It's a game that puts your brain to work. Code Programming Game Series Rover Control from Thinkfun is not your typical board game. Instead of focusing on just fun, Rover Control is designed to teach computer coding concepts through play. Yes, players learn about computing concepts without a computer. This brain game, which is the 2nd in its series, is battery free, screen free, and a fun unplugged way to play. The game, which can be played solely or in a group, centers around a story of 2 Rovers who have been sent to Mars, but sadly lost their way. They are programmed to travel only on colorful paths and it is the player's job to use critical thinking to bring these rovers home across 40 different challenges.
So, how it works: you get 3 erasable markers (which work well), a booklet with 40 challenges, 2 rovers figures, 4 double sided terrain maps (just in case you forget to use the right kind of markers), 7 station tokens, 4 start/ end tokens, sample storage cards, solution booklet and the all important instruction manual. The manual (or its Youtube video) is a must because this game can seem daunting at first, but it is quite simple. To play the game you select a challenge card and it's corresponding terrain map, pick a path that will allow your rover to travel over the correct colors from start to end and finally check your path in the solution booklet.
This game can seem daunting at first to understand, but it is quite simple once you have read the crucial manual or its YouTube instructional video. With four progressive levels its hard to stop challenging your brain in this way. This game is the perfect marriage of play and learning as well as completely screen free.
The game is a little confusing at first, but once its rules are understood, it becomes highly addictive, especially for those who like puzzles and problem solving. It is recommended for ages 8 and up and is ideal for kids who like tech, computers and electronics.
With only 40 challenge courses to solved, repeat play doesn't seem that appealing. Let's face it once you have solved all 40 challenges the game is over.
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