We love to play board games in our house, family game nights are a regular thing and always lots of fun. But there are times when I just want to sit at the table and play a game by myself. There aren’t many one player board games, but we do have several one player puzzle and logic games, including ones from SmartGames.
SmartGames Colour Catch is a single player logic based puzzle game for players ages 7 to adult. It a challenging tile-based game where you must match the colours to catch the bugs.
In the box:
- Game Board with Coloured Squares
- Transparent Lid
- 5 Puzzle Pieces with Transparent Frogs, Salamanders and Bugs
- Challenge Booklet with 60 challenges and Solutions
Colour Catch is a puzzle game where frogs and salamanders need to eat. And that’s where you come in, you need to help them catch bugs for their dinner! To help the frogs and salamanders catch bugs to eat, you place the puzzle pieces on the game board so that the frogs and salamanders match the colours shown in the challenges. But watch out! The animals are transparent, and their colours will change on different parts of the game board.
This puzzle game has 60 challenges to solve. The 60 challenges are split into four difficulty levels: Starter, Junior, Expert and Master. These challenges are suitable for 7 years old and adults.
Colour Catch is a solo game and to play the first task is to pick a challenge from the challenge booklet – do you start with challenge 1 in the Starter section or jump straight into a more difficult level? The challenges are all various levels of difficulty so there is something to suit all ages and skill levels. I like to do things in order, so I started with the first challenge in the book and started working my way through the challenges.
The game is played on a plastic 9×9 square game board which has a coloured grid. You lay out the grey tiles as per the challenge book and the challenge that you are playing. The tiles feature clear cut-outs of frogs, salamanders and bugs on top of the grey tiles, which reveal the colours of the grid below. Your challenge is to lay out tiles to try and catch the bugs, and there is only one solution for each challenging puzzle. Can you work out the puzzle and feed the frogs?
Overall, I think that Colour Catch is an exceptional game. It starts off easily and progressively gets harder and much more challenging as you work your way through the challenge book – perfect for children and adults. It is a game that requires patience whilst testing your critical thinking, logic and problem solving skills. The games can be challenging but not impossible to solve and the challenge book does feature the solutions in case you do need them (if you get stuck, need to find out where you went wrong or even of you just want to point another player in the right direction).
The quality of the game and the pieces is excellent. They are made from high-quality thick plastic, making them tough and durable so are perfect for constant handling and moving around. The effect of the clear cut-outs over the coloured grid looks effective, and almost make the creatures look 3D.
SmartGames Colour Catch is another excellent game in their solo puzzle games range. It is challenging enough to wake up those brain cells and get them firing. An excellent quality game that is reasonably priced. A fun and challenging game with plenty of puzzles to try and solve.