You move the different sized Car pieces from their original arrangement to create a path for your car through the gridlock and off the board. The problem is that each vehicle blocks others from moving, so you have to spot the right order and direction to free up space. Get it right and this cascade of moves lets you edge your car towards the exit. But often you move a car only to discover you inadvertently block another.
As you progress, you manoeuvre the Car pieces, creating more space and eventually solve the puzzle. As you become more skilled, you can choose from 40 different challenges, which vary in difficulty. This means that as soon as you have solved one challenge, there is a more difficult one available to you.
This is a classic trial and error puzzle, where you use Chess-like logic to sequence the movements of the cars, enabling you to create space and solve the challenge you are set. However, it often becomes a trial-and-error task, where you keep trying different solutions until you find one that works.
If you like the sound of this, but fancy a more competitive challenge, then you should try Rush Hour Shift. This is a two-player version of this game where you compete to be the first car out of the traffic and off the board.
Our examiner, Rob Prior, first checked Rush Hour 16 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 16 months ago.
Play Time: This game will take between 15 minutes and half an hour to complete. As the challenges vary in difficulty, so does the length of time needed to solve them. However, you can play for as long as you want, put the puzzle down and come back to it at a later date.
This game is good if you want to:
6+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players need to have the ability to make logical choices of movement and the patience to keep trying different moves until they find a solution. However, they could be supported by a more experienced player.
Content RatingWe rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.
There are a number or versions of this game including:
- Rush Hour: The Deluxe Edition - has 60 Challenge cards.
- Rush Hour: Ultimate Edition - has 155 Challenge Cards and a deluxe board.
- Rush Hour: Shift - this is a two player version of the game, where players compete to be the first off the board.