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One of the biggest struggles in my house is limiting screen time for the boys. As they get older, it becomes even more of a battle because they think they need a device in front of them 24/7. Sometimes I can get them to step away from the screen without a fight and that’s usually on family game night. They were especially looking forward to game night since we added two new puzzle games from Kroeger to our collection.
Tetris Dual is a two-player strategy game based on the classic computer and video puzzle games from the 1980s. The object of the game is the same; you want to create as many complete rows as possible using the given shapes. To play this version, drop the geometric shapes (Tetriminos) displayed on the base into the matrix grid. If the piece lands next to one of your own colors, you score points, and if you complete a full row, you’ll score even more! Try not to leave any holes as this causes you to lose points. Use your skills to block your opponent and make it easy to complete more rows. The game ends once the grid is full or one player runs out of pieces. A press of the button displays the winner. This battery operated game has two modes for players 6 years and up.
- Base Unit with 2 LCD Screens
- Play Grid
- Light-Up Tower Block
- 50 Tetriminos
I have always been a big fan of Tetris, so I was eager to play this game. It took just minutes to teach the boys to play and they were hooked immediately. One things I truly appreciate is that the game is so straightforward, I don’t have to worry about the boys arguing over the rules. We all took turns playing and we have a blast. It goes pretty fast so it is perfect for a quick game on busy nights. This game enhances hand-eye-coordination, fine motor skills, visual-spatial skills, and problem solving.
Rubik’s Race is a two-player puzzle game that gets you thinking and moving. Make sure your fingers are working as fast as your brain before you go head to head with your opponent. Just shake the scrambler, slide your colored panels and be the first to match the pattern before shutting the frame. It sounds simple, but once under pressure, you’ll think differently. This game tests your speed, visual-spatial skills, and dexterity. The game is for two players ages 7 and up.
- Base and Center Frame
- 48 Colored Tiles
- 9 Colored Mini Cubes
If you love puzzles, this is the game for you. Even if you are not a fan of puzzles, you will still enjoy playing, because it is quick, fun, and mentally challenging. My oldest son loved this game right away and he is so good at it. After losing to him a couple of times, I let the boys play together. Even though the youngest doesn’t stand a chance against his brother, he still enjoys playing it.
I am a big fan of anything that gets kids away from their devices because I know how important it is for us all to disconnect and spend some quality time interacting. These puzzle games also help develop their mind and improve their cognitive skills, which is a huge plus. If you live in Canada, you can find the games at Toys “R” Us and Amazon.