Monday, March 13, 2023

Grizzly Gears, by SmartGames - REVIEW

Nature/ Type:          1-player brain teaser / logic puzzle 

Rating:                     ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Recommended age:  7 year-old ++   

Who would love this: Any logic puzzle / brainteaser / solo game lovers, especially those that love unique components with exciting theme! 

SmartGames has an incredible range of innovative brainteasers. I have tested out a few packing puzzles, matching /connecting /sliding challenges, and deduction range, BUT I have never seen one that rotates and twists! We are in love with this “Grizzly Gears” game. Thank you Leisure Learning for providing another fantastic set! 

Why I love ❤️ this game: 

(1) Puzzle Pieces That Rotate & Twist - The set comes with a game board with 6 figures/ objects at the edges, 9 rotating tree pieces, 6 pieces with characters, and a booklet with 80 challenges and solutions. First, set up the tree and figurines pieces at the right position and orientation as indicated in the selected challenge; next, rotate the circular tree pieces to move the character, from one disc to the other, until each of the characters reach their respective end positions. I find the twisting mechanism intriguing and such a refreshing idea! 

(2) Forest Theme With Characters - We love how SmartGames incorporates exciting theme in the cleverest way into its puzzles through visually-appealing components. In “Grizzly Gears”, the characters are “lost in the woods”. Our job is to send them to the right place using the mechanical movement of the spinning discs (the pine trees serve as the “axles”). The girl needs to return to her camping tent, beaver to its family in the water, lumberjack with an axe back to the pile of logs, the fawn to daddy deer, baby bear to mama bear, and white rabbit to white rabbit. But beware! Apart from baby bear, none of the other figurines is allowed to be moved in front of mama bear (or it would get “stuck” and sunk into the deeper drain). The idea “makes good sense”, and I love that even the title of the game has a cute pun! 

(3) 80 Challenges In Different Difficulty Levels - The 80 challenges are grouped in different progressive levels of difficulty. There were a lots of trial-and-error before we sort-of figured out some of the sequential logic (e.g. which piece needs to be rotated to which direction to “free up” a space for another disc to spin). This puzzle is fun for kids, and addictive for adults! 

(4) Good Components - The components are adorable and sturdy, and I love the iconic pine trees (made of thermoplastic rubber) which has a nice texture to touch.

# gifted in exchange for review 

Where to buy this: (Australia) (Australia) 

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