Friday, September 24, 2010

Rubik's Slide Electronic Puzzle Game

I'm just going to say right up front that I am really, really bad at the Rubik's cube. I've never been able to do it. It's incredibly frustrating.

However, I ROCK at the Rubik's Slide electronic game—well, at least I rock at the easy setting on the Rubik's Slide.

The Rubik's Slide is a fun little one-sided game in which you push and turn the top panel to try to get the lighted squares to match a target pattern.

It takes a little while to get used to the way the squares rotate and move, but once you get it down, it's pretty simple. There are three difficulty levels—easy, medium, and hard—and two game modes—free play and lighting round.

Free play lets you take as much time as you need to solve the puzzle, and lighting round challenges you to complete ten puzzles before time runs out.

I liked this game. I thought it was really fun. My seven-year-old with autism liked it too. He thought it was way cool. One of the things I dug about the game is that you can sit down and play it for just a couple minutes and then walk away. It's an easy portable way to pass a few minutes. Plus, I like that it's an actual manipulative instead of just electronic or computer buttons, which is what it seems like so many games are today. It's fun to actually move and shift it around.

There are more than 10,000 puzzles programmed into this little square, so you get a new puzzle or set every time. The hard levels are very challenging, but if you get frustrated, you can go back to the easy levels. I'm a puzzle girl at heart, so this kind of game is right up my alley.

Honesty Clause: I received a review sample of the Rubik's Slide at no charge. It retails for $19.99.