If you have kids in your family, chances are you’ve seen them play physical puzzle games created by SmartGames. A big part of the Kontich based company’s succes is the unique thematic spin, which speaks to the imagination of the players. They’re not just solving a puzzle, they are Little Red Riding Hood making their way through the forest, a king building their castle or a brave adventurer venturing in and out of dangerous temples. They also offer various difficulty levels, easing players in before giving their brain a proper workout.
Come to think of it, they’re actually designed like video games.
It’s not that big of a leap, then, to see SmartGames join the always expanding FLEGA family. After all, they’ve created an online platform for puzzle-solving that can be accessed on pc and mobile. Over at SmartGames Live, there’s a total of 20 different puzzle types. Some are completely original, others are adapted from the physical versions. Just like their physical siblings, there’s various difficulty levels to tackle, so the same puzzle type can appeal to younger and older children, while the Master difficulty might even give the adults a run for their money.
After creating an account (there’s a 6 months free trial!), the platform will keep track of which puzzles you’ve already solved and you can also rate your favourite ones. The website also keeps track of who’s solving puzzles at the moment, so others can bask in the glory of your kid’s superior intellect.
There’s also a couple of dedicated SmartGames mobile apps, which focus on one title, but it’s clear that the main course of their digital offering is the browser platform, which keeps adding new puzzle types on a regular basis. If you want to be kept in the loop about those, it might be worth signing up for the newsletter or follow SmartGames on Twitter or Instagram.
And now if you’ll excuse us, there’s a pretty big boulder heading our way and we haven’t quite figured out how to escape from it! Might have to call one of the kids.