REVIEW: Smart Games Sleeping Beauty Deluxe

Smart Games are one of my favourite companies! They produce a fabulous range of games for all ages; games that really test thinking and logic skills in a fun and unusual way. And even quite young children can enjoy them – this game is suitable for children age 3 -7 and it really is a game that grows with your child as they will go back to it over the years as their skills grow. Right from opening the box, you know this is a quality product – the playing pieces are found in a separate smaller box and the maze itself is strong bright plastic adorned with flowers. All 60 games – starter, junior, expert and master – are shown in the puzzle book which also includes the solutions.

There’s also a colourful wordless hardback picture book, which is a great way to encourage children’s storytelling skills. The aim of the single-player game is to rescue Sleeping Beauty by navigating your way through the maze to the castle… or play as the dragon for a different challenge, and prevent the knight from reaching the castle! The four maze pieces are placed on the board according to the puzzle book and then the idea is to solve the puzzle by finding the shortest pathway through the maze. Includes 60 multi-level challenges (with and without the dragon) and an enchanting picture storybook. Challenges without the dragon are suitable for children 3+, and with the dragon are suitable for children 5+. This engrossing game will help stimulate many key learning skills, including spatial awareness, hand-eye coordination, problem solving and planning. It’s a lovely way to link a favourite fairy tale with an enjoyable learning game, beautifully produced and guaranteed to give hours of enjoyment.

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