The holidays are coming faster than I want. It means holiday break and the kids will be home for a couple of weeks again. Rather than playing Fortnite (yes I know a new season dropped this morning!) I’d prefer that my kids get some thoughts going in their brains. I love puzzle games for this reason and the kids happen to love them too. I love working with brands especially when they fit so well with our family. We love games that are easy to transport in the car. SmartGames has some amazing travel games and they sent us a collection to test out. All opinions are our own. We like having puzzle games for the holidays especially the car rides.
We have gone to the Marbles Brain Store in the past and found the full size version of Penguins on Ice. We loved this game and played so much that we broke a piece or two. The purpose of the game is to fit the ice around the penguins. Penguins Pool Party is the same concept but in a portable version. Each of the SmartGames comes with an instruction book that gives you ideas of different ways to play. The logic games which require you to move pieces around or place pieces on the game board have varying difficulty levels available.
We also received IQ Candy. This game is a lot like tentagrams or the like. You have to make the puzzle pieces fit. The instruction book gives you a few pieces and locations for them in the grid. Your goal is to then place the remaining pieces on the grid to fit correctly. Again the instructions come in varying levels of difficulty.
By the far the kids favorite game was Temple Trap though. The best part is that you can sample Temple Trap on the SmartGames website. The game involves using the instruction booklet to place the slide pieces in the right spaces. There are small icons on the pieces to make sure you are placing the right pieces in the right space. You cannot move a piece if your adventurer is on it and you cannot stand on a spot with a crocodile.
The kids helped me set up the game and play the first round:
Puzzle games are great for in the car because it keeps minds moving and active. It also helps if there is a sibling to help work together to make the game more interactive. Charlie and Rachael can’t wait to play the games again this weekend while we sleep at the race track.