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Induction Certificate Number:   74020120716-510
Induction Date:   July 16, 2012
Certificate License Status:   Active
Product:   CampAntics
MSRP:   $24.95 USD
Company URL:  http://www.campantics.com
Rating: 

CampAntics

by:  Rev. James G.W. Fisher - Product Evaluation Expert / Editor
     
Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) Date:  07/16/2012

The adventure game that gives Summer new meaning! Once around the board, is one very realistic day at summer camp. Players choose how long to play and can extend or shorten the game. Instructions for New Campers are in a real comic book format.

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Product Type Release Year Primary Usage Target Age / Max. Weight Target Gender
Board Games - Ethical Values 2011 Consumer/Education 7 to 14 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 Ease of Use funQuotient™ Marketability Skill Development Overall Visual Appeal
5 3.5 5 4 5 5

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.
                  





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CE MarkedUL ApprovedJPMA Certified
(Not Applicable)
ASTM Complianteco-Friendlyeco-Conscious



CPSIATÜVEU
Independent Lab Tested  Independent Lab Name 
  
LeadSafe™ - Surface Coatings/PaintLeadSafe™ - Content / SubstratesPhthalatesSafe
  
BPASafeSoluble Heavy MetalsMechanical/Physical
Flammability - Solids/TextilesLabeling of Hazardous Art MaterialsiWatchDog™ Approved
(Complies with ICCS™ Certification Standards)



UPC Code / ISBN#Manufacturer SKUAge Grading
94922 30595 4 Not AvailableLabeled/Appropriate



Manufactured InSafety Hazard/Warnings
ChinaWARNING: CHOKING HAZARD--Small parts Not for children under 3 yrs.

 


About Our New Inductee
A quick yet informative glance at what this New Inductee is all about.

Wow! That was the first word out of the mouths of so many people. CampAntics™ is so different from most other board games on the market today. With such a plentiful amount of detail, color, and different experience in board game play, it was no surprise to hear that word so many times as each family opened the game box each time.

To summarize what CampAntics™ is all about, essentially it is a children’s board game revolving around the experience of a Summer camp. The board is the campground, and the players are the campers. You can have 1 to 4 players. Best of all, you can even play it alone!
Image of CampAntics Board Game
"This game is quite different. So much color and detail on the game board. It even stirs old memories from when I was at camp for my first time. Our family really enjoyed the experience with this game."

* A quote from a Dad who played CampAntics at The Toy Man® consumer hands-on evaluation mega event test run.


Click on the image to see an enlarged hi-res picture of some of the comic book CampAntics game rules.
The game play is quite simple. Each trip around the board is one day at camp where campers participate in their various daily activities. These activities can be swimming, arts & crafts, baseball, and more. Each space on the board relates to an activity that you would do at camp.

The level of play is based upon the number of days you are at camp. Before you even say it, yes, that's a bit different but this isn't like most board games. It's part of what makes CampAntics™ so special!

To be the winner you have to be the camper with the most fun-points at the end of the game. An exclusive feature of the game is being able to keep track of your fun-points with the use of colored acorns. You need to keep it in mind though, that the fun-points can be won AND lost during your activities throughout the game.
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Additional Details and Perspectives
More than just a cursory glance with aspects of relative importance.

With a board game like CampAntics, there is so much to it that it is literally impossible to share it all in but one small section. We will try to bring additional details to light here to get an even greater understanding of the full value of the game.

CampAntics is impressive with the collage of color and creative design for a game board, although it limits the area for game spaces to a limited degree. It's a sort of a toss of the coin on that one. Designed for a target age group of 7 to 14 years of age, it fits the intended audience perfectly while also drawing attention from others as well, both young and more matured in age.


An image of the CampAntics board game.  
"I find this game to be so perfect for my kids. After playing the game they all were so eager to share details about their various encounters with the game. They remembered an amazing amount of things they learned."

* A quote from an excited mom at a public mall where we hosted one of our consumer hands-on evaluation events.


Click on the image to see an enlarged hi-res picture of the CampAntics Game Board


Unlike most board games, you select whether your game will be a long one or a short one, keeping in mind that each time around the board represents one day at the camp. Whether a New Camper, Returning Camper, or Senior Camper, each level has its own unique rules that influence the narrative development of your game play. Each space of the game board introduces yet another new element into your adventure at camp. You also have the various game cards that bring even more diversity into the game.

There are a number of special features that make CampAntics such a great game. Here are a few provided for us by the game creator;

• Progressive rules  
• Comic book format for the basic rules (Rules for New Campers)
• Single player rules so a child can play alone
• Strong influence on social interactive skills
• 4-view game board (each of the four areas of the game board has art specifically oriented)
• Control of the game’s duration is accomplished with "Day Cards" that can be added or subtracted
• Exponential improvement in skill development
• Subtle yet effective influence of positive moral values
• Four "Sunny Day" spaces (four jackpots are better than one).

CampAntics presents a fascinating approach that takes a real-life environment the players can identify with and appreciate. It's like a virtual test drive of the experience of a Summer camp. It has a nearly unlimited number of possibilities as you play each game with an array of playing cards that create an environment where you can never tell what is going to happen next.  

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Independent Evaluator Reports Icon Independent Evaluator Reports
Extensive independent study and analysis by credentialed scholars.
The information to follow is comprised of excerpts from inclusive detailed Evaluator Reports pertaining to this New Inductee. These reports have been prepared by top credentialed scholars from their own extensive independent study and analysis.
* These excerpts have been posted verbatim, paraphrased, or a combination of both, in order to encapsulate the primary details conveyed in each of the evaluation reports in a brief summary form.

Professor of Organization and Strategy, Ph.D.
Director of Preemptive Solution Development Studies

"CampAntics™ is an educational tabletop board game making use of experiential learning; using experience as the source of learning and development. It demonstrates recognition of the significance of experience, active thought processing, and executive cognitive functioning in learning and reflective reasoning. Action, experience and reflection with each game resonates stimulation for progressive skill development with each game played.

"The progression of task with goal associated with each space on the game board influences active thought processes. The probability of the same sequence of game cards being drawn during a game is non-existent. This precludes any probability of deficiency in the process of cognitive skill development." 


"CampAntics™ presents a recurrent and constantly evolving productive activity that encourages creative strategy development and good moral behavioral influence simultaneously whether used in group or singular Play."


Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Ph. D., E. D.
Director of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Studies

* SUMMARY CODES:   SN - Special Needs

"Whether the player is child or adult, CampAntics™ demonstrates its greatest value in how it contributes to each individual's basic mental abilities used to think, study, and learn. The brightly colorful and high detail across the entire perimeter of the game board provides an excellent stimulation to critical skill development for children."


"CampAntics™ exercises the task to recall information from memory, make decisions between proper moral conduct or deviation from proper action, and maintain concentration on specific tasks to complete the game whether winner or not."

"In our working with our SN children, we found this to be especially true. CampAntics™ was contributory to sensory skill and self-play development with all SN children in our study. The SN children participating in this study took great interest in both singular and group play with CampAntics™."

"In all instances of our study, including with the SN children, CampAntics™ created a delightful experience from which a strong yearning for more never waned. CampAntics™ is a valuable resource that can be used in both consumer and educational environments that will not only serve for a recreational tool, but function as a never ending resource for skill improvement and psycho-social skill development."


* 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 evaluation report summary, (ERS). 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 or division of Epiphany Communications and the International Parenting Institute.



Consumer Hands-on Evaluation
Details about the experience at our consumer hands-on evaluation event.

If anyone is going to find something wrong with a product, consumers at one of our consumer hands-on evaluation events will be the ones to do it. Merciless and unforgiving, yet never ending in praise when they discover a product that suits their fancy, consumers say it like it is.

CampAntics™ was placed on the long tables we had all the rest of the board games, toys, infant products and sporting goods and even a food prep machine on; everything neatly placed in preparation for the consumers to attack...and attack they did!
An image of two of the pages from the CampAntics Rule Book.  
"Our family had the greatest time together with that CampAntics™ game. It was wonderful to have a real family game that was so colorful an different. It gave aus a very special tiem together today."

*  A quote from a father who with his wife, son, and daughter all played CampAntics™. They then went to do some shopping and came back to play it again. They then went to go eat, then came back to play it yet AGAIN!



CampAntics™ had plenty of people looking at the four CampAntics™ game boxes we had on the tables, yet no one was opening them up...at first. Finally one family sat down and opened one of the boxes up, setting up the game board and getting ready to play. It was then that the most unusual thing occurred.

Every member of the family was looking at the CampAntics™ game board literally in awe! Rather than play the game, they were busy admiring the fine detail of everything on the game board. The mother even competed with her son to count how many "little houses" were on the board, then how many animals.

After a short while, other consumers began to become curious of what was so special about "that stupid game board" as one teenage girl put it. It seems that that was the catalyst needed because soon afterwards we had to have a sign-up sheet to play CampAntics™.

Once all this started, it was non-stop until about 6:20pm that night. So many people talking about the "really cool looking" games on the far table. At closing time, people were still playing with all four copies of CampAntics™ which showed us there was no question about the popularity.

After reading over all feedback forms and reviewing the video tapes it was a sure thing that CampAntics™ passed this segment of our evaluation for Consumer Hands-on Evaluation.

*The Toy Man® Product Guide consumer hands-on event referenced here was a test run for our soon to be announced Mega Consumer Hands-On Evaluation Events. We will soon begin hosting these events in various cities across the globe on a quarterly basis.

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Evaluation Category Rating Scores and Summary
A sampling of the evaluation category rating scores from the product review itself.
There are a total of 357 evaluation categories in our entire evaluation process.
(Not all categories apply to any one product or service under evaluation.)


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

CampAntics™ proved its worth in CREATIVE AGENDA. The creative agenda of the game delivers a guarantee of a strong narrative progression and response level with its progressive learning structure. CampAntics™ undoubtedly delivers a strong narrative development progression which leads to the development of creative strategy.

The CREATIVE AGENDA of CampAntics™ provides the challenge needed that influences the probability of recurrent game play. It uses experiential learning; using experience as the source of learning and development through repetitive Play.

After reviewing all feedback forms, video tapes, staff notations and category rating sheets, it was clear to see that CampAntics™ achieved a perfect score of [5] stars for CREATIVE AGENDA





EASE OF USE: Rating Level - [3.5] an image of 3.5 gold  stars

EASE OF USE proved to be a challenging factor to consider with CampAntics™. There was a minimal learning curve that made it easily adaptable to both home and educational facility use. To be more accurate in my statement, that is after the unexpected plethora of high details, colors, and playing pieces that you see have all been assimilated.

CampAntics™ proved to be applicable for use with SN children as far as ease of use. Once again, the same situation applies with response to all game components. CampAntics™ clearly proved it met the criteria to pass this evaluation category with a just above average evaluation category rating score.

After reviewing all feedback forms, video tapes, staff notations and category rating sheets, CampAntics™ passed this evaluation category with a score of [3.5] stars for EASE OF USE.






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

funQuotient™ is an evaluation category where CampAntics™ wasn't lacking. It is a perfect fit for both home and educational use in creating plenty of funQuotient™ in the experience. CampAntics™ has all of the right elements to create a very strong funQuotient™. The game structure incites plenty of excitement combined with loads of positive energy that results in nothing but a fun game experience.

After reviewing all feedback forms, video tapes, staff notations and category rating sheets, it was clear to see that CampAntics™ achieved a perfect score of [5] stars for funQUOTIENT™.






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

CampAntics™ provided an interesting challenge in our evaluation of its rating in regard to MARKETABILITY. There were many variable attributes to be considered in the evaluation.

We easily established that CampAntics™ appeals to a vast range of age groups. It is a true hybrid product. It was clearly established in our evaluation that once a consumer gets their first experience with CampAntics™, they most likely will not only play the game again but will share the delight of their experience with others again and again. This contributes substantially in a positive favor in the marketability rating.

On the flip side of the coin though, to play the game a player must take the time to read and become aware of the game board layout, function, and the rules that are applicable to the skill of the player or players. To grasp the full value and understanding of the game you cannot just sit down and know how to play it in 5 minutes. It takes a little extra effort that will prove rewarding. The end result was CampAntics™ getting docked a single point.

After reviewing all feedback forms, video tapes, staff notations and category rating sheets, CampAntics™ pulled its weight all the way to an almost perfect score with [4] stars for MARKETABILITY.






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

CampAntics™ possesses all of the right elements to create a progressive rate of skill development and improvement for players of all ages 7 years to 14 years. Although a bit above the average level of words we use daily to communicate a message between one another, one of our independent evaluators defined the full benefit with CampAntics™ so well in his own words quoted below.

"CampAntics™ is an educational tabletop board game making use of experiential learning; using experience as the source of learning and development. It demonstrates recognition of the significance of experience, active thought processing, and executive cognitive functioning in learning and reflective reasoning. Action, experience and reflection with each game resonate stimulation for progressive skill development with each game played."

After reviewing all feedback forms, video tapes, staff notations and category rating sheets, it was clear to see that CampAntics™ screamed in the gates with a perfect score of [5] stars for SKILL DEVELOPMENT






OVERALL VISUAL APPEAL: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

OVERALL VISUAL APPEAL of CampAntics™ posed no challenge for us in our evaluation. It was just too easy to determine! With CampAntics™, the game board alone was a masterpiece of color, design, and functionality. Exquisite detail that captures the attention and draws the player(s) into a new world to explore. It was so amazing to see such an incredible response from consumers and staff alike in regard to overall visual appeal.

After reviewing all feedback forms, video tapes, staff notations and category rating sheets, it was clear to see that CampAntics™ made its clearly distinguished mark with a perfect score of [5] stars for OVERALL VISUAL APPEAL.
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EVALUATION RESULTS - From evaluation for induction into "The Toy Man® News & Reviews"
       
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