ToysBulletin.com reviews a brainteaser from the Fat Brain Toy Co.
“AnimaLogic” is a clever and challenging game for youngsters ages 5 years old and up. The idea is simple, there are 16 animals (4 each of lions, hippos, giraffes and camels). Each animal in their respective group is also a different color, either yellow, blue, green or red. The animals are trying to cross a river and get to the other side, but they are required to move according to a strict set of rules, that being that they must cross the river one at a time, must travel right to left on their given path, cannot jump over another animal and most importantly each animal must either follow an animal of the same color or follow an animal of the same species.
Each of the animals is placed on the game board on a 4 x 4 grid of 16 squares. The game provides 60 different starting puzzle positions for the animals, some of them allowing a quite easy trip across the river, while other configurations presenting quite a challenge.
We play tested this game by starting with puzzle #1, which was the simplest, and then testing those that were more difficult. We quickly found that “AnimaLogic” was a fun challenge for adults as well as children. The first few puzzles were fairly straightforward and easy, and would be perfect for kids as young as 5 years old, but as the difficulty increased, kids may need some guidance and help to solve the puzzles.
“AnimaLogic” was a great challenge that will test the brainpower of kids or adults. Although it is basically a one-player game, it really helps to have someone else working with you that might suggest some alternative moves to keep the game moving. We found it easy to retrace one’s steps if the chosen path ended in a dead end, which can happen when there are no animals of the same color or species to move, because they are blocked. But the more you play “AnimaLogic,” the better you get and the faster you can play.
A typical puzzle might take only a few minutes, while those that are more challenging may take a bit longer. This is a high quality game, with all 60 puzzle options, including solutions, in a nifty spiral binder. Additionally, all of the animal pieces are made from real wood. “AnimaLogic” retails for $24.99 and can be purchased directly from the Fat Brain Toy Co.