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Induction Certificate Number:   74020110708-501
Induction Date:   July 08, 2011
Certificate License Status:   Active
Product:   Befuzzled - A Fun Q Games Product
MSRP:   $13.99 USD
Company URL:  http://www.funqgames.com/
Rating: 

Befuzzled - A Fun Q Games Product

by:  Rev. James G.W. Fisher - Editor / Product Evaluation Specialist
     
Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) Date:  07/08/2011

Befuzzled makes the simple concept of taking the correct action based on a flipped card becomes surprisingly challenging. It is a high-energy yet not fast-paced game. Players stay on edge anticipating the flip of the next card as they try to be the first to act.

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Product Type Release Year Primary Usage Target Age / Max. Weight Target Gender
Card Games 2011 Consumer/Education 7 years + Female/Male


Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) - Index



Evaluation Report Summary (ERS)
Category Rating Scores

Category rating scores are based on scale from 1 to 5. Rating score must be 3 or higher to pass in each evaluation category.


Creative Agenda funQuotient™ Learning Curve Marketability Skill Development Visual Appeal
5 5 5 5 5 4

Final product / service rating is averaged from the sum total of ALL applicable evaluation category scores. Only scores of "3" or higher are published.

There are a total of 357 evaluation categories which are used in our evaluation process.
(NOTE: Not all categories are applicable to any one product or online service.)

Only 6 of the evaluation category rating scores for this New Inductee's evaluation are featured for public view.



Critical Evaluation Information

These icons represent important attributes with which this product / service is associated, contributes to, or encourages development of. Select any of the unique icons below to learn more about the specific attribute it represents.
                        





image of factory with ecological leaves symbol. Trade Industry Sales Types
Industry Memberships

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Safety Guidelines Symbol ImageSafety / Quality Classifications
 
CE MarkedUL ApprovedJPMA Certified
(Not Applicable)
ASTM Complianteco-Friendlyeco-Conscious



CPSIATÜVEU
Independent Lab Tested  Independent Lab Name 

  Specialized Technology Resources (HK) Ltd.
LeadSafe™ - Surface Coatings/PaintLeadSafe™ - Content / SubstratesPhthalatesSafe
  
BPASafeSoluble Heavy MetalsMechanical/Physical
(Not Applicable)
Flammability - Solids/TextilesLabeling of Hazardous Art MaterialsiWatchDog™ Approved
(Complies with ICCS™ Certification Standards)



UPC Code / ISBN#Manufacturer SKUAge Grading
9526100220 220Labeled/Appropriate



Manufactured InSafety Hazard/Warnings
China

 

About Our New Inductee

Before you buy a product, it's generally common practice to be familiar with what it does, the branding, and other details. We feel that the same rule applies to our "New Inductees" we announce each week, so this section is titled "About Our New Inductee." The information in this section will provide you with a quick yet accurate glance of what the product or service is all about.

Image of the Befuzzled game. Want to get Befuzzled? Yes, this is an unusual way to open an evaluation report summary for a product yet it conveys a message to draw your immediate attention.

We are always looking for the most innovative new toys, games and a wide variety of other products that can pass our strict evaluation process, but Befuzzled has left us all intoxicated with an elixir of fun and frolic that is simply overwhelming!

What Exactly is Befuzzled?

Befuzzled is a card game where quick thinking, quick response, and hilarious activity are all common characteristics associated with the game. It is not like some card games that are often viewed as having less value than a single hair on the backside of an elephant.  Befuzzled has all of the key ingredients for the perfect recipe to really wet the taste buds of a buyer.

Befuzzled delivers an entertainment medium that gets the blood pumping and creates a ravenous hunger for more game play. Befuzzled is a riotous game of simplicity and just plain fun.

Have I captured your attention yet? Let's continue to the next section where I will get more into how the game is played and other special details.

Well, C'mon. What are you waiting for?!!
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Additional Details & Perspectives

While it's great for some people who just want a cursory glance at what a New Inductee is all about, there are many others who have a greater appetite for more information. This section is titled "Additional Details & Perspectives". and will provide you with additional details an perspectives associated with the product or service being featured here.

Befuzzled Game Actions The visually appealing Befuzzled game box hosts three separate decks of playing cards.  There are 40 Flip cards, 24 unique Action cards and 8 "Shape" cards. Each of the "Shape" cards have their own unique shape which is matched with some of the"Flip" cards. Each of the Action cards are unique with their own character illustration and the title of the action associated with the character. See the examples at-left.

If all of this isn't enough, just imagine if you will, having to perform one of the Actions from the group of 8 Action cards being used in the game you are playing.  Care to "Make Bunny Ears", "Make Binoculars", "Flap Arms", or even "Bark"Befuzzled is a crazy concoction of strategy and skill development with a touch of outrageous comedy for good luck.

The Game Play - A Short Outline
  • There are 8 Action Cards put on the table face-up, however you choose to place them as in the image at right.

  • There is a shape card covering each Action card except for the bold black text.

  • The judge draws the first Flip Card, views it, then quickly flips it over for the players to see.
  Layout of the cards in play for the game Befuzzled.
  • The first player to make the match and perform the correct action is the winner for that specific turn and is awarded the Flip Card.

  • Players take turns being the judge and awarding the flipped cards.  Turns continue until the Flip Card pile is exhausted at which point the round is over.

  • Each Flip Card is worth 1 point.  Players count how many Flip Cards they have won and that becomes their score for the round.

  • The matching of Shape Cards to Action Cards changes at the beginning of each round. The game is played for 5 rounds and the player with the highest total score is the winner.

Although this section is a departure from our usual approach to provide additional information, it still provides our readers with generous amount of details about "Befuzzled"

In the next section you will discover even more important details that are exclusive to our publication. (However, if you are already eager to become Befuzzled, you can go directly to the Fun Q Games web site.)
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Independent Evaluator Reports

In this section we have called upon the assistance of top industry professionals to evaluate the product in this evaluation summary. These scholars form their own opinions from extensive analysis and produce detailed, in-depth reports connected with their own personal study and evaluation of the products submitted for independent evaluation.

The information to follow is comprised of excerpts from the independent evaluator reports that have been paraphrased, posted verbatim, or a combination of both in order to encapsulate an accurate presentation of the primary details conveyed in each report. This approach provides a completely independent perspective in the evaluation each product.


PRODUCT | ONLINE SERVICE
Befuzzled
TARGET AGE GROUP: 7 Years +
NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 3 +
LEARNING CURVE: Extremely Short
GAME PLAY TIME: Variable
Overall Rating Average: 5 Star Rating Image





This Week's Independent Evaluators

Curriculum Content Specialist PhD. Ed.D.
Director of ECD Learning Development


"Befuzzled is a game which appears to have been developed by a professional who is well educated in logic.  The developer has broken the boundaries of a game to be for either consumer recreational use, or adoption in a learning environment."

"Befuzzled is a true hybrid-game that has ignored the rule of 'either this or that, not both' and delivers an enriching experience in both arenas.  The game is designed for cooperative play, competitively priced, and has a learning curve that is not only short, but adaptable for use in SN education and recreational development."


"The title of the game was unusual which strike the curiosity of a buyer, generating a desire to learn more about the product. The game is designed for multi-player use with instructions and players roles quite clear, not perfect, but far better than most.  Having the instructions for the game so clear and simple to understand creates the establishment of a short learning curve.  This is vital and allows the players to just jump in and enjoy rather than spending 15 minutes or more trying to understand the instructions.  It is an inescapable fact that a long learning curve = eventual loss of interest."

"The game box was light which adds a greater level of portability. It is easy to access, and the playing cards were easily accessed in the platform of the box."

Neuroscientist / Doctor of Behavioral Study, PhD.
Professor / Special Needs Treatment Coordinator

"Befuzzled is what I would describe as a paradisiacal form of a game; a reciprocal relationship of recreational play, skill development, and psychosocial development. The game initiates the immediate attention of the players and places a high demand on cognitive skills."

"Befuzzled serves as a radical stimulus to the creation of a salubrious result on a literal legion of levels.  Image/object association combined with a demand for spontaneous response through active task, incites a level of skill development well beyond what is accomplished in the average recreational game."

"It has been determined that the stimulation from the creative thought processes and cognitive abstract symbolic reasoning and association establishes that this game holds a much greater level of functionality than just a recreational stimulus.  With proper approach and application of the Befuzzled game, an immense contribution to progressive learning development can be realized in both general and special education."
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* PLEASE NOTE: At the request of our independent evaluators their names are not disclosed to protect their personal and professional privacy. Their labors are provided at no charge to assist us in providing a well-balanced and accurate product or service evaluation summary. All opinions and or statements from the independent evaluator(s) featured here do not represent the opinion of The Toy Man® Product Guide, any member, division of, or Epiphany Communications itself.



Consumer Hands-On Evaluation

Nothing is more powerful than hands-on experience by a consumer with a product when it is under evaluation. Based upon that fact we put a number of products we currently are slated to evaluate at the mercy of consumers in a hands-on evaluation where anything goes. The information to follow will explore the responses from the participants in our spontaneous hands-on consumer evaluation of the products available for their review.

The Befuzzled game components.
Befuzzled was an amazing success amongst a number of other products in one of our spontaneous hands-on evaluations recently held at a few public recreational facilities and the Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas, NV. 

By performing the consumer hands-on evaluation with a large variety of potential New Inductees, a more well defined and accurate evaluation of behavioral responses and overall appeal for each product with the consumers is achieved.

During our hands-on-evaluations at the Las Vegas Hilton, one of the guests at the hotel passing by brought it to our attention that he was celebrating his birthday in his suite and inquired if he could borrow a copy to use at the party.

After a brief discussion amongst our staff it was determined this would be an outstanding opportunity.  This would enable to demonstrate how with no influence from our staff, we could monitor and record how people respond with Befuzzled in a real-life party atmosphere.

Befuzzled proved its claim of a short learning curve all too well. Within moments the game participants were moving quickly to compete with each other in an effort to be the first player to make the shape match, perform the correct action to win that turn."

Upon completion of the game, the players were having even more laughs from recalling memories of how "Susie looked doing the binoculars" or "Jacklynn did the bunny ears", and of course we can't forget Ralph and his "getting carried away with the pirate sound."

The following day we continued with our consumer hands-on evaluations at other local recreational facilities, including a public park.  This provided us with additional feedback from a much wider range of participants being able to play Befuzzled, (families, teens, and a few seniors). The end results remained the same, people completely enthralled with playing Befuzzled!

After reviewing all notes, feedback forms, and videos from the all three events we hosted, Befuzzled captured the hearts of  everyone with so many people expressing their thanks for us for the opportunity to play such an incredible game. Befuzzled easily passed this segment of our evaluation.
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A Sampling Of Our Evaluation Category Ratings

The rating of a product is useless if you do not fully understand and comprehend how the ratings is reached or what the value of the rating represents. This need for clarity encouraged us to have this section titled "A Sampling Of Our Evaluation Category Ratings." To assist you in gaining a greater understanding of the evaluation category ratings we use, a small sampling of the individual category titles & rating scores from the complete product review itself for this product or service are featured here.

The categories which have been selected to be featured in this evaluation report summary for public view, specify some of the primary points of how and why each specific rating score was reached.

The Featured Category Ratings Sampling For This Evaluation Summary Are Listed Below:

CREATIVE AGENDA: Rating Level - [5] an image of 4 gold  stars

Creative Agenda is undoubtedly a vital factor in the evaluation of a good quality game whether it be board, video, or card based.  The incredibly simple yet solid creative agenda that Befuzzled has, it inspires a person to create a narrative to win based upon desire, not skill comparison. 

To understand the full value of the Creative Agenda, the following information is a brief definition of what the Creative Agenda is. "The Creative Agenda of a player represents what the player hopes to achieve by way of exploration in their game experience"; in this case being applicable to Befuzzled.  

Befuzzled pulled a perfect score of [5] Stars in this evaluation category for CREATIVE AGENDA.

funQuotient™ : Rating Level - [5] an image of 4.5 gold  stars

funQuotient™ was in no means lacking with Befuzzled. The experiences our staff had in the study of Befuzzled in this evaluation category were priceless! The prime factor that pulled Befuzzled to the top was the reciprocal balance of fun and skill development.  There was of course a constant shift of one more than the other yet the balance was still maintained.

Befuzzled has all of the right elements successfully and so intricately connected as in a symbiotic relationship to create the highest level of funQuotient™ that pulled it well above many of the other products in this week's final stage of evaluation. Befuzzled came strutting to the finish line with a perfect score of [5] Stars in this evaluation category for funQuotient™.

LEARNING CURVE: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

With Befuzzled the LEARNING CURVE was practically non-existent! In all instances of our evaluation where the Befuzzled was actually being used, the players were excited with how simple the familiarizing themselves with the game. Out of all 300+ evaluation criteria categories used in the evaluation of Befuzzled, this was one of the most prominent. 

Having a game designed with a short learning curve adds greater value to the game. It creates a stronger inspiration for players to play a series of games. not just one or two, holding that desire to win. Befuzzled came in the door with a barrel full of laughs and a perfect score of [5] Stars in this evaluation category for LEARNING CURVE.

MARKETABILITY: Rating Level - [5] an image of 4 gold  stars

Befuzzled proved it has all the proper attributes needed in MARKETABILITY. Befuzzled appeals to a generous range of age groups as well as being a hybrid product. Once a consumer get their first experience with Befuzzled, they will not only play the game again but will share their the delight of their experience with others again and again. So many vital elements Befuzzled holds that make its consideration for a perfect score in this evaluation category literally unquestionable.

There are so many points we could bring to your attention that make Befuzzled so well deserving but that would take up far more space to read than would really be considered acceptable. Befuzzled comes through in this evaluation category with a perfect score of [5] Stars in this category for MARKETABILITY.


SKILL IMPROVEMENT: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

Befuzzled breaks the barriers like never before when it comes to SKILL DEVELOPMENT.  Fine Motor, Gross Motor, Cognitive, Social/Emotional and Language are but a small few of the many skills which Befuzzled contributes to further development with every game played for every player as well.  Being a Hybrid-Use game it is suitable for use use in both the consumer and education environments.

A rapid progressive rate of skill development and improvement for players of all ages is inevitable with repetitive play. It is more than obvious to see that Befuzzled makes a substantial contribution to skill development in this evaluation category.  Befuzzled screams to the finish with a perfect score of [5] Stars in this category for SKILL IMPROVEMENT.

VISUAL APPEAL: Rating Level - [4] an image of 4.5 gold  stars

Befuzzled provided a simple challenge for us to overcome in our evaluation for VISUAL APPEAL. The game box is well above average in visual appeal.  It will draw attention on a store shelf with the combination of a small footprint, portability, and of course visual appeal. 

Befuzzled is a game that wasn't designed to be flashy, over priced, and holding a short period of interest with the players.  Rather, it was designed to maintain an acceptable level of visual appeal while focusing upon the game play design.  The imagery on each card is easy to read and identify, yet just above average in clarity and visual appeal. Befuzzled in the gates with a final rating score of [4] Stars in this category for VISUAL APPEAL, missing a perfect score by a single digit.


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