Shifting from Single-Player to Multi-Player

Shifting from Single-Player to Multi-Player

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When I’m looking for a puzzle challenge but don’t feel like picking up an electronic device, I usually turn to one of the titles from ThinkFun. We’ve told you about a number of their solitaire puzzles like Hoppers and the Shell Game, each with challenges that get harder and harder. I am ashamed to say we haven’t finished a single one of them. We usually get to the more difficult levels, but there is always one or two that stump us. Frustrating, but that’s what we enjoy about them.

But our favorite so far has been one of their newest, Gravity Maze. It’s a three-dimensional puzzle that really challenges your spatial awareness.

Gravity Maze by ThinkFun takes the single-player genre into a whole new dimension! - SahmReviews.com

As you can see, we turned this solitaire game into a family affair. It was a perfect game for cooperation, and although we haven’t solved them all either (yet), it is one we regularly return to hoping we’ll finally be able to call it “finished”.

Something similar happened with another title from ThinkFun. Rush Hour is another logic puzzle that had people working together to solve the problem of getting their car through traffic. The street is set up according to a card, with subsequent cards getting harder and harder to solve. You slide the cars back and forth to create an exit route for your vehicle. Get your car to the other end of the board and you win that round.

This game was perfectly suited for conversion into a form that would allow for some friendly competition with a puzzle that changed as the game progressed. Rush Hour Shift is the follow-up to the award-winning Rush Hour. But instead of solving predetermined layouts, you take on a human opponent!

Rush Hour Shift from ThinkFun is a follow-up to their award-winning logic Puzzle, Rush Hour. See how the addition of a second player changes everything! - SahmReviews.com
Rush Hour Shift from ThinkFun is a follow-up to their award-winning logic Puzzle, Rush Hour. See how the addition of a second player changes everything! - SahmReviews.com  Rush Hour Shift from ThinkFun is a follow-up to their award-winning logic Puzzle, Rush Hour. See how the addition of a second player changes everything! - SahmReviews.com
Rush Hour Shift from ThinkFun is a follow-up to their award-winning logic Puzzle, Rush Hour. See how the addition of a second player changes everything! - SahmReviews.com

The instructions include a few suggested board setups, but you can create a puzzle of your own as long as you make sure both sides are mirrored so no player has an advantage. This isn’t a race – each player works from a hand of four cards (play one, draw one) that determines what moves they have available.

Rush Hour Shift from ThinkFun is a follow-up to their award-winning logic Puzzle, Rush Hour. See how the addition of a second player changes everything! - SahmReviews.com

You might play the card on the left to move your car (or any other vehicle) two spaces forwards or backwards. Choose the card on the right and you move your car forward as far as it will go until it runs into something or off the end of the board for the win. The middle card allows you to both move cars three spaces AND shift the board!

Rush Hour Shift from ThinkFun is a follow-up to their award-winning logic Puzzle, Rush Hour. See how the addition of a second player changes everything! - SahmReviews.com

Therein lies a new twist in Rush Hour Shift. You and your opponent have the ability to completely move the road instead of the cars, opening up new paths for you and hopefully blocking the other player at the same time. There aren’t many things more fun than messing up someone else’s plans!

Gravity Maze by ThinkFun takes the single-player genre into a whole new dimension! - SahmReviews.com

First player to maneuver their car through the traffic and off the other side of the board wins the game. Want to learn more? Watch this video put together by ThinkFun.

Rush Hour Shift includes a mesh carrying bag, making this a wonderful travel game without worrying about crushing a box. You’ll find copies on Amazon for around $25, at your local retailer or directly from ThinkFun’s website. Keep an eye out for new product announcements from ThinkFun on their Twitter and Facebook timelines – they’re always coming up with something new!

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.

18 comments on «Shifting from Single-Player to Multi-Player»

  1. Michele says:

    This does sound like logic is a compulsory attribute-one I am sadly lacking when it comes to anything spacial -could be my double vision at work here (yes I truly have double vision). This does sound like I might want to try playing it solo!

  2. Liz Mays says:

    I have the original version but this whole shift angle makes it even more exciting. Looking forward to trying it!

  3. I’d like the ability to completely change the road in real life LOL Looks like a neat game!

  4. Rosey says:

    Ha! We’re the same way. If it’s frustrating, in a good way, we’re all-in. It’s fun to see how far you can progress in games like these.

  5. Ave says:

    What a great game! I can’t wait for my daughter to be older, so we can start playing these kinds of games too! She hasn’t got any patience for it at the moment.

  6. This game must be really popular on family game night. I love that you can play it alone or with someone.

  7. For one of your posts, can you please take a picture of all the board games you have? I want to see just how big the collection is!

  8. Jenny says:

    This looks like a fun game that my kids would love! They are finally getting into playing games together and the logic ones are my sons favorite.

  9. I’ve never heard of this. My girls are all grown but their love for board games will never go away. We also play them on holidays. It’s fun to make a gift bag of different things sometimes chapsticks to candy or the older we get a travel sized wine. It makes the day so much fun. I will have to send this to my oldest daughter to see if it sparks her imagination. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Donna Ward says:

    I still think hands on games are the best – and this one looks really fun – and yes it does remind me, also, of our commute in the past, very long ago – ugh – thank goodness — but I won’t go there! lol

  11. We have this original game and my oldest really enjoyed playing. I will have to look for it at Learning Express.

  12. Lori Felix says:

    these are new to me. We are traveling on a long flight later this week and this could help to pass the time together.

  13. you always showcase the best and unique games. My boys always comment to me about how I need to start getting some of these games

  14. Shell says:

    They have such awesome games! My oldest LOVE the gravity maze!

  15. CCE says:

    Im not a kid but this looks awesome! x

  16. CourtneyLynne says:

    omg now this looks like a super fun game! It would make a perfect addition to our game night line up!

  17. Maggie Saavedra says:

    Cute game.

  18. Nuno Santos says:

    Cool game.

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