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Blaze and the Monster Machines Dinosaur Rescue

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Light STEM content in fun, easy dino-themed puzzles.

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Physics-based puzzles get kids thinking about problem-solving but only to a limited degree. The idea is great -- present puzzles inspired by STEM concepts in a fun kid-friendly setting -- but the execution of that idea is disappointing. For example, every time a new gadget is introduced, kids get explicit instructions for how to manipulate it to solve the puzzle. Yet, because the puzzles are so simple -- and don't get much more complicated as levels progress -- there's little room for active experimentation and exploration. In terms of functionality, occasionally a level will end, even if all the goals haven't been met; it's unclear whether there is a limited amount of time or whether not touching the screen for a few seconds triggers a level to end, but it might cause some frustration. Overall, even though this app is directed toward young kids, it would be nice to see more room for free discovery and overcoming challenging obstacles.

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