Collapse!

 
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Learning(i)

Matching colored blocks is great puzzle app for young kids.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Collapse plays like a reverse Tetris, with colored blocks rising from the bottom of the screen that must be matched to be eliminated. Tapping sets of blocks to eliminate them couldn't be easier. Speed and strategy do come into play, though, especially on later levels.

Violence & scariness

There's bomb imagery (your character's head is a bomb) and bombs explode in the game, but they only destroy puzzle blocks. Boss monsters might breathe fire to burn away blocks or squirt black ink to block your view of the gameboard.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

While playing the Collapse! app, you are rewarded with bonuses to be used in the PC version of Collapse!

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although Collapse! is essentially a nonviolent puzzle game of matching colored blocks to eliminate them, it does contain exploding bombs and firebreathing boss monsters. No one gets hurt in the game, though, and the only damage done is to puzzle blocks. Parents also need to know that the game rewards players with bonuses that can be used in the PC version of the Collapse! game.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Math

  • grouping

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • part-whole relationships
  • strategy

Self-Direction

  • achieving goals
  • working efficiently

What Kids Can Learn

Collapse! wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Math

  • grouping

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • part-whole relationships
  • strategy

Self-Direction

  • achieving goals
  • working efficiently

Collapse! wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Leslie Crenna

What's it about?

Kids tap three or more contiguous blocks to make them disappear. Kids must work quickly to prevent new rows from stacking up. There are two games Quest and Quick, and within each there are elements and modes that gradually add difficulty. The modes are controlled by the app not the user. Help for struggling players is integrated and timely. Kids either fail, pass, or finish as an expert sweeping time and colors.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

With its colorful landscapes, customizable characters, and simple, easy-to-learn game mechanics, COLLAPSE! is a fun puzzle app for younger players. The quest mode even gives it a meager-but-enjoyable storyline and cool boss creatures to "battle," like the Blocktopus. While a good choice for kids, Collapse! can be equally entertaining for older players as well. 

It would be nice if kids could choose puzzle mode from the menu. Instead, they have to wait for the app to introduce it. Also, the synergy between this app version and the PC version can be a bit annoying for people who don't own the latter, but that doesn't takeaway from the fun of Collapse! itself.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:$.99-$1.99
Release date:October 23, 2012
Category:Puzzle Games
Size:22.20 MB
Publisher:RealNetworks, Inc
Version:1.1.3
Minimum software requirements:iPhone OS 4.3 or later; Android 1.5 and up

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Teen, 13 years old Written bydr duck July 19, 2010
 

Super simple and super fun match 3 game is verry difficult.

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Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 June 1, 2012
 

collapse

wn the latter, but that doesn't takeaway from the fun of Collapse! itself.
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Too much consumerism
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