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Fall 2014 Games
Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: Fat Brain Toys
Price: $21.95

Players choose a card (one of 40 ranging in four levels difficulty from "easy" to "expert") and try to place pieces made of groups of hexagons over the card in such a way that the numbers shown through any piece add up to 7. In some puzzles, a "Bee Blocker" can be used to subtract out one or two extra numbers from the grid.

The hexagonal shape adds a new twist to the logic-and-spatial-relations type of game. The easiest puzzles take only a minute for the recommended 8-or-older players, but parents might enjoy sharing those levels of the game with younger children for simple arithmetic practice. Harder puzzles take much longer, with "Expert"-level requiring at least as much persistence as skill. Puzzle cards can be stored inside the plastic grid case, and a mesh bag holds spare pieces to keep them from getting lost.

Emily Crawford   ©2014 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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