Beyond Ynth

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Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Strategic adventure with a fun, unique way to travel.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to strategize as they make deductions about which paths will lead Kribl out of the maze. Kids can investigate each path using the slick zoom feature to see the larger puzzle. They must navigate the bug to avoid obstacles and collect prizes along the way. Beyond Ynth is an appealing and innovative app with fun gameplay that can boost strategy and critical thinking skills.

Ease of Play

Making it through these puzzling levels can be quite a challenge, but the tutorials are clear and helpful, and if kids get stuck, they can watch a "video solution" without being penalized. The control mechanics rely on only two buttons for each hand and are very easy to handle.

Violence & Scariness

The beetle hero can die in several cartoonish ways -- being crushed by a falling rock or acorn, freezing in cold air, falling into lava, or getting vaporized by the hot desert sun. In any of these cases, the beetle vanishes in a little puff of smoke. Kids can always rewind the game to a point before they died, though.

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What 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.

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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.

Talk to your kids 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.

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For kids who love thinking while they adventure

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