This is the second in our series looking at the games in my collection - Dr Eureka.
Each player gets three test tubes each containing two coloured balls - or 'molecules' - two purple, two green and two red . Players are given challenge cards and need to line up the balls in three tubes to be the same as on the challenge card. Players move the balls by tipping them from one tube to another. You are not allowed to touch them and if the balls fall out of their tubes onto the table then the player is out.
So, what skills does it help with?
1. Fine Motor Skills/Dexterity
This game requires players to be very precise with their hands & movement. Players need to make sure that the balls don't fall out of their tubes and onto the floor.
Figuring out the quickest way to tip the balls from one tube into another to end up with the pattern shown on the challenge card. And of course being the quickest person to complete the challenge.
Dr Eureka is a great game and lots of fun. Unfortunately it isn't without it's downsides. Similar to Last Mouse Lost, the game (depending on who you're playing it with) can be a bit too easy and simplistic. The box says that it is suitable for ages 8 and upwards although in my experience I have found it only just challenging enough for 10 year olds and wouldn't play it with any age older than that.
Dr Eureka works as a great "filler" game - something to do when you're with kids and have the odd 5-10 minutes to fill but because of the simplicity of the game, it can't be played for much longer.