CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
ThinkFun River Crossing
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- Four levels of play
- Forty challenge cards with solutions
- Travel or storage bag
- Teaches critical thinking, problem solving, and strategy development
- For ages 8 years and above
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For adults this game is quite addictive, after a few days I was able to solve all 40 levels. If you look at the inventor's site [...] you will find much harder plank puzzles. However my 4 star rating is mostly because the 40 included cards are just a bit too easy to master.
An "equipment gripe" is that there are exactly the minimum number of plastic "logs" required to cover all games with no extras. We have now lost one of the two shortest logs and over half the puzzles require two of these so these can't be played any more (you can try substituting other items but the real logs fit nicely and have magnets inside them which is quite helpful playing the game). Fortunately ThinkFun offers extra game pieces for a fee (see their web site). I now have River Crossing 2, but without the missing piece I can't really play it.
First, the logs are no longer magnetic, which removes the fun of picking them up with the little man and moving them around that way.
Second, the man can no longer stand on the logs, as he has a "pin" of plastic under him, to be inserted into the log tops. You have to place him exactly right to even be able to remove the log he is adjacent to, and half of the time the log comes up with him and needs to be re-inserted.
Finally, the colors and design of the game were vastly reduced, diminishing the overall look and feel of the game.
The challenge of figuring out the patterns of movement is still fun, but because of these changes it really makes the game "not nearly as fun to play" (as my 6yr old says). It's so annoying to move the man and logs that I don't even bother now, I just pick up the logs and move them. This, I think, defeats the purpose of the game design. Very disappointed in the company for making these changes to save money.
I would recommend finding a used version of the old game instead!
Highly recommended for those visual / spatial gifted kids, and thier parents ;-) Stores in it's own nylon bag, a plus, since there are more than a few loose pieces.
Carolyn K., webmaster, Hoagies' Gifted Education Page
My children thoroughly enjoy them, and have more patience than I would have expected to try and solve the puzzles.
A previous reviewer said that this game is good for "gifted" children, and I'm sure it is, but I think it is a great game for ANY child who likes to solve puzzles, regardless of their giftedness at them.
I would even buy this game (or perhaps River Crossing Jr, or Rush Hour) for a child who DOESN'T particularly like puzzles, because with some adult encouragement, the child may really enjoy it (thus learning that he/she DOES like puzzles) and improve his ability to think visually and plan several moves ahead - quite a nice bonus.
I wish there were replacement pieces as now I am a little apprehensive of losing one of the essential logs included.
Instructions are easy and playing is fun! Highly recommended.
We have replaced the set left in Brazil along with set 2, and have sent River Crossing Jr to our grandchildren.
This is a challenging mental exercise. We need more of these in our times.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Its okay. The ThinkFun company needs to update their website. On the website they have a video demonstrating the game pieces as being magnetic, so it makes it look fun and easy to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Karyn
Thinkfun games are great!! This game is so beatiful! You can feel that you are crossing the river! I love it!Published 4 months ago by Juan Ferrero
I watched a video on this and it must have been an older model. The other one was magnetic and was more appealing to my kids. This one is just pegs. Not the best qualityPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
My husband & I got this year's ago as a Christmas gift. It's awesome. We did the challenges together & solo. Great winter activity. I need to pull it out again. Read morePublished 7 months ago by B. Henke
I collect and play a lot of puzzles from the likes of ThinkFun, Smart Games, and Popular Playthings. I love those that are done well, both in puzzle design and product production. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Michael J. Summers
My Grandson (7) loved playing this even though it made him think about moving pieces (logs) to get to the end or finish point. Read morePublished 13 months ago by MF
Bought this as a birthday gift for my nephew, both he and his older brother (3 years apart) love the game.Published 14 months ago by KC
Great game, but had to figure it out as there were no directions. My daughter wrote to the company to ask them to send the directions, so here's hoping!Published 18 months ago by Colo.Beth