I love toys that inspire and educate as well as being fun and playable so when I received the Little Red Riding Hood Deluxe game from Smart Games I couldn’t immediately see the value of it and was a little disappointed.
Smart Games create logic puzzles for one player for children aged 3+, teens and adults. They have turned two well-known fairytales, Little Red Riding Hood and Three Little Piggies, into puzzle games that are suitable for children aged 3 years +. We received Little Red Riding Hood, which is suitable for 4-7 year olds. I would be attempting to test it out with 4 year old twin boys.
So what is Smart Games Little Red Riding Hood? It is a game for 1 player, has 48 challenges (from Starter to Master) and each challenge only has 1 solution.
In the box there is; 1x Playing Board, 5x Puzzle Pieces with Roads, 2x Figures (Little Red Riding Hood and a Wolf), 3x Trees, 1x House, 1x Challenge Booklet, 1x Picture Book and 1x Game Rules.
The idea behind the puzzle is to arrange the pieces on the board to get Little Red Riding Hood safely to the house. Sounds simple enough, and the board is small so shouldn’t take long. There are 2 ways to play, with or without the Wolf (if playing with the wolf you need to create 2 paths to get both into the house). There are 24 challenges for just Little Red Riding Hood and another 24 if playing with the wolf as well (a total of 48 challenges; Starter, Junior, Expert and Master).
So time to play and solve the puzzle. As I said at the start of the review I was a little disappointed as I couldn’t see the kids would like it as it seemed too easy. I couldn’t have been more wrong!
To start, pick a challenge from the book and lay out the trees, house and figure(s) as per the picture (you may have to lay out the board for younger children). You then have to use the puzzle pieces to create a path to the door of Grandma’s house (one for Little Red and another for the Wolf – if you are playing with both figures). It sounds very easy but don’t be fooled, some are quite complicated and require logical thinking and observation skills. If you get stuck the solutions are on the back of the challenge page you are trying to do. Depending on the puzzle you may or may not have to use all the pieces to complete the puzzle.
Overall, once I read through the game rules I realised that this game is indeed very smart, challenging, educational and fun! Each of the 48 challenges will only have 1 solution and you really do have to use your brain to figure out how to place the pieces building the paths you need. It helps develop cognitive skills – spatial insight, planning, problem solving, concentration and visual perception. I found some of the puzzles quite challenging, never mind the twins!
As I said, I was using it with 4 year old twins and one just likes to play with the pieces and building the roads without quite understanding that he has to create a flowing path to the house (although by watching his brother he is getting the idea), while the other one seems to have grasped the concept straight away and has already been working on some of the master levels (he does love his puzzles and figuring out things).
So, despite my initial reaction Smart Games Little Red Riding Hood Deluxe I would say it is a very impressive educational puzzle game that will challenge children’s minds while having fun. It has a retail price of £19.99, which when you consider the amount of challenges and getting young children’s brains to think logically it is definitely worth the money.
Available to buy from Amazon here.
Disclosure: I was provided with a free game for the purposes of writing a honest and impartial review.