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Walls & Warriors

Lower Age: 8+
Website: http://www.smartgamesusa.com/walls-warriors
Price: $21.99
Year Added: 2016
Walls & Warriors

Walls and Warriors is a single-player puzzle game with a small plastic game board, a challenge booklet, three blue knight pieces, four red knight pieces, a main tower piece, and four plastic wall pieces. The goal of the game is to protect the blue knights and their tower from the red knights ("the enemy") by completely enclosing the blue knights and the tower inside the wall pieces. The rules of the game introduce the idea of constraints by outlining specific ways that the wall pieces may be placed. The challenge booklet includes an answer key and provides puzzle scenarios of increasing difficulty to provide a continuous challenge for players at different skill levels. The nature of the game encourages planning, problem solving, and iterative thinking as the walls must be placed in strategic positions in order to keep the blue knights and their tower safe from the red knights.

 

Engineering thinking and design practices the gift encourages children to do or learn about: Define a problem, learn about the problem, generate ideas, try the solution, refine ideas, recognize patterns


Engineering text or context explicitly provided by the gift: A problem, criteria, constraints


Additional practices and skills needed by engineers that were addressed by the gift: Spatial reasoning, critical thinking, creative thinking, problem solving, logical reasoning


Overall ratings:


  • Children Reviews:

    • Rating: 4.8

    • Feedback:

      • “It was hard and challenging like a complex puzzle.”

      • “Uses your intellect in a good way.”

  • Parents Reviews:

    • Rating: 4

    • Feedback: “I liked that it had a variety of challenge difficulties so that the game was different every time.”

  • Engineering & STEM Experts Reviews:

    • Rating: 4.7

    • Feedback:

      • “It promotes trial and error when trying to solve the problem and redesign a solution.”

      • “Focuses on spatial creativity and design.”