Tuesday, July 4, 2023

Treasure Island, By SmartGames - REVIEW

Nature/ Type:          Matching game with a (literal) twist 

Rating:                     ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 

Recommended age:  8 year-old ++   

Who would love this: Collectors of SmartGames, and anyone who love a brain challenge with a theme! 

There are GREAT reasons why treasure-hunting is such a popular theme amongst kids (and adventure-craving adults); think about unknown awaits, thrilling scenes, and the danger we may face! Thank you Leisure Learning for providing this fantastic “Treasure Island” from SmartGames for a review! 

Why I love ❤️ this game: 

(1) Clever Game With Shape-Shifting Puzzle Pieces

We have tried many “matching puzzles” before, but SmartGames always pushes a little boundary and gives its games an unexpected, ingenious touch. “Treasure Island” is a matching puzzle with a (literal) “twist”. In this game, you would find a hexagonal game board, 5 puzzle pieces, and a booklet with 80 challenges and solutions. The goal is simple: choose a challenge, and match the puzzle pieces to the “treasure island map” with 4 terrains / colours. The most unique part of this game? The 4 shape-shifting, twistable puzzle pieces - each can be transformed into 4 different arrangements! I LOVE that this game requires us to keep our brain and hands busy at the same time. This is a puzzle of non-stop twisting, rotating, setting-up, matching, and re-testing, repeatedly! 

(2) 80 Puzzle Challenges In Different Difficulty Levels 

The 80 challenges are categorised in different levels and arranged in progressive difficulties- from starter, junior, expert, master, to wizard. The easier beginner puzzles have more obvious clues, with all the terrains clearly identified on the challenge map. The harder challenges show fewer hints and have more white (blank) hexagonal spaces. There is only one solution for each challenge. 

(3) Puzzle With A Story: Adventurer & Ancient Temple Theme! 

As usual, SmartGames is awesome when it comes to incorporating stories into its puzzles. This is a game about fearless adventurers, embarking on sea journey, in search of a long-forgotten ancient temple on forsaken island. The components are sturdy, the shifting mechanism is cleverly-done, and I love the clean division of colours symbolising 4 terrains (hills, rocks, forest, and water). I particularly love the temple that was designed to resemble a Mayan temple, but in a hexagonal shape to match the overall feel of the game. The white sailing ship (whilst not having a real function) is a nice touch that completes the story. 

# gifted in exchange for review 

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