ThinkFun Laser Maze (Class 1) Logic Game and STEM Toy
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- Laser Maze is one of ThinkFun’s most popular STEM toys and includes a real class 1 laser.
- Includes 60 beginner to expert laser bouncing challenges that, like our other brain games, become increasingly difficult as you play through them.
- Battery for the laser is included, and the laser has <0.39Mw max output at 635-670.
- Laser Maze is a winner of Good Housekeeping's Best Toy Award.
- Playing through the challenges builds reasoning and planning skills and provides a great stealth learning experience for young players.
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Lights and mirrors may make it feel like magic, but it’s really science and a good dose of brain power that’s needed to direct the laser beam through this series of mind challenging mazes.
Arrange the tokens to reflect and split the laser beam to hit the targets.
- 1 Game Grid
- 60 Challenge Cards With Solutions
- Instruction Manual
- 11 Game Tokens (1 Laser, 5 Target/Mirrors, 2 Beam Splitters, 1 Double-Mirror, 1 Checkpoint, 1 Cell Blocker)
Steps to Play:
Select a challenge card. Set up the game grid to match the challenge.
Determine where to add the indicated tokens to the grid.
Position the tokens so that the laser hits the targets and you win!
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|Awards & Accolades||Good Housekeeping’s Best Toy Award||Toy of the Year Winner, Specialty Category||Parent’s Choice Gold Award||Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award|
The challenges and laser make the hugely popular laser maze game and STEM toy fun. The fact that it's a logic maze game that teaches STEM skills makes it a perfect game for anyone. Laser Maze requires you to use mirrors, beam-splitters, a little science and brainpower to direct the laser through a series of mind-challenging mazes and light up the target. Like many of ThinkFun’s award-winning brain games it’s designed for solo play, but it's so much fun everyone in the family will want a turn.
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But we were forever losing pieces and I just don't have any of them left any more.
Laser Maze is a puzzle like that, only since it is more "game-like" as far as size, I think we'll have an easier time keeping track of it. The basic idea is that you have various pieces with mirrors and angles, and one piece that emits a laser-light. The cards tell you where you must place various pieces (and sometimes exactly what direction the piece must be in, sometimes you have to figure out the direction to face it), and you set those up that way. The card also tells you how many and which other pieces you need to put somewhere on the board. You need to then position the pieces in such a way that when you depress the laser, it will light up the appropriate target.
It is far more straightforward than that description sounds, at least at the easy levels. Once you work up to the harder levels, you definitely need to be really thinking. Especially for spatially challenged individuals like me. Once you figure out a solution, you can flip the card over to see if you are right. So far, none of us have found a different solution than what is on the card.
As you work up in difficulty, you are introduced to different piece types. The base of the pieces are color-coded, so it is always pretty easy to figure out which one is which.
The only real complaint I have about this is with the storage. The box has a plastic insert that allows you to safely store all the pieces, and every tall piece fits into any of the little compartments. One compartment is a little bit deeper than the others, and that is where you are supposed to put the laser piece. The laser piece, however, will fit into any of the other compartments, but just sticks up a bit.
Which isn't all that noticeable if you are, say, an 11-year-old. (The game is for ages 8+)
If (hypothetically speaking) you are 11, and you put the pieces back any old way, put the cover on the box, and put the box back on the game shelf... then the next person to come along and play with it is going to find that the laser piece needs a new battery. Because it has been stored with the laser-activator-button pushed down.
Hypothetically speaking, of course.
I do really wish that either a) all of the little wells in the plastic were just a smidge deeper, so it wouldn't matter which piece was put where, or b) the spot where the laser-piece goes would be far more blatantly obvious, such as the plastic being colored to match the piece types.
The good thing is that we discovered that it is really easy to replace the battery in that laser-piece, and it is a fairly common watch battery. At least, it is one we already had around the house, and we don't have all that many of the watch battery types around.
Learning how to use this is part of the education. At first, reading the instructions seems vague and confusing but just try it and see what happens. It won't be long before you go ah ha!
Basically, you reflect the laser light using mirrors until one or several pieces light up. Which is the fun part, setting each piece up correctly and learning how it affects the light. There is a deck of cards with each card giving you diagram of the pieces used, how some should be placed while others you need to figure out where some of the pieces actually go and how they are positioned. The challenge is to light up the number of targets specified. The cards are numbered with the first being the easiest and they progress to advanced.
It comes with the playing board with the placement squares and a deck of cards with diagrams of what is to be built. One piece has the laser with a button to light it up. There are 5 pieces that have a mirror, a blank/blocking side and a side that will light up when the laser light hits it (which is hard to see if you have a lot of light like being outside in the sunlight). Three splitters let the light through and reflect it depending on the angle. One piece is a check point/pass through piece. And there is a blocker that prevents you from using a square in your solution.
TIP: keep the little piece of cardboard that you pull out to make the battery work. I found that when it's boxed up it doesn't protect the laser piece from being pressed and the battery went dead in a day sitting on the shelf. So I now slip that cardboard piece back into the battery slot.
While this is entertaining and exercises your brain, it's more of a tool to help children and adults learn about how light travels. It is challenging and fun to work with but may not be your favorite game to play. But there are so many challenges you will have it around for a long time.
You have 60 different cards with different difficulties. Start from beginner as a walkthrough. Believe me, the expert can really be challenging.
If I can add something to the game, I would love to see a laser sound effects which you can turn on and off .
Laser Maze (Class 1) is designed as a single player game for ages 8 and up
The box is designed so the pieces can be stored in it. you can even leave the game board in the box to play. At least that's working so far for us.
I tried to skim the instructions and got so confused, I put the game away & came back to it when I felt more like thinking.
I re-read the instructions, concentrated this time & the game didn't feel so confusing.
The game uses mirror/targets, beam splitters, a double mirror, checkpoint/pass through, cell blocker, and a laser (don't let the kids point it in anyone's eyes, not in pet's eyes either). The laser uses 2 button batteries sz. 1.5V, AG13. Batteries are included.
The 60 challenge cards range from beginner to expert.
This game is challenging for me; it feels great when I get a target to light up. I think it's always a good idea for me, a senior citizen. to challenge my brain. I can't wait until my grandkids get a chance to play this.