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ColorKu

Sudoku in Color

Play in Color

Erasing is an inevitable part of Sudoku… or is it?

Dr. Mark Asperheim was tired of repeatedly scribbling and erasing to finish newsprint Sudoku puzzles, and he imagined a more colorful option. Mark started brainstorming with his partner, Cris Van Oosterum, and the two founded Mad Cave Bird Games to bring their vision to life.

ColorKu uses wooden marbles instead of numbers to solve puzzles. Like Sudoku, the object of ColorKu is to fill a 9x9 grid so that every row and column has nine different colored marbles with no
repeats, and each 3x3 grid also has nine different colored marbles with no repeats. The marbles make it easy for players to move the colors around, trying different combinations without constantly erasing. The ColorKu set includes 81 balls in nine different colors, 104 puzzle cards, solutions booklet, color conversion card and storage tray.

If you want to add a colorful dimension to family game night, Colorku is ready to play.

-- Ann
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Cris
    Cris

    Hello Everyone, My name is Cris and our family is Mad Cave Bird Games! We are very excited to be a Grommet! Our family loves tradition and games. We create great games made of high quality recycled and sustainable woods, with an emphasis on color, family fun, and learning. Our games can be played by kids of all ages from 6 to 106, and can be kept for a lifetime.

    I am excited to share with you how we got started and the details of our family's involvement in the invention, making and getting our games to market. Our games are great family fun, great brain boosters, are fuctional as home accents and art pieces and even help make us all a little smarter too!

  •  Nancy
    Nancy
    1/15/13 12:26 PM

    I like this idea but how do you remember where the starting colors are on the board once you start moving the balls?

  • Cris
    Cris – Special Guest
    1/15/13 1:15 PM

    @ Nancy Hi Nancy!

    Each puzzle starts by placing the color marble in the designated spot on the board. These marbles are permanent and not to be moved. You work your way through the rows or columns or even color by color, which ever process you find works best for you. You place a ball on the board only when you are sure of its place. Each puzzle from 1 to 104 can be solved through your processes of logic and deductive reasoning. .. and without guessing. Some folks like to line the colors up in the plastic holding tray and work through the colors that way. Others love teh feel of the ball and rolling the one they are working with in their hands to relax while thinking!

  • Cris
    Cris – Special Guest
    1/15/13 1:16 PM

    @ Nancy I would also let you know that on teh solution sheet, the starting marbles and thier positions or highlighted by being circled in white!

  • Deana
    Deana
    1/15/13 2:10 PM

    Great ideas. Made in USA I would purchase

  • Cris
    Cris – Special Guest
    1/15/13 2:47 PM

    @Deana Hunter

    HI Deana

    We would love to be able to manufacture in the USA too.. our problem was trying to make high quality wood games that you would keep like we did ours under our grandma's stairway, but also have them affordable enough for most everyone to be able to obtain.. Because our Board and marbles are wood and not plastic or cardboard, and we use a 15 color process on the included puzzle cards and packaging, making it the US wasnt yet possible. .. frankly it would have nearly tripled the price. So we are using recycled and sustainable woods. .We keep looking for opportunities here too!

  •  Ron
    Ron
    1/15/13 4:19 PM

    Our family received ColorKu as a gift and the Tic-Tac-Ku game looks interesting. How is it played?

  • Cris
    Cris – Special Guest
    1/15/13 4:24 PM

    @ Ron

    Hello Ron! Each player controls where on the board his opponent can make his next move. If you look at the board is has nine playing zones, each playing zone having it's own tic-tac-toe arrangement. Now where the person plays within the playing zone determines in which playinig zone his opponent makes his next move. You can play two ways, the winner is the one who has the first tic-tac-toe within any of the playing zones, or the person who has the most tic-tac-toes in all the playing zones.

  • Cris
    Cris – Special Guest
    1/15/13 4:26 PM

    @Ron,

    It's a very strategic game and can be played with either two or four players. Games typically take around 20 minutes.

  •  Ron
    Ron
    1/15/13 4:28 PM

    Thanks for your prompt reply! We will definitely be purchasing!

  •  Sarah
    Sarah
    1/15/13 4:32 PM

    We also have ColorKu and love it. We will probably need to buy at least one more just for our own family. Could you tell me a little more about 22 Ku-du? Thanks, Sarah.

  •  Sarah
    Sarah
    1/15/13 4:32 PM

    We also have ColorKu and love it. We will probably need to buy at least one more just for our own family. Could you tell me a little more about 22 Ku-du? Thanks, Sarah.

  • Cris
    Cris – Special Guest
    1/15/13 4:42 PM

    @Sarah,

    Hello Sarah, when you have two ColorKu games (and you have a competitive family like ours) you can set up the same puzzle on the boards and then race to see who can solve the puzzle the quickest.

    22 Ku-du is a fast paced math crossword. Initially all the pieces are placed face down and each person grabs seven tiles. The idea is to put together pieces that add up to 22, then yell Ku-du and then grab as many tiles as you used and keep on putting pieces together that add up to 22 building on the original. Play continues until all the tiles are used. Each player then checks the others tiles to make sure the math is correct. Players get one point for each correct "22" pub lose a poing for math that does not add up!

  • Cris
    Cris – Special Guest
    1/15/13 4:43 PM

    @Sarah

    For advanced play you can use all the other functions, (additon, subtraction, multiplication and division) to make 22 or any other number you choose. Players would get an additonal point for each additional function used to make a "22". For instance,

    4+6(10)*5(50)/2(25)-3=22! would be a 4 point play!

  •  Dan
    Dan
    1/15/13 5:02 PM

    We LOVE Colorku! We got one as a wedding present and now give them out as wedding presents. My wife and I like to work through a few puzzles in the evening with a glass (or two) of wine. It's a great way to relax! Great to see you have other games as well, can't wait to try them!

  • Cris
    Cris – Special Guest
    1/15/13 5:11 PM

    @Dan,

    Congratulations to you and your bride! Glad to hear you are enjoying your wedding present! Just remember ColorKu and wine in moderation! Hope you will soon enjoy our other games as well.

  •  Brian
    Brian
    1/15/13 5:53 PM

    Do the games come with extra colored balls, or are they available to order.

  • Cris
    Cris – Special Guest
    1/15/13 6:01 PM

    @Brian,

    Hello Brian,yes, extra marbles are available through Mad Cave Bird Games at colorku.com.

  •  Carla Hartman
    Carla Hartman
    1/15/13 8:18 PM

    @Cris Van Oosterum

    Thank goodness for the ability to order extra balls. I just bought this game at a store in Chicago; proudly placed it on our ottoman because it is delightfully designed, and my Labradoodle took off with three balls! Pale pink has not re-appeared, and cobalt blue is chewed nearly beyond recognition!!!

  • Juanita
    Juanita
    1/15/13 7:38 PM

    Will you be adding more puzzle cards? Sets in easy (especially for younger players), medium, and hard might be an option.

  • Cris
    Cris – Special Guest
    1/15/13 8:04 PM

    @Juanita Tomson

    Hello Juanita!

    We hve indeed already added additional puzzle card sets. There are three new sets . Each set has 104 all new puzzles and a full solutions bookelt. Pack 1 puzzles are all in the easy to the moderate ranges. Pack 2 Puzzles are all in the moderate to extreme ranges, for more experienced players and those who like a challenge. Pack 3 puzzles are an equal mix of all five levels of difficulty, much like those that come with the game. All these puzzles and a Version of the Tic Tac Ku game which can be played on the ColorKu board can be found on our web site, www.colorku.com. Enjoy!

  • Cris
    Cris – Special Guest
    1/15/13 8:04 PM

    @Juanita Tomson

    Hello Juanita!

    We hve indeed already added additional puzzle card sets. There are three new sets . Each set has 104 all new puzzles and a full solutions bookelt. Pack 1 puzzles are all in the easy to the moderate ranges. Pack 2 Puzzles are all in the moderate to extreme ranges, for more experienced players and those who like a challenge. Pack 3 puzzles are an equal mix of all five levels of difficulty, much like those that come with the game. All these puzzles and a Version of the Tic Tac Ku game which can be played on the ColorKu board can be found on our web site, www.colorku.com. Enjoy!

  •  Cary
    Cary
    1/15/13 8:08 PM

    Since your game board for ColorKu and TicTacKu look the same, could I buy one ColorKu and get just the beads and rings for the TicTacKu?

  •  Cary
    Cary
    1/15/13 8:11 PM

    Went to your website and answered my own question. :-)

  • Cris
    Cris – Special Guest
    1/15/13 9:29 PM

    @ Cary

    Hi Cary!

    You beat me to the punch! We do make a version of Tic Tac Ku to be played on a ColorKu board too . It comes in three color combinations, RED and WHITE, GREEN and WHITE and BLUE and WHITE. The web site , www.colorku.com, also has a drop down menu that allows you to choose to special order color combinations you might prefer. Folks who like University of Arizona may choose Blue and Red, University of Michigan Fans choose yellow ( maize) and dark blue etc! Thanks and enjoy!

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