Games & Puzzles Sales Up 24%

Report by the NPD
27 July 2017

Every once in awhile people call in asking about our games and puzzles and inevitably we hear, "Are board games still popular?" or "Do a lot of people do puzzles?"  The answer is an emphatic, "YES!!"  

In a report released by NPD, the numbers prove why we keep doing what we're doing as a company.  Christmas hasn't even happened yet and the mid year numbers for 2017 show that the Games & Puzzles category is up 24% with a dollar growth of $143 million!  As a whole, the US Toy Sales Industry is up 3%.  If you can believe it, the category of Youth Electronics is down ~8%.  It looks like we're all getting back to good old fashioned fun!

Given the hot trend of fidget toys, categorized under "All Other Toys", the growth was ~10%. Good to know that our category beat out a fad.  Click here to read the full report from NPD.  We may not have the same star power as Pokemon or Shopkins Paw Patrol, but we believe in our games and continue to persist in offering a great value in family entertainment.

Check out some new games releasing from Outset in 2017!

Keys to the Castle | Ages 8+ | 2-4 Players

Keys to the Castle is a fast-paced fun-filled tile-based game involving strategy and luck, where your fortune can turn on a key! Race against your fellow knights through the castle, where behind every door awaits a surprise. By opening and locking doors, be the first to cross the precarious maze to the other side.

 Running 'Round Riverdale | Ages 7+ | 2-4 Players

Running 'Round Riverdale has everyone watching their backs for "Dirty Tricks" and sliding skateboards that take them out! The race is on to get back to Pop Tate's Choclit Shoppe and the cunning tricks never stop.  You never know who is going to double-cross you in their race to win, but you never know, you could be pleasantly surprised at another player's kindness in their own strategy to bring them closer to home.  The race is on in this fun new Archie board game!

 Sixteen Samurai | Ages 8+ | 2-4 Players

Sixteen Samurai is a simple, but fast-paced game of honour and glory. In this game of cards and dice, players face-off against each other on the battlefied.  Each Samurai victory is a mix of character skill and chance. With a box full of Samurai, and special action cards for an added challenge, Sixteen Samurai is a vibrant, high energy game for the whole family.



Check out the hot puzzles for 2017 from the classic Archie series, the popular Nancy Drew and the ever lovable Smurfs!