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"BackSpin from ThinkFun" - discuss
Comic Type: World of Warcraft | Posted: Friday February 18th, 2011 by Woody - [ Size: 600x900 ]
[tom]TOP1a0dbfe5e290e5498830024eada0ad92[/tom][fp]I have shelves and shelves of tabletop games. It's a point of pride. And, I'm always eager to add new options especially where single player options are concerned. ThinkFun has proven quite adept providing me with single player games for review. Houdini, Code Master, and now BackSpin.[/fp]

BackSpin is a handheld, double-sided puzzle. You flip, spin, and switch the two sides until all of the colored balls are in their matching slots. I was put to task immediately as I started spinning the two sides before I took a photo for this review, completely scrambling the puzzle. Realizing what I'd done, I then had to solve the mess I'd created so that I could get the shot. There's a bit of a learning curve while you figure everything out. But once you get the idea, and remember to reserve the single hole slot when flipping the BackSpin over, things begin to make sense. Then it's a matter of switching the balls between sides until everything matches and the puzzle is solved.

The BackSpin is made quite well. The material doesn't feel cheap or flimsy. The two sides spin easily, and the balls, when properly aligned, move readily between sides. To my mind, it's not a problem, but it would be nice if there was a way to reset the puzzle. Sounds a bit like a cop-out. But, where I found solving the BackSpin to be relatively easy, my 8 year is more likely to never touch the thing again if he gets too frustrated with it. And, taking the time to solve it for him isn't always an option.

- Quality materials
- Easy spinning action
- Simple concept
- Deceptively challenging

- No way to reset

Clever design, engaging brain teaser.

BackSpin is available via Amazon for $14.99. (at the time of this review)


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