By Noelle, Librarian Extraordinaire
It’s a marble maze. It’s a construction toy. It’s a toy with a strange name. Yes, Q-Ba-Maze 2.0 from Mindware is all those things and more. Imagine being able to build a house, dog, robot, unknown shape (my favorite) – like you would with construction toys that allow you to stack blocks together. Construction toys are cool enough, but now imagine dropping some marbles into your structure and having a marble race…that’s awesome!
A Quick Look at the Q-Ba-Maze 2.0 In Action
You really can’t appreciate a good marble run without seeing it in action. Let’s take a quick look at this video of the Q-Ba-Maze 2.0 in action…
Three Simple Pieces, Endless Possibilities
Q-Ba-Maze 2.0 has just three different types of pieces – single exit, double exit or bottom exit cubes. By stacking and combining those three pieces you can make endless structures and marble runs. The starter set that we tested comes with 50 cubes, but they also make a big box that has 92 cubes. Obviously, the more cubes you have the more elaborate the marble races can be!
Drop It In, Where it Goes Nobody Knows
At first I thought the real fun for the kids would be racing marbles through the maze and seeing who reaches the ground first. While the kids did enjoy the marble races, they had even more fun trying to predict where the marble would end up. It may look like you can easily predict the path a marble will take, but those double exit cubes really throw things for a loop. The randomness of the marble run greatly increased the play value of the toy. Of course, being able to build new structures easily was also a hit with the kids.
Conclusion: Q-Ba-Maze 2.0 – Proving Games With Strange Names Can Be Fun
I have no idea why this toy is not called Cube Maze or even Qube Maze, but what I do know is the toy is fun. Here are some things kids love – building, balls and racing – and Q-Ba-Maze 2.0 gives you all three. As a bonus for us Moms and Dads, this toy teaches our kids to think about cause and effect and structure design in a 3D world. If you have kids who like building toys and/or marble mazes, the Q-Ba-Maze 2.0 would be an excellent choice.
The Q-Ba-Maze 2.0 Starter Set from Mindware is for ages 5 and up. Sells for about $26
Purchase the Q-Ba-Maze 2.0 At Amazon.Com
Watch our Video Review of the Q-Ba-Maze 2.0
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|Noelle has been a children’s librarian for over 15 years. She’s also been a student teacher, worked as an online account manager, worked in a pet shop and as a supermarket checkout clerk, and as a dishwasher and fry cook. She is the proud mom of a beautiful daughter. You can read more of Noelle’s book reviews at Rave Reviews Log
Noelle can be reached at “Noelle @ DadDoes.Com”