While designed for competitive play, this game also works well for solo puzzling, and is probably best introduced that way - especially to for younger children. And with multiple sets of blocks, several children can play side by side. Kids can enjoy playing as a game once they're comfortable enough with the puzzles not to get stressed while racing to solve the puzzles.
WHAT THE KIDS SAY
I like playing this game with my family. We have so much fun trying to figure out the patterns. Sometimes we argue about who can get the pattern quick. I like the feel of the cubes that the pictures are on and the colours that are used. I like that I can beat my sister even though she is so smart in sequencing and patterning. I can sometimes see the pattern before she completes her turn and I get to win.
WHAT ADULTS THINK
This toy was a disappointment in my household. My 8 year old son had no interest in it after playing it just a couple of times. My husband and I played it a few times together as I was hoping that we would entice my son to try it again, but instead, none of us really enjoyed it. I usually like this type of game and I can often spread my enthusiasm to others....but in this case, I just found this game annoying. My 8 year old was initially interested to try it because of the bright colours and competitive nature of the game...but his interest was very short lived. The design of the game is part of why I thought we'd really like it! My family generally loves matching games where speed and competition is involved. The blocks have a nice feel to them. I guess they're going for matching and sequencing? I found there to be very little skill involved. There was a lot of luck involved and a lot of turning your blocks tediously. I'm sure there are people who love this game....it was just a major disappointment in my family.
We loved this game so much that we are sad it will leave the house, but another family will certainly enjoy the puzzle making and trying to make the puzzles quickly. This game really makes sure we are paying attention to detail, in order to follow the sequence that the card gives us. You do need to make sure you have time for yourself to complete the activity that is asked. I really like the texture of the blocks, the colours that are used and the sturdiness of the questions. Lots to learn: matching patterns, and flexibility to create the pattern quickly.
Let the furious fun begin! Players sprint to arrange a set of 5 blocks so that they match a pattern shown on a card. First player to succeed grabs the card and a new matching race starts. Tensions rise as you scramble to outpace and outsmart your opponents in this ingenious game of perception. So fire-up your neurons and be transported by Match Madness!
20 Playing blocks (4 sets of 5 different blocks)
60 Pattern cards (12 cards in 5 difficulty levels: difficulty levels are indicated by the number of lines on the borders of each card)