Scott’s Toy Box: Puzzling Games
I’ve always liked good puzzles. They drive me crazy sometimes! But once it clicks and you find the solution, it is very satisfying. Puzzles work our brain and help to build problem-solving. Some puzzles must be looked at from the right angle to make sense. For some puzzles you need to find a solution while thinking ten steps ahead. This month in the Toy Box, I found three puzzle games that will give your noggin a workout.
Baba is You
In this video game, in order to win you move words around to create rules. It may sound simple, but it can get pretty challenging. Baba is a little bunny that you control when the text “Baba is You” is on the screen. If you break this sentence by moving any of the words out of the sentence, you are no longer Baba and you must rewind or restart the puzzle. Other words appear in the puzzle such as “Wall is Stop,” “Rock is Push,” “Flag is Win” and you can configure them any way you want. For example, you can put together “Rock is You”- then, instead of controlling Baba, you control the Rock. You move the words and objects around until you meet the win condition and solve the puzzle (and if you can’t meet the win condition, you can always change it). Baba is You costs $15 on the Nintendo Switch.
Invasion of the Cow Snatchers
In this puzzle game, your job is to snatch all the cows on the farm with the red cow being the last. The game comes with a 4×4 grid that you set up using one of the puzzles on a card. You place cows and walls where they go, then place a plastic top over the grid. You then take the UFO and place it on top (where it says to on the card) and run the UFO, collecting the cows using magnets. If you don’t lose any cows by running into a wall and are able to pick up the red cow last, you win. The solution is on the back of the card if you want to check your result. There are 5 levels of cards, from easy to genius. Invasion of the Cow Snatchers costs $30 on Amazon.
Thinking Putty Puzzle
In this puzzle game, you need to connect the dots without crossing the putty. The game comes with a plastic board, cards, and 6 different color putty options. The cards show how to set up the putty and where the points go on the board. You then stretch the putty out to lay the putty on the board to connect to two points. Putty colors can’t cross. (It’s good to keep them separated as best you can so they don’t mix together.) Once all the points are connected, you win the card. There are four types of cards from beginner to expert with the solutions on the back to check your work. You store the putty in the plastic board, and the putty that comes with it is called Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty. This one is pretty nice, as it sticks a little, but comes off clean. Thinking Putty Puzzle costs $30 on Amazon.