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July 28, 2016

Review: Dr. Eureka Is Fun for Everyone

Today I had an opportunity to play a new game by Blue-Orange called Dr. Eureka. This is a really fun game where every player is a scientist. Each scientist is trying to solve a formula using plastic test tubes to get coloured balls into the same pattern shown on a card. Sounds easy, right? Wrong!

The challenge is that you have to  pour your balls from one test tube to the other in order to get them in the correct order. You can't just dump the balls on a table and sort them. This game is great for young players but also for older ones, including adults! What a great activity for genealogists to bond with their children or grandchildren. Imagine the ancestor stories you can tell as you all try to solve the formula.

It's also educational. Younger children are going to learn planning and thinking ahead. All players need to think logically, devise a plan and then execute their ideas for getting those balls into the correct order.

To put it simply a card is chosen. Each player races to be the first to solve the formula (getting all the balls in the same order as shown on the card). The first player to solve the formula gets the card. The rules say that the first player to get 5 cards wins, but you could set the final number at anything you wanted. Playing to get 5 cards takes around 10 to 15 minutes.

Two of my grandchldren, now aged 8 and 10, spend a week with me every year and sometimes it is during school days. As a former teacher I have them write in their journal each day, and do some math with me. I found that having a couple of games of Dr. Eureka between the Math and the Journal writing helps them switch to a different mode of thinking. We do Journals first, then Dr. Eureka to switch their thoughts from creative to logical, then we tackle Math.

The Cards

I rate this game 5 stars. It's easy to understand, fast and easy to play as well as lots of fun.

  • Age: 6+
  • Players: 1 – 4
  • Play Time: 10 – 15 mins
Dr. Eureka is available at and

Disclaimer: Blue Orange sent me a free game for review purposes.

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