The Genius Square
Don’t let the name of this game frighten you. You do not have to be a genius to play, but you will feel like a genius when you win! The aim of The Genius Square, a 2019 Game of the Year Nominee, is to place the nine colored shapes around seven blockers. Roll the dice, add the blockers, and race to place your shapes. A specially-designed computer program was used to confirm that all of The Genius Square’s 62,208 possible puzzle combinations are solvable. So no matter the combination of co-ordinates where the blockers land on the grid, there will always be a solution. The Genius Square can be played as a single-player solitaire challenge, or increase the excitement by challenging family and friends to a race.
Because virtually no two games will look the same, there is an exciting element of surprise with each new game. Some combinations will be easy to solve, others much harder. The first player to complete their grid wins that round. The Genius Square is a STEM board game that promotes problem-solving, spatial awareness, logic, strategic planning, visual discrimination, motor manipulation skills, and concentration. The Genius Square has been recommended as a useful learning tool for individuals with dyslexia or dyspraxia. It can also be played using non-verbal communication skills. The Genius Square comes with two molded plastic boards with raised grid patterns on which blockers and the block shapes are placed, two sets of nine painted wood shapes, two sets of seven blockers, seven dice, and complete instructions are also included.
Manufacturer: The Happy Puzzle Company
Recommended Age Range: 6+
CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.
Awards and Endorsements:
Happy Puzzle Company Game Of The Year 2018/19 award
review by Roads to Everywhere
”The game actually comes with two game boards and enough pieces for 2 players. That’s where the real fun comes in, competing against a family member or friend. Who can fit in all the pieces the fastest?”Read the Review
review by Bible Momma
”I highly recommend this game for anyone wanting to keep their brain stimulated in a fun way. It’s wonderful for young children, but it’s also perfect for older people who are trying to keep their minds fresh.”Read the Review
I really enjoy playing this game! The Tetris-like look of the pieces gives a nostalgic touch. It's nice that it can be played 2-person or played solo. My 4th grader is a very logical, methodical thinker - he will play this for long stretches of time and doesn't get bored because the solution varies every single time.
Our young children LOVE this game. Even our 2 year old gets imaginative with the pieces and the board. It’s a fun game for us to play as a family, taking turns, and seeing how many different ways we can solve the puzzle.
This is one I will add to my list for gifts to other families for the holidays. It’s great for engaging the brain no matter the age
My daughters who are 11 and 9 both love this game and they love to play together as well as with me. I love watching them problem solve and use their visual skills to work out the solutions . Very engaging and a really lovely set with the boards and wooden pieces. And it is a great size for traveling as well.
Our boys (10 and 12) LOVE this activity! It shows them that they can complete the activity in different ways yet still complete it accurately. They laugh when they both complete it in the same exact way :)