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September 21, 2007
For immediate release.

Contact: Natalie DuBose
Morning Star Games Public Relations
Phone: 310-314-5598
Fax: 310-314-0060


Slap Wacky! Named One of Best Children’s Products of 2007

Morning Star Games’ new card game wins top honor from Dr. Toy

(Santa Monica, CA) – September 21, 2007After being thoroughly evaluated by experienced reviewers and Stevanne Auerbach, PhD. (a.k.a. Dr. Toy) of the Institute for Childhood Resources, Morning Star Games’ new card game, Slap Wacky!, was named as one of the 100 Best Children’s Products of 2007.

“I’m thrilled with the award,” says the game’s creator and Morning Star Games President Allen Wolf.  “I’m so glad our fast-paced game has won so many fans since it debuted.”

In Dr. Toy’s review of the game, she proclaims “This is a fast and fun game.  Perfect for home and educational settings.”  She notes that Slap Wacky “develops cognitive skills in the midst of the fast game play.  It reinforces math and strategy skills and promotes interaction.  It promotes and reinforces visual astuteness, distinguishing colors and shapes quickly and increases eye-hand coordination.”

Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D. is a noted child development authority.  She created this award program as a service to consumers who desire to purchase safe, affordable, educationally oriented, stimulating toys and products for children.  Slap Wacky! was chosen from among thousands of toys that Dr. Toy has reviewed through toy fairs, catalogs and tmany other sources.  She uses extensive criteria she has developed over the past 36 years including safety, design, durability, lasting play value, educational value, learning skills, creativity and good value for price and fun.

To play Slap Wacky! players compete to connect the most shape patterns with their cards.  The player who completes a pattern slaps it and takes the cards for the points.  Six different patterns can be created at a time and players use block cards to slow others from completing shapes.  When the cards run out, players count the points from their cards and the player with the highest points wins.  At the recent Mensa Mind Games competition, judges noted that Slap Wacky is “a fun game that evokes speed and challenge and is enjoyable for numerous rounds of play.  The bright colors and unique patterns are engaging.”

Slap Wacky! has won multiple awards including the iParenting Media Award, Seal of Excellence Award from Creative Child, the Adding Wisdom Award and The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval.  An iParenting Media Awards Reviewer calls Slap Wacky! “fun and wacky.  It encourages group play and family interaction which is a lot of fun and very important in this day and age.  This game allowed our children and us to interact with one another and we had a very enjoyable time together playing it.”

Wolf got the idea for Slap Wacky! while preparing for his annual game night.  “I created the test version of the cards to play it with my good friends.  It was immediately a hit.  You can play a game in under 5 minutes so we found ourselves playing it over and over to see who would win.”

Slap Wacky! is for ages 7 and up and retails for $11.99. Games are available at specialty toy and game stores or on the web at


About Morning Star Games

Morning Star Games creates award-winning games that are fun for everyone and bring people together. Our games are creative, innovative, fresh and engaging. They give players the opportunity to build friendships and enjoy time with friends and family. These games are enjoyable to virtually any player.  Morning Star Games awards include Toy Line of the Year, Best Toy Line, Toy of the Year Award, 10 Best Games, Best 100 Children’s Products, Adding Wisdom Award, iParenting Media Award and The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval.

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