Continuity 2: The Continuation

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Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Clever puzzle game melds mazes, platforming, tile shifting.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to solve puzzles and consider part-whole relationships as they navigate through a maze of corridors. The twist? This maze is modular. Kids must try out paths on three rectangular tiles. While the way forward might at first be on a tile at left, eventually the stick person might need to move to the right. Unfortunately, the introductory text before each challenge doesn’t display correctly. Continuity 2 offers a well-constructed puzzle that challenges kids to consider part-whole relationships in a unique way.

Ease of Play

The first few levels are simple enough, but things become much more challenging as the puzzles grow in difficulty. Players will need to learn to think several moves in advance to complete some levels, and achieving par times requires some very swift and precise finger swipes. 

Violence & Scariness

The game's stick man dies if he touches a spike. He is not impaled, does not bleed, and does not yell or grunt. The action simply freezes and the game resets.    

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What 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.

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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.

Talk to your kids 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.

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For kids who love puzzles and action

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