physio to game master

Needham Market Academy’s Physiotherapist, Ian Jenkins (Jenks), has released a brand new award-winning board game called ‘Colour Block’! Watch the advert here!


Over the last 15 months, Ian and his wife Penny have been in the process of inventing a ‘mind-boggling’ board game perfect for both adults and children. ‘Colour Block’ was also awarded joint ‘Game of the Year 20/21’ as voted for by an independent panel of game experts.


Ian’s idea for ‘Colour Block’ originally surfaced a few years go. However, at the time, various mainstream game producers turned down Ian’s proposal as they felt it didn’t fit with their portfolio of games.


Ian said: “Then, by chance just before Christmas 2019 we saw a catalogue for a company called ‘The Happy Puzzle Company’, and we took a chance and wrote to the Owner Gavin Ucko. We asked whether we could have an opportunity to show him the game, never thinking that we would get that chance, but he was very interested in the concept and once we had shown Gavin the prototype, he was excited and agreed that it was a game that he and his company wanted to develop.”


“So over the lockdown period, we have worked very closely with Gavin and his team via social media in developing the game and from that original concept it has evolved to where it is in its current format.”


‘Colour Block’ consists of 100 coloured circles (ten each of ten different colours) which sit inside a series of grids. 18 shaped blocks will together cover 90 of the circles. With each of the 45 multi-level puzzles, the task is to use a combination of logic and spatial awareness to ensure that once all of the blocks are in place, only the ten circles that you need to complete the challenge remain uncovered. These challenges are straightforward at the start but with decreasing numbers of clues as you progress, your thinking skills will be rapidly pushed to the limit.


Gavin Ucko, Managing Director of The Happy Puzzle Company said: “When Ian first brought his game to show us, it was a jaw-dropping moment.”

“As an inventor, and somebody who works with inventors from all over the world, sometimes you have moments like this when you look at something and just go ‘Wow!’. My first reaction was ‘Oh my goodness, it has been sitting in an attic for 20 years. We have to make up for a lost time here!’ Rarely has bringing a game to market given me so much pleasure!”


Ian continued: “We are all very excited about the game, and although the current worldwide restrictions have meant a different type of launch rather than at World toy fairs, we will in effect have two launches one in 2020/21 via a number of virtual world toy fairs, Gavin’s own TV Channel and on Amazon. A second launch in 2021/22 at the three major World Toy trade fairs, London, Nuremburg and New York.”


Colour Block can now be purchased here via The Happy Puzzle Company.