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A 99 with raspberry sauce, please

July 22, 2012

And now for something completely different: a game that Miss B plays on her own. We got Rush Hour Junior some time last year and at the time Miss B spent a good few sessions puzzling away at it. If you didn’t know, Rush Hour is a simple sliding piece puzzle, where the aim is to shuffle vehicles backwards and forwards on a grid in order to let your car escape. In the junior version, your car happens to be an ice cream van.

Get that fire engine out of the way!

The junior version comes with forty puzzle cards, graded into four difficulty levels. To play, you just choose a card, set the pieces up on the grid, and start trying to work out how to get that ice cream van out. This can be quite tricky, involving several logical steps, and requires some thinking ahead — or an incredible amount of trial and error.

The set went down well when we first bought it, with Miss B getting through about twenty puzzles over the course of a week or two with quite a lot of help and encouragement. This time she started again from scratch and, with almost no assistance, she got to about the same place after a couple of sessions, with quite a lot of enthusiasm.  Of course, now we’re on the third difficulty level, things are slowing down a bit.

I reckon this has been good value for money, especially as the puzzles are a bit of fun for me too. Maybe we’ll pick up the adult version some way down the line.

The verdict from Miss B (aged 5½): “I like the cars because there’s a purple truck. I like building the puzzle and then working out how to get the ice cream van out.”

The game: Rush Hour Junior (ThinkFun), 1 player aged 6 to 8.

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