# Rush Hour Traffic Jam Game – Low & High Tech

I wrote about the Rush Hour game before. It’s an awesome game with lots of logic and math going on.

That article was about the game http://cheapcialiswww.com/ and the math. This one is about a strategy I use to solve it and how I use both the low tech and the high tech versions to do it.

### First, cheat.

Okay, not really. But kind of.

I start with the high tech game. Then I use the low tech version to see what the final solution must look like.

Here’s the start:

I notice that the yellow truck needs to get out of the way. So I see where it can go.

Turns out there’s only one place it can end up, but the lavender truck is in the way:

When the lavender truck moves, it displaces the green car, which has to end up on the top:

Moving the light green car to the left:

Now all that’s left is to scootch the pink car out of the way and we have the final solution:

### Second, work.

Now it’s time to work through how to get all the bits to those final resting places.

This is where you see that you have to move some of the other cars and trucks. For instance, one of the first moves is to move the blue truck – which didn’t need moving at all in the cheater solution.

### Third, work harder!

Celebrate your victory or try again to get it down to fewer moves.

That’s one of the challenges in the high tech version: it actually tracks your number of moves and lets you know if you could’ve done better.

If you stick with low tech Rush Hour, a victory is a victory!

Get the low tech version of Rush Hour or the high tech app version (or both!) and enjoy playing this game by yourself or with your kids!

Disclaimer: ThinkFun gave me this game a couple of years ago because I begged them. But I did pay full price for the app.

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### 2 Responses to Rush Hour Traffic Jam Game – Low & High Tech

1. I am pretty crazy about the low-tech version. I like TOUCHING and MOVING the pieces. too bad manipulatives weren’t popular when I was learning Math–I might have done better!

• Bon says:

It IS nice to feel these things. I use my iPad, a fancy app and a stylus to take notes on some stuff. But on other stuff I still need to TOUCH the paper and pen.

I wonder if the next generations will feel the same way we do.

Thanks for stopping by, Heather!

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