Spin Matcher is a fast-paced brain training board game infused with a flavor of STEAM-related content and colorful visual mind maps designed for young readers (5 - 12 y.o.) and adults to play together - ranging from kindergarten to 6th grade reading level. The game challenges each player's memory, pattern matching skills, and mental math ability, while requiring a bit of strategy and a spin of luck.
Each game can be played within 15 to 30 minutes. So players can choose to play a very quick game, or compete in four exciting games in just about an hour. With 4 different ways to play and multiple levels of difficulty, this game is designed to be enjoyed by kids and adults for years to come!
We based the game on a creative visual thinking tool called the mind map. It's a method to help your mind draw vivid connections between topics and sub-topics, images, special characteristics and concepts.
We tested a number of different card sizes, shapes, and materials before settling on large premium playing cards that all players can easily read and handle repeatedly.
A total of 208 unique mind map diagrams with 3 levels of difficulty on basic as well as advanced diagrams to play are included (the diagrams are double-side printed on 104 large playing cards). Yet, it takes only 2 minutes to setup the game!
The spinner on the game board keeps the game interesting by evening the odds between younger and older players. Players are given a minute to memorize the words of the "Associated Sub-topics" displayed on the four corners of each mind map diagram. Then the corners will be covered by randomly picked playing tiles, waiting for players to recall the covered words in order to collect the tiles.
So if you like fast-paced family games as well as cute marine animals, please help us make this game available to the masses. We think you'll love it as much as we do!
Positive side effects include laughter and good fun, brain stimulation, and some great spelling bee preparation and mental math practice.
Mind maps are perfect for highlighting the connections between ideas, topics, and related information. The research and development of topics, sub-topics, images and STEAM-related facts found on the playing cards took a lot of time to research, design, and verify. Our commitment to accuracy and recent research was applied to every mind map diagram in our game (a total of 208 unique diagrams printed on 104 large size cards).
When the game took too long to complete at first, we had to tweak the game rules and elements to make it a faster paced game.
We started with one game version where players earn and collect different icon tiles during play and try to pattern match different icons. The pattern matching game objective helps to stimulate and exercise the brain in quick visual identification, object grouping, and memory retrieval.
It was not enough for us to offer only one way to play the game, however. We also came up with a different gameplay to challenge players in performing basic mental arithmetic with the randomly collected playing tiles.
In this case, players can only win by composing a math equation with a sum or difference of 100 by using no less than four and no more than five playing tiles.
When we see the exorbitant number of hours kids spend playing on smartphones, tablets, and other devices today, we see them missing out on opportunities to have meaningful play interactions and social emotional development.
Playing board games is a great way to sit down, make eye-contact, share laughter, enjoy a healthy competition, and have fun together. Now you can do so while picking up some interesting facts and connections related to topics in STEAM.
Spin Matcher: Mesmerizing Marine Life is our labor of love. It's a product that evolved over many revisions and game design sessions.
Design and development is complete. We ran the board game through a battery of safety tests and repeated playing.
We are now ready to manufacture on a larger scale, but we need your help to introduce it to the community and to expand on the game.
If you love marine animals, and if you agree that spending 15 minutes of your time to engage someone in a mind-stimulating game can be a fun experience, we ask that you join us in exploring the world of Spin Matcher: Mesmerizing Marine Life!
Thank you in advance for everyone's support and well wishes!
For now, we are focused on making this a successful campaign, and KICKSTARTER is the only place to pledge for units of Spin Matcher: Mesmerizing Marine Life. However, you can visit our company website at https://smartcreo.com for news, updates, and product safety information.
For those interested in pledging for more than 5 units of Spin Matcher: Mesmerizing Marine Life, please contact us.
We are still cooking up additional board game titles to release this year, so stay tuned via SmartCreo.com!
Risks and challenges
Our search for the right manufacturing partner did not come easy. Making board games is an art form and a labor intensive process.
We are fortunate in finding a great supply chain partner and safety testing lab to make sure we are maintaining the highest quality standards every step of the way.
Our product is ready for manufacturing so you can rest assured our product will be delivered to you as promised. Be the first to get your hands on the first editions!
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