Pros: Kids find it exciting to beat the clock with fun geometric shapes!
Cons: Lots of small pieces that can easily be lost.
Several years ago, one of my older children received this Hasbro Perfection Board Game as a holiday gift, I'm sure. Over time, I've forgotten just who it originally belongs to, but after holding on to a classic game like this one long enough, it's sure to be enjoyed all over again by a younger child. So now that 6 year old Tristan has almost completed the first grade, his play interests are expanding to include more than just computer and video games as well as tons of other role play toys. When going through some old toys not long ago, I rediscovered this otherwise long forgotten game with it's simple theme and directions for play. The outer cardboard box is long gone and while it's not really a board game in a literal sense, this game can be an entertaining alternative to your usual family game night attractions. Read on to find out more an appealing game for youngsters that challenges players to create perfect matches just in the nick of time!
~~~The Classic Game~~~
Recommended for children ages 5 to 8, this Hasbro Perfection Board Game is far from complicated with it's very basic yet highly entertaining game play objectives. According to product advertising details: It's a 60 second race to put the shapes in place! Set the timer. Get ready to play! Press down the pop-up tray and start the clock! Now put each shape in its matching hole as fast as you can! Can you match all 25 shapes before time runs out and the tray pops up? For one or more players. Game includes: 25 geometric shapes; game unit with timer, pop-up tray and storage compartment; label sheet; instructions. Color of parts may vary. Our game consists of a 12 inch by 8 inch by 3 inch red plastic rectangular shaped outer box which houses both the blue timer, stop button, and square game board. On the bottom is a trap door that stores all 25 yellow plastic geometric shapes that fit into only one section of the 5 by 5 grid. The plastic box is very durable in construction so this is no doubt why it outlasted the outer cardboard box long ago. All players have to do is set the timer to 60 seconds and begin placing the small geometric shapes into the correct location. The object is to get all 25 into the proper place before the timer runs out. Beat the clock, press the stop button, and you've won! Let the timer run out before you've finished and the grid will suddenly pop upward all while throwing the shapes out of their holes with a startle. It only takes 60 seconds to play this Hasbro Perfection Board Game, so kids can play one quick game or reset the timer over and over again and continue indefinitely.
~~~Price & Availability~~~
This Hasbro Perfection Board Game can be found in the toy department of most major store or online at places like etoys.com for around $19.99 retail. To me, this price seems a bit inflated as I doubt I'd ever pay that much myself. After checking the Hasbro website itself, the approximate retail price is listed at $17.99, so definitely check around for the best deal. When shopping for a used version either online or in second hand stores, just make sure all 25 pieces are included as we've somehow lost the thin, slender oval piece and have the slight advantage of trying to beat the clock with just 24 pieces instead. Look for other similar toys at the Hasbro Interactive Online Store as it offers many classic toys at affordable prices. Order your own Hasbro Perfection Board Game online today by copying and pasting the following URL into your computer's web browser:
Designed for one or more players, this Hasbro Perfection Board Game is simple yet entertaining to play with it's beat-the-clock theme. The object is to place all 25 yellow geometric shapes into their proper locations in the time frame allowed by the timer (60 seconds). So as kids learn shape recognition and practice hand-eye coordination by placing each piece into it's proper location, they get faster and more confident that they will indeed reach perfection and beat the clock. There's only one location for each shape, and several are very similar, so trying to put a piece into the wrong place is like attempting to force a square peg into a round hole: it's just not going to happen no matter what! Just a few of the shapes included are a slender star and a fuller star, a circle, a square, a rectangle, a triangle, a pentagon, an octagon, a "y" shape, an "x" shape, a thick plus sign, two similar yet different half circles, an "s" and a backward "s", and several others whose shape names I've long forgotten since my high school geometry class. Kids can play by themselves or take turns to see who gets the fastest time. Let the clock run out before all the shapes are placed correctly onto the grid and the tray suddenly pops up, scattering the pieces out of their slots. Tristan always knows when to anticipate this action as he'll instinctively jump back a bit when the clock is faster than he is. To keep the tray from popping up after filling in each slot with the proper shape, just press the blue "on-off" switch found near the timer. So as my six year old son learns shape recognition in an exciting manner, he gets faster and faster as practice makes perfect. He can easily play this Hasbro Perfection Board Game alone with little supervision, or we'll work together to place each piece where it belongs before the clock destroys all our hard work.
While it's far from being new and unique with no popular cartoon character to promote a sale, this Hasbro Perfection Board Game would still make a refreshing addition to your family's collection of more modern themed games. For not only can it be played quickly with some concentration and shape recognition skill, kids love the anticipation of the tray inevitably scattering all the pieces out of their slots in one quick motion. Yes, the pieces are small, so this game is not suitable for children 3 years of age and younger as they pose a choking hazard. But for older kids and even adults, it's quite fun to see how good you can get over time. When not in use, the yellow colored shapes can be stored inside the trap door located on the bottom of the game box to prevent any potential losses. In a world where almost every toy seems to be battery operated, this very basic game with it's simple objective can even pass as educational if you discuss each shape name with your child (I'd better quickly brush up on my geometry skills!). The appeal is timeless and the game is durable enough to last through several kids and then some. Just be careful when walking barefoot around any pieces left in the floor as stepping on them will no doubt encourage words to come out of your mouth that you'd rather not say in front of the children! In conclusion, I give this toy four stars and recommend this Hasbro Perfection Board Game if you can find it at an affordable price. Good luck and happy shape sorting :-)
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