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Square Up

Square Up

Fall 2008 Games
Ages: 6 & Up
Manufacturer: MindWare
Price: $19.95
The object of this easy-to-learn game is to slide your tiles to form the same pattern as shown by the colors in your cube shaker. Two players each have a tray that holds 24 colored tiles in a 5 x 5 grid. The 25th space is empty to accommodate the sliding tiles. Each player shakes his/her cube shaker until the nine miniature cubes within are sitting properly in their slots, and then slides his/her tiles, trying to get the nine center cubes to exactly match the pattern in the cube shaker.

For solo play, there are intriguing suggestions for pattern play with the tiles. One of the adult testers offered a Sudoku-like challenge: arrange the tiles so no color appears more than once in any row or column. Kids will certainly come up with their own ideas.

Ruth B. Roufberg   ©2008 Parents' Choice

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