I received a very nice selection of games and puzzles from Buffalo Games for review and I’m so excited as are my kids. We received an assortment of puzzles and games and a Peel & Stick Puzzle Saver. I’m not much for puzzles they tend to not hold my attention, that said, these puzzles aren’t you’re every day puzzles and I’ve already put one together, with help from my kids. Although they are for ages 14 and up my 10 year old was even able to join in the fun with us. I have fallen in love with a 2000 piece puzzle of Cinque Terre, Italy. It’s beautiful and I’m determined to finish it by the end of the Summer.
There is a science behind the health benefits of jigsaws. It forces you to us both hemispheres of the brain. The left side of the brain, the analytical side, works to logically sort the pieces while the right side of the brain, the creative side, serves to see the finished product and works intuitively. The successful completion of jigsaw puzzles requires both sides of the brain to work together. Causing our brain’s hemispheres to work together increase our ability to learn, comprehend, and remember and increases the product of dopamine. Collectively these increases help us to maintain healthy brains.
Rainy days are game days here and we were sent 2 games from Buffalo Games. First is Chronology for ages 14 and up, and 2 or more players. This fun trivia game doesn’t require you to know exact dates. Just put the events in the right chronological order. The first one to build a timeline of 10 even cards wins.
The other game, Last Word is for 14 and up, and 2 to 8 players. Last Word is the uproarious race to have the final say! This party game has sold over 1,000,000 copies and is perfect for everyone ages 14 and up. Each round, blurt out answers while racing a timer and the other players. For example, Subject: “Animals”, Letter: “L”. Players yell out… Lion! Lemur! Leech! Leopard! The player with the Last Word before the timer sounds advances toward Finish. Beware – the timer is cleverly programmed to go off at random intervals. Contents include Game Boards, 230 Subject and 56 Letter cards, 8 Pawns, an Electronic Random Timer.
Last Word took us a little while to get the hang of but once we decided it was a “free for all” we had a lot of fun. We were able to play this game with the company that visited over the holiday and it was something entertaining and fun for our both of our families.