Friday, April 24, 2015

All Queens Chess is a great strategy game for kids and grownups #thinkfun

So many kids spend too many hours with electronic games and mobile devices these. It has been a hot topic of discussion the past few years. Many parents are starting to think about other options for kids to better challenge their minds and still be fun. Consider some of the fun strategy games from ThinkFun that are perfect for one or more players.  My tween gets plenty of screen time but enough is enough at some point. We have always enjoyed strategic card games, board games and intellectual games. My hubby and I enjoyed them as kids and we started playing simple board games with our tween when she was a tiny tot.  This is the kind of skill that you can't learn on a electronic device and I challenge you to prove me wrong. I truly credit her early reading to all the board games and learning games we have played since she was a tot.

Thank you to my mom...big time. Gramma was the one who discovered the ThinkFun brand way back when.  She picked up a few of the ThinkFun travel sized games at a local game store and the little one was in love. We discovered one of her best friends was also a ThinkFun fan.  Her best friend has two parents that are educators so take that into consideration. They know quality learning games when they see them. Birthdays and other special occasions suddenly became a good reason to buy a new ThinkFun game. Frankly, it made it easy for me because it was pretty much impossible to bomb with a birthday gift when I chose a ThinkFun game. Many of the ThinkFun games including the All Queens Chess are excellent games to play in the car, while waiting for appointments or even to tote with you on the airplane. A better option than endless screen time.  We have quite a collection of ThinkFun games and haven't been disappointed yet so I was excited to see what All Queens Chess was about.

First of all this one is a 2-player game. It uses all queens...surprise. You have to really use strategy to plan your moves out to try to get four Queens in a row. It uses some of the functions of Chess too. I think that makes it easy to least the basics. It is a challenge to master this game though. The Queen can move any number of squares vertically, horizontally or diagonally. There is a big difference can't capture any pieces in this All Queens Chess. You must keep your eyes open and use your mind. Think like Spock (RIP) and exercise logic as you navigate the board. You ultimate goal is to get your Queens all in a row.

Basics about the All Queens Chess game:
  • Four in a Row meets Chess
  • Use logic to get your four Queens in a straight line horizontally, vertically or diagonally
  • Queens move like standard Chess but can't be captured
  • A simple strategy game that can get more complex as you master the challenge
  • For 2 players, ages 8 to adult

An easy way to think about this game is to consider it as four-in-a-row chess.

You have to think about each move and carefully choose in order to get four queens in a row.  My tween loves All Queens Chess and it gives all of us a mental challenge as well. All Queens Chess is a great game that is appropriate for two players ages 8 to adult. It is priced about $12.99. This is a super birthday, Christmas or anytime gift.

You can pick up All Queens Chess on their website or on Amazon for easy shopping anytime. 

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