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October 4, 2011 / mommylok

Be Perplexed

Any toy or game that keeps my children thinking, engaged and challenged is a toy or game worth having.  I have a stash of toys in my room for various reasons (and yes, one of them is that I still have a couple toys from last Christmas that the kids have not yet opened!)  My kids love snooping around, they seem to be really good at that.   What’s interesting to me is that even with the variety of toys around (various electronics, super heroes, board games, etc.), my 4 year old son picked through everything and found a maze game and has been mesmerized by it (I only received this one last week so it hasn’t been around that long for the picking!)

What my son picked was the award-winning Perplexus from PlaSmart.  Perplexus is a 3-dimensional maze game where players maneuver a small marble around challenging barriers inside a large-sized transparent sphere.  This game provides players with numerous paths to choose from and dozens of barriers to overcome.  You can race against other players or challenge yourself to complete the maze more quickly each time you play.  In addition to being entertaining, PlaSmart says Perplexus is a great tool for cognitive development, encouraging children to exercise their problem-solving, motor and dexterity skills, as well as improving their hand-eye coordination.  I really love watching my son focus on this maze so intensely, trying to master it.  It can be a little frustrating at first, but without the frustration, what fun would it be?  Toys like these really help to build your confidence each time you play.  Perplexus comes in 3 different levels of play:  Rookie (~7″ in diameter, over 70 barriers), Original (~8″ in diameter, over 100 barriers) and Epic (~8.5″ in diameter, over 125 barriers), each offering various levels of difficulty.  These retail from $19.99-$29.99.  

Another great puzzle game from PlaSmart is Orbo, which earned the PTPA Media (Parent-Tested, Parent-Approved) Seal of Approval in March 2011.  Orbo is a snap and match puzzle game where you push a colored ball through a hole until it snaps into an empty spot.  The objective is to match all the balls with the colored rings to solve the puzzle.  My daughter enjoys mixing the colors around and watching her younger brother try to match it all up again.  They take turns doing it, trying harder and harder to stump each other every time.  This portable puzzle game is also very handy to have in the car; it keeps the kids occupied (so that they aren’t fighting with each other!) in a very positive way (it’s a good confidence builder and even better time killer!)  Orbo is geared for children ages 3 and up and retails for approximately $9.99.

ABOUT PLASMART

A Canadian-based distributor of children’s toys, PlaSmart was introduced to the toy industry in 2003.  PlaSmart chooses products that are smart, simple, fun and unique and they avoid electronic toys and toys that are complicated to understand or operate.  They continue to seek unique, one-of-a-kind toys that meet this smart and simple philosophy.

Disclosure:  I received PlaSmart toy samples for review purposes only; no other compensation was received for this post.   All opinions expressed are my own.

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  1. Nikki @ Mommy Factor / Oct 4 2011 9:40 AM

    Perplexus really is a fun and challenging game. I’ve been playing it tons trying to get that little ball to go where I want it to. Great travel toys for upcoming road trips also.

  2. Bicultural Mama / Oct 4 2011 3:40 PM

    Looks like a take on those puzzle games where you need to get the steel ball from one side of the maze to the other by adjusting the tilt of the ball within the maze. Don’t know if I’m describing it right, but I remember similar type wood games when I was growing up. Great for eye hand coordination.

  3. Asianmommy / Oct 4 2011 11:12 PM

    Interesting–I’ve never seen these before. Looks like a lot of fun.

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