Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Recommended age: 7 year-old ++
Who would love this: Brainteaser/ puzzle-lovers + SmartGames collectors
Skull and crossbones, peg legs and iron hook, fiddles and pirate ditties. I’m BIG FAN of SmartGames , especially those ingenious creations that incorporate exciting themes and elements into brain-stimulating logical puzzles! Leisure Learning sent over this “Pirates Crossfire” for review, and my-oh-my, I really can’t express enough how clever this game is and how impressed we are!
Why I love ❤️ this game:
(1) Pirate Theme - SmartGames, you have done it again! A Pirate scene is adventurous, thrilling, full of dramatic twists and unpredictable storyline! The player is to place the puzzle pieces at the correct position and orientation to fulfil certain conditions set up in the challenges. What makes it so unique and fascinating is that we get to “immerse” ourselves in the action of a battle or peace-keeping; sometimes, we got so engrossed in the navigation of sea vessels, we forgot that this is a brain teaser that requires serious thinking!
(2) 80 Challenges, 4 Playing Modes - The game has 4 playing modes, 80 challenges, and multiple levels of difficulties. The navy and pirate ships can “attack” each other horizontally or vertically, with the cannons installed at both sides (left and right) of the vessels, at any distance. They can’t attack from the front, back or diagonally. The aim is to arrange the pieces to produce 4 different outcomes depending on the playing mode: peace (nobody loses), pirates win, navy ships win, or total war (nobody wins). Each of the puzzle pieces are slightly different. Hints are provided in the easier challenges, but fewer clues are given when the difficulty level increases. There are rock pieces that are used to define a challenge, alter the usable space, and function as an obstacle to “block out” an attack.
(3) Awesome Game Components - The components of SmartGames are as usual, SUPER impressive! The board is an ocean of blue waves, the white-sail vessels symbolise the navy ship, and black “Jolly Roger” flags represent the pirate ships. The components are well-made and set the backdrop of an action-packed scene!
(4) Box with Inserts - I love the very organised cardboard insert that keeps everything neatly in place and fancifully upside-down.
# gifted in exchange for review
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