Tumble Maze – Blue Orange – Review

If you are using this as a fun activity for children, it will do a great job of it.  

Joseph Summa

MeepleGamers

6/10

Theme and What is it?

6/10

Tumble Maze is exactly what it says it is: a solo puzzle game with 40 challenges to try.  They start from about 3-year-old level of difficulty and steadily get harder until you are all the way up to about 13-year-old level of difficulty.  If you are an adult looking for a satisfying puzzle, this probably isn’t it.  But if you are using this as a fun activity for children, it will do a great job of it.  

Fair warning: just because a ball didn’t fall the way you expected it to doesn’t mean you were wrong.  Try it again a time or two to make sure it wasn’t a fluke bounce.  

Gameplay Mechanics

7/10

Then challenge shows you were to place the guide rails and what additional rails you can add.  Then you add it and drop the ball(s) from the indicated position.  If you can get the right number of balls to the right outputs, you have solved the challenge!

Initial Impressions

4/10

I have had an exceptional amount of fun with other gravity marble puzzle games such as the Turing Tumble.  I might have had too high of expectations for Tumble Maze.  It is targeted for children and can go on a stack of items saved for when my (someday) kids reach the right age.  That is a wonderful product, just make sure you know what to expect it to be.

Game Build Quality

5/10

The production quality is reasonable.  The holes grip the pieces well and preventing you from attempting to place a piece in an orientation they didn’t expect by forcing it in.  The insert is well made to hold the game comfortably and protectively.

Fun Factor

6/10

The fun is in solving a puzzle successfully.  It has 40 puzzles that get harder as you go.  But really because of the difficulty levels there might only be 10 for any given single player that are both doable and fun.  Tumble Maze delivers a predictable experience that will last for 15-30 minutes and then be all but finished other than passing it to a different player.  A family with children in a range of ages is likely to have the most success playing it semi-cooperatively or with the finish it pass it down play method.

Age Range & Weight

9/10

8+ is a good rating since there are small ball components included in the game.  Difficulty wise that is a bit of an overestimate for starting out.  A high school student will probably grow bored before finishing all 40 puzzles or simply finish the back 5 and call it a day.  Learning how to play doesn’t even require a rulebook just slipping a puzzle into the device is pretty self explanatory.  

Conclusions

6/10

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I realize my conclusion is pretty much (okay, so it is) identical to telling you what it is.  

Tumble Maze is exactly what it says it is: a solo puzzle game with 40 challenges to try.  They start from about 3-year-old level of difficulty and steadily get harder until you are all the way up to about 13-year-old level of difficulty.  If you are an adult looking for a satisfying puzzle, this probably isn’t it.  But if you are using this as a fun activity for children, it will do a great job of it.  

Fair warning: just because a ball didn’t fall the way you expected it to doesn’t mean you were wrong.  Try it again a time or two to make sure it wasn’t a fluke bounce.