Outset Media is a privately held company founded by its president, David Manga, in 1996. Since then, Outset Media has produced high quality games that promote learning, fun, and family time.

Outset Media designs, distributes and manufactures board games, card games and puzzles. In addition to its own games and puzzles, Outset Media also distributes the products of other companies, including Green Board Game Company, Lolo Game Company, Late for the Sky Productions, Random Line, Lauri, Mayfair Games, Mindware, Patch, Smethport, and White Mountain Puzzle Company.

In an age of the Internet and video games, David Manga believes traditional games encourage family interaction and communication.David Manga grew up in Ottawa, Canada. He was just 23 when he founded Outset Media in 1996. He was still a student completing his BCom at the University of Ottawa, from which he graduated in 1996. He launched his first game, All Canadian Trivia, while still at university. After playing another well-known trivia game and realizing he knew more about the United States than his own country, he wanted to play a trivia game with a Canadian focus. When he couldn’t find one, he created All Canadian Trivia. That game went on to become a Canadian best-seller (more than 100,000 copies sold) and spawned Junior, French and Millennium editions, a Supplemental Question set, and the 10th Anniversary Edition.

In 2002, Manga created the first games in the Professor Noggin’s card game series. This popular series now numbers 34 games, which have won many major awards, receiving honors from the likes of the Parent’s Choice Foundation, the National Association for Gifted Children and Scholastic Instructor Magazine.

In 2005 Outset Media introduced the Cobble Hill Puzzle Company. Each and every puzzle from the Cobble Hill Puzzle Company is meticulously crafted to exacting quality standards, using the finest inks and varnishes for a crisp and vivid image.

I had the privilege of trying some of Outset Media’s games. We received Farm Animal Dominoes, Beam Me Up, Chattabox and Telepaths.

Farm Animal Dominoes


  • Farm animal theme
  • Classic matching game for the young ones
  • Each game contains 36 illustrated theme

These large cardboard-type dominoes are easy for my three year old to handle and match. He enjoys looking at all of the animals, but is not interested in learning how to play dominoes. I guess that will come when he’s a little older, but in the meantime these dominoes are great for learning about farm animals. He tells me what sounds they make which is really cute.

Beam Me Up

•Requires 2 to 4 players
•Designed for ages 6 and over

It’s the Annual Alien Conference and the aliens are stuck on the moon without transportation. This is your chance to take an alien home! Maybe not your home… but it’s your job to get the aliens back to their home planets. In this trick-taking card game the highest card wins the round. Call out “Beam Me Up” when you have collected three aliens from the same home planet and a Space Racer will come to the rescue. The player who send the most aliens home by the end of the game wins the title of Star Space Traffic Controller!

This is a fun little game that is perfect for my six year old daughter. She used it for board game day with some friends and apparently it was a hit! The aliens are cute and fun with some learning involved too!


About the Game

• Requires 3 or more players or teams
• Designed for ages 8 and over

The wacky word game that will keep everyone talking for hours!

It’s a helter-skelter race in which you must get rid of your cards by calling out answers to teasing topics.
Once the topic has been announced you’ll have to think quickly, calling examples that start with the letters on your cards.
Try not to panic: do your best to keep the momentum going while playing out the cards in your hand…but don’t delay…pause too long or fail to play your cards and you’ll pick up a penalty!

This is a quick and fun game that is great for kids who are a little older. Kellen is 8 and he did okay with it, but it was too hard for Avery. I think this will make a great board game day game too!


•Requires four or more players
•Designed for ages 8 and up

This side-splitting team game is for those who think the same. Players anticipate what their teammates will associate with various pictures and words, and try to match answers. With only 30 seconds to come up with matching words, it’s a race against time… and your opponents.

I love this game. It is great because you play in teams so you can get the whole family involved. It is also better for older kids and a little too challenging for my six year old, but definitely a fun game!

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