This selection for our game of the month series is a challenging strategic logic puzzle. miQube from MindWare is recommended for kids ages 7 and up and while I often think games can be played by kids younger than the recommended age, I agree with MindWare.
We've actually had miQube for several years. I had it on our list of favorite math-inspired games because Kiddo enjoyed playing around with the cubes and trying to complete the solitary puzzle, but at that point we hadn't actually played it as a competitive game.
After I started writing this post, I noticed miQube was not on MindWare's website so I tweeted them to inquire. Sadly, this was the response:
— MindWare (@MindWareToys) May 16, 2014
Well, that's a bummer.
I considered abandoning this post, but 1) I had already done up the photo, written most of the text and it was too hard to trash it all; and 2) you can find miQube a few places online, at least for now. So, if this looks like a game your family will enjoy, snap it up while you can. (This post contains affiliate links.)
About Playing miQube:
- miQube is a puzzle game in which players attempt to control territory with irregularly shaped pieces on a checkerboard. Each 6 sided piece displays a different color on each face.
- There are 5 different ways to play miQube, four competitive games with two or more players and one solitary game.
- The game vigorously exercises your spatial awareness skills so be prepared! This is an area where my older son excels, so he enjoys playing against me because he always wins.
- The game can be tricky, but it's also very satisfying when you win!
- It's made entirely from wood, making it a great choice for families looking to introduce less plastic into the world. (We are one of those families.)
Alternatives to miQube:
I feel compelled to share some alternatives, since the game is rapidly disappearing from the market.
Kanoodle is another 3D puzzle game. We always take ours along for long trips. It's a lovely, portable size. However, it is a single player game. Also, it's plastic (boo).