Last year the Three Little Piggies from Smart Games was one of my 2015 holiday picks. It’s so darn cute and the kiddos loved playing with it even if they weren’t doing the puzzles. This year Smart Games released Little Red Riding Hood and again it is SUPER CUTE and the kiddos liked playing with it even if they weren’t solving the puzzles. Both games come with a little wordless comic-style hardcover storybook that really makes you feel like you’re getting a good bang for your buck.
How to Play
Little Red Riding Hood has 48 challenges for kids ages 4-7. There are 2 different types of puzzles, the ones with just Little Red Riding Hood and the ones with both Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf. In both puzzles, you’re given the starting location of the character(s), the location of Grandma’s house, and the three trees (not all 3 are used in every puzzle). You need to use the pieces to create a road from the character(s) to the house. The puzzle booklet indicates which pieces should be used by colored flowers at the bottom of the puzzle. These colored flower icons correspond to the 3D flowers on the pieces. There are 4 levels or play for each type of puzzle (starter, junior, expert, master), but the “master” version is still easy enough to be solved by the kids it just tends to use more pieces.
My Thoughts On Little Red Riding Hood
I can’t say enough about how cute this game is. The kids I tested it with were really drawn to the game simply by the look of the components. The road on the puzzle pieces is slightly indented so I saw a lot of Little Red moving from her spot on the board to the house once the puzzle was solved. The one big negative is that unlike the Three Little Piggies game, you cannot put any characters into the house. If this had been the first game in the series this wouldn’t have come up, but because that was a huge highlight in the previous game it was a noticeable change.
Overall, if you liked Three Little Piggies (link to Amazon), or you’re looking for a solo player brainteaser game for a kiddo in this age range I highly recommend Little Red Riding Hood. The charming theme, easy of play, and bonus book make these two games a standout in this area of the toy/game market. I’m excited to see what they’re going to do next!
Little Red Riding Hood Stats:
~$25 Little Red Riding Hood on Amazon, local game stores
how long do you want to play for?
Ages 4-7 (this might not be challenging enough for a 7 year old)
Game was provided free of charge from the manufacturer with no guarantee of review (I’ve got to like it).