Rio Grande Games has announced an agreement to produce English language versions of some of the best games created by the German company Selecta-Spielzeug. For over 30 years Selecta has been producing high quality games for a younger audience. The durable games feature wooden components festooned with colorful designs using child-safe water-based primary colors.
Viva Topo, which won the 2003 Kinderspiel des Jahres (Children's Game of the Year), is a delightful board game for players ages 4 and up. Players take on the role of mice (using cute color-coded 3-D wooden mouse tokens) and attempt to earn cheese by reaching goals on the game board, but players must manage risk and reward carefully because a cat is lurking, ready to grab the first unlucky mouse that overreaches.
Reiner Knizia designed Mago Magino (2004), an exciting board game for players ages 5 and up. A witch has stolen crystals from the wizard Mago Magino and players have to help him recover them, but the witch is dangerous -- she can turn the players into small frogs if they are not careful.