DaVinci Challenge Game
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- The ancient game of secret symbols is a classic strategy game with hidden mysteries as old as the pyramids
- Take turns placing shapes on the board to reveal 9 different patterns
- The more complex the design, the more points you score
- May be played by 2 players or 2 teams
- DaVinci's Challenge is a 2005 Mensa Select Award winner and the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Seal of Excellence
- Also been awarded the Parent's Choice Approved Award
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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Top Customer Reviews
One caveat...the board. The board should have been constructed differently. There are so many small pieces that it is easy to accidentally bump/nudge the board and lose track of where dozens upon dozens of tiny pieces were located.
The board should have a plastic base, with tiny grooved edges ala Blokus.
Gameplay takes at least 30 minutes.
The game rules are simple. Each player is given 72 game pieces (one player is dark and one is light), divided into two shapes: triangles and ovals. The players then take turns placing each of these pieces on the board over an open space which is the same shape. Their goal is to create certain pre-designated symbols within the larger symbol and to prevent the other player from doing so. Different symbols are assigned different point values, the more difficult ones to create are naturally worth more points. The game continues until no more players can make symbols. To play with four players, simply split the players into teams of two and play using normal rules.
Strategy for the game is more complex. Some players may try to rack up large amounts of low-scoring symbols while others may try to forego the low-scoring symbols in order to try to set up some of the larger, higher-scoring symbols. Some players may play offensively, allowing other players to score in favor of setting up their own symbols. Some may play defensively, using a majority of their moves to block other players from playing their symbols. The best strategy is probably to play a combination of low and high-scoring symbols and a combination of offense and defense. However, take your time and figure out which strategy works for you.
Also, it is beautifully made of wood -- it looks so classic I don't mind if it gets left lying around the living room!!
I take issue with the manufacturer's stated age recommendation of 8+. I believe it is misleading -- while the 9 year-old we played it with loved it, she is unusually mathematically gifted. My husband is a pretty serious gamer, good at the sort of abstract spacial reasoning required here, and *he* finds it hard! But hard in a good way.
I also take issue with the description of the game as for 4 players. It is a 2 player game. In theory it could be played with teams, but in practice teams are unwieldy because you need to point to the board.
Notwithstanding those nits, I strongly urge you to buy this game for a child 10 plus. It *must* help develop math skills. And it's fun!
BTW - I really like playing it too. It is quick, requires thinking and is different every time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fun game. challenging for 4 competitive adults. We played for prizes and it got really cutthroat!Published 1 month ago by W Hampton
This is an excellent game of pattern recognition and placement, resource management, and strategy. It is a diceless "perfect information" game, which makes it a true... Read morePublished 4 months ago by George Husted
easy to pick up game. the quality however was disappointing. my white pieces came with black spots all over and the middle of the board had a raised cardboard defect from the fold. Read morePublished 12 months ago by ponso
Christmas gift for my son and daughter-in-law. They like challenging games involving strategy. They really like this game and play it at least once a week.Published 13 months ago by R. Key
I love this game! I've only played with my 10-year-old so far, but he's won each time. I guess he's more of a critical thinker than me. Read morePublished 21 months ago by WalkOn62
This is a fun game. We have only played it with two people but it has been a lot of fun. It takes a game or two to get your mind trained into seeing the patterns but it is worth... Read morePublished on January 1, 2014 by Mommy of 2
I played this with my 9 year old who hates rules. She loved this game. Creating patterns allowed her to explore her more creative side and I was able to help her evaluate her moves... Read morePublished on December 29, 2013 by m