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Can Crusher

By Jonathan H. Liu, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Recycling game aims to educate but doesn't make the grade.

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CAN CRUSHER is billed as an educational game that encourages recycling, but it falls short both in education and as a game. The game consists of crushing soda cans by tapping on them and avoiding the full cans. However, without any way of telling which cans are full, the player must resort to random tapping. Also, the cans reset very quickly so the different "levels" and patterns of cans don't really change the game at all.

There are two pieces to the educational portion. First, after each round of play, the app shows how much money the crushed cans would be worth in real life. Second, on the info screen there is a large section on recycling facts. However, it's simply a list to read, without being tied to the game, and it has plenty of typos and punctuation errors. As important as recycling is, Can Crusher is probably not an effective way to teach it.

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