CASTLELOGIX - Wooden preschool puzzle

 

THE STORY BEHIND THE CREATION OF CASTLE LOGIX


Like a lot of my ideas, the concept for CastleLogix seems ridiculously simple. All the player has to do is try to build a construction using a picture that corresponds with its side view, using only a few blocks with holes in and 3 sticks of different heights. But this game for young children only looks simple from the outside. The real complexity and beauty is hidden and comes to the surface once you start playing with it.


The original version of this puzzle was not made for SmartGames but for SmartWood, a collection of educational wooden toys. It was named Circus Blocks instead of CastleLogix. The reaction of my boss was: ‘Great idea, but how am I ever going to sell some wooden sticks and blocks with holes?’ History has proven that this was not really a problem ;-)



top: example of a challenge of the original version “Circus Blocks” (which is no longer available)


THE DIFFERENCE WITH CIRCUS BLOCKS

The difference between Circus Blocks and Castle Logix is not only the theme. I also added an extra block, to make 48 interesting challenges possible instead of the original 24. Another addition is the fact that the artwork on the front and back of the red block is identical, except for its orientation. This way it is not clear, from the side view shown in the challenge, if this red block is placed with the hole running vertically or horizontally through it.




top: example of a challenge of CastleLogix where the hole is running vertically through the red block




top: example of a challenge of CastleLogix where the hole is running horizontally through the red block


SIZE MATTERS

The game was inspired by my observation of children. When you ask a child if he or she prefers a tall, narrow glass of lemonade or a short, wide one, they will always take the tall glass. This is because young children don’t fully understand the concepts of quantity and size and they choose the glass that they think contains the most. But appearances can often be misleading, as this game shows. Children always try to insert the tall turret in the longer blocks and the short turrets in the smaller blocks, even though this is often wrong.


Another thing that I like about this game (and which I repeated in other wooden Smart Games) is its wide appeal, as it is also an interesting toy for children who are still too young to try to solve the challenges. For them it is a toy where they can push turrets inside blocks, and in doing so, they’re exercising their fine motor skills.




AWARDS

• Good Toy Foundation: nominated "Toy of the Year 2007” (The Netherlands)

  1. Finnish Toy Association: Game of the Year 2009 (Finland)

  2. Mam Dziecko (I Have A Child Magazine): Superproduct 2009 (Poland)

  3. Main Prize Winner “A child’s Friendly World” 2010, age 3-7 years (Poland):Dyplom.jpg

  4. 6/6 rating (Highest Recommendation) Protégez-Vous Magazine (Canada)


REVIEWS AND OTHER LINKS

  1. CastleLogix on the official website of SmartGames

  2. demonstration movie on YouTube

  3. madhousefamilyreviews.blogspot.com: Castle Logix Towering Blocks review

  4. www.gamesfanatic.pl: Mądry zamek i Kamelot

  5. http://www.momshavequestionstoo.com/castle-logix-great-game-quiet-time/


More information on the history of this and other games can be found on this page. If you liked this game, you might like these wooden puzzle games for children too:

 


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Raf Peeters, January 2007

2017

TEMPLE CONNECTION

SNOW WHITE

JUMP IN’

IQ-FOCUS


2016

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD

PENGUINS POOL PARTY

PARKING PUZZLER

IQ-XOXO

DEDUCKTION

DINOSAURS MYSTIC ISLANDS

WALLS & WARRIORS

SMARTCAR 5x5

HIDE & SEEK PIRATES JR

HIDE & SEEK JUNGLE

NORTH POLE EXPEDITION

GHOST HUNTERS

ANTI-VIRUS MUTATION

2015

THREE LITTLE PIGGIES

BUTTERFLIES

IQ-BLOX

IQ-CANDY

PENGUINS PARADE


2014

QUADRILLION

BRAIN CHEESER

CITY MAZE

IQ-STEPS


2013

BUNNY BOO

VIKINGS BRAINSTORM

BACK 2 BACK

IQ-LINK

AB UNDER CONSTRUCTION

AB ON TOP


2012

TEMPLE TRAP

BILL & BETTY BRICKS

BEND-IT

IQ-FIT

NOAHS ARK

AQUABELLE


2011

PENGUINS ON ICE

TRUCKY 3

TROY

IQ-TWIST


2010

CHICKEN SHUFFLE

ANACONDA

CANNIBAL MONSTERS

SMARTCAR

SMARTPHONE


2009

TITANIC

DAY & NIGHT

2008

ROADBLOCK

METROVILLE

ALCATRAZ


2007

CAMELOT JR

CASTLE LOGIX

GOGETTER 4


2006

AIRPORT TRAFFIC CONTROL

HIDE & SEEK PIRATES

TOWER OF LOGIC INFERNO

DUOPUZZLE


2005

CAMOUFLAGE

HIDE & SEEK SAFARI


2001

GOGETTER 1, 2 AND 3