We always get a lot of games entered in the ToyTalk Awards, and 2016 was no exception: this was the most hotly contested category of the Awards this year. As with all of our Awards, the final decision came down to the children who tested the products, and they unanimously agreed that this must be the winner.
The format for Pickin' Chickens is quite simple - a spinning circular board is covered in chicken coops which house colourful chicken pictures. Children take turns to give the board a whirl and then choose a coop to uncover.
The aim of the game is to collect plastic chickens but there's a hungry fox lurking inside the tree and he springs out in an alarmingly random way, causing shrieks of enjoyment and hysteria around the table. You have to surrender one of the chickens to the mean old fox, unless you're lucky enough to hold the Farmer Card, which serves as protection.
It's sturdily made and all the pieces are colourful and attractive. Children (and grownups!) had a lot of fun playing this and it seems to have an enduring quality which encourages children to return to it again and again.
What our reviewers said: "It makes me scream every time the fox pops up", "This is our new favourite game. Every time friends come round we choose this one to play".
From: Drumond Park
Approx. price: £19.99
Available: Amazon, Argos, Smyth
Soggy Doggy is such a clever and unique idea. Gameplay involves racing around the board, showering soggy doggy by pressing on a pump a number of times to release jets of water onto his rubbery coat.
The aim is to be the first one back to the dog basket but from time to time the lovable dog character will start violently shaking and, thanks to all the bathing he's received, he'll have a lot of accumulated water to spray over everyone around the table.
Shrieks of shock and delight accompany soggy doggy's antics and this game was a close contender for the top spot in a competitive category.