Parents' Guide to

Crazy Gears

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Fun STEM-themed free play with easy offscreen connections.

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Crazy Gears is a great opportunity for kids to explore open-ended play and experimentation. Even on the 2-D screen, kids get a really good sense of what gears, weights, pulleys, and other simple machines do. Lots of levels, many with multiple solutions, should keep kids engaged for a while, even if some levels feel repetitive. Though the parents' guide can be dense, it's worth reading, and it's definitely worth sharing the definitions, gadget names, and fun facts with kids. It would be great if the information also were embedded in the game itself. Parents can track kids' progress through the levels, which can help provide inspiration points for which areas to explore more together. Allowing kids to devise their own levels would be a nice feature.

Though the digital experience doesn't capture everything about the machines (such as how much torque is necessary to lift a really heavy item with a chain), this is a really creative, highly accessible -- and fun! -- option for exploring physics and engineering.

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