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    Get four marbles to the end of the board without reaching the tipping point to win.

    Engage your parietal and frontal lobes with critical thinking and visual perception.

    Move for the goal or try to unbalance your opponent – there's two ways to win.

    Archimedes was a Greek mathematician, scientist and all-around uber-genius who discovered the laws of the lever, which in playground terms is basically a teeter-totter. The idea of levers and balance inspired Matt Buchanan to enter (and win!) the 2012 Marbles Game Design Contest with a game aptly named Rock Me Archimedes. Combining strategy, skill and a little bit of luck, the game consists of a wooden board that rocks like a teeter totter, a special die and 28 marbles. To win, just be the first player to oh-so-carefully get four marbles to your end of the board without reaching the tipping point, causing it to touch the table.

    Brain Health Expert Says:

    "The parietal lobe is important for visual perception and decision making, and the frontal lobe is crucial for critical thinking and decision making. Both lobes are highly engaged in this game of balance and strategy."

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    How to Play:

    On your turn, either add one of your marbles to the any space in the mid zone, or roll the die and move one or more of your marbles the number of spaces indicated. If either end of the rocker board touches the table, the player who caused it to happen forfeits and the game and his or her opponent wins.

    How to Win:

    Be the first player to get four marbles to your end zone without causing it to touch the table.


        Rock Me Archimedes Rules .PDF


    Additional Information

    format board game
    number of players 2 players
    manufacturer recommended age

    The Marbles BrainCoach says...

    The quality and the design of this game is amazing. It's the kind of thing that you can leave out on the coffee table to show-off. It's easy to learn so you can easily start to play a game with anyone who takes an interest in it. There's even a nifty marble storage container built into the base so that you never lose your marbles!

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