Wave Breaker: Puzzle for the High Seas
Last Saturday on the way to the farmer’s market, we noticed the strangest thing on the Mississippi River. I first spotted three barges parked along the banks in a place where we sometimes might witness one. As I started to comment to Scott about how odd it was, I noticed another parked behind those. Then another and yet another. I think the final count of what seemed like a barge parking lot was nine. Living along the Mississippi River amidst the Lock and Dam system means that barge traffic is a common thing, but THIS was not normal.
The thought of all these water vessels all grouped together reminded me of all the cruise ships in the port and of the chaos that can be found in any given episode of Deadliest Catch. Then it got me thinking about Wave Breaker, a logic puzzle from ThinkFun.
Over the past few years we have highlighted many other ThinkFun puzzles and games that have included the concepts of computer coding, learning about electronic circuitry or gravity, basic programming for children, encouraging kids to compose music, creating STEM craft projects and even a puzzle catering to the fidget craze. While the themes of all these products are ever-changing, one thing is consistent: ThinkFun makes thinking fun. Hmmm… wonder if that’s where their name came from.
With Wave Breaker, you are attempting to get the ship safely through the waves and into the port. Like a ship on the high seas, the waves move back and forth. Success comes from managing the valleys to make forward progress while sometimes riding the waves sideways.
There are four different levels of difficulty in Wave Breaker: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and Expert. As the names imply, they get progressively more difficult. No need to worry about losing the cards and pieces with this one as they’re all nicely stored in the base of the unit.
Setup is easy. Each of the waves is double-sided with a triangle on one side and a circle on the other. Remove the wave pieces from the tray and align them according to the puzzle. Place the colored ships in the appropriate places and it’s ready to set sail. That’s all there is to it!
Slide the waves back and forth as needed to allow the ships to move freely. As an alternative, allow the ship to ride the wave and move more than one wave strip at once! While there may be multiple ships on the high seas, only the red one needs to make it to port. If he’s going the wrong way, he needs to find a large enough break in the waves to turn around. Once you’ve mastered the beginner level cards, move to the intermediate.
Not only are the cards tucked away safely, but the answer key for each puzzle is hidden in plain sight (on the back of the card!) If you get stuck, set it up again, flip the card over to reveal the answer. Use the answer key to walk your way through it. With the answer on the back, you won’t have to worry about losing them, but to make use of them you’ll have to start from the beginning of the puzzle. Sometimes walking through a solution to one will help you learn different options for solving.
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22 thoughts on “Wave Breaker: Puzzle for the High Seas”
My 3 year old son and I went down the buffalo river for a 13 hour trip in a Kayak, he was the charm of the river.
When I was 16, I almost sank a pontoon boat. I was driving and we stopped for a second. The 3 adults with us all went to the front of the boat to look over the edge and we started going down because of the weight. Trying to think logically, I thought, “Reverse means go backwards”…..when I put it in reverse, it made the most awful noise. We straightened up once they dispersed towards the middle of the boat again, but it forever will be known as “that time Vic almost sank a pontoon.” 😉
My most interesting ride was on a ferry boat right before a hurricane during evacuation. The waves were smashing the cars and it was rough. Very scary and exciting.
Thank you for your sharing!
Wave Breaker is one of two games that my daughter likes most. The other one is World Cricket Championship. She said when play the games, she felt relaxing after school hours , which makes me really happy!
Thank you for the great offer! I love wave breaker so much 🙂
I really don’t have any exciting stories about riding in a boat. We just usually went out on the river and enjoyed the scenery.
Not really anything thrilling, I just threw up all day while deep sea fishing. Not going back anytime soon
Transferring from the pier to an island riding a small fishing boat propelled by small engine for 30km under pouring rain and and heavy waves. Hang on to your dear life!!!
I’ve never been great on small boats – I get seasick. I have been on a cruise and that was awesome lol 🙂
Jet Boat ride in New Zealand!
My brother took us cruising on his boat through the canals of Mandurah, to see the Christmas lights on all the homes…a fun family night.
Oh my gosh…this looks like so much fun and something my granddaughter would beat me at very quickly.
Well we cruise yearly and we love that. Maybe the last one was a bit bumpy at times with high waves but nothing too exciting really. We love to be on boats. Anyways just wanted to add that this company is awesome! We have several Think Fun games here and they are amazing! Some of my favourites for sure. We have enjoyed the logic ones the most. Rush Hour I think was our first ever from Think Fun.
My most interesting boat riding story is I threw up the entire time. I have never rode on a boat again.
My favorite “boat” ride was taking the Canadian ferry from Washington State over to Vancouver Island, B.C. I did this almost 20 years ago. I would love to do it again.
My Uncle took me out on his speed boat!
I got to ride on a ferry boat when I was 4 years old!!
When I was a teenager me & a friend decided to ride the boat by ourselves. It was fun & scary.