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If you have a fan of strategy or logic games on your holiday shopping list, ThinkFun has you covered. Since 1985, the company has been dedicated to creating fun games that stimulate brain development and sharpen the mind. With a large selection to choose from, ThinkFun has something for everyone. Keep reading to learn about a few of my favorites.
Shadows in the Forest
Shadows in the Forest, one of ThinkFun’s newest games, offers a unique, immersive play experience. What really sets it apart from the rest is that you play in the dark! One player has the lantern and they must find the Shadowlings –the creatures that hide in the shadows. The player moves through the forest illuminating the trees while the rest of the players keep the shadowlings out of the light. If the player with the lantern catches a glimpse of the Shadowlings, he captures them. When they are all captured, or they all manage to reunite in one spot, the game ends. This game is for 2 or more players ages 8 and up.
Shadows in the Forest is fairly easy to learn and it lasts anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes. Players can choose how many Shadowlings to start with, as long as there are at least 3. This game is fun for the family and also perfect for sleepovers, slumber parties, and camping. It is unlike any game we have ever played and the boys absolutely love it. It is available at Target nationwide.
Laser Chess adds an element of excitement to a traditional game. It takes just minutes to learn and it reinforces critical thinking skills. Players move their mirrored pieces around the board and after each turn, they fire a laser beam across the board. If the beam hits a non-mirrored section of any piece, the player removes it from the board. When the beam hits a opponent’s king, the game ends. If the player hits his own king however, his opponent wins. You can find it on Amazon and it is for 2 players ages 8 and up.
My boys had a much easier time learning laser chess than they did the traditional version. And, because it involves lasers, they seemed more eager to learn. The game is highly entertaining and it helps develop logic, visual perception, and reasoning skills.
You will have to use logic to find the suspect in Cat Crimes. You are pet sitting your neighbor’s six cats for the weekend and things do not go exactly as planned. One of the cats is causing some trouble and it’s up to you to figure out which one. Using the clues provided, you will learn who broke the flower-pot, spilled the coffee, and tore up the shoe. It is available on Amazon for players 8 and up.
This is a great logic game and it really makes you think, though some younger players may find it a bit on the difficult side. It is a single player games, which makes it perfect for playing while relaxing or enjoying downtime.
We love ThinkFun’s selection of logic games. The best part? The games help develop various skills while keeping players engaged in fun! My boys are going to be delighted to find some under the tree this year.