Scott’s Toy Box: Ready Player One
It’s no secret that Clue is my favorite board game. Sadly I don’t get to play it as much as I would like because it’s hard enough to find another person to play, let alone the minimum of 3 players. I have found a single player Clue game called Clue Suspects, which was fun to play although it was pretty much a different game. The best part of single player games is that you don’t have to rely on other people to have free time to play, you can play them whenever you want. This month in the Toy Box, I have found three single player games that you can have fun with when you’re alone.
First is a classic game called Shut The Box. In this game, there are 9 to 12 tiles (depending on the game that you buy) in a box. These tiles each have a number on them. The tiles are placed up for the number to be shown. You then roll1 or 2 dice in the box and flip down the tiles of either the sum of the dice or the numbers that appear on the dice. For instance, if you roll a 6 and a 2 you can either flip down the 8 tile or flip down both the 6 and the 2 tiles. The game is over when you make a roll where you can’t flip any tile over. You can play this game with other people where you see who has the highest score (by adding up all the tiles that you were successfully able to flip down) but in a single player game your goal is to see if you ware able to flip over all tiles and shut the box. There are many companies that make Shut The Box. You can find them all on Amazon by searching for Shut The Box. The least expensive one with a lid costs about $16.
Next is a mobile game called TwoDots. TwoDots has several levels, each with their own objective. To achieve these objectives you use your finger to connect the same color dots. As you move through the levels things get harder when obstacles get added like fire, glass, anchors, blocks, etc. Getting rid of these obstacles even becomes part of your objectives. As I write this, there are currently 260 levels with more coming out soon. The music is relaxing and the look of the game is beautiful in its simplicity. If the level is too hard, you can use a supply crate that will randomly alter your level when you start it. They offer varying degrees of help depending on which level and which crate you are given. You can earn these by completing a daily objective that will give you 1 or 2 crates. The game is free from your phone’s app store but there are micro-transactions where you can buy more moves to complete a level or purchase supply crates, so make sure you keep an eye on your child if you allow them to play.
Lastly is a WiiU game called Toad’s Treasure Trackers. Toad’s Treasure Trackers is a fun puzzle game. You play as either Toad or Toadette and you guide them through a small little world. You can’t jump, which adds some difficulty in guiding your hero through the level. Each level has three diamonds to find and a gold star that will end the level. There is also a secret task that is unveiled after the level has been played through to add another objective for replay value. The game has 79 levels to play through which includes bonus levels that you receive for playing Super Mario World 3D. If you’ve played Super Mario World 3D, the levels are similar to the 1 player Toad levels in that game. Toad Treasure Tracker costs $40 on Amazon.
M Scott Anderson is a Hattiesburg native and currently lives in Jackson. He’s currently on level 246 in TwoDots and has been trying to reach the top level before they add new ones but hasn’t been successful for over three updates.