Building blocks that come with challenges! These building games are great fun for the whole family.
We often come across building blocks that children can use to exercise their imagination and build whatever they want to out of the blocks they have. Then we have the Geoblocks set that consists of just 18 building blocks and many building challenges if you look the whole range of games that it is part of.
Geoblocks is a basic block set that can be purchased separately and is also packaged with 4 block puzzle games: Architecto, Tangramino, Clicko and Equilibrio. Together these games have a whopping 229 building challenges that can be built with the same set of just 18 building blocks.
These building puzzles are great fun for the whole family and are a great educational toy at the same time.
The educational benefits may include:
- Growing an understanding of geometric concepts
- Improving and exercising fine motor skills
- Improves spatial intelligence and develops stronger 3D visualisation
All the puzzles in each game are categorized into 6 different levels of difficulty. This means that younger children can start with the easier puzzles, while older children might only need these as practice for the more difficult ones.
There are only enough pieces to build one puzzle at a time, even though not all the pieces are used in each one.
After giving you a bit more detailed information on each set I will also be giving you some important information to help you with your buying decision, so keep reading…
As the name suggests, this game is based on architectural structure. While it has little to do with architecture as such, all the puzzles are for building upright structures. This was the first game created by FoxMind and the series of games is often referred to as the Architecto line of games.
This game has puzzles that are built on a flat surface using the 3D Geoblocks. Very similar to tangram puzzles, the player has to copy 2-dimensional flat shapes and create them by arranging the blocks in the appropriate way to create the picture. While it might sound like these are easy, they also have the graded levels of difficulty and will become quite a challenge as the player advances through them.
This is definitely one of the more challenging games in the series because the puzzles are given in drawn from a draughtsman’s perspective with multiple angles of the model being shown. While smaller children can still have fun playing with the blocks, they might have difficulty interpreting the diagrams and being able to build the designs. It is for this reason that this game is suggested for children of 8 years and older.
The puzzles in Equilibrio are definitely more challenging than those in Architecto and Tangramino because they introduce tricky balance elements to the designs. This game will need a lot more dexterity, patience and perseverance than both Architecto and Tangramino. It could possibly frustrate younger players.
Important information before you buy.
As I have already mentioned, each game set includes the set of Geoblocks and a book with challenges for that game. The Geoblocks can be bought separately if you want 2 people to be able to play at the same time, building their own puzzles. All the books are also available separately if you just want to add to the puzzles and you already have a set of Geoblocks.
If you already have one of the game sets you don’t need to buy another set if you only want the puzzle book. It would only make sense to get another complete set if you also wanted a second set of blocks.
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Here is a quick summary of the 4 game sets:
Architecto Line of Games
|List price:||$34.99 US||$34.99 US||$34.99 US||$34.99 US|
|Suggested Age:||7 years +||6 years +||8 years +||5 years +|
|Contents:||Geoblocks set + Architecto book||Geoblocks set + Tangramino book||Geoblocks set + Cliko book||Geoblocks set + Equilibrio book|
|Number of puzzles:||50||64||55||60|
|Number of levels:||6||6||6||6|
|Type of models to be built:||Models for a variety of upright structures.||The designs are built on a flat surface, similar to tangram puzzles but using 3D blocks.||Images of the structures to build are from a draughtsman's perspective, with mutiple views of the image.||Build upright structures with challenging balancing aspects to them.|
These are all great games with puzzles that will give children of different ages a challenge. All of these games have many positive reviews and some have won various awards. You really can’t go wrong buying one of these sets for the family to enjoy. I honestly can see myself trying some of the puzzles as well.
Do you have any of these games, or do you plan on getting one? which one would you vote as the best one of the 4? Leave a comment below and let us know your choice.