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Pressman and B1 Unveil 5 DVD Board Games

24, The Amazing Race, American Chopper, X-Men and Sudoku games all due in 2006

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The box cover for the 24 DVD Board Game, on display at the 2006 American International Toy Fair

Erik Arneson
The second half of 2006 could be very interesting for fans of DVD board games, as a new alliance between Pressman Games and B1 Games promised the release of five games with strong built-in fan bases: 24, The Amazing Race, American Chopper, X-Men and Suduko.

All five games were on display at the 2006 American International Toy Fair in New York City, and they all look interesting. None of the games appear to be entirely trivia-based, although at least some of them will have trivia questions as a component of gameplay. The following descriptions are based on promotional material available at the fair.

24 DVD Board Game

Players take on the role of CTU agents, racing time to collect clues and win on-screen "mini-game challenges." Each game begins with a terrorist act; the CTU agents are then briefed and given several clues regarding the terrorists' full plans. Each player decides which clues to follow, knowing that some will be dead ends or red herrings. The first player to identify and stop a threat to national security wins.

Throughout the game, the DVD also acts as a timer, counting down the 24 hours to the terrorist attack that the players are working to prevent. A "virtual CTU office" allows players to analyze data. Future expansions are promised, adding new cases to be solved.

Contents: DVD, game board, game cards, label sheet, player tokens. Due out in August 2006; for 2 or more players, ages 13 and up.

The Amazing Race DVD Board Game

Players race around the world dealing with fast-paced challenges in the quest to be the first across the finish line. Phil Keoghan, the host of the television series, guides players to the locations and challenges that they'll face. Fast Forwards, Pit Stops and Yields are all included in the DVD game. The DVD keeps track of each team's turn and who's leading the race. Future expansions are promised, adding new locations, questions and challenges.

Contents: DVD, game board, 25 game cards, 4 player tokens. Due out in the 4th quarter of 2006; for 2 or more players, ages 12 and up.

X-Men DVD Board Game

Players choose to be Wolverine, Storm, Cyclops or Phoenix as they attempt to free their fellow X-Men from Magneto and the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. The DVD keeps tack of each player's turn and features "a wide variety of unique endings and scenarios [that] make each comic book adventure different every time you play it." Players work to collect Omega Discs, giving them extra strength for the eventual showdown with Magneto.

Along the way, there will be mental and physical challenges, including one-on-one face offs against bad guys like Sabertooth, Holocaust and Mystique. The players' choices dictate how the story unfolds. Future expansions are promised, adding new stories and challenges.

Contents: DVD, game board, 4 player tokens. Due out in the 4th quarter of 2006; for 2 or more players, ages 8 and up.

American Chopper DVD Board Game

American Chopper is the top-rated series on The Discovery Channel. This game features "hundreds of challenges, games, trivia and clips" from the show along with commentary from Paul Teutul Sr., Paul Teutul Jr., and other members of the Orange County Choppers team. Mike Rowe, who narrates the show, hosts the game.

Contents: DVD, game board, player tokens. Due out in the 4th quarter of 2006; for 2 to 6 players, ages 12 and up.

Suduko DVD Board Game

This game includes easy, medium and difficult puzzles. Players choose one, then play using the board and tiles. The DVD also keeps track of the scores and penalties.

Contents: DVD with 60 puzzles, double-sided game board, 81 double-sided tiles. Due out in the 4th quarter of 2006; for 2 to 4, ages 8 and up.

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