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Woollie

Designed by Simona Greco and Marco Rava, Woollie is a neatly packaged small-box solitaire puzzle game from Cranio Creations where you're laying out various combinations of the 11 double-sided polyomino tiles to recreate the pattern of sheep shown on one of the 40 target cards, with the orientation of the sheep precisely matching what's shown on the card. Art is by Sara Valentino.



The game is simple but challenging. It's played using magnetic polyomino tiles that satisfyingly hold their position when you place them on the playing area. The easy challenges use a 3 x 3 grid, medium difficulty use a 4 x 4 grid, and the most difficult challenges are played on a 5 x 5 grid. The cards are all numbered, so you can work your way through them to gradually raise the level of challenge as you play. The polyomino tiles show a flower on one side and on some of the easy cards and the first few medium cards the position of a flower is shown by way of a clue. Mind you, the solutions will almost invariably involve tiles that show flowers that were not highlighted on the target card - so we've found on our plays at Board's Eye View that the flower 'clues' can sometimes be more of a distraction than a help.



We've enjoyed Woollie as a quick solitaire puzzler tho' we'd have preferred it if it had incorporated more measurable challenges. You'll have to devise these for yourself: for example, timing how long it takes to complete one easy, one medium and one hard target card, or racing against the times taken by another player to complete the same cards. Or, of course, you can just be more zen about the game and complete the puzzles as a relaxing rather than 'competitive' experience. We suspect that's more what the designers had in mind.


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