|“A classic game of stategy for the 21st century.”|
“Being hailed as the “new chess,” Tri-Cross challenges competitors in the areas of strategy, critical thinking and problem solving in a fun and entertaining way. The board game, created by an Atlanta father-son duo, is designed to accommodate 2-4 players and can be played with varying degrees of difficulty, making it a perfect game for children as young as 8, families and seasoned strategists.
With accolades ranging from being named Dr. Toy’s 2009 100 Best Children’s Products to Creative Child Magazine’s Creative Toy Awards 2008 Game of the Year and earning the National Parenting Center’s Seal of Approval, Tri-Cross has sky rocketed to fame for its ease of play and fun, competitive nature.”
Ben wants to love the game of chess. My mom, who has played for years, has spent countless hours teaching him the basics of the game, but each time they play, he soon tires because it takes so long to play. He’s more of a checkers kind of kid. We have found that Tri-Cross is a nice combination of these 2 games, offering the strategy-training skills of chess, with the length of time to play more the speed of checkers.
There is a bit of a learning curve with Tri-Cross, and it can be played in ways to challenge even the best of strategy game-players. The written directions were a bit confusing, you kind of have to start playing to figure it all out. There is an instructional CD-ROM as well, which was extremely helpful, along with the YouTube videos on their website. Since Ben is at the younger end of the age recommendation and we are still learning, we’ve continued playing a more “beginner” kind of game. To see examples of how the game can be played in a more challenging way, take a peak at these other videos. I love that as we’ve played over and over again, I can see Ben’s ability to strategize gaining momentum with each play. I really feel that playing Tri-Cross will actually improve Ben’s ability to stick with an entire game of chess. That’s great news for Nana! It won’t be long until we’ll be playing Tri-Cross’ more challenging variations as well.
- Logical Thinking
- Cause and Effect
- Interpreting Outcomes
- Abstract Thinking
- Memory (In Variations of Play)
A hearty thanks, from both Ben and me, to the folks at Games for Competitors, for the opportunity to review this fun (and educational) game!
Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew, I received this product, at no cost to me, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are those of myself and/or my son.