To win Brain Freeze, a player must be the first to correctly guess which secret square their opponent chose. It could be the cherry snow cone in space A5, or it could be the bubblegum popsicle in space H7. The only way to get clues on the opponent’s secret square location is to start guessing.
In alternate turns, players must call out a secret square location by reciting its row, column, flavor/color, and symbol out loud. If any of the four variables match the variables of the opponent’s secret square location, the opponent must say “yes”. If not, they simply say “no”. Using deductive reasoning, kids can begin to eliminate variables on their game board that don’t match and circle variables that might match in an effort to locate the opponent’s secret square. Players that guess correctly win—but players that guess wrong lose.
Brain Freeze is best played in head-to-head fashion, but group play is also encouraged for kids who want a partner to help them solve their opponent’s secret square. But with a play time of about 20 minutes, kids should have no problem waiting for their chance to give someone the freeze. Through creative problem solving, Brain Freeze masks early learning and STEM skills in a sea of sweet.