And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children. Isaiah 54:13 KJV

Friday, July 24, 2015

Turn Off The Screens

Do your kids spend too much time looking at screens? Mine certainly do. We limit their screen consumption quite a bit, but it still seems as though they are looking at electronics for a good portion of each day. I've wanted them to try some of the online programming games but I didn't want to give them another reason to indulge in more screentime. ThinkFun has just the solution we need! They sent me their newest game, Code Master, to review (for free!). 

Code Master is a programming logic game that will be available beginning August 2, 2015 exclusively at Target. This new game by ThinkFun gives your child (or yourself!) the ability to use logic to work through 60 video game type levels. The levels run the scale from beginner to expert. The game is recommended for ages 8 and up and is made for one player.

It comes with the map book that is spiral bound and includes the 10 maps that make up the game. To the left of each map is a set of symbols to indicate what is used for each level. The game also includes a set of guide scrolls. These scrolls show the player how many moves they can make for the level. You also received a the red plastic avatar piece and the gray plastic portal. Then there are 12 action tokens, 8 conditional tokens, and 6 crystals. 

My kids started on level one and took turns playing. Each level only has one solution so they went up a level on each turn. Once they find the map for the level they are playing, they turn to the correct guide scroll, place the avatar and portal, and then pull out the playing pieces (crystals and/ or tokens) for that level. 

After that the logic portion of the game is on. They must figure out how to make take their avatar to the crystals and portal using a limited number of specific moves. It only took my kids a few minutes to figure out how to play. 

They were both very interested in the game and had fun figuring out each sequence. As the levels got harder, they began helping one another. They have never played a game quite like this. Since the first time they played, they've pulled it out several more times. They even pulled it out for a neighbor to play yesterday. The solution to each level is in the back of the instruction booklet but we haven't needed to use it! 

Logic is an important skill and this fun game is a great way to incorporate it. I really like that they were both interested in the game enough to work together and help one another. If you are looking for a fun game for your kids that doesn't involve a screen, check out Code Master. This would also make a wonderful Christmas gift! It's never too early to start planning....

I received a free game in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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