100 Floors

Common Sense Media says

Brainteasers to challenge even the most serious puzzle fans.

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What parents need to know

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."

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

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.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety
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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 Dooors100 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.

What kids can learn

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • analyzing evidence
  • problem solving
  • solving puzzles

Emotional Development

  • persevering

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

This is an app for puzzle lovers, who will get a thrill from figuring out the trick that opens the elevator doors. Amateurs, beware, because the difficulty ramps up quickly.

Learning Approach

Kids learn to approach a difficult problem from multiple angles through trial and error. If their first attempt is unsuccessful, they must think about the clues again and come up with a new tactic. 

Support

Players won’t find help within the app, but there are walkthroughs online and an offical "official cheats guide" from the developer.

What kids can learn

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • analyzing evidence
  • problem solving
  • solving puzzles

Emotional Development

  • persevering

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Wilkey Oh

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

In 100 Floors, players try to open an elevator door by tapping, swiping, shaking, and tilting their devices. Each puzzle contains a subtle clue, such as a pattern on the floor or an object near the door. Players sometimes move objects or collect tools to use later. There are no additional hints or options to make the game easier, but players who are really stumped can easily find solutions by searching online.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

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.  

Families can talk about...

  • Play the game with your kids -- a challenge is always more fun when it’s a team effort.

  • Model problem-solving strategies by thinking aloud. Kids will learn from your example.

  • Help kids decide when it's time to look outside the app for solutions.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:May 18, 2012
Category:Puzzle Games
Size:36.50 MB
Publisher:Tobi Apps Limited
Version:1.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later; Android 2.1 and up

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About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 9 years old March 23, 2013
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10
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Not Actually For Kindle Fire

I saw my older cousin playing this game, and I thought, I've got to try this! So downloaded it on my Kindle Fire. It was really fun and VERY challenging (I downloaded the hints app). The first few levels worked, but then I played the next levels and I couldn't get past them (I was doing what the hint app had said), and realized that the Kindle Fire doesn't have a motion sensor. This app is not actually for Kindle Fire.
Kid, 9 years old May 31, 2012
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2
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wow common sense thinks you have to be NINE for it to be on WOW. just wow.

kind of hard on some levels but really fun. not inappropriate on ANY levels that i've seen PEACE OUT!
Parent Written byIpadCat777 August 18, 2012
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18
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LEARNING

IpadCat's Review: 100 Floors Rocks!

This game contains enticing and mind-boggling puzzles! Parents, let any of young ones TRY to play this game despite that it requires intense thinking, you may discover that your child is a genius! (Smile) 100 Floors will captivate your wit! I love the abstract art!

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