When I read that Walls and Warriors was most popular game at home school conferences, I was happy to accept Timberdoodle’s offer to post a review at Zephyr Hill. Of course, the medieval theme also drew my boys and me in right away.
What is Walls and Warriors?
This 3D strategy game challenges you to place walls in such a way that the castle and its knights are defended. Like our other Smart Games, Walls and Warriors is well constructed and visually appealing. The game board made to look like rock, the wall sections are sturdy and easy to handle, and knight pieces are nicely detailed.
What you get:
- Baseplate / game board
- 4 red enemy knights
- 3 blue knights
- 4 walls
- high tower
- booklet with 80 challenges and solutions
You can choose from among 5 levels of difficulty – Starter, Junior, Expert, Master, and Wizard – which makes Walls and Warriors highly adaptable.
Choose a challenge and then set the board up according to the booklet. This takes just a minute. You won’t use all of the knight pieces.
How do you meet the challenge? Keep red (enemy) knights outside and blue knights and the tower inside the ramparts. The knights do not move; only the walls do!
When placed, the wall sections must fit in the grooves of the board, or it’s not a valid move.
Samuel (5th grade) loves how the knights look, with their shiny silver armor and bright flags. And the idea of working to keep his tower and knights safe, just like a king or lord of the Middle Ages, is very appealing. Children can work alone or with a partner (especially on the harder challenges). The Junior puzzles are perfect for Sam’s age range, taking him 10 minutes or less to complete. Benjamin, his older brother, works Junior challenges “just for fun” and Expert for a good brain workout.
My husband and I have fun working out the challenges, too! We find that Smart Games are not only versatile, but have sticking power. Even if you complete every challenge in the booklet, there’s no way you could remember them all, allowing you to revisit puzzles at a later date for more fun.
Oh, and here is the solution to puzzle number 21. See how the high tower and blue knights are safely behind the walls, and the enemy is shut out? Mission accomplished!
Where to Buy
Recommended for ages 8 and up, Walls and Warriors is part of Timberdoodle’s 12th grade homeschool curriculum, and helps to strengthen skills like concentration, logic, flexibility and problem solving. Here are some ideas for incorporating it into your homeschool:
- Use as a STEM supplement for logic or geometry lessons
- Use for enrichment as part of your medieval history class
- Use for fun between assignments, or during downtime
Walls and Warriors is also available for purchase separately for $22.99. It’s travel-friendly and comes packed in a small, sturdy box.
Do you like strategy games like Walls and Warriors? Does your family incorporate games into homeschooling?