Hello Friends of Kidding Around,
Happy Learn About Composting Day!
Hello, my name is Maya and I've worked at Kidding Around for a year and a half and I love it!
I want to tell you about my favorite type of game, single player games!
Don't misunderstand me, I enjoy playing games with friends and family, but growing up as an only child I would have loved these games! Sadly, I didn't know about most of them as a kid, but thankfully I can recommend them to any only children or independently minded kids I meet!
What is a single player game?
A single player game is usually a puzzle based game that comes with a booklet of possible problems and solutions. They have varied difficulty levels so that you can get a lot of use out of them, or share them with the whole family. Best of all they encourage independent play, logic based thinking, and problem solving.
Actually, the name is a little bit misleading, because they can be great activities to solve as a group. For instance, an older sibling can help a younger sibling solve the puzzles (or vice versa).
The single player game I want to focus on is "Dog Crimes" by ThinkFun! ThinkFun makes a lot of great single player games: Rush Hour, Laser Maze, Chocolate Craze, and Cat Crimes! I like Dog Crimes because it is very cute, I love mysteries (like Clue), and it is very easy to play while traveling or in a small apartment.
2. First things first, read the booklet, it gives you a bio of each of the suspects, and gives you clues about their traits, ex. Daisy wears a bandana and she has a tan tail.
3. Next, pick a challenge out of the stack of cards. You can start with beginner and work your way through, or pick a level you feel suits your logic skill level.
4. Now, place the "crime token" on its designated spot. The challenge card will tell you what the crime is.
5. Play! Now that you know which mystery you are going to be solving, you can get to work! Based on the clues you attempt to move the characters around the table into their proper places. The hard part is that you have to make every suspect included in the challenge fit, and it isn't always straight forward. "Beans has to sit across from a dog wearing a bandana" but there are three characters with bandanas! If you are sure of your choices you can flip over the card...
5. I hope you were right! If not, then maybe you should try an easier level, or try to figure out where you went wrong! We all make mistakes!
6. Lastly, enjoy over and over again! Great fun for study breaks, relief from screen time, or keeping little ones amused at an airport.
If you like Dog Crimes, check out our single player games by Smart Games, another great company! Some of these games even come with little comic books about the characters!