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Tut's Tablet

Tut's Tablet

Spring 2013 Puzzles
Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: Popular Playthings
Price: $19.99

The rules of Tut's Tablet are simple, but completing each of this single-player puzzle game's fifty challenges is not. Once you get the hang of this nob-cornered cube game, you'll start to develop a strategy for playing and will welcome each new and more difficult level.

The game is played on the attractively designed, clear plastic "Tut's Tablet," a 25-square grid raised on its top surface to accommodate a perfect fit, move by move, of the 'cryptic cube,' the die-like game piece that has knobby corners and six surfaces that are each a different color. Simply slip the challenge booklet into the see-through tablet and a new game appears. Place the cube on the starting square and then 'roll' it one square at a time so that its top color matches the color of the new square below it. The goal is to reach the square showing Tut's Coin with the cube and square color matching. Sounds simple, but it isn't, even in the easy levels.

Tut's Tablet is a smart game. Its unusual design creates a small bundle of problem-solving and logical fun that rewards persistence.

Don Oldenburg   ©2013 Parents' Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of "The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion" (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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