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## The top five problem solving games

The best problem solving games are usually related to Maths and Science. Some others are brain-teaser word problems, and puzzles involving hidden objects. This article will talk on the top five problem solving games.

## Sudoku

Sudoku is a logic-based number-placement puzzle game. The objective is to fill a 9×9 grid with digits, so that each column, each row, and each of the nine 3×3 sub-grids that compose the grid contains all of the digits from 1 to 9.

Puzzle setter

The puzzle setter provides a partially completed grid, which typically has a unique solution. Completed puzzles are always a type of Latin square with an additional constraint on the contents of individual regions.

For example, the same single integer may not appear twice in the same 9x9 playing board row or column, or in any of the nine 3x3 sub-regions of the 9x9 playing board. It became an international hit in 2005.

## Crossword

A crossword is a word puzzle that normally takes the form of a square or rectangular grid of white and shaded squares. The goal is to fill the white squares with letters, forming words or phrases, by solving clues which lead to the answers.

## Rubix Cube

In a classic Rubik's Cube, each of the six faces is covered by nine stickers, among six solid colours (traditionally white, red, blue, orange, green and yellow).

Pivot mechanism

A pivot mechanism enables each face to turn independently, thus mixing up the colours. For the puzzle to be solved, each face must be a solid colour. In 2010, the Rubix cube celebrated its 30th anniversary.

## Team building problem solving games

Toxic waste

It is a popular, engaging small group activity. Equipped with a bungee cord and rope, a group must work out how to transport a bucket of "Toxic Waste" and tip it into the neutralisation bucket. It can be used to highlight almost any aspect of teamwork or leadership.

Minefield

It is another good exercise for building a team. Objects are scattered in an indoor or outdoor place. In pairs, one person verbally guides his/her partner, a blindfolded person, through the minefield.

If the blindfolded person steps on one of the mines, then they are eliminated. The first team to reach the end of the designated area unscathed is the winner.