Continuity 2: The Continuation
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Continuity 2: The Continuation is a puzzle game that involves sliding pieces of a maze around like tiles to allow a stick man to progress toward a red exit door. There is no violence in the game, but the action will reset if he comes in contact with a spiky barrier. Parents should note that while the content is innocuous and play seems simple at first, some kids will grow frustrated by the game’s difficulty, which will leave even older kids and adults stumped for long minutes in later levels.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- part-whole relationships
- solving puzzles
Engagement, Approach, Support
A unique puzzling concept and spare stylish design reduce game play to its basics: get the stick figure to the end of the modular maze.
Kids learn to consider part-whole relationships in a new way but a shadowing feature would provide more reflection value.
The tutorial works well and kids can try to beat their own time, but hints would make the some truly challenging puzzles less frustrating.
What's it about?
Kids tap and hold top, bottom, right, or left of the screen to advance the stick person, and swipe to jump up or down stairs or over gaps. Kids collect coins, the red key, and then finish at the red door. In the process, they have to slide tiles to match up corridors, sometimes waiting in dead ends to get to the final goal. Look out for those spikey walls and ceilings, not to mention a few bottomless paths here and there.
Is it any good?
The sequel to an award-winning student-made iPad game, CONTINUITY 2: THE CONTINUATION combines tile puzzles with simple door-and-key mazes and platformer-style running and jumping. Players control a stick man using intuitive swipes and taps to make him move through the maze and climb stairs, making sure to search out a key to unlock the exit door and grab collectible coins along the way. However, each level is composed of tiles that, when zoomed out, can be shuffled around to create new ways through the maze. It's a satisfyingly clever concept that’s easy to grasp but leads to some devilishly challenging navigational conundrums. Great fun for adults and kids alike, though both will need to show patience and perseverance to achieve success.
Families can talk about...
Get your kids some 3-D tiling games like one of the many Rubik's cubes.
Provide your kids some paper and pencil maze books.
Encourage your kids to design a treasure hunt set in your house or yard.