Don’t you just yearn for the days when life was simple and growing up as a kid in Australia meant you could buy things that were typically “Australian”…and not just American products and brands that today have become global behemoths and even swallowed many of our own iconic brands? Unfortunately these days most of us have become immune to the “Americanisation” of our kids and our culture, where once not so many years ago we staunchly fought against it. The great shame is that today many Australian children (and young adults) know very little about Australia, our culture, our history, our legends, our sporting greats and our iconic landmarks (apart from Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge).
For the last 6 months since BrainBox Australia was released at the Australian Toy Fair in Melbourne, the phone has been ringing off the hook with customers asking us when it is coming in…WELL, YEARN NO MORE AUSTRALIA…Today after many months of development and refining we finally received our first delivery of BrainBox Australia and we are now scrambling madly to get them straight back out the door to our customers who have waited patiently (thank you all) and just in time for Christmas.
If you don’t already now the BrainBox series then you have been missing out on this incredibly popular “game in a cube”. It is a compact ten minute memory game in a unique format for as many players as you want and is perfect for home, the classroom or to take on holidays.
A player takes one of the 53 cards, studies the images and text on the card for 10 seconds (dictated by the sand/egg timer included), then hands that card to an opponent and rolls the 8-sided dice. There are 8 questions on the back side of the card and the opponent reads out the one corresponding to that rolled on the dice. If you answer correctly you keep that card and draw another from the box and repeat…if you answer incorrectly, the next player draws a card and repeats.
The trick with this game is that some of the questions relate specifically to interesting facts on the card such as “Does the State Badge (of SA) have a kangaroo on it?”, whereas others are a little more obscure, such as “What colour cap is Allan Border wearing?” and “Is the Tasmanian Devil standing on two or four legs?”. BrainBox Australia is uniquely Australian and covers the whole gamut of Aussie themes including culture, history, natural and man-made landmarks, Aussie Heroes and Legends, sporting ‘Greats’, geography and general knowledge on all the States, creepy crawlies, dangerous creatures, bushrangers, Aussie screen stars, Explorers, plants, animals, famous Aussie inventions, Hats, Cars, Wine Regions, National Parks and more. There’s even a card dedicated that most famous poem and now popular anthem “Waltzing Matilda”. You can’t get much more Aussie than that kids…
But if you are still yearning even more for those days gone by, then perhaps Squatter, the iconic Australian sheep-farming game is more up your alley. Invented by Bob Lloyd and first published in 1962, Squatter is such an icon that it is now part of the Australian National Museum’s display archives. We often hear of people (even many wanna-be’s from across the ditch…) who enjoyed playing Squatter as kids and who have searched high and low for a copy of it for their kids. There are reportedly even copies of Squatter selling on e-bay for up to $100 and yet many people don’t realize that they can buy a brand new copy of Squatter from many Toyworld stores and other specialty games stores, end even directly from our website for around $40.
So now we think we’re doing our bit to keep our unique Aussie culture alive…what about you?
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