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CAUTION - they have redesigned the game - check which version you will be getting if you care!
on April 10, 2015
This WOULD be a 5 STAR review except the expansion puzzle packs have been discontinued - BOOO!!!
I'll be honest I LOOOOOOVE this game for my kids, so I wanted to get more puzzles (the version I received from Amazon on 4/8/15 comes with 12 puzzles, and touts the option to buy more "puzzle packs"). Problem is, they have redesigned the game and discontinued the puzzle packs. There are still a few left here on Amazon on the date I am writing this review, but I don't know how much longer they will be available (the animal pack was most popular and is now gone, there are still "objects" and "people").
Also FYI the pictures here show the NEW version of the game, but Amazon is currently shipping the old version until they are gone. Here are the differences:
Old version - has 12 cards, 2 levels of play. Each card has Level 1 on one side showing the individual shape outlines, and the SAME puzzle at Level 2 on the other, where the lines separating the shapes are gone so the child has to figure out where each shape goes on their own. I like how we can try the Level 2 puzzle, and if we need a hint, someone can peek at the back for the "answer".
New version - contains 3 levels - 4 double-sided cards (8 puzzles) at each level = 12 cards/24 puzzles. I don't know if there are any duplicates (ie same puzzle with and without outlines at different levels, as the old one had), and I don't know if the "answer" is on the back of the card or in the book. New version also comes with a book that contains many more puzzles - old one doesn't have this book. Problem is, at the target preschool age the kids need the puzzles on the actual card to fit the pieces onto. A puzzle in a book will be much harder to do and less engaging. There are also technically fewer puzzle cards at each level (8 instead of 12).
SO check the description (not the picture) if you care which version you are getting and want the new one. If you want the old one, buy it NOW. Apparently the new one is in the stores but Amazon will only be selling the updated version after the old one is gone.