Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978



Spring 2012 Games
Ages: 7 & Up
Manufacturer: Smart Toys and Games
Price: $19.99

What is it about the Trojan War that is still so compelling thousands of years after Homer composed his epics? In this solo game of logic, players arrange Trojan and Greek soldiers (the misnomer "knights" appears in the manual) and the walls of Troy according to puzzle prompts, attempting to exclude the Greek soldiers from the city of Troy. The sixty logic puzzles are rated in five levels of difficulty from "starter" to "wizard". Starter puzzles are a sufficient challenge but remain accessible to 7-year-olds, while wizard puzzles may stump many adults. The soldier and wall pieces have just enough realism to be fun for pretend play. Once a puzzle is completed, invariably the children have the Greeks assault the walls (unsuccessfully), even bringing in another game's piece to be the Trojan Horse - making this a logic game with bonus fun.

Emily Crawford   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Emily holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a Master's in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a homeschooling parent and lives with her husband, three children, five cats, and thousands of LEGOs in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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