When I was a child my favorite game was Mousetrap because the experience wasn't simply about rolling dice and moving around a board. Rather, it was an invitation to construct environments with the reward of something special happening.
I still enjoy games where you build but I especially love it when they offer clever, valuable lessons as well. Circuit Maze teaches spacial reasoning and electrical engineering with simple to understand concepts. As you play, the levels naturally get more difficult and are challenging even to adults.
If your child is interested in games at even higher tech levels, there's also a game series called CODE that teaches the valuable superpower of computer coding concepts. I only wish I had access to these games when I was young.
NUTCASE is a deceptively simple cast metal puzzle by legendary puzzlemaker Hanayama. If you’re not planning to try it yourself, here’s how to solve it.
In this video, a 27-year-old Korean woman is playing an odd dating game, kind of like a live-action Tinder. She first chooses her ideal type of guy using options on her phone (e.g. “isn’t cocky,” “funny,” “buff”) and then 10 men (in masks) who meet her qualifications are seated in front of her. Communicating with […]
I was just introduced to an excellent game called Roller Coaster Challenge that melds puzzle solving, creativity and fun. It’s a logic-based, free-form, build-it-yourself kit that tasks you to get from point A to point B by using a limited number of coaster parts. Every level in the game challenges you to build new structures while […]
At some point, it happens to everyone: Your car breaks down. Your electricity fails at home. And if it happens at night, the first tool you need is your vision. There’s a more reliable way to get it back than that nearly-dead penlight at the back of your junk drawer or glove compartment: The UltraBright […]
The key to learning any new language is feedback. When you’re immersed in conversation, it’s easy to pick up key phrases and pronunciation, but not all of us have the means to jet off to Spain, France or wherever we can learn to speak like a local. The next best thing: The Mondly app. Mondly […]
Got a gadget-minded geek on your holiday list this year? Don’t wait for Black Friday. The prices are already dropping on some quality tech toys, and we’ve got a roundup of some of our favorites. Force Flyers DIY Building Block Drone MSRP: $49.99 | Normally: $42.99 | Price Drop: $39.99 (20% Off) Compatible with everybody’s […]