Monday, August 22, 2022

Diamond Quest, by SmartGames - REVIEW

Nature/ Type:          Clever logic game from SmartGames 

Rating:                     ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Recommended age:  10 year-old ++ 

Who would love this: Brainteasers / logic games lovers + SmartGames collectors 

I haven’t yet seen a SmartGames that I don’t like; I am really impressed with the level of care, love and creativity involved in the creation of these splendid logical puzzles. Diamond Quest is another of my personal favourites that I love tremendously! Thanks Leisure Learning for providing this set for review! 

Why I love ❤️ this game: 

(1) Brainteaser With 13 Gems - Diamond Quest is a logical deduction puzzle with similar concept like Smart Cookies by FoxMind (reviewed on 7/4/2021) and Chocolate Fix by ThinkFun. But I think Diamond Quest elevates this game to a whole new exciting level; instead of playing on a tray of 3x3 grid, Diamond Quest comes with a game board in t-shaped formed around a classic 3x3 square. Instead of playing with 9 game components, Diamond Quest has 13 jewel pieces - 3 each of green, yellow, orange and blue (each with a different gemstone cuts - round, square and triangle), and a special red diamond with a pointed culet. The goal is to arrange the gems using the clues given in each of the 80 challenges in the spiral-bound booklet, and to identify the location of the red diamond through a series of deduction, elimination, and logical thinking. It is thought-provoking for adults, appealing to kids! 

(2) Dazzlingly Beautiful - The chunky and dazzling gemstones design is such a clever idea! The kids were instantly captivated and entranced by these attractive and very sparkling jewels! 

(3) Range of Difficulty Levels - Like many other SmartGames, the challenges progress from the easiest level (that can be done even by my 3 and 5 year-old), to the real expert level that will leave you mind-boggled and bewildered. The starter stage gives positive clues with clear visual representations where specific gems are to be placed; the challenges intensify and ramp up in complexity with incorporation of “negative clues” (ie what NOT to be placed at a certain position), and direction clues (eg no triangle gem next to another triangle gem). Solutions are provided. This is an awesome family game that suits all ages with fantastic replay value! 

(4) Game Board With Lid - I love the travel-friendly game board with lid that can securely store all the pieces and the challenge booklet within. 

# gifted in exchange for review 

Where to buy this: (Australia) 

Enjoy the video! 

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