This is not your typical board game. Code Programming Game Series's Robot Repair from Thinkfun is a board game that puts your brain to work. Robot Repair is the 3rd board game in the set of three and is the most complex and challenging. This board game's objective, apart from being fun, is to teach Boolean Logic, a form of algebra that centers around 'true' or 'false' values and is a core computing concept. Yes, a player or players of this game learn about computer coding without a computer. This brain game is battery free, screen free, and a fun unplugged way to play. The board game uses problem solving to reactivate a set of robots, whose power cells were removed. The game comes with a book of 40 challenges (that includes clue panels), a solutions booklet, four robot circuit boards, power buttons, true/false tokens as well as on/ off tokens and the crucial instruction manual. The manual, or its YouTube video, is a must because this game can be quite challenging to understand at first. The game is played by selecting a challenge and a robot circuit board, then using the clue statements along with Boolean Logic to determine where to place your power cells to reactivate the robots. This game is certainly challenging, but it is also a great way to grasp the basics of coding without getting bored.
If you love the first and second games in this series, you'll love this one as it is more complex and abstract than the other two. With its clue panels and robot circuit boards requiring double problem solving, even the instructions of the game are quite challenging to comprehend at first. Once the rules of the game are understood, it becomes highly addictive.
This game is recommended for ages 8 and up, but we recommend having an adult on hand at first to explain the game's instructions. This game is ideal for kids who like tech, computers and electronics as well as enjoy puzzles and problem solving.
With 40 challenge courses to be solved and 4 progressive levels, it is important to start at the beginning and work your way through the challenges in order, as they build on each other. Also, it is important to note that this game includes a lot of little pieces.
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