National Parenting Center, Mom’s Choice, Hot Diggity, Academics’ Choice Plus Tillywig Captivated With Newcomers 3UP 3DOWN & BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE

CARD GAME INVENTORS Ok2Win LIVE UP TO THEIR NAME WITH NINE (AND COUNTING) SPRING 2019 TOY WINS

National Parenting Center, Mom’s Choice, Hot Diggity, Academics’ Choice Plus Tillywig Captivated With Newcomers 3UP 3DOWN & BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE

Centerville, UT (May 9, 2019) – Brothers Jacob Hiller and Caleb Hiller launched their card game company Ok2Win with the thought that kids and families would play and conquer their opponents. They never dreamed that they would score big wins in the toy industry competition with a whopping nine (so far!) national honors in their launch year! It truly is okay, and actually, marvelous to win. Kudos for two card games that require a bit of counting, math and strategy come from The National Parenting Center, Mom’s Choice, Hot Diggity Awards, Tillywig Toy & Media Awards plus Academics’ Choice Awards.

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“It takes a tremendous amount of work to produce something and bring it to market,” writes David Katzner, President of The National Parenting Center, which gave not one but two Spring 2019 honors to Ok2Win, “but it takes an even deeper level of commitment to making sure it connects with parents and their children.”

Academics’ Choice winners need to be the best brain-boosting material on the market. Teachers and students enjoyed playing BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE ($14.99). After the cards were put away one teacher wrote, “I think games like this are fantastic for classroom settings. Students are learning math, reinforcing what they already know without even realizing it. The big aha moment came when they were able to explain it to their peers with minimal effort. That’s a huge win!”

Whether in a classroom or at the kitchen table, both card titles offer a little friendly competition without wires, Wi-Fi or devices. Kids interact with one another or family members while practicing their numbers. They learn it is okay to win or learn to cope when losing a round.

3UP 3DOWN • Ages 7 + • $9.99Toy judges from five national organizations tested 3UP 3DOWN ($9.99) and BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE. All five competitions bestowed top honors to these edu-taining games. The glowing reviews are listed in no particular order:

3UP 3DOWN • Ages 7 + • $9.99

The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval Winner Spring 2019The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval Winner Spring 2019
Fast-paced, quick, easy and light-hearted were terms our testers used to describe 3UP 3DOWN. Ok2Win is a newcomer in our testing centers, but their game connected with parents and kids who reported that after an initial struggle to grasp all of the rules (there is a YouTube video that really makes things clear), it became a game that got a steady stream of replay requests from kids. The game comes in a convenient small box, making it very suitable for travel. There are two decks of cards produced with a durable coating that helps make shuffling and gameplay fast and easy. For people familiar with Uno there will be some familiar themes, but there are new, and clever twists that make it stand alone as a strong game worthy of multiple rounds and insertion into your family game night rotation. Parents said that for just under $10, its definitely worth a look if you have kids 7 and up.

Tillywig Award Winner Best Family Fun 2019Tillywig Award Winner Best Family Fun 2019
The action in this immensely enjoyable, easy-to-learn card game unfolds with delicious speed. Both the goal (be first to rid yourself of cards) and main decision-making element (play a card if it is greater than or equal in value to the top card on the discard pile) are so clear cut that each player’s turn typically requires only a second or so. Which is not to say 3UP 3DOWN is predictable, anything but! Players invariably find themselves at some point without any card they can play, requiring that they pick up ALL cards from the discard pile. This may sound like an OUCH, but in reality the infusion of new cards presents empowering opportunities. In no time, competition again settles into being neck and neck. Further spicing up the fun is the fact that each player possesses 3 face-up table cards they can’t play until their hand is empty and 3 face-down cards whose value they won’t know until the game is almost over. Special action cards sprinkled throughout the deck keep things ever lively, while a delightful balance of skill and luck means that until the final card is played, it’s anybody’s game!

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The fast-paced discard game allows 2 to 6 players to play quick rounds involving a little strategy and a little luck. Playing provides a chance for elementary-age students to practice their newly acquired counting skills while also having a blast. The best kind of learning is “stealth learning,” when kids are having so much fun playing that they are unaware they are learning at the same time! Concepts like greater than or equal to are used while picking up or discarding cards numbered “1” through “10.” A family demo video on their website, http://www.ok2win.com makes it easy to get started.

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This card game is a lot of fun! Once we got the hang of it, the pace really picked up and cards were flying! There’s a strategy behind the game, but at the very end, it’s all about luck, leveling the playing field. Variations of play are included in the instructions, making the game harder (or easier) for players. This game is a tiny bit strategy and quite a bit of luck, in my opinion (which I like!) You don’t have to fully pay attention, you could socialize too while you play and not completely lose your chance at winning the game.

BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE • Ages 8+ • $14.99BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE • Ages 8+ • $14.99

The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval Winner Spring 2019The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval Winner Spring 2019
Let’s get right to the point, BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE is a fantastic card game suitable for the whole family. The directions are clear and concise making the game easy to learn. There is a touch of light learning here, some elementary math, which adds to the uniqueness and appeal for parents. The game may have its roots in classic games like memory match, but there are several twists that Ok2Win put into the game that help make it a true original, and quite possibly a future classic card game. Ultimately parents told us that the game really brought out the competitive juices in their kids. The compact packaging with a box that is tight fitting and sturdy gained high scores for its design and suitability for travel. Inside, the colorful cards are well made and durable, they should hold up to even the most vigorous game player.

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BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE is a dynamic, family-friendly, math-based matching game with an explosive twist! THE MISSION: Ignite as many matches as you can by using special action cards, strategy, your memory, and a little bit of luck. THE TWIST: The cards in the matchbox are always changing, and sometimes everything explodes! Players must use some quick thinking as they race against the timer, a little mental math as they ignite matches, and then hope that they get to say, “BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE!”

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BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE was very quick to learn. The students were also able to quickly explain to each other how to play. I also liked that there is no specific operation to use so students were able to be quick witted to find a way to win. It really upped the competitive spirit.

Hot Diggity AwardHot Diggity Award
This is an easy card game to set up and learn. Combines memory skills, simple math, and strategic thinking. The object of the game and the rules are very straight forward, making it easy to play straight away. This game is definitely in heavy rotation on family card game night! Played with five kids between the ages of 8 and 10 years old plus me totaling six players, which is the max for the game. Overall, fun game! The kids really enjoyed it. Great skill building here on math concepts — addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Memory comes into play on the board made of cards. The game promised memory, luck and some strategy—they delivered!

Tillywig Award Winner Best Family Fun 2019Tillywig Toy Award Winner Best Family Fun 2019
BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE is an exciting and entertaining card game in which players aim to acquire the greatest possible number of cards by forming matches, and not just the traditional kind. The MATCHBOX is an ever-changing set of 9 face-down cards from which players take turns flipping two at a time looking for matches. If the cards don’t display a matching number, the player who flipped them can use one or more IGNITE cards (each player has 3 in hand) to generate a match using addition, subtraction, multiplication or division. It’s amazing to see how enthusiastic kids become about math when they’re having fun and the competitive juices are flowing! Players’ eagerness to collect all the cards used in creating the math-based matches sparks a surprising amount of quick thinking and facility with numbers. Players also frequently use special cards (DYNAMITE, TIMER AND WILD) to get ahead, sometimes suddenly and substantially. BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE is easy to learn, plays well across a broad range of ages and requires only 15 minutes or so per game, making it an excellent choice for one-on-one fun, parties and group gatherings of every kind!

Find both card games on sale at Amazon or follow the links at www.ok2win.com.

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About Ok2Win Family Games
Brothers Jacob Hiller and Caleb Hiller are the brains behind these edu-tainment games with a mantle of higher education degrees between them. Owner and Founder Jacob earned a BS in Accounting from Brigham Young University and a Masters of Accountancy with an emphasis on Entrepreneurship from the University of Arizona. Brother Caleb has a Bachelors and a Masters in Chemistry from Brigham Young University plus a PhD in Chemistry from the University of California, Irvine. Both 3UP 3DOWN and BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE are sold on Amazon with expectations for retail distribution nationwide in specialty stores in 2019. For more information, visit their website, www.ok2win.com.

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