funding on Kickstarter by game weight, the new hierarchy of gamers, helpful tips from a successful game retailer, and what the board game industry can learn from the casual video game movement.

We are now calling for article submissions for the Spring 2013 issue of Casual Game Insider magazine. Whether you're a published author, prominent industry figure, or just passionate about casual games, we are interested in what you have to say.

At the center of our holiday fun with family was a multitude of great casual games. This is a remarkable turnaround from a family who used to be reluctant to play games to one in which nearly everyone is now an enthusiastic casual gamer. What changed?

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