Monday, August 30, 2010

Oops!

Publisher: FoxMind


Players: 1

Ages: 7+

Oops! Rules: N/A
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In an attempt to WOW the crowd, Simon the magician bippity-boppity-boos himself into pieces with his magic wand.  The main problem? Once he is in pieces he can't use his wand, so it's up to you (starring in the role of his rabbit assistant) to get him back together.

Oops! is a puzzle game that requires following specific rules of movement (that's magic for you...you need to follow the rules). These movements, stackings, and final re-assemblings in the process of the game follow a some basic rules.  Here are a few of them:
  • You can't stack Simon's body on top of his head
  • You can only move (and MUST move) as many spaces as you have pieces of Simon
  • You have to take the most direct route (no circles just to waste moves)
There are a lot of things I like about this game. The first thing you can get excited about is the construction of the game.  The storage container for pieces and puzzles, has a magic trick feel to it. You slide-flip-slide and voila! your board appears. Another construction aspect of the game that I like is the lines on the board.  You may not move diagonally and the pre-grooved lines on the board help reinforce that rule.

Game play-wise; we love puzzle games. Anything that involves deep thinking, while entertaining the kids is a plus for the One Zillion Games family.

The solutions for each of the puzzles is presented in two ways.  The first way is by simply showing the final re-assembled Simon. You can tell a lot by the order of the colors in the solution.  This could easily be used as a hint without giving away the entire answer. The second way is a step by step analysis of the moves to make.

We went through the beginner set of puzzles with varying success within the family. The step from "Wow, these are easy!" to "Ummmmm?" happens pretty early. Here's a One Zillion Games hint for you - you don't always start with the head.

I will say that the one thing I got tripped up on a few times was counting the head as a piece since it is so different than the body pieces, but that's just me; the kids did fine.

OZG Grown-Ups' Score: 8 Points

OZG Kids' Score: 8 Points

One Zillion Games was provided with a review copy of Oops!. The fact that a sample copy was provided, in no way influences our opinions of the game.

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