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IT’S ALWAYS FUN AND BRAINS WITH A TOY CHEST OF SMARTGAMES INTRIGUING PUZZLES
Test Your Puzzle Prowess With Magnetic Deducktion, North Pole Expedition, Ghost Hunters, Smart Car 5×5, Parking Puzzler & More!
From a haunted house to the North Pole, the search for brainy fun can always be found in a SmartGames puzzle. Peek inside their toy chest, now overflowing with new challenges like Ghost Hunters ($14.99) for a spooky good time. Relish the brain teasing of Deducktion ($9.99) where getting magnetic ducks in a row is not as easy as it looks. Look for more than a dozen new SmartGames for the back-to-school and giftgiving seasons including Dinosaurs-Mystic Islands ($19.99), Walls & Warriors ($19.99), Penguins Pool Party ($14.99) and Little Red Riding Hood ($24.99). Novice players to puzzle pros will delight in using cognitive skills including logic, creativity, memory and naturally, patience, to complete each fun ‘n brains game. The award-winning game company gears its thought-provoking puzzles for everyone ages 3 to 103. Sitting at the kitchen table plotting the next move on a puzzle with Grandpop has the same brain boosting effect as playing solo in the backseat of the minivan. Planning, problem solving, STEM subjects plus communication all come together as a child (or adult) moves one game piece and then another. Educators and toy experts have globally applauded SmartGames with more than 70 industry awards for its clever ways to explore pattern recognition and spatial insight.
Once upon a time preschoolers played with wood puzzles consisting of two or three chunky pieces. Today tiny tots can manipulate puzzle pieces in Little Red Riding Hood and Smart Car 5×5. “Each SmartGame is carefully designed and produced using quality materials that last,” explains their website SmartGamesUSA.com, “And with so many included challenges, each game can be replayed over and over again.” So as kids grow, so do their toy’s playing level.
Little Red Riding Hood • Ages 4+ • $24.99
Following the success of Three Little Piggies, SmartGames introduces this new preschool puzzle game based on a popular fairy tale. Kids can now help Little Red find the right path to Grandma’s house. But beware! The wolf will get there faster. This game comes packaged with a picture book with the original story. Grandma, what great taste you have in puzzles! The game features 48 challenges.
Smart Car 5 x 5 • Ages 4+ • $26.99
Vroom, vroom. SmartCar 5×5 is a new variation of the classic SmartCar. The game now boasts 5 wooden blocks for more variation and simpler rules thanks to the clear orientation, ideal for the youngest age group in logic games. There are a whopping 48 challenges – 24 for ages 3 to 7 year olds and 24 for elementary schoolers 6 to 9 years old. The car is now sturdy plastic with smoothly spinning rubber wheels making it a great toy beyond the board puzzle board.
SmartGames popular Originals Series expands in 2016 with brand new Dinosaurs – Mystic Islands to Jungle Hide & Seek. Most of the games feature 80 or more challenges, up from 60 in the past.
Dinosaurs- Mystic Islands • Ages 6-Adult • $19.99
Are these dinos friendly or foe? Separate the plant-eating dinosaurs from the carnivores in this new shape matching game. Compose the green islands on the blue surface as shown but make sure the 3 friendly dinos are separated from the 3 Tyrannosaurus rexes. Think carefully before each move!
Jungle Hide and Seek • Ages 6-Adult • $19.99
This new version of Hide & Seek has 80 (!) challenges that take game playing to a new level. With the double sided game board and puzzle pieces, kids can play 2 games in 1. Discover the Asian animals playing solo. The green day-side is the classic 4-sections-grid game and the blue night-side features more difficult challenges on 1 large grid – using the same double-sided pieces.
North Pole Expedition • Ages 6-Adult • $19.99
After playing in the scorching jungle, kids will start to think like an Eskimo in this frosty North Pole adventure! Discover this upgraded version of the game Camouflage, now with 80 (!) new challenges. In this expedition there are 2 playing modes – an Eskimo kayaking in the water and an Eskimo spear fishing on the ice. Play the same challenge twice and discover the completely different solution. Now that’s cool.
Walls & Warriors • Ages 6-Adult • $19.99
Kids get to journey back to a time of castles and brave knights in this intriguing puzzle. Youngsters (and young adults) need to protect the blue warriors within the castle and to keep the red ones outside the walls. A 3D rock, an additional central tower building and gradual tips and hints make this puzzle game memorable again and again.
When kids are on the move, their games should be mobile too – but without cords or WiFi. These Compact Travel Games fit nicely in a backpack or carry-on to play when there’s some down time. SmartGames suggests packing these three games for on-the-go fun!
Magnetic Travel: Deducktion • Ages 5-Adult + • $9.99
This new magnetic game offers kids 48 challenges using deduction to find the position of each mallard. The challenge is simple but the solution is not: place the three duck families so all duckling follow their mother but the moms don’t stand next to each other. Quack, quack.
Parking Puzzler • Ages 6-Adult • $14.99
They may be a decade away from getting a driver’s license but kids can learn how to park in tight spots. A true game of deduction is the Parking Puzzler where every car needs the right spot, including yours. Place all pieces on the board but make sure the cars are in position correctly — not in the driving lane or taking up 2 parallel spots. Beep beep. Features 60 challenges.
Ghost Hunters • Ages 6-Adult • $14.99
Ever wondered what ghosts do in a haunted mansion? Light up all of the ghosts in each challenge by placing all the flashlight puzzle pieces correctly. Featuring 60 challenges, Ghost Hunters is a scary good time for players young and old! Includes 1 game board which can be used as a storage case, 6 transparent puzzle pieces, 30 challenge cards with 60 challenges and 1 booklet with game rules and solutions.
Penguins Pool Party • Ages 6-Adult • $14.99
Make a splash while sitting quietly in your seat with this pool party full of penguins and icebergs. This compact game holds 60 challenges! Place the penguins on the board game as shown in the challenge and then place the pieces with ice around them. A simple and clear concept using only 4 puzzle pieces, but – not so fast!
Older kids and adults can play a Pocket Game that offers hugs (OO) and kisses (XX) for their brain. Called appropriately IQ XOXO, this game is based on the digital world with X and O typically typed at the end of a friendly text message.
IQ XOXO • Ages 6-Adult • $9.99
People express themselves with sincerity, faith, love and friendship. This novel game has them filling the grid with the right x’s and o’s. They need to use the 10 double-sided pentomino pieces to solve an incredible 120 challenges. The brainteaser offers five levels of play: Starter, Junior, Expert, Master and Wizard.
Since there is no age limit for fun and games, SmartGames has a grownup version called IQ-Puzzler Pro, for older kids, executives and seniors to exercise those brain cells.
IQ Puzzler Pro • Ages 6-Adult • $9.99
The best seller IQ-Puzzler has been refreshed for the next level of play. A different set of pieces offer 120 2D and 3D challenges in 3 playing modes. Play on the inside in an orthogonal grid or in 3D making pyramids or use the outside for a diagonal grid. SmartGames includes solutions and a beautiful housing to store the enclosed challenge booklet, rules and colorful pieces.
Games are huge in our house, and we were SO excited to get some new ones from SmartGames! I LOVE when games combine fun with learning opportunities, and these games do just that. The brain is fired up and ready to go when it is trying to solve this awesome puzzles! And I love that each of the games have easy-hard levels so that different ages and abilities can play. My kids LOVE the SmartCar puzzle- it is super fun for them to try and put together, and it is also just a great toy! The car rolls around so easily and all the kids I take care of just love it. We also LOVE our IQ Puzzler Pro– it hardly gets a break because someone in the house is always trying to fit a new puzzle. There are so many ways to play, and so many levels of difficulty. We love these games, and I think SmartGames has a great gift for ANY age group!
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