What parents need to know
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.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- analyzing evidence
- problem solving
- solving puzzles
Engagement, Approach, Support
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.
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.
Players won’t find help within the app, but there are walkthroughs online and an offical "official cheats guide" from the developer.
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?
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.