Game Review – Dr. Eureka

dr eureka

I haven’t posted anything in a while, but I haven’t been sitting around eating bon-bons either.  It’s been a busy summer.  (As summer winds down and the girls go back to school, I’ll write more about our other summer adventures.)  One of our many activities has been the local library’s summer reading program.

The girls have to physically go to the library each week to get a new bookmark.  Each week the bookmark is a different color of the rainbow.  One of the librarians advised us to keep all the bookmarks until the end of the program and turn them in all at once, so that’s what we’re doing.  The reading program helps encourage all of us to read at least a little each day, and a minimum of 60 minutes each week.  The adult reading program is a bit different than the kids; we don’t get pretty colored bookmarks to collect each week.

While at the library, it seems we discover something new each visit.  A discovery from the start of summer reading was “My Library Rewards”.  There is a “reward” program for checking out books.  For each book checked out, it adds points toward a discount at local business.  There are restaurants, activity centers, fitness centers, museums, oil changes, etc.  It is definitely incentive to check out books.  I read ebooks, but the girls still prefer print, so I collect their points to put towards family activities.

Another discovery is that the library has board games that can be borrowed.  These are not the common games that you pick up at any local shopping store.  They don’t have Monopoly, Sorry, Checkers, Uno, or any of the other “traditional” games.  The library has specialty games.

We borrowed our first game last week.  I got it as an extra something to do during the Girl Scout camp out, in case the rain limited our other plans.  I didn’t get to play that one, but the girls really liked it.

This week, Lil Bit (who’s now 6) got to pick the game.  The library has small cardboard boxes with a picture of the game and an age rating all lined up on shelves.  There’s a binder with a brief description of the game.  Lil Bit searched the boxes to find her age, then picked the cover that looked the most fun.  I read her the description, but she still judging books/games by their covers.  I told her that she would have to eat her dinner, get her bath, and then we could play the game before bedtime.

Dr. Eureka can be played alone or with up to 4 people.  There are 6 balls – 2 red, 2 green, 2 purple, and 3 test tubes for each player.  There is a deck of cards with examples of “formulas” that have to be made by pouring balls from one test tube to another, without touching the balls.  The person who can mix the formula fastest wins the card.  We did have to alter the rules to let Lil Bit touch the balls.  She doesn’t quite have the dexterity to pour the balls between test tubes without dropping them.  She was fast, but sometimes I was faster.  It was a very close game, and she got the “win”.

This is a very quick game.  There are 54 patterns that can be made, so the game could be extended by playing to a higher total, depending upon how many people are playing.  There were some additional rules to make the game more challenging, but we didn’t try those.  One challenge is to predict how many moves it will take to complete the pattern.  I can figure out the pattern, but to also have to count how many moves is a bit beyond my current mental acuity.

I definitely recommend this game!  It was fun, and we will definitely play this multiple times over the next week.  I’m glad we discovered the game section at the library.  I can’t wait to see what else we discover.

~ Maybe, when I grow up….

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