DAY & NIGHT - wooden stacking game

 

THE STORY BEHIND THE CREATION OF DAY & NIGHT


“Day and Night” is a wooden puzzle based on an older SmartWood item I designed many years ago. The product was named Fantasy Blocks, which wasn't exactly the most creative name for it.


AT NIGHT YOU CAN ONLY SEE SILHOUETTES

However, it’s not only the name that’s more interesting in this new version for Smart Games. You still need to construct an image as shown in the challenge by placing blocks in the right order onto the sticks. But this time, half the challenges only show the contours of the blocks, similar to seeing just the silhouette of something at night. In this way it becomes something like a very simple 3D tangram.


       



There are a few design choices here that I made for a specific reason. The yellow block looks square from the front view, but is in fact cylindrical. Something like this can be obvious to adults, but not to children. The left and right sticks are different heights. Young children often muddle up left and right. If they do this when solving a challenge, one of the constructions will fall down. Also, most blocks fit very precisely on top of other blocks, making it possible for several blocks to look like one solid shape in the night challenges.


AWARDS

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

  2. Seal of Excellence 2011 (Canada): Protégez-Vous Magazine

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

  4. First Prize “Grand Prix 2011”, Best product on Toy Fair Prague (Czech Republic)


REVIEWS AND OTHER LINKS

Day and Night on the official website of SmartGames

  1. igrudom.ru: “День и ночь”

  2. http://www.deskovehry.com: Recenze: SMART GAMES Den a noc – království z kostek

 


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Raf Peeters, January 2009

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