Thrift Treasure: IQ Link
I mentioned in our last Thrift Treasure that we were enjoying a new type of game, the single-player puzzle. This week we have another to show you that is still on the shelves and is just as hard (if not harder) than any we’ve encountered. IQ Link from Smart Toys and Games is an inexpensive puzzler that you’ll find on the racks of Toys R Us and Walmart next to the other card and dice games.
The premise is very straightforward – you set up your board in a starting position as shown in the included booklet. Your goal is to fit the rest of the plastic pieces onto the board without moving any of the starting ones. All 24 pieces must fit and there is only one solution to each puzzle.
The beginner’s level is very easy and is done to get you accustomed to how to play. Each level is progressively harder and once you’ve mastered the 24 “Starter” levels, it is time to move on to the “Junior” section.
Even these were no match for our 10yr-old daughter, who finished them in no time at all. However, the next section was a different story.
Dubbed “Expert”, even though you begin with half of the pieces in place, it proved very challenging for all of us. Each expert-level puzzle took us a good 15 minutes each, and considering this thrift store find only set us back 88 cents, we had already gotten our money’s worth.
But that’s not all! There are two more sections after “Expert” called “Master” and “Wizard” that we could not solve right away! A total of 120 challenges are included in this base game and I don’t see us completing all of them any time soon.
You can find IQ Link at your local retailer or online for around $10. Smart Toys and Games has a whole line of this type of puzzle challenge, so be sure to check out their website to see if one is a fit for your family!
17 thoughts on “Thrift Treasure: IQ Link”
Love puzzles! This looks like such a fun game 🙂
This looks like a game my kids would both enjoy. What a great addition to family game night!
I agree this looks like a lot of fun and a bit of a challenge too. What a clever idea and kind of unique too.
Absolutely love it. I will kep it in mind for the kids birthday for sure
I love puzzle games. This looks like a fun way to stretch your brain. I’m hoping I could make it to Wizard one day.
We saw this a few months ago in a waiting room and my 8 yo son really loved playing with it!
I love games that challenge players at different skill levels. This would be great to keep in my classroom!
That looks awesome! We love puzzle games…a good challenge always makes for a fun afternoon!
I love that you all always find the neatest games! You must have an amazing collection!
This game looks super fun! What a great find!
My dd loves thinking games, I bet she’s love this one. I think I’ll ask around to see if any of my friends happen to have it hiding in their basement! 🙂
That looks amazing! That is definitely the kind of game I enjoy playing!
That looks like a fun game and my kids really do enjoy puzzles!
What a great toy for kids and fun too 🙂
This would be so cool, I have to get one for the boychild. He loves solving games.
I love puzzles. This game looks fun and so unique! I had never heard of it before!
I love the thrift treasures you guys find! Such good games.
What a fun brain game! My kids love these.