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New York 1901

Shape the historic skyline of New York City in this skyscraper-building strategy game. Acquire new land, demolish old buildings, and build up skyscrapers to new heights. Ages 8+. $49.99, Blue Orange Games. The Toy Chest, Ridgefield + New Canaan; blueorangegames.com

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OuiSi

Pronounced “we-see,” this set of 210 visually connecting photo cards has activities and games designed to foster creativity and ignite curiosity. All ages. $35, OuiSi. Dabblesack, Orange. dabblesack.com

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Kids Against Maturity

With fill-in-the-blank gameplay, this card game features age-appropriate laughs for the whole family toilet humor for kids and layered innuendo for adults. Ages 6+. $24.99, Sullivan’s Distribution. The Toy Chest, Ridgefield; Amato’s Toy and Hobby, New Britain; Bowerbird, Old Lyme; Darien Toy Box, Darien; The Toy Tree, Newtown; Awesome Toys & Gifts, Stamford + Westport; The Toy Room, Bethel. kidsagainstmaturity.com

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Backgammon set

Includes a black leatherette case with white stitching and horseshoe latches, plus chips, dice, cups and doubling cube. $92.50, Wood Expressions. Amato’s Toy and Hobby, Middletown. buywegames.com

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Bugs Buzz

Roll the die, draw a bug card and find the matching number of bugs on the insect-filled gameboard. Ages 4+. $19.98, Scratch. Jesse’s Toys, Orange; Evan’s Toy Shoppe, Hamden; Jordie’s Toy Shoppe, Guilford. scratch-europe.com/en-us

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Tenzi

“The world’s fastest dice game” encourages fast reactions and is easy to learn. Everyone rolls, collects their same-numbered dice, and repeats until someone gets 10. Ages 3+. $14.95, Carma Games. Awesome Toys & Gifts, Stamford + Westport; Toy Chest, West Hartford; Zen’s Toyland, Wethersfield; The Toy Room, Bethel; The Toy Chest, Ridgefield. ilovetenzi.com

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