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Jishaku "Jishaku" Game Literally Jumps At the Judges Of The Parents' Choice Foundation

RSV Productions “Jishaku” Game Receives A Fall 2008 Parents’ Choice Foundation Recommended Award

Tampa, FL (November 13, 2008) – Face it, toy award judges know a lot about children’s products. They assemble a plethora of puzzles, cuddle a coterie of plush and play a glut of games. So when these folks point at a new game and say that it’s not only fun but that the pieces “jumped off the board” at them… literally, then the rest of us had better go get that game. And that is why the judges at the Parent’s Choice Foundation, who recognized 24 games altogether, have awarded RSV Production’s Jishaku game a Fall 2008 Parents’ Choice Recommended Seal.

Here what the Parents’ Choice Foundation judges had to say about Jishaku and why it was awarded a Fall 2008 Parents’ Choice Recommended Seal:

    RSV Productions - Jishaku
    Category: Fall 2008 Games
    Recommended Ages: 8 - 99 yrs.
    Price: $19.95

    “Have you ever seen magnets jump? You will when you play Jishaku. The magnets won’t be the only things that jump -- players invariably exhibit a startle reflex themselves the first time it happens!

    “The playing pieces are 18 unmarked, smoothly polished magnetic stones, each with a slightly different shape, which are divided equally among the players. The object of the game is to get rid of one’s stones by placing one at each turn into small indentations in the foam rubber playing surface. If the stone stays where it is placed, all is well. But if one or more stones in surrounding pockets succumbs to the magnetic force and becomes attached to the just-placed stone, the player must take the entire cluster to add to her supply. The first one left with no stones is the winner.

    “Several game variations, some with scoring, add alternative play possibilities. The web site offers strategic tips.

    “Our testers especially liked that you can play immediately because there are no rules to remember, any number of people can play, and the game generates lots of both laughs and groans.”

Jishaku received a Parents’ Choice Recommended Seal in the “Games” category. The Parents' Choice Recommended Seal indicates that its committees found the product distinguished enough to give it a notch above its "Approval" rating. In other words, this commendation implies its approval and, even beyond that, its thorough recommendation for reasons of production, appeal and fulfillment of its clear intent.

The Parents’ Choice Awards™ Program’s mission is to identify the best products for children of different ages, backgrounds, skills, and interests. Parents’ Choice Awards are given to products that meet and exceed standards set by educators, scientists, performing artists, librarians, parents, and yes, kids themselves.

During its 29-year history, the Parents’ Choice Awards program has established the benchmarks of achievement in children’s media; trust for the consumers and credibility with the press.

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With a degree in electrical engineering, Steve Velte knows a lot about force fields and electronics. He’s used his science know-how to create many innovative products. He launched his first game, Jishaku™, aimed at tweens, teens and adults.

In addition to its recent Parents’ Choice Recommended Seal, Jishaku has received numerous toy industry awards including a 2008 iParenting Media Outstanding Product Award, a Mr. Dad 2008 Father’s Day Seal of Approval, The National Parenting Center 2008 Fall Seal of Approval and was honored by Stevanne Auerbach, PhD, aka Dr. Toy for her Best Picks for 2008 Toy List.

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