ToysBulletin.com reviews a new challenge from Blue Orange Games.
“Dr. Eureka” is a game that provides a set of unique experiments. As an apprentice to the crazy Dr. Eureka, players must move the correct combination of molecules (colored balls) to a set of test tubes as shown on multiple challenge cards.
The game includes 24 colored balls (8 each of red, purple and green), 12 test tubes and 54 challenge cards. “Dr. Eureka” has been designed for 1-4 players ages 8 years old and up. We actually play tested this game with a 93 year old great grandmother, and she kept right up, so it truly is a game for all ages.
Players must transfer balls from one test tube to another, without ever touching any of the balls, or letting the balls hit the ground. To set things up, the challenge cards are shuffled and placed facedown in the middle of the table. 3 plastic test tubes are placed in front of each player, and two balls of each color are placed inside each of the test tubes.
To begin play, the top challenge card is turned face up for all to see. The challenge card will reveal an image of the 3 test tubes with some combination of colored balls in each tube. In some cases, one of the test tubes might even be empty. Players then simultaneously begin to pick up their test tubes and move the balls from tube to tube, and back and forth until their 3 test tubes exactly match the image on the challenge card. The completed tubes must also be in the exact order from left to right. If a player does touch a ball, drop a ball or mistakenly declare he has completed the challenge, he is eliminated from that round. The first player to successfully complete the challenge yells “Eureka” and takes the challenge card. The first player to win 5 challenge cards is declared the winner.
“Dr. Eureka” can also be played by just one player, by simply trying to solve the challenges in as few moves as possible. Playing alone also provides a great training ground before taking on opponents in an actual game. It does take a few tries to master the art of transferring the balls quickly and safely from tube to tube.
“Dr. Eureka” was great fun and a typical game can easily be completed in less than 30 minutes. We also found that the challenge cards provided a nice mix of easy and difficult transfer combinations, yet none of them were unsolvable or time-consuming. This game took almost no time to get started and begin playing and it is a perfect family game for sure.
“Dr. Eureka” retails for $19.99 and can be purchased directly from the Blue Orange Games website.