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Solitary/one player games

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DD11 is looking for ideas for her Christmas list for games that can be enjoyed by one person alone.  They could be board games or "logic puzzle" type games.  She has learned a few varieties of solitaire played with regular playing cards, and is looking for something different (though other types of card games might be interesting). She doesn't really care for jigsaw puzzles. We already put a rubik's cube and the game Rush Hour on her list.  Any other ideas for her?

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So, I'm probably outing myself as a weirdo, but I play lots of multiplayer games on my own and have since I was your dd's age.  Card games don't work as well but lots of board games can be played on your own.

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How about a book detailing rules of Solitaire card games? 

 

Or a subscription to one of the Dell puzzle magazines? I personally love the Math and Logic Puzzles book. 

 

Check out the puzzles sections of Barnes and Noble -- both the puzzle books section and the section where they have board games and such. 

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Perhaps one of the Hanayama puzzles? Ds2 says start with level 4 for any real challenge. We got him this one last year. He hasn't solved it yet but I did! :p

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This old list (three pages long) titled The best solitary playable game has some intriguing games listed such as Ricochet Robots and Al Cabohne.

 

 

Also, Bananagrams has some puzzle books such as

 

Banana-Grams! The Official Book, 575 Appealing Word Challenges That Will Drive You Bananas!

 

10-Minute Bananagrams!

 

Bananagrams: The On-the-Go Edition: 575 All New Word Games

 

Likewise, there are Scrabble books:

 

SCRABBLEâ„¢ Puzzles Volume 1

 

 

Regards,

Kareni

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Sometimes it's fun to play the cooperative games by yourself. Just play as if you're several people. So things like Forbidden Island/Desert (Desert is a better choice for older kids) and Pandemic.

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For logic puzzles, I've really enjoyed Nikoli.com.   They have 10 samples of each type of game they publish.  Some of them I really liked and then bought a book of those puzzles.  

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Sometimes it's fun to play the cooperative games by yourself. Just play as if you're several people. So things like Forbidden Island/Desert (Desert is a better choice for older kids) and Pandemic.

 

I never thought of this.  My kids don't like to play Forbidden Desert or Pandemic.  I'm going to try your suggestion.

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Sometimes it's fun to play the cooperative games by yourself. Just play as if you're several people.

 

When ds2 was younger he used to play Monopoly against himself. When he was done playing he'd announce happily, "I won!" :laugh:

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