Cat Crimes: A Timberdoodle Review

One of my favorite hobbies when I was a teen and into my 20s was doing logic puzzles.  I got really good at them, and I scored high on my logic GRE portion, which I attribute directly to all the time doing logic puzzles.

While I wanted my kids to enjoy logic puzzles, they had trouble, in part because when you do logic puzzles, you have to visualize it in your mind or use a chart, which can be tough for younger kids.  However, Cat Crimes is hands-on, so children learn to do logic puzzles in a more natural way, which is perfect for kinesthetic learners like mine.

About Cat Crimes

Cat Crimes, which is featured as part of Timberdoodle’s 5th grade curriculum, features 40 “crimes” and six cats who may be guilty of each crime.

There are four increasingly difficult levels of this game–beginner, intermediate, advanced, and expert; each level has 10 scenarios or different cards with crimes to solve.

Each cat is given a full description in the Cat Crimes Instruction Manual, which includes his or her primary identifying traits, for instance, Mr. Mittens has white paws and a bell on his collar.

This game can be played alone, and my 10 year old daughter often did this by herself.  However, we also had fun playing it together and solving the crimes through teamwork.

What We Thought About Cat Crimes

What can I say?  We loved this game!  I often found my daughter had pulled it out and was quietly working on it.  While this game is fun, I also love that it’s educational and that she’s developing logic skills while having fun.

We liked that it had multiple levels, so you can begin with the easiest level, and as you become more skilled, you can move up to the next level.  My daughter completed most of the beginner cards herself, and we worked on the intermediate cards together.  One intermediate scenario took us about 20 minutes to figure out, but then one advanced scenario only took us 10 minutes, so you just never know how long the game will be.

We also appreciated that the game pieces are thick and sturdy; they won’t break easily like other, more cheaply made games.

The only drawback to this game is that on the back of every game card/scenario is the answer, so children can easily sneak a peek, or, you could accidentally see the answer if the card flips.  I would have loved it if the answers were in a different location, though I can see why it’s convenient to put the answers on the back.  I did appreciate that the answers are represented visually.

If you’re looking for a present for your child or an educational game, I highly recommend Cat Crimes.

Note:  I received this game in exchange for my honest review.  No other compensation was given.  All opinions are my own.

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