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Clue Master Logical Deduction Game

Lower Age: 8+
Website: http://www.thinkfun.com/products/clue-master/
Price: $9.99
Year Added: 2017

Clue Master is a sudoku-like logic puzzle game with forty included puzzles. To solve each puzzle, the player must arrange the game’s nine tokens on a three-by-three grid according to a set of constraints which determine one unique arrangement. The tokens have one of three shapes: tennis balls, bones, and dog treats, and one of three colors: red, green and blue. The constraints for each puzzle are represented pictographically, and are generally something like “no tennis ball may be directly to the left of a green piece.” The player has to ensure that all the constraints are met when creating their solution, so they will practice logical thinking and problem solving in order to determine each puzzle’s arrangement.

 

 

Engineering thinking and design practices the gift encourages children to do or learn about: Make observations, idea generation, plan a solution, try the solution, test the solution, analyze a solution, redesign a solution, make improvements to their solution, recognize patterns

 

Engineering text or context explicitly provided by the gift: A problem to be solved by developing a new improved object, tool, or process, a user, constraints

 

Additional practices and skills needed by engineers that were addressed by the gift:

Spatial reasoning skills, critical thinking, creative thinking, problem solving, perseverance, logical thinking

 

 

Overall ratings:

  • Children Reviews
    • Rating: 3.8 out of 5.0
    • Feedback:
      • “I really liked how the clues were helpful to solve the challenge.” F, 11
      • “I liked the magnetic parts in the game and how it made me really use my brain.” F, 11
  • Parents Reviews
    • Rating: 4.33 out of 5.0
    • Feedback:
      • “I liked that although it was a bit confusing at first, we really ended up learning a lot and having fun!” parent of a 5-year-old
      • “I like how the game board folds out still attached to the book and has magnetic pieces. This would make a great travel game for the car. The coated pages also seem pretty durable!” parent of a 7-year-old
  • Engineering & STEM Experts Reviews
    • Rating: 4.33 out of 5.0
    • Feedback:
      • “I like that there are many levels that gradually increase in difficulty.”
      • “Clue Master is a very fun and well-designed logic game. Many of the puzzles are remarkably challenging, and they ramp up in difficulty at a very good pace.”