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Product Reviews / Evaluation Report Summaries (ERS)

Induction Certificate Number:   74020090510-413
Induction Date:   May 10, 2009
Product:   Yamodo! Party Time
MSRP:   $26.95 USD
Company URL:  http://www.yamodo.com
Rating: 

Yamodo! Party Time

by:  Rev. James G.W. Fisher | The Toy Man® Product Guide - Editor / Product Evaluation Specialist
     
Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) Date:  05/10/2009

Yamodo! (ya-mode-o) Party Time challenges you and your friends to draw and define a set of made-up Yamodo! words. This a game where creativity becomes second nature to EVERYONE! Laughter is guaranteed as you find yourself trying to explain the quibs, ticklewigs, zipperdos and other made-up words that are so common with this game.

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Participating in our eco-Recognition™ Project to encourage greenBusiness™






Product Type Release Year Primary Usage Target Age / Max. Weight Target Gender
Board Games - Adult Level 2009 Consumer 13 years and up Female/Male


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 Creative funQuotient™ Narrative Progression Response Level Skill Improvement Overall Visual Appeal
5 5 5 5 5 4

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

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CE MarkedUL ApprovedJPMA Certified
(Not Applicable)(Not Applicable)
ASTM Complianteco-Friendlyeco-Conscious
(Not Applicable)



CPSIATÜVEU
Independent Lab Tested  Independent Lab Name 
  
LeadSafe™ - Surface Coatings/PaintLeadSafe™ - Content / SubstratesPhthalatesSafe
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BPASafeSoluble Heavy MetalsMechanical/Physical
(Not Applicable)(Not Applicable)(Not Applicable)
Flammability - Solids/TextilesLabeling of Hazardous Art MaterialsiWatchDog™ Approved
(Complies with ICCS™ Certification Standards)



UPC Code / ISBN#Manufacturer SKUAge Grading
9780979051326 YAMPRT1Not Applicable



Manufactured InSafety Hazard/Warnings
China

 

The Next Step In Creative Game Play

Yamodo! Party Time is what I would refer to as the next step in creative game play. Simple, eco-conscious, organic, and just plain fun, it is a must-have game that will break the bonds of boredom permanently.  What you have here is a game where made-up-words.  You know words like "poufersnut", "imagipoddle", or "knotserhoot"; words that I just made up as I am typing this product evaluation summary, which are used in quick rounds of play. 

The Play is Simple...

  • "Chief Imaginator" passes out a "doodling slip" to each of the players. 
  • "Chief Imaginator" then picks a Yamodo! word card and a Tag Line Card then reads the the word and Tag Line out loud to the players. 
  • "Chief Imaginator" takes the timer (aka" Time Gobbler"), and flips it upside down. 
  • The players begin their writing and drawing their doodle.
  • Once the time is up, the "Chief Imaginator" spins the "Spindoodler" and calls out the result it stops on.
  • "Chief Imaginator" chooses the winner based upon whatever criteria they choose to judge by.

The bullet list above is obviously a condensed version of how to play the game, yet it gives you a brief moment of experiencing what the game play is all about. 



Breaking The Rules In The Definition Of...

Most products we review have no need for any kind of image to illustrate what it is all about so our readers gain a better understanding of it, yet Yamodo! Party Time is not one of those 'most products'. To be more exact, the word "unique" more accurately defines the reason specifically and why. Yamodo! Party Time is so unique that you cannot simply write about it, you have to experience it.

An image of the playing components of Yamodo! Party Time.

The image to the left is a downsized image of the primary game components that come with Yamodo! Party Time.  Everything is so compact, easy to access, and can be played virtually anywhere. You can even download free refill sheets! (The doodle and definition is from one of our spontaneous hands-on consumer evaluations.)

The folks at Idea Storm Products take the idea of running a greenBusiness™ quite seriously. Unlike many other game products on the market, they have chosen to not make use of the plastic platforms to hold all of the components of the game.  Every component possible in the game is made from recycled materials and/or is recyclable itself.


Yamodo! Party Time is designed for teen through adults age group yet it still provides a variety of activities a player is tasked to perform which are applicable to other age groups.  These tasks encourage acquisition of new learning skills, practice, stronger level of retention and comprehension.

Increased productivity in learning, cognitive, creative, and motor skills is always important and Yamodo! Party Time delivers the method and tools to cover all of this. Other products on the market are targeted for a more specific age group for skill development with no exception, yet Yamodo! Party Time is designed in such a manner that multiple skills can be addressed and developed, whether the players are young or old.



Independent Evaluator Reports

Obtaining An Independent Perspective...

In this section we will cover the game "Yamodo Party Time" from the perspectives of qualified individuals in the specific field associated with the product being evaluated. To accomplish that task we have called upon the assistance of two top level industry professionals who know their stuff and have the credentials to prove it.

Our professional and independent evaluators have formed their own opinions from extensive analysis and produced detailed, in-depth reports connected with their study and evaluation of Yamodo Party Time. The information to follow is comprised of excerpts from those same reports which have been paraphrased in order to encapsulate the primary points being conveyed in each report. This approach provides completely independent perspectives in the evaluation of Yamodo! Party Time.



PLEASE NOTE: The names of our independent evaluators are not disclosed to protect the privacy of these individuals upon their request. Their labors are provided at no charge to assist us in providing a well-balanced and qualified product evaluation summary. Their title is provided to clarify for our readers the specific type of specialist from which the information provided has been included in each product evaluation summary. All opinions and or statements from the independent evaluator(s) featured here do not represent the opinions or statements of The Toy Man® Product Guide, our staff, any other division of GreyWolf Corp, or GreyWolf Corp itself.


PRODUCT: Yamodo Party Time

MEDIA PLATFORM: Adult Creative Strategy Game


Educational Media Analyst

"Yamodo Party Time is an adult creative strategy game which is fast-paced and creates a formidable challenge for the more intuitive thinking players.  The foundation of the game is built upon three primary elements, creative strategy development, creative expression, and creative narrative development. Yamodo Party Time strongly influences application of these three elements in game play and serves as a catalyst which pushes the players into developing greater creative strategies to improve their skills with each game.  The game puts all players on a playing platform in which they all have an equal advantage to win."
An image of the Yamodo! Party Time game.

"Active thought processing, social interaction development, and executive cognitive functioning in learning and entertainment. These all represent a complex combination of contributions to productive improvement in one's self.  They also represent what is inherited from the playing of this game."

"Whether a player is 12 years old or 90 years old, there is a thread which is common in every single player; there's always room for improvement.  The Yamodo! Party Time Game represents an excellent blending of the rudimentary elements of learning and fun.  These elements strengthen that thread for further and more advanced future growth."

"Imagine if you will for a moment, a 4th of July celebration with a multitude of fireworks working their magic for your senses.  Active participation as a player with the Yamodo! Party Time game is much like that barrage of stimulation to your senses from the fireworks. As the the game play progresses, it is much like that multitude of fireworks in the sky.

Your developmental skills are encompassed by each new experience of the game play. Just like those fireworks as they blossom in their reach across the sky, your game playing experience with Yamodo! Party Time is short, with a slow fading in effect, yet still creating such a mass of stimulation.  Productive self-improvement is inevitable."



Professor of Psychology BA, MA, & Ph.D. - Educational Theory Specialist

"Yamodo Party Time encourages a steady level of growth in developmental skills, especially for adults who can tend to lose their priorities in regard to cognitive development and maintenance. Much like the engine of a new car, it may run perfectly when you first purchase it but if you fail to be responsible and provide the car with proper maintenance, the functionality of the vehicle soon becomes impaired, if not irreparable. 

Much as some of the very best products I have evaluated to date, Yamodo! Party Time employs the use of prompting features and criteria for completion of a goal through which assured progression and completion is achieved. This has similarity to my analogy of the new car. The brain and body need proper maintenance regardless of age if not even more so to ensure peak performance and this game helps you provide that maintenance."

An image of the Yamodo! Party Time components.

"The Yamodo! Party Time game represents a progressive developmental stimulation which carries after-effects which are dominant and useful for anyone in the age group the game was designed for and more. There is no question that it accomplishes reaching that expectation and well beyond that. This is accomplished by use of the number of specified unique function components. 

Through these components, levity is introduced while gaining a greater foothold on response levels by use of unusual names of each component in their recognition such as 'The Time Gobbler' or the 'Spindoodler'".

"Yamodo Party Time combines the factors of experience, active thought processing, social interactions, and executive cognitive functioning in learning and entertainment combined to help a player become more skilled in their playing while improving their skill development or flexing the dormant muscles of learning once again."




Consumer Hands-On Evaluation

 

Nothing is more powerful than hands-on experience by a consumer with a product when it is being evaluated. Based upon that fact we put every single product we evaluate at the mercy of consumers in a hands-on evaluation where anything goes. Shall we see how "Yamodo! Party Time" was seen with consumers?

Prospect Park - Brooklyn, NY - I wish our readers could have seen the look on subway riders faces as well as the taxi driver when we were riding the subway and using a taxi with a gang load of games, toys, and baby products to use in our consumer spontaneous hands-on evaluation!

Within minutes we had a number of people gathering to inquire what we were doing and how to participate. From that point on it was not like our usual controlled environment, it was a literal riot of kids and parents inquiring if the products were being given away along with the participants having a plethora of questions about the various products and how to use them.

An image of a doodle created during our consumer spontaneous hands-on evaluation


It was at this point that we were really pulling the stops out to keep up with everything.  Amidst this frenzy of excitement and noise, Yamodo! Party Time was quickly in the spotlight of attention.  It's funny how laughter can be like virus...it spreads uncontrollably. Within roughly 5 minutes of game play with people playing Yamodo! Party Time, the laughter was aplenty...and then some!  It was nothing short of hilarious.


The Truth Speaks For Itself

One of the mst intriguing details of the event was our seeing people trying to create a "neat" looking doodle while also trying to write a definition of the word from the Word Card, AND do all of this before the time from the Time Gobbler is used up.  It is amazing how humorous a person can become when pressed for time in a game while having to multi-task.  Just as a few other products we brought, Yamodo! Party Time was bringing the crowds whoi were either simply watching others play or anticipating their turn to play wih the game as well..

The final results from not just Prospect Park, but a variety of other locations in Queens and at a shopping mall in the Bronx, were undeniable validation of Yamodo! Party Time being one of the final few products which had what it takes to make it to the final stage of our evaluation procedures. The feedback forms from all locations provided a wealth of information of what our hands-on participants gained from playing with Yamodo! Party Time. There were nothing but the very best of comments conveyed in the feedback forms. Yamodo! Party Time established a solid and productive response with our spontaneous hands-on consumer evaluation participants.


A Sampling Of Category Ratings


A small sampling of the individual category titles & rating scores from the complete product review itself for this product are featured here. The categories which have been selected to be featured in this product evaluation summary for public view, specify some of the primary points of how and why that specific rating score was reached.

  • If a product is inducted, a product evaluation summary of the complete review is published for public view.
  • When a score has been assigned to a category rating, it has been through a thorough validation process to ensure accuracy and no inflection of bias.
  • If a product scores an overall category evaluation rating average of [2] Two Stars or lower from the complete review results, it fails the evaluation and is not inducted.
  • Information for products which do not pass our evaluation is confidential and is shared only with the company submitting the product.



The Featured Category Ratings Sample for this Product Evaluation Summary are listed below.




CREATIVE AGENDA: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

Creative Agenda one of the most important evaluation categories when we put a game through the strict evaluation standards we employ. Yamodo Party Time has been put through the ropes and found worthy so to speak. As a matter of fact, Yamodo Party Time was #2 of the top 3 games in our evaluation.

To understand the full value of the Creative Agenda, the following information is a brief definition of what the Creative Agenda is. The Creative Agenda of a player represents what the player hopes to achieve by way of exploration in their game experience; in this case being applicable to the Yamodo Party Time game (See RPGNet Wiki).  

With Yamodo Party Time, the player's main enjoyment comes from being challenged in a sense that they may win or lose. Despite the player having a desire to win, the factor if being able to possibly lose provides the element of challenge.


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

Yamodo Party Time tied for taking the torch in FunFactor™ with Yamodo Party Time. In reviewing all of our video tapes of game play with Yamodo Party Time during all phases of its evaluation,there was no way to call it wrong in judging the level of FunFactor™ and excitement.

The design of Yamodo Party Time allows for strategy and FunFactor™ to co-exist, still retaining their full value in the game structure. This was an important factor in the final evaluation of the game. Yamodo Party Time steams through with a perfect score of [5] Stars in this category for FunFactor™.


NARRATIVE PROGRESSION: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

Yamodo Party Time was well versed when it comes to Narrative Progression.  Narrative progression is a vital part of the game play for a player. It is an important element in a game which for a player with Yamodo Party Time provides and maintains the challenge of retaining the attention of the player throughout the game. No question about it, it is highly probable that a player will desire to come back for more upon completion of their first game whether they win or lose.

Yamodo Party Time has unquestionably pulled the stops out and moves in smoothly with a perfect score of [5] Stars in this category for NARRATIVE PROGRESSION.


RESPONSE LEVEL: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

In reviewing all segments of our evaluation process on videotapes, the response level scores for Yamodo Party Time were off the charts.  The game pulls a player completely into the game play and encourages social interaction and very strong development of creative strategy. The players see Yamodo Party Time as a game which has enough challenge to draw them back and again.

With each game play of Yamodo Party Time, in our video tapes we found that every player was quite active in their response levels during each game. There was significant growth in the level of response with each player with each game.

The strong response level of Yamodo Party Time also changes and creates a whole new experience for a player to enjoy and gain even further cognitive and critical skill development. Yamodo Party Time comes through to the finish line with a perfect score of [5] Stars in this category for RESPONSE LEVEL.


SKILL IMPROVEMENT: Rating Level - [5] an image of 4 gold  stars

The level of skill improvement for a player with Yamodo Party Time is over the top...and then some!  It is so simple to see why the level of skill improvement for Yamodo Party Time is so strong. Yamodo Party Time plays a vital part in a player's skill development or improvement which is unquestionably tops!. Yamodo Party Time comes to the finish line with a perfect score of [5] Stars in this category for SKILL IMPROVEMENT.


VISUAL APPEAL: Rating Level - [4] an image of 5 gold  stars

The visual appeal for Yamodo Party Time was quite appealing in its own way yet just not enough to take home the prize. The packaging itself is well above average in visual appeal yet the contents borderline average. Despite the challenges, Yamodo Party Time still managed to knock the walls down with a score of [4] Stars which was well above average and just a single digit short of a perfect score in this evaluation category for VISUAL APPEAL.






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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