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Scott’s Toy Box: Trials and Errors

There are certain types of video games that make me anxious. I’m not talking about scary video games. I’m talking about the ones where you guide the story by your choices. I’m so afraid of messing up and picking the wrong dialogue option that I forget that I can always restart or load a previous save. This month in the Toy Box I decided to focus on games that need a bit of trial and error to play so you don’t have to worry about messing it up. It’s part of the fun!


The first game we’ll look at is Zendo from Looney Labs. The entire game is based on trial and error. At the beginning of the game someone is chosen to be the moderator. The moderator picks a card that has a secret rule on it. He then makes two structures out of the game pieces: the one that follows the rule and the one that doesn’t. He uses white and black discs to mark which one follows the rule and which doesn’t. Then players take turns building new structures to try and figure out what the secret rule is. Meanwhile, the moderator tells them if their structures follows the rule or not. When a player thinks he knows the rule, he can make a guess. Using the rule that the player suggests, the moderator has to build a structure to prove that the player’s guess is incorrect. If the moderator can’t build it, the player wins. The game helps build observation skills and deductive reasoning. You can find Zendo on Amazon for about $30.


The next game is 94%. This is an app, similar to the game show Family Feud. You get a category and have to offer the most popular answers. The game is fun being played solo but you can also have someone pull up the app and put in the answer that everyone calls out. If you get stumped you can spend in-app coins to get the first letter of an answer. If you’re still struggling to move forward, you can spend more coins on letters or reveal the whole word. You collect coins by getting all the answers in a category or by purchasing them. You can get the game on iPhone or Android, and it’s free.

Scooby Doo SnapTite Build & Play Model Kits

Now, these kits don’t fit the trial and error theme, but I wanted to include them because they are so easy to put together that it’s hard to go wrong. There are two kits: Mystery Machine and a Bi Plane. The Mystery Machine comes with Scooby, Fred and Daphne and the Bi Plane comes with Shaggy, Velma, and Aviator Scooby. All of the characters can be placed in either of the vehicles. With these models there is no glue, paint or tool required and this is a great way to introduce young kids to the hobby of building models. You can find both sets on Amazon for about $23.

About The Author

M Scott Anderson

M. Scott Anderson grew up in Hattiesburg and now currently lives in Jackson. He went to college at USM and got a degree in Mass Communications with a minor in Creative Writing. He has always loved to be a storyteller. Friends from childhood would tell him of stories he would say he’s writing that included them in it. He enjoys comic books and superheroes and loves having friends over to play both table top games and video games.

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