Turing Tumble – Review

At first the puzzles may seem easy to adults but it does not feel like that for long. It challenged me and there are some I still need to figure out. This allows for learning opportunities for all ages.

Theme and What is it?

Turing Tumble is a marble-based game that teaches people how computers work. Turing Tumble helps people understand the logic of how computers operate with a fun, hands-on approach. This also comes with a comic book that walks participants through 60 puzzles. The comic focuses on Ali, a space engineer, who is stranded on a distant planet. Ali has to restart an old analog computer, which is represented by the game board, and figure out how to escape the planet.

Gameplay Mechanics

If you want to follow the comic book then you will build boards based on the situation in the book. It will tell you the objects that must be completed to pass the puzzle and the parts that must be used. This is the best way to experience the game. It will get players familiar with everything and teach them about the parts and theories of how a computer works. 

Each puzzle explains initial setup and what conditions must be met to compete the puzzle successfully. It will let players know what components will be used and between puzzle set up and the comic it gives an overview of how those pieces behave like a computer. 

Initial Impressions

I received Turing Tumble fully expecting my two older kids to really enjoy the puzzles. That expectation turned out to be totally true. My kids loved it. I also found that my three-year-old loved it. It is not recommended for kids this young because of the small components, especially the marbles. But I was always with him when he played with it and put it well out of reach when it was packed up. He did not follow the puzzles, but he enjoyed creating his own designs.

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I thought I would do a few puzzles and then turn it over to the kids, but I was having so much fun that I spent lots of time with them figuring out puzzles. The puzzles can be very challenging and my kids liked me helping. We had fun spending quality time together building some serious brain muscles. 

Game Build Quality

Turing Tumble has very high-quality components and the box and storage system are built to keep everything in place and protected. Remember there are lots of small components that can be choking hazards so keep a close eye one little ones or keep it out of reach of little ones because they will love playing with this.

Artistic Direction

The comic and the box look great. It is eye catching and my kids really enjoyed going through the comic. It made the story come alive for them. 

The board is white, but that works because the components are all very colorful and it helps to see what they are doing. Once everything in a puzzle is set up correctly and the marbles are running as they should, in that moment there is an artistic beauty in the uniformed movement and flow of the machine at work.

Fun Factor

The best part of Turing Tumble is when a puzzle comes together. Once all the pieces are in the correct place, that is when the magic happens. Everything just flows on its own and you get it sit back and watch it operate.  It makes you appreciate the beauty of a computer system and how all the pieces work together to make the whole seem uniform. 

I also have enjoyed the time I get to spend with my kids. Finding something that entertains all of us and keep sour minds active can be tough. I am always grateful when something makes spending time together fun and meaningful.

Age Range & Weight

Turing Tumble is recommended for 8+. The puzzles are complex and only get tougher as more elements are added. Plus, like I have mentioned already, there are marbles and other small pieces. You will want to be very careful around younger kids if this game is out.

At first the puzzles may seem easy to adults but it does not feel like that for long. It challenged me and there are some I still need to figure out. This allows for learning opportunities for all ages.

Conclusions

Turing Tumble is a fun way to learn about the internal workings of computers. We see so little of what goes on inside the machines. It was awesome to learn about it in a hands-on way and to see how different pieces interact and react with other pieces. Turing Tumble is a wonderful way to start gaining knowledge and to apply what you are learning.