Chocolate FixSpring 2008 Games
Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: ThinkFun Inc.
Review:If you’ve never had a chocolate fix, try this one. This game of logical reasoning has children (or adults, when they can sneak it away from the kids for a round or two!) placing chocolates in a tray according to clues provided in a puzzle book. Clues get progressively more difficult to follow, encouraging players to hone their logical deduction skills as they go along. This game was so compelling that my 8-year-old daughter carried it with her every day for a week and continues to play with it on a daily basis. By using pieces that can be manipulated on a grid it bridges the gap between concrete maneuvering and abstract thought. Beginner games provide a quick road to a satisfying solution, but advanced games require that special flash of insight that comes from mulling the clues over and over until a clear line of thought breaks through. Too many kids go through life without being asked to think clearly. Chocolate Fix provides a fun route toward better, more remarkable thoughts.
Emily Crawford ©2008 Parents' Choice
Emily holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a Master's in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a homeschooling parent and lives with her husband, three children, five cats, and thousands of LEGOs in Blacksburg, Virginia.
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