What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Beyond Ynth is a challenging, but not ridiculously difficult, puzzle-strategy game in which you play the part of Kribl, a little bug who must traverse harsh landscapes inside the safety of a box. You move along by rotating the box, so you must always be aware of which side of the box has openings to make sure that an exit is available when you need it. Your beetle can die in cartoony ways, mostly when it needs to leave the box for any reason, but there's no graphic violence. And any mistakes can be erased with a press of the "rewind" button.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- thinking critically
- part-whole relationships
- solving puzzles
Engagement, Approach, Support
Appealing and innovative app with sharp graphics, pleasing music, and definite replay value.
Deduction and strategy are constantly at play as kids lead Kribl out of the mazes but gameplay can be overly challenging.
The "How to play" tutorial and in-app YouTube videos are somewhat helpful, but integrated hints for each puzzle would facilitate learning and success with challenging puzzles much more effectively.
What's it about?
Kids guide their little bug, Kribl, through a maze made primarily of boxes. The twist is that Kribl can rotate the boxes to match up with other boxes along its path. (The rotation method does not reflect real physics.) Kids advance Kribl with forward, backward, hop back, and hop forward buttons that can make seeing the screen difficult. The Information menu button gives stats including time played.
Is it any good?
The mere method of movement in BEYOND YNTH is enough to make it stand out. You're inside a box and by pressing on one side or another, you rotate the box and make it travel along the landscape. But there are lots of obstacles thrown in, too, of course -- falling acorns, lava rivers, deadly sunbeams that will fry you instantly if they come through an opening on the box, etc. And most of the boxes you travel in have mini-mazes within them, so you'll need to keep moving around just to get to a good place to push. There are many ways to err, but if you ever make a mistake (even a fatal one), you only need to hit "rewind" and try again. And if you're really stumped, you can watch a full video that shows the level being completed. Add to this the game's fun atmosphere and cartoon-cool graphics, and you've got a real winner on your hands.
Families can talk about...
If your kids find the Beyond Ynth puzzles too challenging, make it a team effort. Model strategy skills and critical thinking by doing a "think aloud."
Build a model maze with your kids. Use wooden blocks, Legos, or even cardboard boxes for a life-size adventure.