HCM Kinzel has announced numerous autumn innovations, including puzzle and skill games, but also the first electronic game from the Swabian publisher, which expanded its portfolio in 2015 to include children's games, family games and party games. Just in time for SPIEL.digital, the online offshoot of the International Games Days canceled this year, families and children in particular can look forward to some new releases, including a game that has been nominated for the children's software award “Tommi”.

All publishers are presenting their autumn timetables these days: Numerous new publications come onto the market every year around the SPIEL trade fair, including in 2020 - despite the cancellation of the physical game fair in Essen. Instead, there is a lot of program to join in and watch, which the Friedhelm Merz Verlag on the platform created for this purpose GAME.digital rolls out. The publisher HCM Kinzel will also be there, who have developed online versions of the games “Box of Rocks” and “Trilos” for the virtual offshoot of the fair.

HCM Kinzel publishes new games for children and families

Just in time for SPIEL.digital, HCM Kinzel is celebrating something like a premiere: under the title Tap it! the publisher's first electronic game comes onto the market - and the Swabians are recognized for this. The game has been nominated for the “Tommi” children's software award and should, among other things, compete against that Super Mario Lego set prevail to win the award. The winners will be announced on October 17th.

At Tap it! different game modes are designed to train speed, responsiveness and attention. At its core, it is a game of movement in which four wirelessly connected buzzers are distributed around the room and, depending on the set of rules, have to be pressed when certain conditions are triggered. The buzzers can light up in eight different colors, so eight players can take part. The new electronic action game offers four game variants: Tap it, Switch, Memo and Pong.

Looks delicious, but it's a toy: tap it! by HCM Kinzel. Image rights: HCM Kinzel

Looks delicious, but it's a toy: tap it! by HCM Kinzel. Image rights: HCM Kinzel


The 8,5 centimeter hemispheres flash depending on the game mode. In the Tap It game mode, you press the buzzer with your own game color as quickly as possible to get the point. But be careful: If the color changes, you should keep your hands off it, otherwise the point goes to the other player.

At Switch it means "run to the right buzzer" and before another player could press his color, because with a "touch down" all colors change. Memo is a classic game in a new form, where the challenge lies in correctly repeating the order in which the buzzer lights up. The fourth game mode, pong, is a type of table tennis in which the ball of light is hit back and forth. No matter which game you have chosen, the buzzers show after each round of the game which color was pressed the most.

Another highlight of the game: Thanks to the master buzzer, the game can be expanded by up to 23 additional buzzers and distributed in the room at a distance of up to five meters. The interactive movement game costs around 40 euros.

Box of Rocks: Cooperative quiz game “Mensch gegen Stein”

Also new from HCM Kinzel is the quiz game Box of Rocks, in which players compete against “two stones” together. The basic principle is somewhat reminiscent of the pub quiz from Verlag Moses. There are 300 questions from different areas: music, art, sport, nature, science or technology, including “useless knowledge”. The questions are distributed over the 100 cards enclosed. The answers can be found on the back of the card - in a very classic way for a quiz game.

Provocative approach: Anyone who has always wanted to know whether they are smarter than a stone now has the chance to find out. Image rights: HCM Kinzel

Provocative approach: Anyone who has always wanted to know whether they are smarter than a stone now has the chance to find out. Image rights: HCM Kinzel

The specialty is the course of the game: the players draw a card, choose one of the three questions and try to answer it correctly. The highlight: The answer is either 0, 1 or 2. The game is played against two pieces, each with a blank side and a marked “1” side. If the box is now shaken and the lid opened, the two stones show one of the numbers 0, 1 or 2. Who gave the correct answer? Man or stone? The title of the guessing game can then be derived from this process: the player round competes against the “Box of Rocks”. The score is noted with two pieces on a game board.

The quiz game is suitable for players aged twelve and over and costs around 18 euros in stores.

The “Ollyball”: Alone against the dishes

Children will be happy, parents will probably clap their hands over their heads, lock the Ming vases and bring the dishes to a safe place: With the “Ollyball”, HCM Kinzel is bringing the “perfect indoor ball” onto the market, according to the publisher . The toy was one of the winners of the “Toy of the Year 2019” award in the USA last year.

The prototype for a sporty family shows in the video how one can play with the “Ollyball” - while there are picture frames on the mantelpiece:

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Throwing and kicking, ditching and digging - all in the apartment. Parents panic when their offspring dribble around the dining table, laughing, screaming and cheering. But: Which children don't want that when it's wet and cold outside? Asks HCM Kinzel and answers the question by offering the “Ollyball”. It has a diameter of 32 centimeters, weighs 30 grams and is - attention, dear parents - shock-absorbing.

“With the patented KrunchCOR technology, the force of the ball is absorbed while its shape and physical properties are retained,” said HCM Kinzel about his autumn novelty. "In addition, the double-walled ball is re-inflatable and can be colored in with felt-tip pens and crayons on its outer shell, which is hand-sewn in the USA." The indoor ball costs around 15 euros.

Crazy Cubes: Brain Game for the whole family

Crazy Cubes is one of the novelties from HCM Kinzel. Image rights: HCM Kinzel

Crazy Cubes is one of the novelties from HCM Kinzel. Image rights: HCM Kinzel

Logic and brains are required with Crazy Cubes, a family game that the HCM Kinzel publishing house is rolling out as an autumn novelty at a price of around 30 euros. Crazy Cubes requires a good eye, logical thinking and abstract imagination.

With 20 building blocks and 60 task cards from level one to five, the game promises lasting fun. Behind the game is Jeppe Norsker, a Scandinavian who came up with abstract games while studying architecture at the art academy; some of his ideas were published, such as Match Madness or Bermuda Pirates.

Each player is given a set with five game blocks. Then one of the task cards with easily recognizable symbols is turned over and all players try to recreate the pattern at the same time - each with his or her set. Different levels of difficulty make the game exciting. Whoever is the quickest to correctly recreate the pattern receives the card. “Totally crazy” is the name of the variant for experts: the higher the selected level, the more points go to the account. But with the risk of taking more time than the others. Giving up is not an option, as any task can be completed with the existing set.

Trilos: Solo puzzle game with 60 tasks

Instead of fun for the group, the puzzle game Trilos offers tricky brain teasers for a single player. Good visual perception is required in order to be able to master the logic of the tasks. Anyone who invests around 20 euros receives a task block with 60 tasks in various levels of difficulty, so that sufficient challenges should be provided in the medium term.

A total of 60 tasks in various levels of difficulty await solo players at Trilos. Image rights: HCM Kinzel

A total of 60 tasks in various levels of difficulty await solo players at Trilos. Image rights: HCM Kinzel

A pattern must be laid with five differently shaped game pieces, each with three differently colored gears depicted - there is always only one correct solution. The aim of the game is to place all the puzzle pieces on the task pattern so that the colors of the gears match the task pattern.

The higher the level, the more difficult it will be to put the gears down properly. If a higher level is played, there are several color variants in the pattern. If you fail and should therefore have sleepless nights: The solutions are included in the game.


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