★★★★☆ Dimension: a competitive puzzle game that combines logic and chasing dropped balls.

Check out this game if: you like puzzles, seeing your kids figure out puzzles, or beating your friends at puzzles.
This game stands out because: the concept is very easy yet the puzzles can be difficult to execute. Also, the components (large quality balls) make this game very attractive and draws a lot of attention (every time I play).

dimension

Positive:
1. Figuring out the 3 dimensional puzzle is very rewarding –even if you’re not the first to finish.
2. The abstract puzzle theme makes this accessible for those who otherwise don’t like modern games.
3. New random rules every time makes this game replayable.
4. Great teaching tool for logic and construction.
5. Lots of “ah-ha” moments.
6. Scoring adds an element of competition, but it’s not necessary.
7. Conflicting rules add an element of decision making that is quite fun.

Negative:
1. Games can feel a little solo.
2. Some players do not like the conflicting rules (but you can exclude them easily).
3. Only 4 players (but you can buy another game and play with as many as you’d like.

Brief Overview: Versions: every player has a board with 15 balls. These 15 balls consist of 5 different colors. The goal of the game is to make a 3 dimension pyramid out of the balls, and to follow all the puzzle rules. The puzzle rules are established by flipping over 6 rule cards. These rule cards will have pictures of what you can and cannot do (for example, blue and white balls cannot touch, but blue and green balls must touch). Once the timer runs out, everyone scores there pyramid. 1 point per ball in pyramid and minus 2 for every rule broken. Play 6 rounds and the player with the most points wins.

Number of Players 1-4
Age 8+
Time 30 mins
Friendly ★★★★☆
Teachable ★★★★☆
Replayability ★★★☆☆
Creative Freedom ★★★★☆
Inclusive (no elimination) ★★★★☆
Interaction ★★☆☆☆

Versions: there is only one version of this game, but there are similar games like Ubongo and Tantrix.

Teaching Advice:
This is a highly visual game. Most people will understand the game in 5 mins if you explain the rules while performing the play-through. Don’t worry about explaining the bonus tokens at first, just explain that there is a bonus for getting all the rules correct and using all the 5 colors.

Link to Video Youtube.

Link to Dimension on Amazon

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