Blinks Strategy Game System Review (Move38)

Blinks Strategy Game System
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What It Is

Blinks is a smart tabletop game system with nine built-in games that can be played anywhere. The nine AI-powered intelligent game pieces respond to your touch and communicate with each other. Each magnetic piece knows its own game and can learn the games of the other Blinks pieces. You can also add to the original nine Blinks with expansion packs for even more games.

That might sound a little complicated, but it's really not once you read through the instructions and start playing. You'll need to know the basics: how to turn on the Blinks (press the button on top), how to select a game (pick up the Blink with the game you want and press and hold it for three seconds), and how to start a game (attach the game Blink to the cluster of other Blinks).

There are nine games to play. In Astro, players collect colored ore from the asteroids and try to complete all their missions first. Darkball is like Pong for the Blinks game system. In Group Therapy, keep the introverts separate from the extroverts. In Heist, fling your Blinks at the vault to take the gold. Paintbrush is a strategy game where the Blinks pieces act as brush and canvas. Puzzle 101 challenges a solo player or a group to solve a series of self-generating puzzles. WHAM plays like Whac-a-Mole. Zen Flow is for when you need to relax and bliss out at your desk. And in the Widgets game, the Blink becomes a dice, a spinner, a coin flip, and a timer for any game you want to play. Plus, there are four games to play with the Widget: Takeaway Dice, Flip Bet, Topple Stones, and Spinomino.

In each game, the Blinks light up in a certain way, and you'll need to pay attention to the colors and patterns to know what your Blink needs to do. Within each game, you may also need to provide player input through four different types of button presses. The single-click is just a quick press and release. The double-click is kind of like clicking a mouse button, just two quick presses. There's also a multi-click of three or more rapid presses. And a long press and hold of no more than 1.5 seconds. That one was the hardest to master because if you press and hold too long, you may reset the Blink or put it to sleep.

Is It Fun?

This is a cool new gaming concept, and we like that this one set comes with so many games. You can play a different way each time and even make up your own games! We also like that it's portable, so it will be great for playing at home, taking to a friend's house, or bringing on vacation. We do recommend carefully reading through the instructions before you start to play, and if you still need some help, the Move38 website offers tutorial videos for the games. But really, once you get started, it all makes sense.

Who It’s For

The manufacturer says Blinks can be played by people of all ages. Toddlers might just like watching the glowing lights and pressing the buttons, while older players will better understand the more advanced game strategy and be able to develop their own games. We tested out Astro with a 5-year-old, and she loved it, even though an adult had to do the double-clicks for her.

What To Be Aware Of

Blinks includes nine Blinks with batteries (CR2032 watch battery), nine games, two Sushi Roll carrying cases, and instructions. The batteries should last for about 40 hours of continuous gameplay.

AT A GLANCE:
  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    Easy