Board games. Card games. Cat stacking. Stormtrooper Gin. Anime.
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Want to know more? You’re in the right place. Direct from the Critical Popcorn team to you, we have recommendations from the cult-favourites, to the geek-needs and must-have 2019 presents spectrum as we’ve literally been enjoying a selection of their finest original games, wonderfully unique film tie-in goodness, tech fun and Stormtrooper-shaped gin because it wouldn’t be 2019 without gin, would it?
We think there are great gifts here, so after Part 1 already hit the shelves, here’s Part 2!
Totoro is the most iconic Ghibli character, and his design is deceptively simple – anyone can draw a BAD Totoro, but to actually capture his likeness properly is a lot more difficult, and this one manages to pull it off and then some. The moulding is especially cute, and there is some nice attention to detail that really brings the sleeping Totoro to life.
This is just plain adorable, and should look even more so with a plant inside it. A must have for any Ghibli fans, it fits in anywhere, and would make a perfect Christmas present. Nick Bartlett.
I was looking for a group game for ages now, especially as we hit the season of gatherings and festive celebrations and I believe 20-Second Showdown is something you’ll love as well. Setup for 5-20 (!) players, you just need to spilt into two teams and, as you might have guessed, there’s challenges you’ve got to complete within that time-frame!
Just pick out a card and follow the instructions, you might have to find a plant and hug it, make the highest and lowest sound you can, throw something really far or sing with your mouth full of water. Yes, it’s all very silly but as the sand drains through the timer (included!), you’ll definitely get more competitive but also have a lot of fun.
There’s also 396 challenge cards, batons for your team and the lovely aforementioned timer/hourglass (all in blue and yellow), so enjoy the speed and beat your competitors! Dan Bullock.