Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Horse Academy, By SmartGames - REVIEW

Nature/ Type:          Brainteaser with great fun show-jumping theme!  

Rating:                     ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 

Recommended age:  7 year-old ++   

Who would love this: Anyone (adults or kids) who enjoys logic puzzles / brainteasers 

Seriously, who can ever resist SmartGames and their very ingenious brainteasers? SmartGames are always “above and beyond”, cleverly-done, and set themselves apart with their “storytelling” ability. We recently tested out this “Horse Academy”, kindly gifted by Leisure Learning - we’re now hopelessly hooked! 

Why I love ❤️ this game: 

(1) Horse-Jumping + Connect-A-Path Puzzle - I love it when SmartGames incorporates unique theme into the game components and transformed a logic puzzle into something extraordinary. This “Horse Academy” is a “connecting a path” challenge but with a “horse-jumping” twist (completes with gates, rails, winding routes, rider and a horse). To play this game, choose a challenge and set up the horse and the exit gate at the indicated points. Next, create a path from start to finish, ensuring that the obstacles are placed in the order as shown in the challenge. The best part? Once you completed each challenge, you get to steer the riding horse, hop over the fences through the course (elegantly or clumsily, your choice!), and exit the majestic red and white gate in style. Our boy simply loves this fun little final touch, and I can see why it’s so enchanting! 

(2) Different Difficulty Levels - Like many other SmartGames, there are various difficulty levels for the 80 challenges; from the extremely easy types (simply arrange the obstacles pieces in the sequences as hinted), to the ones that stretch your brainpower a little (the loop / U-turn sort with “fork in the path” and a “go with the flow” rule), to the “Wizard” level that leaves you figuring out the start and end positions! The kids will get to experience the game in different perspective at a different age and mileage of their life. 

(3) Awesome SmartGames Components - The components are the usual SmartGames quality - sturdy, bright, exciting! The game board is a slightly rectangular arena with “openings” at different places (where we can slide-in the exit gate). The 10 obstacle pieces are marked with letters and are easily distinguishable by colours. I also love the sturdy storage box, and the spiral bound challenge booklet with solutions provided (yes, we do “cheat” from time to time, and the solutions are super useful 🤣).

# gifted in exchange for review 

Where to buy this: (Australia) 

Enjoy the video! 

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