What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Catch the Berry is a challenging physics puzzler with four worlds of 20 levels each. Kids draw paths to direct berries around obstacles like thorns, branches, and spinners, and use fans and bubbles as tools to get the berry to the basket. Kids must complete one level to unlock the next. No hints are available, but kids can skip a level. They also have the option to connect to the Game Center network to share scores and achievements.
What's it about?
On their planet, where they harvest berries, the Telfords discover an icon that brings the berries to life. They have to work their way around obstacles to harvest the berries, drawing and erasing lines, using fans and bubbles to move berries, and directing them into the basket. Kids get instructions as they need them, when they encounter a new challenge, and they can earn achievements based on completing those new challenges. Four different worlds present different challenges, with each of the 80 levels getting more challenging.
Is it any good?
The brief back story doesn't make much sense, but getting that berry into the basket becomes a challenge that must be conquered, plausible story or not. There are no hints available and no cheats to be purchased in-app, so kids are forced to solve these puzzles on their own. They get as many chances as they need, though, and can replay levels for a better score or to try different tactics. It takes a quick hand and fast mind to get through the more advanced levels. Kids will encounter a variety of fun tools that employ different principles of physics that are not truly realistic -- like bubbles that the berry can float in and fans that blow the berry, and tilting the device works on some levels but not all. The 80 levels could challenge kids for hours, if they have the patience and perseverance to stick with it.
Families can talk about...
Each level has multiple solutions. Take turns playing the same level to see how differently you each approach the challenge.
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