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Perplexus Warp

Perplexus Warp

Fall 2014 Toys
Ages: 6 & Up
Manufacturer: PlayMonster
Price: $24.99

The newest in the line of Perplexus puzzle toys, the Warp is a maze that sits inside a clear, plastic non-spherical shape; the goal is to move the marble from the start to the finish along a "curvy, pivotal, leaping maze." There are six flagged check points and 80 challenging events.

Described as easy to play and hard to master, our testers think it more descriptive as "FUN to play, hard to master." The 3D puzzle encourages spatial thinking, hand thinking, reasoning and patience. The illusion that the ball is defying gravity adds to the challenge. Players must rotate the shape in very specific ways to advance the marble. At times frustrating, players are also rewarded with "small successes." Engaging for kids and the parents who play with them, we marveled at the mind behind the magic. We often compared notes and tips for how to approach and complete the maze.

Laura Seargeant Richardson   ©2014 Parents' Choice
Currently a Creative Director at argo design, Laura spent more than a decade at frog design, an innovation consultancy. As a designer, speaker, author and mother, Laura believes play is the greatest natural resource in a creative economy and is on a mission to empower kids to be designers of their own play.

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