Rush Hour Jr. Family Game Night Review

Posted on: March 11th, 2014 by

In full disclosure, we received the Rush Hour Jr. game at no charge, to review from Thinkfun as part of our Family Game Night Series. We appreciate their support of Jersey Family Fun that allows us to share with families information about family games we think your family may enjoy.



Are you tired of excessive screen time, but sometimes are just too busy to play?


After this brutal winter and the excessive Netflix time as a result, we are desperate for games/puzzles/crafts, anything to shut the screens off.  But sometimes play has to wait, while I do all the things that parents have to do during the day.  A great idea is to have a basket at the ready of independent play games, and Rush Hour Jr. is a must have for that stash.


At this year’s Toy Fair I met with a representative from Thinkfun, which is one of my favorite game companies.  Their specialty is mind challenging games. My children have spent plenty of time playing Zingo and What’s Gnu, and it was great to see what WAS new from Thinkfun.


While Rush Hour Jr. isn’t new for Thinkfun, it’s new to my children.  Rush Hour Jr. is a one player game – while I have two children, they are not always together, or interested in playing together. It intrigues me, because as an only child, I often had to turn two player games into one player (sounds sad, but Jenga was still fun!). Rush Hour Jr. is listed for ages 5 and up, but it kept me and my four year old interested.


What the Rush Hour Jr. game includes:

  • Traffic grid
  • 1 deck of 40 challenge cards, Easy, Medium, Hard, Super Hard
  • 16 colorful vehicles
  • Travel drawstring bag
Aren't these vehicles cute?

Aren’t these vehicles cute?

How do you play the Rush Hour Jr game?

  • First, decide what level you want to play.
  • Choose a card in that level and place it in the slot on the traffic grid.
  • Set up the grid to mirror the configuration shown on the card.
  • Slide the cars up and down (as if they are driving on a road) to make room for the ice cream truck to exit.
  • Get that ice cream truck out and you win!


(Egg timer not part of game!)

(Egg timer not part of game!)

Rush Hour Jr. Game Review

It sounds simple but that ice cream truck isn’t always easy to get out! We started with the easy cards, and my 4 year old son had no trouble setting up the Rush Hour Jr. board on his own. After a few turns working with him to show him how to solve the puzzles, he got it! His excitement at solving the puzzles was contagious. My 8 year old daughter has a lot of logic games in her gifted and talented curriculum, so she came in and jumped up quickly to the hard level. She yelled quite a few times “I GOT IT!” No worries if she hadn’t figured them out though – the solutions are on the back of the card.


Rush Hour Jr. makes no noise, takes no batteries, and is unbreakable. Thanks to the travel bag, I expect this game to come with us to places were we need to wait (restaurants, doctors offices, in traffic). It reminds me of the logic needed for the Rubik’s Cube. Just be ready to want some ice cream as a reward for solving the puzzles!


Where to find Rush Hour Jr.?

You can purchase ThinkFun Rush Hour Jr. on Amazon beginning at $14.16 and at your favorite toy retailers.


 Click on over to read more about games from our Family Game Night series.


In full disclosure, we received the Rush Hour Jr. game at no charge, to review from Thinkfun. This post includes Amazon affiliate links. Jersey Family Fun is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

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Melanie is a stay at home mom of a preteen boy and teenage girl. She lives in Monmouth County and grew up in Middlesex County. Her children enjoy ice skating (she holds the shoes), crafting, amusement parks, and just generally being kids! Melanie always says, being 45 minutes from NYC and close to the Jersey Shore makes this the best place to live!

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