Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Sumoku, By Blue Orange - REVIEW

Nature/ Type:          Crossword-inspired Board Game with Mathematics Theme  

Rating:                     ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 

Recommended age:  9 year-old ++ 

Who would love this: Board game lovers who are reasonably good at maths 

We love Qwirkle, we love Scrabble, and we love Bananagrams. So it’s only natural that we would love a Mathematics version of such similar game. 😊 THIS, is the colourful, summing and multiplying, “crossword” game but with a “numbers” twist. This is “Sumoku” from Blue Orange ! Thank you Leisure Learning for providing this for a review! 

Why I love ❤️ this game: 

(1) Learn Multiplication In A Fun Way - I love it as a useful and interesting tool to learn multiplication in an entertaining way. This is probably not the sort of party games that would generate laughters and silliness. The game gears more towards older kids who are familiar (or at least know the basic of) multiplication, especially the 3, 4 and 5 times-table. This game is engaging and fun, but with a slight sense of “seriousness” in it. Do we love it? Absolutely, 100%! The game comes with 96 tiles, a dice, and illustrated rules, all contained in a travel pouch. This is a unique mathematics-focused, crossword-style game that can be played in 5 variations. The game starts with the roll of dice to create a “key number” (3, 4 or 5). The aim is to create rows and columns where the digits on the tiles sum-up to a multiple of the key number (eg, 3 + 2 + 5 for a multiple of 5). Like the game of Qwirkle, each tile is in one of 6 colours, and a colour cannot be repeated in a connected line of tiles. The rules are easy to learn. We immediately fall in love with it! The game is probably a little tricky for a six-year-old (the colours limitation rule annoys the boy a bit), but I can see the full potential of this game once a player reaches a certain school age! 

(2) Great Components- The game components are fantastic. The tiles are sturdy and have a very solid feel to them. I love that the colours tiles are engraved with the numbers slightly “raised” on the tiles (in other words, no issue with painted numbers fading off over time). 

(3) Cute Pouch- I especially love the handy, cone-shaped travel pouch with zipper. The pouch is small enough to be chucked into any light carrying bag, but big enough to contain all the components. I love the portability of this game! 

# gifted in exchange for review 

Where to buy this: (Australia) 

Enjoy the video! 

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