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Enjoy quality family time this winter with the Prima Toys Winter Games Festival

This winter season gather the family, make a date with your friends and play the latest, coolest boardgames and games! This season toy stores and retailers will be stocked with the most amazing games ever to hit shelves!  

With the Prima Toys Games Festival there is something for everyone from toddlers and tweens to teens and adults and of course the traditional family games that will have you guessing, strategizing, out-thinking your opponent and definitely laughing.

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Chiquita Patrizi, spokesperson for Prima Toys shares the many benefits and reasons for playing games and boardgames.

Games have been around for centuries and for good reason – they entertain, they’re fun and most importantly they bring people together! Today it is no different with people playing with friends, family members and in large groups. This type of entertainment has become so popular that we have even seen a number of Boardgame clubs crop up all over the country. Boardgames are great for children, teenagers and adults because there are games for everyone!

There are also numerous benefits to this type of play.

  • You have fun and, as a result, feel good. One of the things that most often happens while we play is that we laugh, at ourselves and with others. As someone once said – “laughing is the best medicine”. Think Anti-Monopoly, Hotel Tycoon and Rummikub.
  • It creates good family time. Spending time with the family, with no interruption and no distractions is one of the key benefits of playing boardgames. Switch off the TV, put cellphones on silent and gather your kids for a few hours of face to face fun! As a parent, it helps you teach your children fundamental skills such as strategy, being a diplomatic winner and a good loser.
  • Memory formation and cognitive skills. Allowing your kids to play a board game helps them practice essential cognitive skills like problem solving. It stimulates complex thought and memory formation, especially if you’re playing games where children need to match a card with another. Games include Frozen Matching Game, Lion Guard Matching Game and Peppa Pig Dominoes.
  • Speed up your responses. Get yourself a game like Rubik’s Speed Cube, Flipside or 20 Questions and you’ll get better at remembering and arriving at the answer or the objective of the game quicker.
  • Child development: Board games can help with the development of logic and reasoning skills, improve critical thinking and boost spatial reasoning. Encouraging children to play different types of board games can also increase verbal and communication skills, while helping develop attention span and the ability to concentrate for longer periods of time. Games for developing these skills include Twist & Turn, L.O.L. Surprise Game and Minnie Play & Learn Educational Game.

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The Prima Toys Games Festival (#Primagamefest) is about bringing everyone together and finding every excuse under the sun to play a game or two. Boardgames can be played indoors near a roaring open fire, they can be taken on a picnic on a gloriously sunny Sunday afternoon, they can be played on date night, at book club or at a party. Invite your mates over for dinner and a game because boardgames are the perfect reason to bring family and friends together. This year there are games for every age from toddler to grandparent, making them ideal for holiday time, weekend time or any time, for that matter!

“Boardgames and games are a wonderful form of entertainment and this year, to showcase Prima Toys’ amazing products, we are very proud to be launching the first ever Games Festival. The festival highlights all our hottest game and boardgame products from the traditional ones like Rummikub and Snakes & Ladders to the brand new King Pong, Boomblast and Flipside!

Parents with toddlers can look forward to products such as Frozen matching game, Peppa Pig Dominoes and the hugely anticipated L.O.L. Surprise Game. This year there really is something for everyone!” says Chiquita Patrizi, spokesperson for Prima Toys.

The culture of boardgames is a strong one and here in South Africa it is no different. Boardgames bring everyone together...  and that’s a fact!

Some of the Hot Games Festival products for the whole family  include:


20-Questions is the classic game of people, places, things and years. Each round features a new mystery topic from history, entertainment, sports or culture. As clues are read aloud players rack their brains to identify what it is. The fewer clues you need to guess correctly, the more spaces you move on the board.

20-Questions is ideal for ages 8 and up. Two to more players can play the game. RSP: R499.99 Available at good toy stores and retailers across Gauteng.


This game may look familiar, but don't be fooled - Anti-Monopoly is a real estate trading game with an exciting twist! Players choose free enterprise or monopoly, then play under different rules. Competitors charge fair market value while monopolists take over whole neighborhoods and jack up rents. In real life, monopolists have an unfair advantage. But in Anti-Monopoly, competitors have a fair shot at winning. Ideal for ages 8 and up. Two to six players. RSP: 499.99

Hotel Tycoon

Hotel Tycoon is a game in which hotel tycoons try to buy and build the best hotels in the world and compete for guests. The game caters for two to four players and is a great character revealer! Even the most demure of people will reveal their tycoon side when the dice roll.

The aim of the game is for players to try to buy and build the best hotels, earn the most money or bankrupt their opponents. A successful hotel consists of three components: the land on which it's built, the hotel buildings, and the entrances by which guests arrive in the hotels. All three components need to be bought separately with game money. Money is earned when players end up on one of the entrances of an hotel, after their dice roll. The more luxurious the hotel, the more money a player needs to pay the hotel owner. The game money can be used to build extensions to an existing hotels, buy new entrances or pay other players when you arrive at their hotels.

Touted as the addictive new game for budding real estate magnates, Hotel Tycoon will have players building 3-D hotels and trying to bankrupt their opponents just for the sake of saying “I’ve won”. Quite a fun way to pass a rainy weekend, wouldn’t you say?

Hotel Tycoon is a game where players try to buy and build the best hotels in the world and compete for guests. The game caters for two to four players and is ideal for ages eight and up. Touted as the addictive new game for budding real estate magnates, Hotel Tycoon will have players building 3-D hotels and trying to bankrupt their opponents just so that they can say “I’ve won”. Hotel Tycoon is available at retailers and toy stores for RSP: R599.99.

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