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Fall 2014 Toys
Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: MindWare
Price: $24.95

Syclone is a modern-day tavern puzzle: a game that appears simple at the outset but ends up proving to be a real challenge, and one that will entertain not only the owner but every guest who walks through the door. Players start a top spinning on the plastic Stratus maze and navigate it through one of three paths (ranging in difficulty from trivial to challenging) to the end point. Then to really show mastery, they can hop it back out of the end point and reverse course. When all those routes are perfected, flip the maze over in its wooden frame and there's an even greater challenge to be found in the Seismic course.

Mastering the top spinning smoothly enough to start the course, demanded more from some players than others. But once players had command of the spin, all were ready to take on the frequently tricky maze play. A storage/travel bag is included.

Emily Crawford   ©2014 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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