Thrift Treasure: Brick by Brick
Over the past few months we have discovered a completely different genre of game, the single-player puzzle. We’ve already told you about a company that specializes in this field and their captivating games for all ages. ThinkFun’s Gravity Maze, Hoppers and Shell Game all are designed for one player to pass the time trying to figure out harder and harder challenges using the same game pieces. So it’s no surprise that they are the current distributors for our latest Thrift Treasure find, Brick by Brick.
Our copy was found at a Goodwill Outlet for the price of its weight (about 30 cents). Made by Binary Arts (which later became ThinkFun) and issued in the early 90’s, Brick by Brick follows in the same footsteps as the three games mentioned above. Using five pre-shaped sets of bricks, you are tasked with arranging them to match the formation on the playing card.
It sounds simple, but unless you possess a spatial awareness and are able to visualize it in three dimensions, arranging them can be quite challenging. Like the other games, each card you draw gets progressively harder.
Fortunately, if you get stuck the corresponding answers are on the back of each of the 60 cards. We also discovered a unique twist that we hadn’t encountered in the other puzzles – the ability to combine additional sets and attempt even harder multiple-piece puzzles.
And again like the other offerings from ThinkFun, the difficulty of the later challenges will keep you busy for quite a while. Keep an eye out for this at your local thrift store or pick up a brand new copy for under $15 over on Amazon. It’ll drive you up a wall!
16 thoughts on “Thrift Treasure: Brick by Brick”
I have never heard of this game before but looks lake an interesting game, definitely makes you use your brain.
What a great treasure to find at the Goodwill. I think this is a very challenging game, but fun. I would love to get this game and play it. It looks like it gets harder, but that is the fun that I like with this game.
This looks like a good brain exercise game! And what a steal at 30¢!
I love that each card represents a puzzle like structure you need to build, this can be a lot of fun and very challenging for the mind, gets the brain thinking, I love this game! Very neat!
That actually looks fun! Like manual Tetris. 😉 My kids love anything building block-related, so I think they’d enjoy it. I really should hit up my local thrift stores. Thanks for sharing!
This looks like a fun game to play! I love thinking games
This is the kind of game I like. Seams really entertaining and would give me a chance to exercise those brain cells of mine!
My preference are always puzzle games, and this one looks like a blast. I would love to find a Brick by Brick for my family.
I am not patient for these types of games. I would end up destroying it and it wouldn’t be pretty. I think my older one would love this one.
I’ve never seen this one before, I bet it can get hard as you go on – great thinking game!!
My niece would love this game–she loves anything that needs to fit together!
This looks like a great game and such a good find at the thrift store!
Fun! My kiddos would like this!
What a great game. It’s like 3D Tetris. I love it!
Man Nicole you find some awesome games. I am constantly amazed by first of all how many games there are and second of all by how many cool and unique games you share here.
Thanks Paula! We’ve had so much fun finding them, and even more fun playing them all! You should see our basement, we have enough Thrift Treasures ready to go to write a post twice a week for all of 2015!