Reviewed by Emily
The Gravity Maze falling marble logic game is made by ThinkFun, an American company and it is made in China. The game won Toy of the Year Award in 2015. It comes packaged in a cardboard box with a plastic insert holding all the pieces securely in the box. The box contains a selection of 9 marble towers of varying heights, an end target, a 4 x 4 grid base that holds the towers, 60 challenge cards and 3 metal marbles. The towers are colour coded and made of clear and coloured transparent plastic which appear to be pretty durable.
The idea of the game is to choose a card which come in four levels- beginner, intermediate, advanced and expert. These cards give you the starting position and direction of the first tower and the position of the red target where the marble run ends. The bottom of the card also shows the colours of the towers you have to use to complete the run. Not only do you have to work out the positions but also the direction of the tower to allow the marble to run freely from top to bottom……sounds easy but it is harder than you think to complete the run! When you think you have the run complete, drop the marble and see if it runs to the end!
To make it more challenging, there are rules such as it can only drop one level at a time and it can’t travel horizontally. It has a suggest age of 8-99 which I would say is pretty accurate as it really is suitable for all of these ages and it is recommended for 1 + players. It is one of these games that really is as much fun on your own as playing with someone with the added bonus of improve your logic and problems solving skills at the same time.
It would be a great gift for someone to help pass these long lockdown days. The game has a natural progression through the levels and beyond that you can start to create your own runs.
Full information is available on ThinkFun’s website www.thinkfun.co.uk and it is available to buy at www.amazon.co.uk with an RRP of £29.99. I feel is a fair price for what you get as it feels good quality and should last a long time. Also there are lots of different levels that are all unique so it isn’t a game you play once- every game is different and I’m sure once you have done them all, you will have forgotten the first ones you did!
My 9 and 11 year old kids a really getting good at playing Gravity Maze and you see their awareness and logic improving. It keeps their attention for a long time and needs minimal input from parents as it is self-explanatory. They have been using it as a break from home schooling- what they don’t realise is they are still learning!! It would recommend the Gravity Maze as it is good fun for all ages.
This product can be purchased from Amazon here.