Actual Laser Powers ThinkFun's Latest Board Game
At the American International Toy Fair this week in New York City, it's all fun and games. But who knew one would involve an actual laser?
ThinkFun, revealing its latest line-up of toys and games at its Toy Fair booth, have unveiled an interesting new board game that uses a harmless red beam to help teach players problem solving.
The game is called "Laser Maze," and it's the brainchild of Luke Hooper, the inventor of the chess-like laser game Khet. In “Laser Maze” various game tokens, including a laser, two beam-splitters, a cell blocker, a main mirror, and five supplementary mirror/target pieces, are arranged on a board with a grid of squares. The goal of the game is to guide the beam from one point on the board to the other using 60 different cards of varying difficulty to figure out where to place each piece.
Along with Hooper's design expertise, ThinkFun also called upon four-time world puzzle champion Wei-Hwa Huang to provide input on the game's design, so that the 60 challenges are difficult, but not impossible.
"Laser Maze" is just part of ThinkFun's line-up for Toy Fair, which also includes stuffed animals and other games, such as "Hello Sunshine!", a stuffed-animal toy made for younger children to help them build confidence through hide-and-seek games, and "Math Dice Powers Practice Edition," a new game that focuses on empowering the fun of math.
"Laser Maze" is set at a very affordable $30, and can be pre-ordered on ThinkFun's website. It's slated to arrive later this spring.