Matching colored blocks is great puzzle app for young kids.
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What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that although Collapse! is essentially a nonviolent puzzle game of matching colored blocks to eliminate them, it does contain exploding bombs and firebreathing boss monsters. No one gets hurt in the game, though, and the only damage done is to puzzle blocks. Parents also need to know that the game rewards players with bonuses that can be used in the PC version of the Collapse! game.
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What’s It About?
Kids tap three or more contiguous blocks to make them disappear. Kids must work quickly to prevent new rows from stacking up. There are two games Quest and Quick, and within each there are elements and modes that gradually add difficulty. The modes are controlled by the app not the user. Help for struggling players is integrated and timely. Kids either fail, pass, or finish as an expert sweeping time and colors.
Is It Any Good?
With its colorful landscapes, customizable characters, and simple, easy-to-learn game mechanics, COLLAPSE! is a fun puzzle app for younger players. The quest mode even gives it a meager-but-enjoyable storyline and cool boss creatures to "battle," like the Blocktopus. While a good choice for kids, Collapse! can be equally entertaining for older players as well.
It would be nice if kids could choose puzzle mode from the menu. Instead, they have to wait for the app to introduce it. Also, the synergy between this app version and the PC version can be a bit annoying for people who don't own the latter, but that doesn't takeaway from the fun of Collapse! itself.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, Math: grouping
- Skills: Self-Direction: achieving goals, working efficiently, Thinking & Reasoning: part-whole relationships, strategy
- Release date: October 23, 2012
- Category: Puzzle Games
- Publisher: RealNetworks, Inc
- Version: 1.1.3
- Minimum software requirements: iPhone OS 4.3 or later; Android 1.5 and up
- Last updated: July 13, 2020
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