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Induction Certificate Number:   74020100826-447
Induction Date:   August 26, 2010
Product:   Zombie Ninja Pirates
MSRP:   $17.95 USD
Company URL:  http://www.gozergames.com
Rating: 

Zombie Ninja Pirates

by:  Rev. James G.W. Fisher - Product Evaluation Specialist / Editor | The Toy Man®
     
Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) Date:  08/26/2010

Zombies are cool! Ninjas are cool! Pirates are cool! Mad Scientists are also cool! But the coolest thing is the Zombie Ninja Pirates, a card game where you get to play all four types of characters while scoring points. To make it even better, you are collecting plenty of ingenious objects in your chest that make you even cooler and help you win.

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Product Type Release Year Primary Usage Target Age / Max. Weight Target Gender
Card Game 2010 Consumer 13 Years and up Female/Male


Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) - Index



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 funQuotient™ Learning Curve Marketability Skill Development Visual Appeal
5 5 5 4 5 4.5

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
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ASTM Complianteco-Friendlyeco-Conscious
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CPSIATÜVEU
Independent Lab Tested  Independent Lab Name 
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LeadSafe™ - Surface Coatings/PaintLeadSafe™ - Content / SubstratesPhthalatesSafe
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BPASafeSoluble Heavy MetalsMechanical/Physical
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UPC Code / ISBN#Manufacturer SKUAge Grading
804879190400 9780984330904Not Applicable



Manufactured InSafety Hazard/Warnings
TaiwanNA

 

About Our New Inductee

Before you buy a product, it's generally common practice to be familiar with what it does, the branding, and other details. We feel that the same rule applies to our "New Inductees" we announce each week, so this section is titled "About Our New Inductee." The information in this section will provide you with a quick yet accurate glance of what the product or service is all about.

Image of character type cards from Zombie Ninja Pirate game.

According to many of our evaluation participants, Gozer Games, the creators of Zombie Ninja Pirates, they really blew the doors out with this game.  With Zombie Ninja Pirates they have proven that they are truly the mouse that roared!  Who would ever imagine that a game with this large of a level of funQuotient™ could come from such a seemingly simple and average game.

Zombie Ninja Pirates take a different path than many other card games to allow you to become more than one character, all in the same game!  The title of the game is Zombie, Ninja, Pirates, yet there is a Mad Scientist lurking in the background, just waiting to get to work on a new experiment.

Just imagine being able to play an Object onto the table even if you are not the correct character Type to get points for having that Object!  That is just one of many more examples that makes this games so spectacular and addictive.



Additional Details & Perspectives

While it's great for some people who just want a cursory glance at what a New Inductee is all about, there are many others who have a greater appetite for more information. This section is titled "Additional Details & Perspectives". and will provide you with additional details and perspectives associated with the product or service being featured here.

Okay, we have established that Zombie Ninja Pirates takes a different path than many other card games with your being able to play more than one character in a single game yet there has to be more, right?  Of course there is!  This is no slow-paced and boring game.  Zombie Ninja Pirates is fast paced and based upon our own results, most games last between 18-27 minutes for experienced players and 29-41 minutes for the more timid first time players.

According to many of our evaluation participants, Gozer Games, the creators of Zombie Ninja Pirates, really blew the doors off with this game.  With Zombie Ninja Pirates they have proven that they are truly the mouse that roared!  Who would ever imagine this game to have so high of a level of funQuotient™?

Zombie Ninja Pirates flipped the coin on all of us in our evaluation process during game Play.  This game has a very minimal learning curve yet in our observation of the players, that minimal learning curve got thrown in the circular file  Being new to playing card games, the players sat down like a bunch of zombies with a lack of confidence in their first time game Play, yet that discomfort was soon turned into an uproarious experience of laughter.

According to many of the players who were participating in our evaluation process, they felt the coolest thing about the game was being able to be multiple "Type"s at once.  The Characters, the artwork, the Objects and Actions; the very game design itself is one which re-defines the term "cost-effective" with loads of fun and challenge along with a virtually never ending number of ways the game may be played out.  Games like Zombie Ninja Pirates are the kind of games that revive the creative skill Play and excitement that is often missing in so many other games today.

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Independent Evaluator Reports

In this section we have called upon the assistance of top industry professionals to evaluate the product in this evaluation summary. These scholars form their own opinions from extensive analysis and produce detailed, in-depth reports connected with their own personal study and evaluation of the products submitted for independent evaluation.

The information to follow is comprised of excerpts from the independent evaluator reports that have been paraphrased, posted verbatim, or a combination of both in order to encapsulate an accurate presentation of the primary details conveyed in each report. This approach provides a completely independent perspective in the evaluation each product.


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Independent Evaluators - Initial Report Outline
PRODUCT | SERVICE: Gozer Games - Zombie Ninja Pirates
MEDIA PLATFORM:
MEDIA CONTRIBUTION:
TARGET AGE GROUP:
Non-Traditional Card Game
Skill Development & Improvement / Encouragement of Recreational Play
Designed for ages 13 years and older


Independent evaluators are a vital part of our product and service evaluation process. Having the most elite of professionals from across the globe assist us in our evaluation process. Being independent of our publication and providing their time at no charge, enables us to ensure the production of a well rounded and accurate evaluation of all products and services submitted.

These scholars form their own opinions from extensive analysis of all products and services submitted and produce detailed and in-depth reports which are an integral part of our entire evaluation process.

The information to follow is comprised of primary feature details and excerpts from their reports that have been paraphrased, posted verbatim, or a combination of both in order to encapsulate an accurate presentation of the primary details conveyed in each report. This approach provides a completely independent perspective in the evaluation each product or service.


This Week's Independent Evaluators


Neuroscientist / Doctor of Behavioral Study, Ph.D.
Professor / Special Needs Treatment Coordinator

"Zombie Ninja Pirates posed an intriguing challenge to form an accurate analysis considering it being such an aberration from the product I have been in practice of studying. Be that as it may, the game proved to become a curiosity which was well worth being given my attention."

"Each student who signed up for consideration to be selected for the study was carefully profiled. This would ensure that the group of particpants selected would demonstrate a wide contrast of behavioral characteristics in the game play during the study.

As I observed the students throughout the study while playing this game, it was quite evident that it triggers an enormous level of stimulation to the brain in each of the participants. Whether reserved or agressive, the game created an atmosphere which stimulated creative thinking and cognitive abstract symbolic reasoning dramatically. This was of course benenficial to the students in their general studies."

"The most curious as well as fascinating result for the participants was an astounding improvement in the completion of each of the study modules the students were required to complete each day. Upon completion of each period of game playing, completion of 3 study modules was required within 45 minutes for week #1, 30 minutes for week #2, and 15 minutes in week #3.

After careful study and research it was determined that the stimulation of the students' creative thought processes and cognitive abstract symbolic reasoning improved their processing and completion of everything outlined in each study module. The unexpected result that came from this was the improvement carried over into their entire course curriculum with the Zombie Ninja Pirates game mostly responsible for providing the stimulus to achieve this result.


PLEASE NOTE: At the request of our independent evaluators their names are not disclosed to protect their personal and professional privacy. Their labors are provided at no charge to assist us in providing a well-balanced and accurate product or service evaluation summary. Their title is provided to clarify for our readers the specific type of specialist from which each of the report excerpts have been authored. All opinions and or statements from the independent evaluator(s) featured here do not represent the opinion of The Toy Man® Product Guide, any member or division of GreyWolf Corp, or GreyWolf Corp itself.



Consumer Hands-On Evaluation

Nothing is more powerful than hands-on experience by a consumer with a product when it is under evaluation. Based upon that fact we put a number of products we currently are slated to evaluate at the mercy of consumers in a hands-on evaluation where anything goes. The information to follow will explore the responses from the participants in our spontaneous hands-on consumer evaluation of the products available for their review.
Image of the Zombie Ninja Game
Consumer feedback with "Zombie Ninja Pirates " was a bit of a twist.  One of the most important details we noted was how many of the consumers in the spontaneous hands-on evaluation had a consistent commonality of picking up the box and making a comment about the Zombie first, then immediately following.."Ahhhh, look at the cute little mouse."  It seems that those two elements were the bait that caused the fish to bite..

During the game Play, there was plenty of laughter and comments about the various artwork on the game cards.  The consumers were fascinated with the game. With the game being fast-paced and concluding promptly, this enabled us to have a larger number of consumers being able to play the game.  It also caused a substantial increase in the number of consumers returning to the game in the hopes for more game Play.
In conclusion of the spontaneous consumer hands-on evaluation of the products they examined, we sat down and went through the video-tapes and consumer feedback forms to establish where"Zombie Ninja Pirates " stood with the consumers. It was clearly evident that "Zombie Ninja Pirates " pulled a substantial draw of consumers for repeated Play.  It demonstrated that it hosted an excellent creative agenda as well as coming in quite strong in contribution to skill development and response level.  "Zombie Ninja Pirates " passed this segment of our evaluation with the highest level of accomplishment. 

A Sampling Of Our Evaluation Category Ratings

The rating of a product is useless if you do not fully understand and comprehend how the ratings is reached or what the value of the rating represents. This need for clarity encouraged us to have this section titled "A Sampling Of Our Evaluation Category Ratings". To assist you in gaining a greater understanding of the evaluation category ratings we use, a small sampling of the individual category titles & rating scores from the complete product review itself for this product or service 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 each specific rating score was reached.

The Featured Category Ratings Sampling For This Evaluation Summary Are Listed Below.

CREATIVE AGENDA: Rating Level - [4] an image of 4 gold  stars

CREATIVE AGENDA was probably one of the most unquestionable out of the 271 applicable categories for this product. With a very strong scoring in almost all evaluation categories, Zombie Ninja Pirates swept through this evaluation segment almost with a perfect score. The creative agenda of the game is exceptional, not only providing a guarantee of a strong narrative progression and overall response level, but a stronger level of "creative thinking and cognitive abstract symbolic reasoning." 

Despite the phenomenal level of scoring in other evaluation categories, the creative agenda for Zombie Ninja Pirates was just not enough to pull a perfect score i this category. It did however rise to the challenge and pull a rating score just a single digit short of a perfect score in this category.
funQuotient™ : Rating Level - [5] an image of 4.5 gold  stars

funQuotient™ is another evaluation category which may seem insignificant to many yet still holds high importance in our evaluation. The bright and artful card stock which was used for the cards with Zombie Ninja Pirates was of a medium-high level card stock. Not too stiff, yet not too flimsy to ensure long term repetitive use.

Zombie Ninja Pirates has all of the right elements successfully pooled together to create a level of funQuotient™ we never imagined would occur.  When you combined the detailed artwork, the structure of the game process, and the seemingly endless number of narratives which could be developed to win this game, Zombie Ninja Pirate pulled an unquestionable as well as outstanding perfect score in this evaluation category for funQuotient™.


LEARNING CURVE: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

LEARNING CURVE?  With Zombie Ninja Pirates you have a learning curve that is so small that it inspires players to develop new strategies to better their game Play with the game to practically become a Master at it from extended and repetitive Play.  For many product of similar subject matter to Zombie Ninja Pirates, the content can easily become boring and redundant, with the product often times being tossed in the trash after but a few experiences of trying to read and understand the content fully.

Zombie Ninja Pirates is far from being boring and redundant. Having such a small learning curve combined with a fast-paced game, you have a masterpiece in design to practically eliminate the learning curve and reap the benefits that come from that.  Zombie Ninja Pirates comes in at a screaming fast pace with a perfect score of [5] Stars in this category for LEARNING CURVE.


MARKETABILITY: Rating Level - [4] an image of 4 gold  stars

Zombie Ninja Pirates almost knocked the ball out of the ballpark in MARKETABILITY. It contains all of the primary elements we need to consider in the marketability of a product. Impressive as ever on so many different platforms yet it incurs a small ding after so much success and accomplishment. It is not a matter of an element lacking in Zombie Ninja Pirates, rather it is an element lacking in consumers.

Informed buying with consumers today is still not yet at a level that helps them to make fully informed buying decisions. This is partly due to lack of understanding of what true value and functionality is. Zombie Ninja Pirates is a product that sells itself. Once a consumer get their first experience with Zombie Ninja Pirates, you are going to have a sale. That sale will develop word of mouth about the product which in turn will generate more sales.  The only challenge is getting he game in front of consumers to get that first look. 

Zombie Ninja Pirates has plenty to tout about you can be sure of that. At the same time, we look at every possible angle we can in this evaluation category and Zombie Ninja Pirates comes through its evaluation in this evaluation category just one digit short of a perfect score with a score of [4] Stars in this category for MARKETABILITY.


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

Zombie Ninja Pirates practically knocked the ball out of the ballpark in SKILL IMPROVEMENT. The game contains all of the primary elements we need to consider in the marketability of a product.

A quotation from the independent evaluator says it so clearly..."As I observed the students throughout the study while playing this game, it was quite evident that it triggers an enormous level of stimulation to the brain in each of the participants.  Whether reserved or aggressive, the game created an atmosphere which stimulated creative thinking and cognitive abstract symbolic reasoning dramatically.  This was of course beneficial to the students in their general studies."

It is more than obvious to see that Zombie Ninja Pirates makes a substantial contribution to skill development in this evaluation category. Zombie Ninja Pirates really showed that it roars as it established a perfect score of [5] Stars in this category for SKILL IMPROVEMENT.


VISUAL APPEAL: Rating Level - [4.5] an image of 4.5 gold  stars

VISUAL APPEAL posed an interesting challenge in our evaluation of Zombie Ninja Pirates. Each and every Type, Object, and Action card will draw you to look at both sides, read all text, and gaze at the colorful imagery on each card. With our new evaluation standards, visual appeal is a very strong factor in our evaluation process. Zombie Ninja Pirates strutted right through in this evaluation category falling short of a perfect score by a half a digit, finalizing its evaluation in this category with a score of [4.5] Stars in this category for VISUAL APPEAL.

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