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Official Rush Hour Traffic Jam Rules

"Rush Hour" is a sliding block puzzle game where players must navigate a gridlocked traffic jam to free their car. The game involves strategic thinking and problem-solving skills. Here are the rules for playing "Rush Hour":


  • Game Grid: A 6x6 grid board.

  • Vehicles: Various cars and trucks in different colors and sizes.

  • Player Car: The red car that the player must maneuver out of the traffic jam.

  • Cards: Challenge cards with different puzzle setups ranging from beginner to expert levels.

  • Storage Bag: To keep all the components together.


The objective is to move the player car (the red car) to the exit on the game grid by strategically sliding other vehicles out of the way.


  1. Select a Challenge Card:

    • Choose a challenge card based on the desired difficulty level.

    • Each card shows a specific arrangement of vehicles on the game grid.

  2. Set Up the Grid:

    • Place the vehicles on the game grid as shown on the selected challenge card.

    • The red car is positioned facing the exit, which is located on the right side of the game grid.


  1. Moving Vehicles:

    • Players can only slide vehicles forward or backward (cars move in the direction they are facing, trucks can move horizontally or vertically).

    • Vehicles cannot be lifted off the board or turned.

  2. Making Moves:

    • On each turn, the player slides one vehicle at a time to clear a path for the red car.

    • Continue moving vehicles until the red car can move freely to the exit.

Winning the Game:

  • The game is won when the player successfully moves the red car out of the exit.

Strategy Tips:

  1. Plan Ahead: Look several moves ahead to determine the best way to clear a path.

  2. Use All Vehicles: Sometimes moving a vehicle that seems irrelevant can create the necessary space.

  3. Stay Flexible: Be prepared to change your strategy as new possibilities open up.

"Rush Hour" is a captivating game that enhances critical thinking and spatial reasoning. It's ideal for solo play and provides a fun and challenging experience for players of all ages.

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