With Domino Maze, ThinkFun has turned traditional domino cascade play into a logic puzzle. In a serious of sixty challenges of increasing difficulty, players are prompted to set up arrangements of pieces that reverse directions, climb and descend stairs, and flip one to three targets in a specific order.
The “dominoes” are lightweight, plastic monoliths that are designed to tip in only one direction, which is at least partially effective in preventing accidental cascades. They are placed into a plastic grid that keeps them upright and ensures they are aligned in parallel or at 45-degree angles so the number of possible setups is clearly restricted.
The puzzles are genuinely challenging, particularly at the higher levels. However, the pieces occasionally stick, failing to complete a cascade that is correctly designed. In more than one level it was entirely possible to find a solution that was different from the official solution but still within the rules; this should perhaps be regarded as a feature rather than a bug, but it did cause us to second-guess our solutions and wonder where we might have erred on a technicality. It is always a pleasure to see a new option in brainy games, and Domino Maze has many satisfying challenges.
Emily Crawford ©2019 Parents’ Choice
Emily holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a Master’s in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a homeschooling parent and lives with her husband, three children, five cats, and thousands of LEGOs in Blacksburg, Virginia.