Sunday 10 July 2022

Product Review - Q-bitz Extreme Game

Q-bitz Extreme
Visual Dexterity. Cubed.
Mind Ware

A number of years ago I received Q-bitz for my birthday and from the day it entered the house it has been a family favourite. Shortly after that we picked up this one and also one of the Solo versions. This is a great game for cognitive development. We have played it often. This game comes with:

4 game play trays
16 cubes of each color
80 Q-bitz cards

The box says it can be played with 2-4 players but you can play solo. The game also has 3 modes of play in the rules that come with the game:

Round one of this game is all about speed as players race to manipulate their cubes to copy the pattern on the Q-bitz pattern card.

Round two players roll all of their cubes on the table like dice. Then using the cubes as rolled players place as many cubes as possible in the tray to recreate the pattern shown on the card. And then it is a race to see who can complete the pattern card rerolling as many times as needed.

Round three really tests memory skills, players study the pattern card for ten seconds, flip it face down and then create the pattern from memory.

But the new Q-bitz Extreme has a fourth way to play and our family has a fifth which is most often used with our youngest.

Round four players race to do the reverse or negative image of the card.

Round five one player at a time creates a pattern, then the others race to copy the pattern.

This game is designed to teaches symmetry, help improve visual dexterity and provide friendly competition. It also stimulates the brain by use of spatial reasoning and memory skills. And it is super fun.

The difference between the Extreme and normal Q-Bitz is that this game has 4 sets of 2 dice, each with different sides. And Has 2 dice from the original version. The original all 16 dice are the same. So finding the piece in this version often means swapping dice.

I picked this up when looking for an expansion pack of cards for this Q-Bitz yet. When I went searching I found Q-bitz Solo Orange and Q-bitz Solo Magenta both of which come with an additional 20 unique cards that can be used for solo play or added into the base game back. But that is for another review!

Overall this is an amazing game the recommendation is that players be aged 8 and up, but we have played with our youngest even when she was 5 and it still works well. It is a lot of fun for the whole family. Can be taught in under a minute and is easy to introduce to new players or visitors to the house. We love this game even if it is much more challenging than the original!

Note: If you are local to Kitchener Waterloo you can get this and many other amazing games at J & J Super Store!

Games by Mind Ware:
Q-bitz Solo Orange
Q-bitz Solo Magenta
Q-bitz Extreme
Q-bitz Classroom Set
Cool Circuits Puzzle

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