See, Gravity CAN Be Our Friend!
I think I’ve discovered a new genre of game that I really like. I guess you could call it the single-player-board-game. Or maybe a single-player-puzzle-game. Either way, you get the point – it is for one player only. My first exposure to this type of puzzle game was Shell Game by ThinkFun. That one was a twist on the old Three Card Monty gambling game that had you figuring out how to move shells with specially-colored balls underneath them to match the ‘puzzle’ printed in the included booklet. The ever-increasing difficulty of the layouts made this a game that I go back to time and again trying to eventually complete them all (no, I haven’t yet…).
Along these same lines, ThinkFun has introduced another brand new single-player puzzler called Gravity Maze. This one is very different than Shell Game thanks to the inclusion of an entire additional dimension! Your goal is to use the included pieces to build a structure that, once you place your metal ball in the top, allows the ball to travel to the end piece in one continuous path. And while advertised as a single-player game, we quickly found that because it was 3D, it lent itself very well to teamwork!
Also like Shell Game, Gravity Maze includes a set of ‘puzzles’ ranging in difficulty from Beginner to Advanced that dictate your starting positions and the pieces that are to be used to solve the puzzle. That’s it, the rest is up to you to figure out. But in case that isn’t confusing enough for you, check out these two quick videos covering a Beginner and Intermediate puzzle that better demonstrates how the game is played.
Looks quite fun, doesn’t it? This game is VERY well made – we pushed and pulled on the plastic towers and were not able to break a single one. ThinkFun also was kind enough to include three of the metal balls since they know that’s the first thing we’ll all lose.
You can find Gravity Maze at your local retailers, via ThinkFun’s website and on Amazon for just under $30. Considering the number and quality of pieces in this game, I’d consider it a great value.
And one lucky reader of SahmReviews.com will win a copy for themselves! Just enter below using the handy-dandy entry form and be sure to share the contest on social media for extra entries. Good luck!
50 thoughts on “See, Gravity CAN Be Our Friend!”
This looks like a great game to play with the entire family!I can tell from these pictures your girls are having so much fun playing. Going to check it out at Amazon 🙂 Is this giveaway open to Canada too?
Think Fun always makes the most creative games for kids to get them really thinking. This will be one we have to add to the Christmas list this year for sure. My 13 year old and 8 year old would really enjoy something like this. Thanks for sharing.
Great post! This looks like a game consisting of critical thinking. I will definitely try it 🙂
I remember playing a game called MouseTrap when I was a kid and my siblings and I spent hours having fun with it. This one looks like it is just as much fun as the original one.
I have not heard of gravity maze but definitely am interested in purchasing this one. It looks like this game calls for some critical thinking. I like the fact that there is actually a beginner to advance level. Thanks for sharing.
What a great game for the family. son would enjoy this one a lot. He is into games.
Well this looks so fun! I’ve never heard of this until now but it would be a great family time game!
you always show such fun and creative games, We play games in our family, we enjoy puzzles.
I have started looking for games to buy my girls, esp ones that do not involve cards that get lost everywhere. This one looks challenging.
I could see us loving this one! That’s awesome it’s so durable!
i’ll have to buy this for the kids. I love anything that can get my kids thinking and learning while having fun.
This seems like a really entertaining game. Anything that can keep my kids occupied for any amount of time gets my thumbs up!
What a great sounding game! I’m going to have to try and hunt it down over here. x
Looks like they are having a blast. I’d love to try that one.
This looks like a really cool game, thanks for the share 🙂
Single player games are great some times really great for a only child to play with or for siblings to take turns. My 7 year old is not a only child she has siblings but they are older teens (from hubby’s first marriage) so she get’s to play with the siblings when they visit my oldest step son is more into video games then board games but my 7 year old loves board games.
These are awesome! My Girls would love them!
Puzzle games are the kind of game we love best in this house. This looks great and just might be finding a place under our Xmas tree!
I prefer to play with my kids , so i would say as a team!
This is a game my kids would really love. They enjoy building and the element of their structure possibly falling would be right up their alley!
Oh, so awesome! Loving it and I would get so much milage out of this game!
Thought-provoking games are always the best for early childhood development – that and Legos.
Looks like a fantastic game!
That looks like a really fun game! I’ll have to pick one up for a Christmas gift!
We like to work on puzzles as a family. The older the kids get, the harder we like our puzzles. Thank you for the chance to win this awesome game.
That is pretty cool. I wonder if it is something that my girls will like that kind of game.
I love these type of mind games. It looks like a lot of fun and sometimes frustration but still fun. I will have to check it out. Thanks for sharing.
A perfect choice for family games. I would love to recommend this
That looks like a very creative game which would test imagination and dexterity.
This looks like a great game!
Games for children are far more creative now.
What an awesome giveway! Thanks for a chance to win this for my son!
Oh that looks like fun! I like that it has a variety of puzzles in one game.
My son would love this game, going to check it out.
Gravity Maze is a great game for playing with the kids. It looks like a lot fun. Thanks for sharing.
What a super fun game. Great brain work and team work to this game. I think my boys would really enjoy it! 🙂
I like doing puzzles with others- I am not all that good at them on my own!
that looks like such a great game. I will have to check it out and maybe put it on the christmas “family gift” list.
I like some puzzle by myself and others with my kids. Sometimes, it is fun to hold competitions to see who finishes fastest or has the most answers.
Looks like a great game. I like that it is single player so the kids can play a game but not fight over who’s turn it it or that the other one is cheating.
My husband and I really love these kinds of puzzle games! I’m definitely putting this on his Christmas list!
That is very neat. My son would definitely enjoy playing this one.
This looks super fun. I may be putting this on my Christmas shopping list for our family!
Puzzle games are fun in a group setting. It gets everyone excited to play!
Either way, but more fun as a group thing.
I really don’t care if I play alone or with others. I just love playing games and puzzles.
I think my grandson who is 9 and is very interested in physics and gravity would love this! It looks like, actually, the whole family could participate…all the better!
It really all depends on the puzzle. I think this one would be fun as a family.
So awesome, I watched the video and was amazed by the ball making its way down the blocks!
I like playing games together with teams.
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