2011 Major Fun Award Winner - Thinking Games & Family Games
2009 Parents' Choice Silver Award Winner
Tri-Spy... The frantically fast-paced pattern matching game! Tri-Spy is a smart game, a very smart game- for a wide variety of reasons:
Encourages visual-spatial development
Extends pattern recognition capacity
Incorporates problem solving
Speeds mental reaction time
The basic method for playing Tri-Spy follows - though not the most interesting play scenario. See below for that one.
To be the first to spot a pattern on the game board that matches one of the twelve cards round the perimeter of the board.
Place 12 cards around the perimeter of the game board. The rest of the cards are placed in a deck face down. Place the eight tokens on the board as pictured above.
SIMPLE (Amazingly Complex) GAME PLAY:
Look for the one (and only one) of the eight wooden tokens that you could move to any spot on the board to recreate the pattern shown on one of the 12 cards around the board perimeter.
When you find it say "STOP!" to alert the other players. Show the other players the match.
Keep that card. Replace it with another card from the deck.
*Important note: All players play simultaneously in Tri-Spy. There is no turn-taking.
Play continues until the deck is depleted. The player with the most cards - wins!
You as the star of the play scenario:
You are watchful. Your mind takes in the colors, the white space, the arrangement of pieces. Your eyes slide back and forth carefully studying the dots on the cards. Comparing the color arrangement with the colored pawns on the game board. You spy a move that is the one. You belt out, "STOP!" (Which essentially means "Eureka! My genius eyes and brain have spotted a solution. Stand back and observe.")
You casually slide the pawn into position that creates a match to a card. You dramatically pick up the matching card- show the group the sameness of pawns and card image- (No need to say anything. Never gloat over your rival's misfortune.) You proceed in the same manner. (Gathering cards shamelessly.)
(Tips: Keep your eagle eyes focused, your brow unfurrowed -you are a genius after all- you don't want to look like it's an effort. Offer helpful tips to the other players -such as, "If you close your eyes, it will clear your mind." or "I've heard blinking repeatedly stimulates the brain.")
A fast-paced visual, mental game challenge
Look, think & react quickly- spot matches in cards image & pawns arrangement on game board
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Identified Special Needs Challenges: Aspergers
"This was bought for an Aspie child, but it's been enjoyed by her. Her younger sister enjoyed it as well as my children who are full neuro functioning. Everyone loved it. "
Identified Special Needs Challenges: ADD/ADHD,
Sensory Integration Disorder,
Speech & Language Delay
"My daughter has difficulty with visual-spatial, visual-perceptual, and visual-motor skills. This game is helping her use visual attention, visual discrimination, visual-spatial, planning and basic problem solving while improving weaknesses. Her OT is working on similar skills. When I saw this game I knew it would help her and make it fun at the same time. She really likes the game too! "
Great Game with one drawback
Posted 12/30/2013 by Joseph Nuzzi
I bought this as a gift for my 5 nieces and nephews to share at their grandmother's house. They range in age from 8 years old to 13. They loved it! But so did all of the adults. The game is challenging, quick paced, and constantly changing. We love especially that there really isn't a limit to how many people can play. One caveat: the kids were killing the adults after we enjoyed a few glasses of wine at Christmas dinner. You do need your wits about you. The game is easy to learn but hard to master which is great for a game playing family like ours. The rules could be a little more explicit. We needed to introduce a few house-rules to round out the play. One final caveat: My brother and I are both red-green colorblind. It is nearly impossible for us to tell the difference between the green and red pieces, and the green and red dots on the cards. So we barely ever win. I wish they would have chosen something more distinguishable for colorblind people, like orange, or black, or grey. But I love the game anyway and highly recommend it.
Review of Tri-Spy
Posted 2/28/2013 by Shalva Meyers
This gift was for a seven year grandson who found it a bit challenging to see the exact pattern and in the appropriate direction, however once that was mastered, he found it very engaging and plays with it with his older nine year old brother as well as his peers.
Girls in family won each time
Posted 12/26/2012 by Martha Ford
My stepdaughter and I kept beating the boys in the family each time we played, so I really liked that outcome! The best part of the game is that the board constantly changes. The hardest part is figuring out who blurted "Stop!" first.
Information about Tri-Spy
Posted 12/30/2011 by Kerstin Carlson
Great game, totally captured one very teen pre-teen girl, competing with music, the internet, and an iPad. I loved playing it, too. Thinking game, not annoyingly long, uses your brain (or certainly does mine).
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