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Induction Certificate Number:   74020111021-533
Induction Date:   October 21, 2011
Certificate License Status:   Active
Product:   Outside The Box
MSRP:   $49.95 USD
Company URL:  http://outsidetheboxgame.com
Rating: 

Outside The Box

by:  Rev. James G.W. Fisher - Editor / Product Evaluation Expert
     
Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) Date:  10/21/2011

Outside The Box gives every single player a chance to be a hero by helping his or her team win. There are no dice. Teams can only advance by getting the answers right. Best of all, the box cover becomes the game board!

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Product Type Release Year Primary Usage Target Age / Max. Weight Target Gender
Board Games - Intellectual Development 2011 Consumer 12 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 5 5 4.5 5 4.5

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
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ASTM Complianteco-Friendlyeco-Conscious
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LeadSafe™ - Surface Coatings/PaintLeadSafe™ - Content / SubstratesPhthalatesSafe
  
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(Complies with ICCS™ Certification Standards)



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Manufactured InSafety Hazard/Warnings
U.S.A.Small playing pieces present a potential choking hazard for ages 11 and under.

 

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 Outside The Box game and timer.
Ready for A Riddle?

"What do you get when you combine one Outside The Box game, a university library, a few students, and a strict librarian?"

Answer:

"Lots of fun, noise, and a very annoyed librarian!
"
Outside The Box made its way into the CSUN campus library via some CSUN students and The Toy Man®. A short time later the librarian was demanding the students to take the game elsewhere due to excessive noise! They were having too much fun learning!

When it comes to a game being a gutsy new approach to board game design creating its own new path, yet still managing to defy the odds and draw plenty its share of attention, Outside The Box fits the bill. Unorthodox to some while innovative to others, no matter what the opinion, Outside The Box delivers a new game experience that is pulling its weight quite well.

What is Outside The Box you might ask? Outside The Box is a masterful Made In USA board game that gives every single player a chance to be a hero by helping his or her team win. There are no dice. Teams can only advance by getting the answers right. Best of all, the box cover becomes the game board!

Playing Outside The Box requires no special skills or abilities at all. Anyone 12 years of age or older can play the game with the unique progressive learning curve format of the game. Teams can only advance by getting the answers right. "It’s very fast. It’s very fun and it’s very, very addictive."

Want to learn more about the game and how to play it? Then just continue on to the next section. What are you waiting for?
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Additional Details & Perspectives


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 of each product.


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PRODUCT DETAILS
OUTSIDE THE BOX
TARGET AGE GROUP: 12 Years +
NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 4 +
LEARNING CURVE: Variable (Progressive learning format)
GAME PLAY TIME: 56 minutes to 1.26 hrs average
CONTRIBUTION: Progressive Skill Development
Overall Rating Average: 5 Star Rating Image





This Week's Independent Evaluators

Therapeutic Recreation Specialist PhD., Ed.D., FACFE,
Director of Scientific
Recreational Therapy Studies

"Outside The Box is a tabletop board game which pushes the team players into developing creative strategies to improve and win with each game. The creative agenda of the game demonstrates recognition of the significance of experience, active thought processing, and executive cognitive functioning in learning and recreational entertainment. The primary game components are simplified to a basic level yet the game requires more centralized and focused attention to develop winning strategies through team interaction."

"With each game played with Outside The Box, a clear cut pattern of study and retention of each and every facet of the game is established. This is the kind of game that is not only entertaining, but rekindles the desire for the challenge in recurrent play of the game with constantly evolving competitive team strategy development."

"The team play encourages each player of a team to draw upon and contribute for mutual benefit in the end result.  Acquisition of substantial interactive skill development from playing the game recurrently is inevitable. This in turn enables a player to improve in their psycho-social experience in their lives in general outside of playing the game."

Doctor of Advanced Behavioral Study, Ph.D. M.S., E.D.
Professor of Developmental / Behavioral Studies & Research

"Although the large number of playing cards may seem daunting at first impression, they are an elemental building block responsible for a player's skill improvement. The game is instrumental in initiating ever-changing strategy development and use of higher level cognitive skills for each of the players. With repetitive play of the game, the diversity of so much content from the cards fulfills the brain's constant demand for new stimulation."

"Outside The Box applies a fundamental approach of progressive learning to entice the players to continue through each of the rounds and repeat the game play again.  Players are driven to take what has been learned and develop better strategies to win in successive games. The game exhibits an excellent example of the brain's use of supply and demand.  The more the supply of information, the greater the level of demand with progressive gain as an end result."

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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.

Image of a Disneyland Guest Relations manager holding Outside The Box before he opened the box to play it with his staff.
Outside The Box was available for consumers at the Anaheim Hilton™ and Disneyland™ along with a variety of other products for consumer hands-on evaluation. To spice the experience up, The Toy Man® and his staff gave away over 1,000 non-Disney products at Disneyland including one copy of Outside The Box.

The excitement for our consumer hands-on evaluation participants seemed endless as we all had the enjoyable experience of watching guests of the Anaheim Hilton™ and Disneyland™ resort parks playing Outside The Box.

The products were in abundance in this latest visit to the Anaheim, CA area for our consumer hands-on evaluation and product give-aways.  Outside The Box was of course one of them.  For some of the participants the experience was while they were waiting for family to come to the lobby of the hotel, while for others it was while waiting for family members to come off of a ride at Disneyland or California Adventures. 

When you consider the size of the game box with Outside The Box, this was a very unique event.  Plenty of people were inquiring about the game which drew far more immediate attention in comparison to the balance of products we had available for the event.  For everyone this was the experience of a lifetime, even for our staff!

At the Disneyland™ parks it was such a delightful experience as we saw so many people so anxious to continue in their playing Outside The Box, knowing that at any moment their family members or friends were soon to arrive and it would be time for them leave for the next ride. This was an entirely new breed of excitement for these people.  Even the manager of the Guest Relations and his staff at one of the Disneyland resort parks were excited with Outside The Box

In reading our feedback forms and reviewing our videos from the consumer evaluation, it was all too obvious that Outside The Box held many people captive with the challenge and fun which made the game a success in this segment of our evaluation. Outside The Box passed this segment of our evaluation with the highest of recommendation.
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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

Outside The Box proved its worth in our evaluation of CREATIVE AGENDA. The creative agenda of the game delivers a guarantee of a strong narrative progression and prompt response level with its progressive learning structure.  As one of our evaluators stated so perfectly, it delivers a strong influence in cognitive development and creative strategy thinking. The players have to think and respond quickly as a team and get creative with every single game.  No room for lazy brains here.

The CREATIVE AGENDA of Outside The Box provides a challenge that influences recurrent game play. Players almost always developed a desire to play at least two or more games in our testing. Outside The Box pulled a perfect score of [5] Stars in this evaluation category for CREATIVE AGENDA.

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

funQuotient™ is an evaluation category where Outside The Box wasn't lacking. It is a perfect fit for both home and educational use in creating plenty of funQuotient™ in the experience.  As one of the teachers at a local high school stated, "Who would have imagined a game like this could get these students to have fun learning without hesitation?"

Outside The Box has all of the right elements to create the strongest level of funQuotient™. The literally endless number of narratives which could be developed within each round to win this game, serve as a catalyst to create plenty of competitive challenge.  Outside The Box managed to pull a perfect score of [5] Stars in this evaluation category for funQuotient™.

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

Learning curve? What learning curve? With Outside The Box the LEARNING CURVE was a challenge to establish an accurate rating. It is important to realize that players have a choice to read up on every facet of the game with the materials provided in the box and on the CD, or they can just jump in and learn progressively as they play each round. The latter option was generally the one most often chosen by all testing groups in our evalaution. 

Having a game designed with such an unusual option to learn as you go practically eliminates the idea of a learning curve altogether.  This learning curve approach adds greater value to the game. It creates a stronger inspiration for players to strive even harder to draw on and develp their cognitive skills to win the game. As always, this also enables Outside The Box to keep from becoming boring and redundant. Outside The Box came through in this evaluation category with a perfect score of [5] Stars in this category for LEARNING CURVE.

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

Outside The Box clearly was quite challenging in our evaluation of its rating in regard to MARKETABILITY. There were many variable attributes and elements that had to be taken into consideration such as price point and product footprint. Many of these elements may be seen one way by one evaluator and differently by another. 

We first established without question that Outside The Box appeals to a vast range of age groups as well as is a hybrid product. We also reminded ourselves of the fact that our evaluation guidelines are simple, yes, or no.  A product either does fit specific criteria or it doesn't.  Taking that into account and looking at the game from a clinical standpoint, (just the facts), we were quickly able to streamline this portion of our evaluation and establish more well founded determination in each evaluation rating.

It was clearly established in our evaluation that once a consumer gets their first experience with Outside The Box , 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.

Although Outside The Box pulled through the rest of the evaluation categories so well, there were a few considerations that caused a few dings.  Visual appeal, durability, product foot print, price point, and a few other details had some minor impact in the final rating score in this evaluation category.  The end result is that Outside The Box came through in this evaluation category falling short of a perfect score by a half a point.  The final rating score for Outside The Box was [4.5] Stars in this category for MARKETABILITY.

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

Outside The Box possesses all of the right elements to create a progressive rate of skill development and improvement for players of all ages 12 years of age and up. One of our independent evaluators expressed it so well in his own words quoted below.

"Although the large number of playing cards may seem daunting at first impression, they are an elemental building block responsible for a player's skill improvement. The game is instrumental in initiating ever-changing strategy development and use of higher level cognitive skills for each of the players. With repetitive play of the game, the diversity of so much content from the cards fulfills the brain's constant demand for new stimulation"

It is more than obvious to see that Outside The Box makes a substantial contribution to skill development in this evaluation category. Outside The Box rocks the house yet again with a final score of [5] Stars in this category for SKILL IMROVEMENT.

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

VISUAL APPEAL posed a very strong challenge for us in our evaluation. With Outside The Box, the developers appear to have put their focus more into the game structure and eco-friendly design.  This resulted in a small loss of overall visual appeal.  At the same time, considering the game was manufactured in the USA and is a first run, it still maintained a level of visual appeal sufficient to be rated well above average.  The color scheme of some of the cards is stimulating to the eyes and draws your attention while others are more neutral and lacking in engaging your attention. 

The main element that caused an almost perfect score in this evaluation category was the text of the Master List book. According to some of our feedback forms from consumer hands-on evaluation, the text is too small for some to read.  The challenge for the developers though is that if a larger typse style is used, the printing expense increases along with the bulk of the book. 

Outside The Box is simple, no spectacular splash of imagery yet the simple and bright colors with very visible text on the Phase cards draws the attention of everyone so well. This caused Outside The Box to docked a 1/2 a point in this evaluation category.  Outside The Box came in with a powerful score rating of [4.5] Stars in this category for VISUAL APPEAL.


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EVALUATION RESULTS - From evaluation for induction into "The Toy Man® News & Reviews"
       
    Overall Rating:   5
     
    Seal of Approval:  
     
    Recommends Award:  
       
       
    eco-Recognition™ Seal:  
     
    Award of Excellence:  
     
    eChoice™ Award:  
       
       
    S. T. E. M. Award:   
     
    Mom Approved Award:  
     
    Award of Recognition:™  
       



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