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TimetoPlayMag.com Ratings and Reviews
At TimetoPlayMag.com, we want to engage, inform and entertain our readers to give them the benefit of our knowledge, experience and the breadth of products we cover. We look at more than 10,000 new toys and children’s products every year, and our primary purpose is to help you make the best choices for the kids in your life.
Our goal is to give you the real story on what you’ll find when you bring a toy home. And we know that every kid and every family is different. That’s why we always say: “The hot toy is only hot if it’s hot for your child.”
Our editorial team has more than 100 years combined experience working in the toy industry. Our rating system ranks toys on 4 key criteria:
- Fun — Does it engage the child? Does it inspire imaginative play? Does it contribute to creative expression? Is it entertaining?
- Repeat Play OR Collectibility — Some toys are played with, some are collected. If we feel a toy is better suited for collectibility, we’ll rank it based on Collectibility instead of Repeat Play.
- Repeat Play — Will kids come back to it over time? Does the toy allow diverse imaginative play experiences? Does it provide longer-term play value?
- Collectibility — Some toys may have limited traditional play, but kids will treasure them as collectibles.
- Assembly/Instructions — Is the toy easy to assemble? Are the instructions clear?
Over the years we’ve learned a lot about what makes great toys and exciting play experiences. We want to help you create the best experiences for your kids and your family.
Ultimately, you’re the best judge of what you want to bring into your home — and what’s best for your kids. And because you’re an important part of the Time to Play family, we invite you to let us know if you ever find an error or have any ideas how we can better help you. After all, we exist for one reason: to help you have more fun!
What It Is
Orbo is a snap and match, handheld puzzle game. The Orbo sphere is about the size of a baseball, but much lighter. Around the sphere are holes marked on the outside with colored rings, and there are colored balls inside. Players must put their fingers through the holes on the outside and push the smaller balls around the inside of the sphere. The foam center allows players to move the smaller balls from hole to hole. Move all the balls around so that the colored balls match the colored rings to solve the puzzle. Orbo can be played solo or with other people. Orbo is sort of like a Rubik's Cube. There's a strategy to solving it, and it may take time and patience to figure it out.
Why It’s Fun
For kids who like solving puzzles, Orbo is a lot of fun. The puzzle and the small balls are easy to manipulate and can be played with in a variety of ways. Set a timer to see who can solve Orbo the fastest or try to beat your own record time. There are no pieces to lose, which makes Orbo a great on-the-go game.
The tactile nature of the puzzle and the variety of ways it can be played with all contribute to the classic fun.
Who It’s For
Orbo is for ages 4 and up. Older kids and experienced puzzlers may find Orbo to be too easy, but we think it's great for the younger set, especially as an introduction to puzzlers and brainteasers.
What to Be Aware of
The balls make a loud clicking noise when they are moved. This helps them to snap securely into each of the holes, but you might want to refrain from playing Orbo in areas where it is supposed to remain quiet, lest you annoy the person sitting next to you.