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Rush Hour® Shift

Rush Hour® Shift

Spring 2015 Games
Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: ThinkFun Inc.
Price: $24.99

If you know the original award-winning strategy game Rush Hour by ThinkFun, you already know the traffic-manipulating concept of this beloved classic. Rush Hour Shift ups the ante with new and fun cross-traffic elements with gameplay designed for two.

Players start by positioning the two Hero Cars and the 12 Blocking Vehicles (cars and trucks) on the new and larger (6 inches by 14 inches) heavy-plastic traffic-grid game board using one of the 10 provided traffic-jam setups. Turn by turn, each player draws a card from his dealt hand from the deck of 32 cards that either lets him move his car or blocking vehicles a certain number spaces, slide vehicles forward, shift one of the three movable sections of the traffic grid one way or the other to help clear his own traffic path or cause problems for his opponent, or do some combination of those moves.

After making his move, the player draws a new card from the deck and it's the other player's turn. The goal is to reach the opposite side of the traffic grid before your opponent. But to win, players need to strategize not only how to get their own car from one side of the grid to the other but also how to prevent their opponent from doing the same.

Rush Hour Shift comes with an easy-to-understand rulebook in six languages, plenty of graphic examples that illustrate the rules and strategies, even a mesh bag for making the game easily mobile.

But what's hard to figure is how something as tormenting as traffic jams could be made into such a terrific thinking and strategizing puzzler for kids and adults.

Don Oldenburg   ©2015 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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