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Rush Hour

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Product Awards:  
Mensa Best Mind Game Award
Best Mind Game, 1997

Ages Players Pieces
8+ 1 or more 16

Designer(s): Nob Yoshigahara

Manufacturer(s): Binary Arts, ThinkFun

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Product Description

Set up the traffic on a game grid to match one of 40 playing cards, then try to maneuver your car through the exit opening by shifting all blocking cars and trucks out of your way (picking up cars or trucks is not allowed).

Product Awards

Mensa Best Mind Game Award
Best Mind Game, 1997

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Nob Yoshigahara

  • Manufacturer(s): Binary Arts, ThinkFun

  • Year: 1997

  • Players: 1 or more

  • Ages: 8 and up

  • Piece Count: 16 pieces

  • Weight: 430 grams

  • All-Time Sales Rank: #168

  • Customer Favorites Rank: #40

Rush Hour has the following expansions available:
Rush Hour 2 (Restocking)
Rush Hour 3 (Restocking)

Rush Hour 4 (Restocking)
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Product Reviews


Average Rating: 5 in 5 reviews

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by Mike K.
Wonderful for the whole family!
June 07, 2007

Like many people, I played around with the huge plastic display at my local gaming stores for a long time before breaking down and buying it and my only complaint is that I hadn't purchased it sooner.

It is very rare that my (at the time) 5 year old, my parents and I could enjoy the same game for many MANY hours, but for the first year I had this game, my daughter wanted to do nothing but play it (especially when I was on a good streak of successful rounds). I quickly bought expansions for it and we never really grow tired of the game. After over two and a half years later we put it down for a few months now and then, but we always "rediscover" later with renewed enthusiasm.

Can't put it down
June 13, 2006

Every time I'd seen Rush Hour on display in the local game store, I'd tinker with it for a few minutes, so finally I broke down and got it several weeks ago, along with the three expansion sets. It's very addictive and a formidable challenge, although not frustratingly so. I can't recommend this enough.

Incredible hookability
January 19, 2003

I can only add to the rave of the previous reviews. I bought this game and immediately opened the package and started playing. And continued for three hours.

This game has an enormous hookability due to the easy looks of every problem and the fact that you don't have to play for hours and hours to get through one puzzle.

New puzzles can be downloaded for free so you can keep on playing.

Definitely worth the buck.

Maddening, frustrating fun
January 19, 2002

Binary Arts has made a name for itself with a series of portable plastic puzzles involving simple, intuitive mechanics which are nevertheness quite novel in their presentation. Rush Hour is easily the definitive puzzle in this series. It is small, portable, and challenging, all of which make it a classic.

The idea is to set up a series of small plastic cars on the board, and then jockey the resulting gridlock around until the red car can escape from the side of the board. Cars and trucks take either two or three spaces, and can only be moved in their long directions, not sideways. Sometimes the moves are obvious, as when only one vehicle can possibly be moved. Other times there are many choices, only one of which is right.

All the provided puzzles are solveable, but the more difficult ones may seem impossible at first. The vehicles have a way of appearing hopelessly gridlocked in such a way that the red car can never escape. Rest assured, there is a way, conveniently described on the back of each puzzle card.

For anyone who enjoys brain-teasers, this is a must-have. HIghly recommended.

December 04, 2001

This is the one that started it all. Mad props to Nob. It's completely intuitive and very engaging. Show this to a Martian; he or she will understand immmediately that you want to get out of the traffic. Then you'll never get your puzzle back. Not all puzzles have this property.

As in Lunar Lockout, puzzle cards are progressively more challenging and lead you to discover new tricks as you go through them. Binary Arts games are a great value because of this.

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