A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn a little about problem-solving strategies with 100 Floors. To find the clue for each level, kids must analyze the evidence and make informed guesses. After solving a few levels of 100 Floors, kids can recognize patterns and apply them to subsequent puzzles. Kids can also develop perseverance as they attempt to unlock each elevator through trial and error. The level of difficulty will discourage some kids; those who persevere may still need to use "cheats" to solve puzzles.
Ease of Play
The difficulty ramps up right away, and with no tips or hints, some kids could get frustrated and give up quickly. Players can find solutions by searching online, and there are also separate apps with "cheats."
Products & Purchases
Banner ads run along the bottom of the screen during play. Tapping on an ad opens a pop-up screen or takes kids out of the app to a website or app store. Kids can also follow a link from the menu screen to download more apps from the developer.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that 100 Floors is a tricky puzzle game that challenges players with a set of brain teasers. Much like Dooors, 100 Floors presents an elevator door, and players must tap, swipe, shake, and tilt their devices in various ways to open the elevator and advance to the next floor. With no instructions or helpful hints, the puzzles might quickly frustrate young kids; the developer has a separate app with solutions. The app is free and has no in-app purchases, but banner ads run continuously along the bottom of the screen.
Is It Any Good?
100 FLOORS is an app for puzzle lovers. The game rewards players for imagination and persistence. If they don’t mind the inescapable banner ads, puzzlers will get a thrill from figuring out the trick that opens the elevator doors.
Amateurs, beware, because the difficulty ramps up quickly, with easy puzzles interspersed among more challenging ones. And players won’t find much help within the app, though there are walkthroughs online (there are also apps for it). Players expecting 100 floors will have to wait for updates in order to play beyond the 40 levels available at the time of this review.
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