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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Bag It! is a family-friendly puzzle game that turns bagging groceries into a Tetris-like challenge. In-app purchases aren't required for full gameplay, but could tempt kids who want to quickly unlock the more challenging levels or amass more game currency. Grocery items become cartoon characters in this game, and players must be careful to place heavy ones on the bottom and fragile ones on top so nobody gets hurt. Two of the games reward players for crushing groceries, which appear bruised and battered when crushed. Multiplayer mode requires players to connect to Game Center or Facebook to challenge friends, but includes only one game (compared to seven in Classic mode), so younger players with social media restrictions aren't missing out on much. In Classic mode, players can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.
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What's it about?
Players drag groceries off a conveyor belt and place them into a brown paper bag, tapping to rotate items so they fit and taking care not to crush anything fragile. Players earn points, stars, and medals for completing various challenges within each level. Players can retry levels as they attempt to earn the three stars and two medals for each. Classic mode offers seven games with a lot of variation including puzzles and endless play. Multiplayer mode pits players against their Game Center and Facebook friends in a high-speed matching game.
Is it any good?
BAG IT! has it all: a fun concept, an elegant and intuitive interface, great graphics, and smart puzzles with just the right amount of challenge. Helpful tutorials and tips can shorten the learning curve for new players, and with so many levels and games to choose from (and more on the way), advanced players won’t get bored anytime soon.
Talk to your kids about ...
Guess the weights of different items with your kids and use a scale to check your predictions.
Allow kids to help with bagging groceries and similar activities that deal with weight and/or spatial relationships, such as packing suitcases or putting things away in a cabinet.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
- Subjects: Science: gravity, physics
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: problem solving, solving puzzles, strategy
- Price: $.99-$1.99
- Release date: October 6, 2012
- Category: Puzzle Games
- Size: 30.30 MB
- Publisher: Hidden Variable Studios
- Version: 2.6
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.1.3 or later; Android 2.1 and up
For kids who love puzzles
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