Railroad Rush Hour Train Escape Gameby Cheri Smolich
You're the engineer and your red engine is trapped in a gridlock at the freight yard. You must rearrange the obstacles (engines, cars, and baggage platforms) to clear the way for your red engine to get to the exit gate. But you cannot lift any pieces off the grid. They must be moved right, left, up, or down. That may call for some intense thinking depending on the age of the player and the category of the puzzle card chosen.
There are 50 puzzle cards, each with a display for your grid board set-up. The 10 Junior cards included are for ages 6-8. The other 40 are for ages 8 and up and include Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. There's no time limit for solving each puzzle unless the player wants to set one.
Railroad Rush Hour can be played by a single child, one-on-one, or by teams. I didn't have a child 6 or older to test the game on so I experimented with my 4-year-old grandson who is wild about trains. Using the two easiest puzzles, I worked with him to help him understand what the object of the game was all about. He was able to solve them by himself after working the puzzles several times with me. Until he can do more, he entertains himself by playing with all the game pieces in his own way. I hope to try it out on some older children soon. I have no doubt that they be be clamoring for it.
Even though kids will have to put on their "thinking caps" to play this game, they won't mind because it is so much fun. I like it very much and I believe it's one of those games parents will be glad they added to their family collection.