Elementary (5-9 years) Preteen (10-12) Teens/Adults (13+)
Twist, turn, block, and move. Based on the multi-award winning Pentago game, Pentago Cruise Edition is a two-player on-the-go strategy game for kids and adults. The goal is to get five marbles in a row, but there’s a twist, the board can rotate with each turn making the game simple to learn but a challenge to master. The snap-on plastic lid securely holds the game pieces in place at any point in the game play, so it can travel with you anywhere you go.
Approximate price – $19.95 www.mindtwisterusa.com
Awards: Mensa Select, Dr. Toy Best Vacation Products, Creative Child Game of the Year, National Parenting Center Seal of Approval
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