Thrift Treasure:  Zenith Strategy Game

Thrift Treasure: Zenith Strategy Game

Once again $1.38 was the magical price for a thrift shop gem and this one will remain in our game library for quite a while. It isn’t often you find a game with 116 WOODEN pieces (not plastic, actual wood!). From the same people that bring you Quirkle and Q-Bits, MindWare has long been a leader in the educational games category. Zenith is a great strategy game in the genre of Othello or Go, but in three dimensions.

Zenith Strategy Game - Box ContentsI previously mentioned the 116 WOODEN PIECES, but neglected another unique feature; the game comes with four different game boards! Think your opponent has a sound strategy on one board? Switch it out for a new one and trip them up.

Play is extremely simple and easy enough for a young toddler. The strategy though is best suited for those eight and up. The game begins by placing your color-coded WOODEN triangles on any open white space trying to fill up the board.

Zenith Strategy Game - Playing a PieceOnce there are three filled triangles next to each other creating a larger triangle, you can then stack yours on top of it, but only if your color is represented in the three beneath it. That’s it.

Zenith Strategy Game - Pieces Stacked High
Play continues until someone cannot make a valid move, then they’re out. If there are more than two players, that person is done and play continues in the same fashion until there is only one player left (ie. The Winner).

Zenith Strategy Game - WinnerSee that smiling face?  That’s the gloating expression of a daughter that just beat her dad on the second try.

We also tried it out with three players and it did introduce a whole new set of strategies compared with only having one opponent. Games only take 5-10 minutes and thanks to the large WOODEN pieces, cleanup is a breeze. Our only ‘complaint’ is that the pieces tend to shift during gameplay and we would have liked to see either an embossed board or one with plastic rails or corner supports that would help keep the first layer in line.  I’m sure this would have added quite a bit to the manufacturing costs though, and since it is available new for under $11.00, this is a fair trade-off.

Check out some of MindWare’s other offerings on their website or by following them on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. WOOD you like to play a game?

Scott

About Scott

A former manufacturing executive, Scott now balances his family life with ownership and backend administration of websites such as SahmReviews.com, GiftCardCollector.com and a number of other online properties. He also is an occasional writer and full-time board game fanatic.

11 comments on «Thrift Treasure: Zenith Strategy Game»

  1. Looks like a really nice educational game, as a homeschool mom I would so use that in my homeschooling!

  2. Oh that sounds like a really neat and fun game!! I am gonna have to check it out!

  3. Sounds like a great game and I’m sure my son would love to play it with me. Wooden pieces are a bonus!

  4. Marina says:

    Sounds like a great engager and judging by that smile, definitely one fun game to play!

  5. Oooh that’s different! Looks like a fun one. Great addition to the game collection.

  6. Rebekah says:

    Never heard of this game before but it looks fun! I love strategy games.

  7. Tammilee says:

    What a great game. I love that it has so many options.

  8. Michele says:

    There is nothing like a great thrift store find! We love board games and it sounds like you picked up a real winner there. Have fun!

  9. Oh this game looks like fun. I like games that make you think and build. Thanks for the review

  10. candice says:

    this looks like a game/puzzle i had as a child. i loved it! glad to see board games are still out there.

  11. Wow! That looks really fun! And I’m shocked it came with all the pieces from a thrift store! My kids would love playing a game like this, where reading is not expected and strategy helps, but isn’t totally required.

    Stopping by from #SITSblogging!

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