Bring home the holiday fun with new Hasbro games

     Hasbro introduces new and updated board games for Family Game Night

    TORONTO, Aug. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - The holiday is a wonderful time for
family togetherness and there is no better way to spend quality family time
than through a Hasbro Family Game Night. Hasbro remains on the forefront of
family fun with more than sixty well-known game brands in their portfolio,
ranging from MONOPOLY to CRANIUM and from SCRABBLE to CHUTES & LADDERS. In
addition, families can choose from an exciting selection of NEW Hasbro games
as the perfect gift to enhance their Family Game Night during the holidays.
Games like MONOPOLY CITY or CONNECT 4X4, provide perfect gifts for families of
all types, shapes and sizes to experience an unforgettable night of laughter
and fun!
    "Bringing home the gift of a Hasbro Family Game Night provides you and
your family with an opportunity to reconnect, laugh and create special moments
during the holiday, and all year long. With a wide selection of classic games
and brand new games, the possibilities for a Hasbro Family Game Night are
endless!" said Anisah Ahmad, Senior Brand Manager of Hasbro Games Canada.
    In 2009, Hasbro introduces a new selection of games to bring home the
holiday fun for Family Game Night. With two updates to the classic CONNECT 4
game that add more competitive play to the game, players can experience the
game of four-in-a-row like never before. Families that lean toward games that
combine dealing and negotiating, will be drawn to new MONOPOLY City. Players
can literally build a city of their own in the center of the MONOPOLY City
game board with skyscrapers and towers, or sabotage their opponent(s) with a
garbage dump. Families can also shuffle up some fun with Hasbro's exciting new
card games such as SCRABBLE SLAM, the rapid-fire word game where anything can
happen. Families that enjoy fast paced, keep you guessing games will love the
excitement of new BOP IT!

    Highlights of new Hasbro Family Games in 2009 include:

    CONNECT 4x4

    (Approximate Retail Price: $24.99; Recommended Age: 8 & up; Available:

    CONNECT 4x4 enhances the classic four-in-a-row game with more competition
and strategy in the first-ever four player edition. A clear double-decker
checker grid replaces the standard grid, allowing players to win by playing
four-in-a-row in a horizontal, vertical or diagonal line on either side of the
grid or by weaving through one side of the grid to the other. Look closely to
find ways to connect the ringed checkers that may be unseen by your opponents.
Or, act defensively and play the new block checker to prevent an opponent from
scoring what might be a winning move.


    (Approximate Retail Price: $39.99; Recommended Age: 8 & up: Available:

    Say goodbye to green houses and choose from over 80 3D structures,
including industrial blocks, stadiums, skyscrapers and even parks built in the
middle of the board to create a unique game experience. The introduction of
MONOPOLY CITY represents one of the most radical game developments in MONOPOLY
history. Build up and watch fortunes grow in this exciting new version. Set
the length of game play and start buying and building straight away. Rents can
be boosted through investment, but beware of other players sabotaging the game
by building hazards such as polluting power plants to send opponents rents


    (Approximate Retail Price: $19.99; Recommended Age: 8 +; Available: Now)

    Everyone's favourite "think fast" game is back and better than ever.
BOP-IT, which was first introduced in 1996, returns in 2009 with an updated
look and new playing challenges. The game calls the shots, inviting players to
shout, twist, pull or bop their way to victory. The game now features three
tricky new levels and can be played by one or more players. Plus, in party
mode, the game will challenge players to use different body parts, such as an
elbow or head, to "bop" their way to the next round.


    (Approximate Retail Price: $6.99; Recommended Age: 8 & up; Available:

    SCRABBLE SLAM is the fastest SCRABBLE game yet. In this game filled with
loud, boisterous fun, players are locked in a high-speed race to build a chain
of four-letter words and be the first to get rid of the cards in their hand.
Starting with a word such as "G-A-M-E," players slam a letter card on the
table to create new words, such as "S-A-M-E." Think fast, act fast -- SLAM!


    (Approximate Retail Price: $6.99; Recommended Age: 7 & up; Available:

    Quick, find the stinky things! This Fall, families can experience their
favorite PICTUREKA! characters including the penguin, donkey and cavemen in a
whole new way with the PICTUREKA! Card Game. With the same zany find it fast,
find it fun of the board game, the card game has players searching at an even
faster pace. Whether on-the-go or for Family Game Night, PICTUREKA! Card Game
takes players on wacky missions they'll never expect.

    About Hasbro

    Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:  HAS) is a worldwide leader in children's and family
leisure time products and services with a rich portfolio of brands and
entertainment properties that provides some of the highest quality and most
recognizable play and recreational experiences in the world. As a
brand-driven, consumer-focused global company, Hasbro brings to market a range
of toys, games and licensed products, from traditional to high-tech and
digital, under such powerful brand names as TRANSFORMERS, PLAYSKOOL, TONKA,
how we inspire play through our brands at

    (C) 2009 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

For further information:

For further information: on these and other products: Sandra Paulini,
Marketing Services Specialist, Hasbro Canada, (905) 238-3374, ext. 239, fax:
(905) 238-2860,

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