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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 which contains a small plastic game board, a puzzle and answer booklet, three blue knights, four red enemy knights, a main tower, and four plastic wall pieces. The goal of the game is to protect the blue knights and their tower from the enemy red knights by completely surrounding the blue knights and the tower inside the walls. The game’s rules introduce the idea of constraints as they give specific criteria as to how the walls can be placed. The problem booklet with answer key 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 specifically placed in strategic positions in order to keep the blue knights and their towers safe from the enemy 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”

      • “use 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”