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Board game success for popular film and TV franchises

Published on: March 22nd, 2019

Games from Rachel Lowe have proved popular with fans of the franchises and within the wider game industry.

In 2017, Rachel Lowe launched the official re-make of the original Jumanji board game, and last Christmas she released an original game based on the BBC One hit Call the Midwife.

“Board games bring joy and a sense of fun to so many people,” Rachel commented. “They have the ability to enable us to forget our everyday lives and escape for a few hours. I’m thrilled that both games have been well received by fans of the franchises, people who just love board games and peers within with the industry.”

Rachel’s Jumanji game went to the top of the UK Amazon rankings in the board games category two years running alongside Cards Against Humanity and other best-sellers and won Product of the Year at the Toy Industry Awards in January 2019. In just three months since its release, the Call the Midwife game has been snapped up by fans across the globe, and is now being stocked by Waterstones and John Lewis.

Also known for the Destination Series, which featured on the original series of BBC’s Dragons Den, the company is now focusing specifically on licensed products, an area that Rachel is passionate about.

The Jumanji and Call the Midwife games are just part of a collection of games and activities that Rachel has brought to market. She recently released 500 and 1,000 piece puzzles of Laurel and Hardy to celebrate the release of the new movie Stan & Ollie, and – fresh from last year’s cinema hit Hotel Transylvania 3 – devised a board game, 100-piece jigsaw puzzle and a snap game to accompany the film when it came out on DVD last autumn. The Hotel Transylvania board game follows Drac and Mavis as they embark on a cruise ship adventure with the whole Drac Pack. Players compete in cruise ship activities and collect must-have travel accessories to win the game. Plans for other licensed products are currently in the pipeline.

Finally, the Portsmouth Puzzle, available in a 1,000 piece puzzle and a 200 piece junior edition, celebrates Rachel’s home town, its attractions and landmarks, and has sold well in the region.

Rachel added: “I love being able to bring something new to the market about an already established concept, which has a fan base – I love being able to add to the ways in which fans can enjoy their favourite story or spend time with their favourite characters. The feedback I’ve received from people who have bought the games and puzzles has been amazing.”

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