Shape Whiz ~ A SimplyFun Review

Simply Fun Review

Shape Whiz, A Game of Speed and Geometry, by SimplyFun is a fun, quick, and educational game focused on geometry skills.

About Shape Whiz:
  • Players 2-4
  • Time to play: 10-15 minutes
  • Ages: 10 and up
  • Skills: Geometry
  • Game objective: Be the fastest player to find the Shape Card that matches the Whiz Card. 

Simply Fun Review

I reviewed this with Malachi, my 10 year old. The younger kids wanted to play, but it was too hard so Malachi and I played together. The first time we played, we only used the green cards (the easier set).

This is how it works:
  • each player has three shape cards laid out in front of them
  • a Whiz Card is played and players race to match a Shape Card to the Whiz Card
  • players can search their Shape Cards AND their opponents cards
  • by matching the Shape Cards, you eliminate your cards
  • first player to get rid of all their cards wins
For example:

The Whiz Card turned over reads "Total Area [Less than or equal to] 4" and the Shape Card that matches is a square with an area of 4. We turn over the card to confirm that the area is 4. If correct, he places the card in the discard pile.

Malachi thought it was hard at first, but he caught on after a few rounds. Because he is on the young end of the age range for the game, I decided to go through each concept to at least familiarize him with the principles.

Principles of Geometry in the game:
  • Signs and Symbols
  • Angles
  • Curve
  • Different Length of Sides
  • Line of Symmetry
  • Parallel Lines 
  • Polygon
  • Same or Equivalent
  • Side
  • Area
  • Perimeter
  • Circumference
  • Pythagorean Theorem 
The second time, we played with his dad, and he still thought it was hard, but he played a good round. My husband and I thought it was hard too, in that it was confusing at first to figure out what the card was asking. Typing up this post as I went actually helped me to figure out the game more so I was much more prepared than the boys. After a few more rounds, it wasn't as hard, but still challenging. Keep in mind, we are still using the Blue Cards (the easy ones!). My husband pointed out that it was too easy to make a guess, rather than solve the card.

We all agreed that Shape Whiz is a fast paced, quick thinking game that forces you to learn geometry skills in a fun and competitive way. I think it is a great game to pull out for school, but I thought it had more educational value than "fun" factor - or so I thought. Malachi has asked to play several times and thinks it's a great choice for a family game night. I do think it's a great way to expose him to geometry lingo and concepts, so I'm happy to have had the chance to review it.

Read more crew reviews to see what my Crew mates thought of Shape Whiz or Expanders!

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1 comment:

Megan Russell said...

This game look likes loads of fun! I am going to check it out for my 10 and 12 year olds who have not had much geometry. What a fun way to learn it!

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