Before Ebeneezer Atari invented his Magic Pixel Generation Device (patented way back in the twentieth century), America's children resorted to board games to while away their free time. Every single one of these games came with amazing 3-D rendering, a fully playable surface and even a primitive version of the reset button (you threw the board in your sister's face when she was cheating — it beats hell out of the current version). Board games are coming back in a big, big way: The Lego Games 2010 Summer Tour
features life-size version of Lego's new board games such as Monster 4
(try to get four of your monsters in a row while avoiding the giant spiders) and Minotaurus
(a maze-based game where the players can rebuild the maze to foil their opponents). The tabletop versions of these game combine strategy with Lego's classic building blocks for traditional family fun. The life-size version ups the fun-ante considerably, as families will compete against one other for prizes. The Lego Games 2010 Summer Tour visits Soulard Market Park (Lafayette Avenue and South Ninth Street; www.games.lego.com
) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday (July 23 and 24). Admission is free, so come on down for a blockin' good time.
Fri., July 23; Sat., July 24, 2010