I received IQ Circuit from Timberdoodle Co in exchange for my honest review. I am under no obligation to post a positive review just my fair and honest opinion. I will never recommend anything I haven't used or found beneficial for myself or my family. I used this with my 10 year old 5th grader and my 13 year old 8th grader.
IQ Circuit is another one of the many unique games from smart games company. It is part of Timberdoodle Co. 9th grade curriculum kit. Don't be fooled by its small size, this is a fun yet challenging game. IQ Circuit is recommended for ages 8 and up. I however feel that children under age 10 would struggle with this game. Using the challenge book and understanding how the pieces fit in plus each piece having two or more ways to use them add another level to the challenge.
I have always been a big fan of smart games and couldn't wait to get my hands on this one. Items included with the set are the guide/challenge book filled with 120 challenges from starter to wizard level and solutions for every challenge, 10 different shaped multi sided pieces, and a flip top case that holds everything inside nicely. I was pleasantly surprised that like other smart games similar to this one everything fits nicely inside the case. It was funny when my son first saw the box he thought it had something to do with electricity. We enjoy doing snap circuits and when he saw the word circuit he got excited. In a way though it is very similar to putting together snap circuits.
The set up depends on which level you choose. The starter levels show you how all the circuits connect and specifically where to put a few of the pieces. In junior level has the starting and ending dots with the outlines of some pieces in the correct place. In expert you have the completed pathways but no outlines to start out with. In Master level you either get a few starting piece placements or the starting and ending dots. Then you just connect the dots with a path way. Two dots mean one path, four dots is two paths and six dots is three paths. Our experience using snap circuits certainly came in handy.
Overall we thoroughly enjoyed playing this game. We struggled a bit at first figuring out exactly how to connect all the circuits but soon we were flying through the starter and junior levels. We attempted a wizard level but aren't quite ready for that challenge. I love how this game really helped my kids critical thinking skills. It really requires you to have to think outside the box. I love the portability of IQ circuit it fits easily in bag or a large pocket. It's a great alternative to screens on long car rides. I highly recommend this game for anyone looking to work on critical thinking skills and those who are looking for alternatives to screens for their kids.
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