Can Crusher

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Jonathan H. Liu, Common Sense Media
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Recycling game aims to educate but doesn't make the grade.

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Ease of Play

Can Crusher presents you with a screen full of soda cans, which you crush by tapping them. Tap enough in a row and you'll get bonus points until you step on a can that still has soda in it. However, there is no way to identify which cans have soda in them, and as the cans reset nearly right after you crush them, there doesn't seem to be any strategy other than mindlessly tapping the screen as quickly as possible.

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The home page lists the URL for the developers, but the website is not really a consumer site -- it's about environmental practices. The "Green Links" page does include a link to Coca-Cola's website, but this is found in the Info section, which is less visible.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Can Crusher is designed to be an educational game with a message about recycling. The app includes an in-app browser with a list of links to green information and recycling sites, some of which require logins or other personal information. Also, the browser can be used to visit any website.

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Is it any good?

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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