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ThinkFun River Crossing

3.9 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews

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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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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

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ThinkFun River Crossing

From the Manufacturer

The journey home is a perilous one in this best-selling strategy game. Players begin by positioning tree stumps and magnetic planks on the game board according to pictures on each challenge card. The object is to get their fearless backpacker safely across the alligator- and piranha-infested lagoon by moving the planks between stumps. With an imaginative game design and varying levels of difficulty, River Crossing offers hours of adventure.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 8 x 9 x 2.5 inches
Item Weight 1 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.1 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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ASIN B00008QJ1D
Item model number 7020
Manufacturer recommended age 8 years and up
Best Sellers Rank #133,517 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#3,788 in Toys & Games > Games > Board Games
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3.9 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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By George Bell on January 6, 2005
This game seems quite difficult at first, but becomes easier once you realize exactly what the rules allow. My 4 year old and 7 year old kids enjoyed it for a short time, but were unable to grasp the complexities past the first few levels and quickly lost interest (not surprising as this is below the manufacturer's age limit). I'm sure older kids would find this fun.

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.
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I purchased this game for my son (6 yrs) because we have enjoyed playing with one at the library for quite some time, and I wanted one for home. Wow, was I disappointed though in the obvious cost-cutting measures between the older version and the one for sale now.

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!
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ThinkFun succeeds once again, with a simple idea... lay down logs to find a path from start to finish across the river. Place your logs carefully, and you'll get where you need to go, but don't get in your own way, and you can't jump over the water. 40 challanges included (plus 40 more in River Crossing 2!), that will keep even adults busy for quite a while.

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
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Another great thinking game from "Think Fun". I belong to a homeschool "strategy labs" group, which is run by a former gifted and talented public school teacher, and she introduced me to Think Fun games.

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.
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We really enjoyed this game. My dad, me and my 4-year-old played together, figuring out solutions. I admit it's a bit hard for my 4-year-old but she will be ready for this eventually ( and in the meantime we can play together). I would buy another one for my 6-year-old niece.

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.
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Given to me as a 'joke', but became a hit with all ages during a recent visit to friends in Brazil. In fact, our friend is a child psychologist in Sao Paulo and she indicated that it would be a great tool with her clients. She later reports that it is a big hit in the clinic.

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.
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This game is fun and well designed and I felt was worth the money I paid. It's a good game for killing some time as some of the puzzles take quite a while. The portability is nice as it comes with it's own bag so you can take it anywhere you may be sitting for a while. I felt the only drawback to this game were the levels of difficulty. The cards are divided up into 4 levels of difficulty with each level having 10 puzzles. Unfortunately, I found that levels 1,2, and much of 3 are not very challenging for anyone who is fairly good at logic puzzles. So you're left with about 12-14 really good puzzles. Coming in at (...) though, I feel it's not a waste of money.
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