Penguins on Ice
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What It Is
Penguins on Ice is a logic game with four levels of play: starter, junior, expert, and master. The goal of the game is to arrange five differently shaped puzzle pieces on the game board, one next to the other, so that they all fit and the penguins are positioned as indicated in the challenge. Choose one of the 60 challenges in the challenge booklet. At the starter level, you are given the form and the position of one or more puzzle pieces. The more difficult challenges only show the position of the penguins. The puzzle pieces move, so that you can change the shape to make it fit. There is only one correct solution, and all solutions are in the back of the challenge booklet. When game time is over, all the parts store within the game board. Penguins on Ice is for one or more players.
Why It’s Fun
Penguins on Ice is based on what is called a pentomino, or a form consisting of five squares. Each of the five puzzle pieces is a pentomino, the board is a five by five grid, and there are five penguins. This is the type of game that will have players thinking creatively and utilizing problem-solving skills as they work their way through each challenge.
Who It’s For
Penguins on Ice is for ages 6 and up. The master level is difficult, and we think it's more suitable for ages 9 and up.
What to Be Aware of
Make sure you pay attention to the location of each penguin. In the easier levels, you may have only one penguin to position, but as the levels get harder, you'll have more penguins. When the challenge shows fewer than five penguins, you can choose where to put the other ones.