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Affordable Award-Winning Games Top Gift Guides for Families with Kids

Animal Scramble Wild Planet’s Animal Scramble and Hyper Jump encourage active play for under $25

(SAN FRANCISCO, November 25, 2008) – This year price is the key influencer in holiday shopping and several third-party gift guides and testing centers are focusing their recommendations on quality products that retail for less than $25. In response to another worldwide epidemic, gift lists are also touting items that promote healthy lifestyles and combat obesity, especially in children.

Two stand-out products that fit these guidelines are the new games Animal Scramble and Hyper Jump from Wild Planet. Both games promote physical activity as well as listening and learning skills, and can be played solo or in teams, indoors or out. Families with preschool-aged kids can play Animal Scramble in cooperative team mode, working together to achieve their best shared score. More competitive groups, with kids ages 6 and up, can engage in Hyper Jump and play head-to-head in various team arrangements, including parents vs. kids or boys vs. girls.

Both games take a listen-think-move approach in which players hear a clue, figure out the game piece the clue is describing, and then run to (or jump on) that game piece to advance to the next clue. Animal Scramble practices letters, colors and sounds while Hyper Jump concentrates on colors, numbers and math skills. Both games exercise the bodies and minds of multiple generations.

These new games are available at Target and Toys R Us stores for less than $25 each, and can also be found at specialty and on-line toy stores. The games have earned the following honors and awards this season:

Animal Scramble

  • Parents Magazine – Best Toys of 2008
  • The National Parenting Center – 2008 Seal of Approval
  • Redbook Magazine – Toy Insider Top Holiday Toys 2008
  • National Parenting Publications Awards – 2008 Gold Award
  • FamilyFun Magazine – Toy of the Year Award 2008
  • Parents’ Choice – 2008 Recommended Product Award
  • Toy Wishes Magazine – Hot Dozen Award, 2008
  • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio – 2008 Gold Seal Award
  • Creative Child 2008 Game of the Year Award – Preschool Action Games category
  • iParenting Media Award – 2008 Outstanding Products Winner
Hyper Jump Hyper Jump
  • Parenting Magazine – Mom-Tested Toys of the Year 2008
  • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio – 2008 Gold Seal Award
  • Creative Child 2008 Preferred Choice Award – Kids Action Games category
  • iParenting Media Award – 2008 Outstanding Products Winner
  • Toy Wishes Magazine – 2008 Holiday All-Star
  • Parents’ Choice – 2008 Silver Honor


For more information on Wild Planet, please visit: http://www.wildplanet.com/index.php.


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About Wild Planet Entertainment, Inc.
Wild Planet manufactures Hyper Games and Smart Step Games, along with several other brands, including Spy Gear, Water Babies and Skeleflex. Founded in 1993 in San Francisco, Wild Planet creates kid-cool products that garner parent approval. Wild Planet playthings focus on fun and imagination and are available worldwide.