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Rush Hour (1996) is a brain puzzle game where you help a gridlocked car escape the traffic. You play by sliding Car pieces forwards and backwards inside a 6-by-6 grid to create a path out of traffic for your car. It is a game that anyone who parks in a city should recognise - try to find space where no space seems possible.

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 solving 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 21 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 11 days ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Brain Game and Sequencing game with Puzzle and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Learn to Play: This takes 5 minutes to learn. It is a simple game to learn as the grid only allows forward and backward movements. We suggest starting at challenge one and maybe playing it alongside another player, so that you can discuss strategy for your movements.

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.


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Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Level

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 Rating

We rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.


There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
There are a number of 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. 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/1996

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Brain Game, Sequencing (Puzzle and Traversal)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: Board, Cards and Placeables

Developer: Think Fun (@ThinkFun)

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