Sunday, December 5, 2021

Turing Tumble


Nature/ Type:          Smart battery-less device showing how computer works 

Rating:                     ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 

Recommended age:  8 year-old ++ 

Who would love this: STEM lovers 

My five-year-old calls this the coolest thing ever! Turing Tumble presents mechanical process of computers in a visual but screen-free way. It’s a puzzle, a learning experience, and marvellous programming class with zero battery / electronics. Thank you Turing Tumble for sending this awesome set in exchange for honest review! 

Why I love ❤️ this game: 

(1) Showing how computer works in visual way- The concept and the ingenious challenges make this “toy” a timeless piece that can be played by kids and adults. Turing Tumble shows us how computer works in visual, non-abstract way. Using red and blue marbles, different bits and pieces, booklet with 60 challenges, a white “computer” board with removable stands, we watch how this clever device generates patterns, solves “problems”, “pre-programs” outcomes. First, arrange the different components according to selected puzzle; next, plan your path using specified parts to complete an “objective” (create a pattern of “blue, red, blue, red”; intercept the 4th blue ball etc). The solutions revealed through running marbles are super satisfying to watch. 

(2) Awesome instruction booklet- The booklet combines Japanese-manga feel sci-fi into the challenges; the level of difficulties increases gradually. I love that the booklet takes time to explain the purpose of each component, with clear illustrations accompanying the texts. The instructions, puzzles and storyline interweave seamlessly. Make sure you involve your kids in the initial set up of the board to give a clear idea of how each distinct pieces interlink.

(3) Clever components- Each solid piece serves different purposes; the ramp directs ball to a pre-planned direction, crossover piece allows ball to come out from opposite exit, bit sends a ball to one direction and swings the next ball to another; an interceptor captures a ball, and gears create mind-boggling outcomes. 

(4) Organized storage- We LOVE that each component has its special pocket in the storage box. It’s organised and neat! 

The only shortcoming is that the balls are difficult to be retrieved from the board (we wish there were a removable ball catcher tray at the bottom.) 

# gifted in exchange for review 

Where to buy this: 


(Official US site)

Enjoy the video! 

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