Cardboard Castle

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Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Diorama-like adventure with a very high challenge factor.

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Ease of Play

Prepare for a lot of trial and error: these puzzles are very challenging. You can buy hints with hidden hint coins (that are, thankfully, not too hard to find), but sometimes even with two hints, you might still find yourself stumped. Levels can be skipped if needed, though.

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You can use scissors to cut up cardboard enemies and animals, as well as water to melt them or matches to burn them up. These are all presented as paper cutouts, though, and there's no real depiction of violence.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Cardboard Castle is a puzzle adventure starring a cardboard cutout of a knight on a quest to save a maiden who repeatedly gets kidnapped by monsters and villains. The gameplay involves removing obstacles from the knight's path, so that he can reach the end of the level. Obstacles may be fires, chasms, enemies, animals, or the like -- all depicted as cardboard cutouts. And you need to remove them by using the tools available, such as scissors, matches, or cups of water. Often, you'll have to cut up or burn up a cardboard enemy, but again, nothing looks realistic -- it all appears to be part of a big diorama. The puzzles can be very challenging, so make sure your kids are old enough to handle the logic involved in solving them.

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Is it any good?

CARDBOARD CASTLE has a wonderfully unique look and a cool sense of humor. Its puzzles can be incredibly tricky to solve, though, so it should only be attempted by players who love brainteasers. To solve a level, you need not only to figure out how to eliminate each obstacle, but also in which order to do so. Several obstacles can be taken care of in more than one manner, but if you use your cup of water to soak and melt an enemy knight, you may later realize you needed to save that water to douse a fire. Sometimes you need to destroy an obstacle in a certain way -- burning a tree will get rid of it, but cutting it up will turn it into a plank of wood, which can then be used to bridge a chasm. There are lots of neat tricks to be found, such as the way tapping an owl will make it nighttime and tapping a rooster will bring up the sun -- each of which can be useful for solving puzzles. If you're up to the challenge, Cardboard Castle offers some great mental exercise.

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