Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Recommended age: 5 year-old ++
Who would love this: Brainteaser lovers - kids & adults!
Hoppers by ThinkFun is a little compact game that is cute and hopping fun! I love the concept of numerous jumping frogs, a square blue pond, 13 lily pads, and many entertaining challenges to solve!
Why I love ❤️ this game:
(1) Peg Solitaire Game With Hopping Frogs - Created by the Japanese puzzle master Nob Yoshigahara, Hoppers is a modified cuteness-overload peg solitaire game consists of a small case with game grid and storage drawer, 40 challenge cards with solutions, and 12 hopper frogs. To play the game: first, step up the board by arranging the frogs according to a selected challenge card, then use your awesome brainpower to leap one frog over another in the right sequence and direction by the inscribed lines, whilst removing all frogs that were being jumped over. When you see a last red frog standing, you win the challenge. The rules sound deceptively simple, the game process is extremely fun to watch, the solutions can be puzzling to the extreme, but the excitement and satisfaction of finding the correct moves? Simply priceless! Few extra rules: frogs cannot jump over empty lily pad, and cannot hop over two frogs at a time. This is a fantastic game for any brain teaser and puzzle lovers!
(2) Components - The components are tiny and well-made. Each lily pad has a special “seat” for the frogs to snugly sit tight. My favourite feature is the slide-able storage compartment for the cards and hopper frogs. The clever design makes Hoppers such an ideal on-the-go game - it’s compact, portable, organised, and so light for easy travel!
(3) Different Levels of Difficulty - I love that the challenge cards have different levels of difficulties, ranging from easy to super hard. My five-year-old was able to solve the easy level challenges, but he “got stuck” when they get too complicated for his age. I feel that this game can continue to stimulate, inspire and test the kids (and adults) our sequential reasoning and problem-solving skills for many more years to come. I love that the game has such incredible re-play value.
[This review was first written and published in Instagram on 12 October 2021]
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