ThinkFun Gravity Maze Marble Run Brain Game and STEM Toy for Boys and Girls Age 8 and Up – Toy of the Year Award Winner

ThinkFun Gravity Maze Marble Run Brain Game and STEM Toy for Boys and Girls Age 8 and Up – Toy of the Year Award Winner ThinkFun Gravity Maze Marble Run Brain Game and STEM Toy for Boys and Girls Age 8 and Up – Toy of the Year Award Winner : Toys & Games
ThinkFun Gravity Maze Marble Run Brain Game and STEM Toy for Boys and Girls Age 8 and Up – Toy of the Year Award Winner: Gravity maze is one of thinkfun’s most popular stem toys for boys and girls, and was a toy of the year award winner in 2017, in the specialty category. It’s a gravity powered maze game that comes with 60 challenges of increasing difficulty, from beginner to expert, and makes a great birthday or holiday present for kids who like puzzles, smart games and challenging activities. Gravity maze is made with high quality components, and comes with a very clear and easy to understand instruction manual – you’ll be able to play within minutes of opening the box. Like all of thinkfun’s games, gravity maze has an educational aspect – it’s built to develop critical thinking skills and tie into stem subjects like science and engineering. Playing through the increasingly difficult brain teaser style challenges will sharpen your mind by improving logical reasoning, spatial reasoning and planning skills, all through fun gameplay. Like all of thinkfun’s games, it also makes a wonderful addition to any homeschool curriculum.

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  • Trusted by families worldwide – with over 50 million sold, thinkfun is the world’s leading manufacturer of brain games and mind challenging puzzles
  • Develops critical skills – playing your way through the challenges builds spatial reasoning and planning skills, and is partly an engineering and building toy that provides a great stealth learning experience for young players
  • What you get – gravity maze is a combination logic game, marble run, and stem toy that’s one of the best gifts you can buy for boys and girls age 8 and up it contains 60 challenges from beginner to expert, a game grid, 9 towers, 1 target piece, and 3 marbles
  • Clear instructions – easy to learn with a clear, high quality instruction manual you can start playing and solving right away
  • Comes with multi-level challenges – gravity maze comes with 60 beginner to expert challenges that become increasingly difficult as you play through them
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Thinkfun gravity maze marble run brain game and stem toy for boys and girls age 8 and up – toy of the year award winner details:

Product dimensions

9.38 x 3 x 10.5 inches

Item weight

1.1 pounds

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Manufacturer recommended age

8 – 15 years

Is discontinued by manufacturer






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How long is gravity maze interesting for 10 year old

It all depends on how into mazes the kid is. Adults are finding this game immensely interesting. The upper level challenges are quite tricky.

Does the cube really light up when they building it correctly or is that just the video showing it was built correctly?

There’s two games listed here. The laser maze lights up. The gravity maze does not.

Does the game get boring once you’ve done all the 60 challenges?

I like it, its very fun, and very beaultifull game, in some chalenges the dificult is very hard about level 40-60

Gravity maze looks like fun. Is it something for an older adult who likes puzzles?? Or just for kids…

To me, i think it can be for either adults or kids. Some of them might be very challenging for adults. I have a lot of fun playing.

Where on the box doesit say if it is a class 1 laser?

Expanding on the seller’s less-than-helpful reply, the yellow box at the bottom of the back of the box appears to indicate that this is a class ii (class 2) laser, not class i. This is consistent with the stated maximum power output of 1mw (class i would have a max. Power output of 0.39mw). Now for the monkey wrench: technically, this information is conflicting because a class 2 laser has a power output of less than 1mw; in fact, a laser with a power output of 1mw (up to 4.99mw) is classified as a class 3 laser. As for each class’s potential to cause eye (or other) injury, i’ll let you do the research.

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Is this game loud? Looking to purchase for my 65 year old father who doesn’t like a lot of noise but loves puzzles and brain teasers.

Not loud at all. Great game,my 8 years old daughter love it. If he likes puzzles he will like it too.

Is the laser light removable and available to shine in a sibling’s eyes?

Yes, it’s a moveable piece. I discussed proper use with my students and have not had an issue. They are always supervised though.

How does this compare to the laser maze logic game? I’m buying for a 9 year old boy who will be laid up for a month. Can he play this without moving?

We don’t know anything about the laser maze logic game…sounds interesting. We bought the gravity maze game for our granddaughters who were 8, 5 and 3 last year. The oldest two girls love playing with it. It is particularly good for kids 8 and older. It can be played solitare while sitting up or laying down but propped up either on one side, or in a elevated position. It requires minimal arm and hand movement but the game must be kept level flat to work properly. Pieces ‘snap’ together as well as onto board to create the maze for the ball to roll down through. Some mazes are very easy, but several are quite challenging. Once a player has mastered all the maze cards provided in the game, a person can also create their own maze designs. All of our granddaughters like puzzles, so this game is very good for trying to figure out how to assemble the different ‘tunnel’ sections to make the ball drop and flow properly from start to finish. There is a sense of accomplishment when each maze is solved correctly. Well made game and should last for generations. Worth every penny we paid for it. We like playing it with our granddaughters when we go to visit.

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Do the pieces not fit into the board correctly? Seems to not light up when it should. Is there some trick to getting the pieces in tight?

Hello, the pieces should pop in the board without any problem. If the challenge is not solved correctly, then the board will not light up. Please check the solution on the back of the card to make sure pieces are in right spot. If you are still experiencing issues, please contact customer service at 703-549-4999 x 4701. Thank you.

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Viene en español???

Viene en inglés. Pero no necesitas hablar inglés. Las fichas son una guía ilustrada dónde colocar las piezas. El resto lo hace el niño con imaginación.

Would this be appropriate for a 12 yr old? Or is it better for someone a little younger?

The students in my class who play it are age 8-12 and they all enjoy it. I also enjoy playing it and i’m 29. I hope that helps.

I think my 5 1/2 year old would love this, but is he too young for it?

The toy is rated for 8 and up. Only you would know if your 5 1/2 would enjoy it. If you decide to go for it it should be adult supervised for sure.

What prevents plugging the battery pack plus and minus connections together accidentally, causing a direct short ?

Currently, there is a safety feature in the battery piece that prevents a short circuit. This piece, usually called a thermo-resistor, will prevent the current from become hot, or dangerous in any way, and is entirely there for safety reasons. We deliberately did not include this information in the instruction manual because in circuitry the best practice is to avoid short circuits at all costs. Of course our first priority is to remove any safety hazards for our players, however, we wanted to recognize that if a player is building circuitry later on in a more practical setting, they will likely not have this safety measure, and the most important lesson is to avoid short circuits. We therefore chose to make this a focus for the rulebook. That said, the thermo-resistor is present, so if a short circuit is accidentally created during the learning process, the game will remain entirely a footnote, we didn’t explain this in the rulebook because we felt it was too complicated to say ‘avoid short circuits, they’re very bad!….but really it’s ok if you do one we made it ok….but avoid them….but really don’t worry.’

Can this be played as a team of 2 or more?

Hello…it is a single player board game. However, you could play as a team and take turns on challenges.

What battery size

There is no battery. Runs on kid power and imagination.

Does this game box contain lithium ion batteries?

No batteries needed for this game

How to install batteries in circuit maze?

I don’t know, it came out broken out of the box

What type of metal is the marble made of?

The ball is steel, with a zinc plating. More importantly, it passes all the safety tests, and, while the ball itself is not magnetic, the ball can be picked up with a magnet.

The orange towers if held with dots in same position slope a different way, is that correct? The green and purple when lined up with the dot are the s

Follow the examples closely. The towers have dots on both ends so double check that you have matched the sample.

Would this be fun and challenging for a) a 15 year old and b) a 15 year old and two adults to play together?

Bought it for my 11 year old grandson, but i know his 36 year old dad will love it too. It’s for christmas, so can’t be certain.

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What are our customers saying?

5Expert Score
Loved it so much that we bought a second one to gift to my nephew.

This game is great because the kids can play on their own or together. It has different levels of challenges. It keeps the kids entertained for quite a while. Our kids loved it so much that we bought one for my nephew for his birthday.

5Expert Score
Endless fun

My kid loves this. It’s entertaining and i have a peace of mind knowing that he’s developing his problem solving ability while having fun.

5Expert Score
Great for kids

Fun puzzle game for 7-12 year olds. The pieces are towers – each different & learning them is part of the puzzle. It isn’t really an infinite maze building toy because it had so few pieces, but solving the puzzles included is fun and challenging for kids.

5Expert Score
Grandson (7) loved this for his birthday!

I didn’t know how this would go over as my grandson isn’t into marble runs but i think the strategy of assembling the cubes in the correct configuration was fun and intriguing for him.

5Expert Score
Christmas present

Bought for christmas present so don’t know how good it is.

5Expert Score
9-year-old loved it!

I wanted a present for my 9-year-old granddaughter but when it arrived wondered if she would be interested or able to do it.. She started out by using the solution rather than the challenge side of the cards, caught on in 5 minutes and couldn’t be dragged awy from it for an hour! She said, ‘this is a good learning tool!’ i agree.

5Expert Score
Gift for eleven year old great grandson


5Expert Score
Educational and fun!

The game box says it is for age 8+. My grandson is 6 1/2 and he and i had a blast with this educational game. I’m a former elementary school teacher and immediately recognized the learning possibilities of this game. It really enforces critical thinking and problem-solving skills. 🙂

5Expert Score
Intuitive intro to fundamental physics and problem-solving, mediocre build, amazing game!

Bought it for my 6-year old nephew, and he loved it!
The game is set up so that my nephew could figure it out intuitively with minimal guidance.
The game introduces children to fundamental concepts of physics and problem-solving mechanics in a very natural way. A ball rolling down the hill won’t suddenly drop down in a straight line or turn on its own, no matter how much you want it to.

The game rules are simple. There is a starting point and an end goal that are placed in a fixed orientation on the grid and a list of which pieces can be used freely to reach that end point. There may be additional fixed pieces on the grid at start, depending on the level.

I pointed out the dots that help indicate orientation of fixed starting pieces, which one was start piece, and which one was the end piece, and my nephew was off on his own in minutes. His experience with lego model sets made the importance of orienting the starting pieces correctly easy to pick up.

The game gradually introduces levels of complexity: longer paths, double-stacked pieces, free pieces that need to be laid horizontally, solutions requiring the ball to cross back through the same piece multiple times, etc., allowing the learning process to progress intuitively. My nephew needed some encouragement and guidance at some of these progression points, but again, the uptake once he figured it out was both natural and rewarding for him (and me). Conceptually the game is a blast, even for adults.

Like others, i find it extremely regrettable that a game with such well thought out mechanics, has some pretty obvious build quality and design issues. The pieces just don’t snap satisfyingly into position, and an excited 6-year old might find himself getting a little frustrated when pieces fall out of place as he frantically rushes towards a solution. Additionally, the dots assisting with orientation are functionally sufficient, but could be more visible, and a side panel on the ramped cells labeled with an arrow indicating direction of the cell’s inner path might also decrease the frustration of setting up the board of glaringly bright fluorescent clear plastic pieces, freeing up more time to be spent on the satisfying effort of solving the puzzle. I wouldn’t mind paying another 5 to 7 dollars for a set with a more solid and polished feel.

Still, the build is serviceable, and in the end, only a minor nuisance compared to the enjoyability of the puzzles themselves.

5Expert Score
Lots of fun

Grandson is on the spectrum and he really enjoys this toy.

4Expert Score

I think it was a great gift. Fun for kids and grown ups too

4Expert Score
Logistics is too slow

This toy has high performance and good safety. The only downside is that the logistics is too slow. My child waited for a long time to arrive!

4Expert Score
Nice game but wish it came with proper storage kit

My son loved this game when he was at my sisters place. That one has proper storage box that can be used for this. When we ordered ours from here, it did not come with one

4Expert Score
Great gift for a young boy or girl

My nephew 9-10 yo, had a blast with this game. A deck of cards comes with patterns they have to figure out. The cards are numbered, getting progressively more difficult. My nephew was surprised how easy it was, but by the 6-7th card, he really had to use his thinker. As an adult, i was surprised by how many different challenges there are for the number of pieces provided. He learned quick that with every few you have to rethink how the towers are used to complete the level. I do wish the board was more sturdy – the towers do come off the base easily and the towers themselves disconnect a bit too easy. But, for the cost, he loves it.

4Expert Score
Meet expectations.

Good quality.

4Expert Score
Fine motor challenge

We have the gravity maze, and it’s well-liked. This was instantly disliked by our kid, because of how difficult the set up was. He has appropriate fine motor skills, and adults helping found it a bit challenging as well. It’s an awesome idea, it just hasn’t been well received here.

4Expert Score
Great thinking game

Bought it for my eight year old boy. He likes thinking games.he had a lot of fun with this. Their circuit maze is also enjoyable.

4Expert Score
Great gift

This product was a very good gift for a birthday gift. It is very fun to play with and i believe helps use your logical skills to figure out the puzzle

4Expert Score
Great gift

I got this for my 9-year-old daughter who seems to love a challenge, she got through all the easy cards rather quickly, and does attempt the hard ones now and then, but prefers dad help her out with those, so it is a nice family thing to do.

4Expert Score
Family fun with minor caveats

I purchased this set alongside the other offerings (the marble and laser variant), and this one is my favorite of the options. Setup is quick and easy, but it will require your own batteries. This is a bit of a shame given the laser variant had those included.

For why i purchased this, i wanted some games to play with the family over the holidays. Monopoly is fun and all, but i typically shy away from board games and gravitate towards games with unique gimmicks. Building a simple circuit seemed like the perfect gimmick, and i’ve enjoyed my time playing this game.

The game is broken down into challenge cards that have four categories of challenge level. The advanced and expert challenges were the more interesting ones because they involve more pieces and usage of a switch. Some of which can actually take some time to solve; nothing horrendously long, but longer than a couple minutes. However, there are some issues i found while playing this game.

Firstly (and majorly), the construction of my set at least has some form fitting issues. Pop one piece in adjacent to another, and that other piece pops right out. Or it lifts just enough to break the circuit. This happens enough that it can actually get a bit frustrating as you palm press down the pieces just to see the lights turn on. You may even have the solution, but because one piece is ever so slightly lifted, it doesn’t work. The switch in my set also broke where you need to push switch down to make contact.

My other complaint though is just a minor one: there can be multiple working solutions, but are not technically valid. This is more common in the expert level challenges where you may find a solution that meets all of the challenge requirements, but doesn’t use all of the pieces. Nothing major, but something i noticed.

I think i’ve gotten enough enjoyment out of this game for the price, but if there were something of better build quality i’d probably have second thoughts.

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