- Warning: Not suitable for children under 3 years. For use under adult supervision
ThinkFun Roller Coaster Challenge STEM Toy and Building Game
- Roller Coaster Challenge is 50% logic game, 50% roller coaster building set, 100% awesome and educational.
- Created by the inventors of the best-selling Toy of the Year Award Winner Gravity Maze.
- Includes: one game board, 36 posts, 39 tracks, one roller coaster car, and forty mind challenging cards with solutions.
- An equally fun STEM toy and brain game whether you play through the challenges or spend your time free form coaster building
- Featured on The TODAY Show, nominated for 2018 TOTY Game of the Year, winner of Oppenheim Platinum Award.
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Hang on! in this thrilling engineering challenge, players get to build their very own roller coasters. Start by choosing a challenge card and setting up the pieces to match. Then, players use the remaining pieces to build a working roller coaster that meets the build conditions on their challenge card. Roller coaster challenge is a STEM toy that incorporates elements of a logic puzzle or brain game, while also allowing for the creativity that stems from free-form building. Once you have solved each challenge, you get to watch a real coaster car glide down the track, complete with dips, curves, and loops.
Roller Coaster Challenge
Build an Amusement Park in Your Living Room!
Buckle up and get ready to twist and turn your mind as you attempt to solve 40 exhilarating roller coaster challenges.
When you think you’ve constructed a successful ride, give your car a little push and watch it glide down the track.
Your mind will bend in loops as it stretches to solve the leveled challenges.
When you’re ready for a little free-form play, get creative and use the tracks to build your own elaborate gravity-defying thrill rides.
Create a roller coaster track that will carry your car from start to finish.
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First, production issues. Even on a properly constructed track, the coaster sometimes flies off the rails, or gets stuck. And they should include a backup coaster. If the one they provide flies off into an inaccessible spot, you're stuck.
The colors printed on the cards aren't a good match for the actual parts. With some thought you can still match them up but it's an extra complication if a young child needs to figure out that purple in the booklet is blue in actuality. The yellow loop is made from a harder plastic and is very hard to snap onto others; I'm afraid the small connectors will break off at some point. It's fun as a toy for a few rounds, but other (excellent) toys and puzzles from this company offer more thought for less annoyance.
You can call almost any hands-on toy "educational," and if you're trying to sell it, you probably will. This one barely qualifies. Compared to the harder puzzles in Rush Hour or Gravity Maze, from the same company, the puzzles on this are downright simple. It requires more of the hands than of the brain. Nothing wrong with that, just don't get it with the wrong expectations.
The cards the game provides show you how to BEGIN to set up each rollercoaster, but don't show it completed. That's where the child's logic needs to kick in. Each puzzle card gives you the exact number of pieces that you need to complete each coaster design, and it's up to the "designer" to figure out where the rest of the pieces go to complete the rollercoaster and make it function.
The cards start off from easy and progress to very difficult. With practice, and a bit of my assistance, my five-year old was starting to complete the puzzles. Now, he's even getting the advanced/harder coaster designs without much help from anyone.
All in all, this is a great game for getting kids to think in three dimensions. The intent is to take a two-dimensional "plan" and building a 3-D working model. The reward is being able to take the little rollercoaster car and send it down the track to the finish line. I would definitely recommend this game to children who are interested in architecture and/or engineering, or who like to build things with their hands. Absolutely outstanding toy!
One problem with our set...one piece was deformed and we couldn't do a lot of the projects because of it, but my husband contacted the company and they sent a whole new set of coaster pieces, so we have extras now instead.
Happy with the customer service sending us a new piece for free and some extras, because my son was quite upset when we couldn't use the toy much due to the defective piece until we got the new ones.