Thinkfun has released a new frog-themed solitaire peg-jumping game called Hoppers. The game is for ages 5 and up. The contents of the game include a game grid playing board that has a compartment under the board to store the cards as well as the frogs for the board. There are 40 different challenge cards with solutions with ranges of Easy to Super Hard and 12 Hopper Frogs. The object of the game is to perform a series of moves where one frog hops over another frog, removing it from play, until there is only one frog left on the game board. On each move, one frog must jump over another frog. The frog being jumped is the one removed from the game board. If you cannot make a move where a frog jumps over another, the game is over. Set it back up and try again.
The component quality is very good with sturdy plastic pieces, nice detail on the hopper frogs and nice quality for the card stock with nice rounded corners. I like that the game is compact and everything fits inside to prevent the pieces from getting lost.
The detail is nice on the frogs and the sculpts and paint detail give them a more realistic look. The lily pads on the grid are adequate in detail and the pegs that stick up are sturdy. On the bottom of the storage drawer there is a hole that allows for pushing the challenge cards out easily. It is a nice feature and I like that it is slightly recessed to protect the cards that are inside just in case there happens to be a spill while on the table.
Getting into the game play, there are 40 different challenge cards to play through. On the cards, there is a diagram to show the intial set-up. For example, in the picture below, Easy Challenge #1 is set up according to the card.
This particular puzzle is easy and can be won in a series of 3 moves. Each of the challenges is different and there are different difficulty levels. The great thing with the challenge cards is that the solution for each challenge is on the back of the card. This makes it convenient for checking and verifying results.
Here is a nice game that is perfect for one player. It is great for kids and adults as well thanks to the different levels of challenge for the game. With the convenient storage compartment, this game is ideal for travel. If you have multiple kids, a couple of copies of this will keep them occupied during long trips. This game teaches spatial recognition skills, so you can imagine the board in your head after multiple moves. Also, there is logic that is developed through the progression of jump moves.
The only negative thing I see with this is after multiple plays, for older players, the puzzle solutions will be known and then there won’t be so much of a challenge. For younger players though, with 40 different challenges, they will be engaged in the game for a while.
Overall this is a good product that offers fun and brain exercise at the same time. Home-schoolers would find this as a useful tool for problem solving and educators can use this as a great activity for a rainy day.
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