Radica 20Q Artificial Intelligence Game

I played with an earlier version of this game, before giving it away as a birthday gift for my niece, and almost couldn’t part with it.

It’s a simple game. You think of something. It tries to guess what you’re thinking by asking questions. The astounding thing is just how well it’s able to guess correctly. You can think of an animal or an object or just about anything, and usually it’ll read your mind in 20 questions. You may have played the game before with friends, but having a machine to beat (or more likely, lose to) is even more fun.

This is a good car toy. It’s small and fun for all ages. For younger kids, it’s a learning experience as they will have to answer questions about what they picked out. It encourages abstract thinking and might even pique their interest in computer science.