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A few days ago I received - completely surprising - a package with a game and a little greeting from a reader: "Thanks for the great blog! By: Angela". This is the first gift someone has sent me from my Amazon wish list and I was really excited. Since the game is a lot of fun and is really nicely done, I figured it was worth contributing.
The Pool Party game is a "real" game. So really with figures you can touch and a board that you can put on the table. Sounds a bit futuristic, but I've heard that there was a lot of that in the past.
But like most iPhone games, Pool Party is a one-person game. The only difference is that you have everyone in the room immediately gathered around you and everyone offers you help. Why? Because it's an absolutely cute puzzle game.
If the inventors of Pool Party hadn't made an effort with the figures and the game board, the game would be only half as captivating, because you have to love the little penguin figures right away. And of course we want to help you out of the misery you are in.
They float in the water and you have to build up some "land" around them with iceberg blocks so that they can get out. But that's more difficult than it sounds.
The game comes with a booklet in which 60 puzzles and their solutions (only for losers!) Are printed. The puzzles show the playing field and the position of the penguins, so that this structure can be recreated.
Then the puzzle starts, because now you have to place the four iceberg blocks around the penguins on the playing field. Since the blocks have different shapes and lengths, you are faced with a tangram-like challenge.
The puzzles in the booklet are divided into difficulty levels: Starter, Junior, Expert and Master. In practice, however, the gradation is less pronounced, because some master puzzles are solved quickly and are happy about their own intelligence, while some junior puzzles bring you back down to earth.
The nice thing about emotional roller coaster is that you usually always get support from people close by. The playing field and the penguins just look so cute and appealing that everyone wants to know what you're doing there. And since the rules of the game are explained in one sentence, everyone participates immediately and likes to do their own puzzles or give tips.
We have already agreed in the family that help from others will only be given after explicit request, otherwise you cannot play for five minutes in peace.
The "Pool Party" game costs around 16 euros and is really worth each of them. Here are a few reasons why you need it too:
If you are still pondering whether "Pool Party" is from Smart Games is the right choice, you may not be the right audience. In any case, I'm so excited about the game that I'm going to add a few more games from Smart Games to my wish list.
And if you like my blog and would like to read something about such a game again, you know, was zu tun ist. My children are looking forward to new food ... and of course I will play for you and report. ;-)
You can find the game here "Pool Party"at Amazon, which is really good if you like to play a little without an iPhone or iPad:
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.
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