Before we moved to California, Hunter, at four, loved “playing” my mom’s Rush Hour game from ThinkFun.
In the actual game, you have to set up the variously-colored cars, trucks, and eighteen-wheelers on a sliding grid, according to the puzzle you’re trying to solve. The vehicles get set up in a mix-match of horizontal and vertical arrangements, and the goal is to slide the other vehicles out of the way in order to get the red car out the exit.
Sounds simple, but it’s not always so easy, and can take some careful planning, seeing the bigger picture, and lots of trial and error to get through the often multiple steps necessary to free your little red car.
We were both so excited when we found a generic version of the game (“Traffic Jam”) as a free android app under “Brain & Puzzle” in the games section of the marketplace. It’s also available for iPhone for $2.99.
According to the editorial description on Amazon, Rush Hour has received a national award from Mensa and has been used in elementary school math classes. And I can see why.
Hunter has so far made his way through dozens of puzzles and has fallen in love with the game. It’s not exactly my cup of tea (I’m easily frustrated with puzzles and brain teasers) but Hunter really seems to enjoy it.
And the nice thing about having it on my phone? (for free, no less) Definitely being able to play it anytime, anywhere, and playing something productive and fun. Beats Super Mario or Pac Man any day, in my book.
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