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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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Venture into a realm of historical mystery, secret symbols and classic strategy with Da Vinci's Challenge Game. Take turns placing shapes on the game board to eventually reveal 9 different patterns. The more complex the design, the more points you score. Play with either 2 players or 2 teams. Includes game board, score pad, 144 playing pieces, instruction sheet and historical notes. Winner of the Mensa Award. For ages 8 and up. Made in USA.

From the Manufacturer

This 2005 entry was the winner of an unprecedented 11 awards including the MENSA Select and the Oppenheim Platinum awards. The game board consists of a pattern of circles called the Flower of Life. This Flower of Life symbol was first inscribed on pyramid walls over 6,000 years ago. Take turns placing shapes on the board to form nine different patterns. The more complex the pattern that you make, the more points you score. While very easy to learn, it is difficult to master. DaVinci's Challenge is a 2 player (or two team) game, for ages 7 and up.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 2.5 x 10.6 x 10.7 inches
Item Weight 2.4 pounds
Shipping Weight 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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ASIN B0006IGX66
Item model number BP40101
Manufacturer recommended age 8 years and up
Best Sellers Rank #50,058 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#1,683 in Toys & Games > Games > Board Games
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4.4 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews

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Davinci's Challenge is an amazing game. Our family owns many games, and DaVinci's Challenge is the top strategy game. It is fun to play, and will take years to even come close to mastering. My wife considers me the top strategist gamer in the house, yet she beats me half the time.

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.
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Da Vinci's Challenge is a new abstract game published by Briarpatch Games and designed by Paul Micarelli. The game is for two or four players aged 8 to adult. The game board is a pattern of circles and triangles which forms a beautiful design known as the Flower of Life, an ancient symbol which was carved on the walls of Egyptian pyramids and later studied in depth by Renaissance man Leonardo da Vinci.

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.
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The object of this game is to replicate ancient Egyptian patterns shown on a sheet that comes with the game. The patterns correspond to different point values (set forth for your convenience on the score sheets that also come with). But, you can use your move to build your own patterns or to block your opponents. That's where the tricks come in. (hehehe) My husband and I got this game for ourselves; we have also played it with a 9 year old. We have all loved it.

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!
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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 challenge of wits. It can be played one to one, or with two teams of two. There is a score pad, but I would recomment taking a couple of the sheets and having them laminated, and then using a dry erase marker. We love this game and sees the table as often as most.
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We love this game, I have children ages 4 to 16 and they all "play" with it. I purchased it because I was looking for some good games that use patterns. In my study of child and adult education it has become apparent that patterns are a very important part of life and working with them helps develop thinking strategies for math and problem solving. This game is engaging, addicting and in my opinion, educational.
BTW - I really like playing it too. It is quick, requires thinking and is different every time.
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The concept of this game is simple. Create shapes using one of two types of tiles provided to you. However, when you're playing against a cunning opponent the game takes a challenging level of complexity forcing you to watch an entire board to block your opponent's moves while creating your own shapes.

All-in-all this game is a great deal of fun for two people and I highly recommend it.
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This game is amazing! I'll admit that I've only played it once, but I am definately going to get it. The game features a pattern of circles that form spaces of ovals and triangles. Players place pieces in these spaces to create set patterns. The game starts simple, but quickly becomes challenging and very thought-stimulating. The game can get extremely strategic, attempting to create complex patterns while blocking your opponent from doing so. Overall, it's a very fun, challenging game.
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