Cover Orange HD

Common Sense Media says

Colorful puzzle game offers physics-based fun.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Levels require careful planning and occasionally good timing to execute. There are no hints provided, but the puzzle can easily be reset to experiment with different approaches.

Violence

Oranges can accidentally be blown up by bombs or destroyed by hail. In both cases, the oranges (which have human facial features) are shown slowly shriveling up and turning black with two empty eye sockets -- which may be disturbing to younger players.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

To "save more oranges" on tricky levels, players can make in-app purchases of five helmets ($0.99), 15 helmets ($1.99), or unlimited helmets ($4.99), which would make game play sort of pointless, since the oranges could always be protected. There's also a "More Games" tab leading to promos of more apps directly under the "Play" button on the main page. Cover Orange prompts players to leave a five-star rating in the App Store to encourage the creation of more free levels. The notification can be ignored or disabled.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Mostly private. Players can opt in to Apple’s Game Center to play against friends. No personal information is automatically exchanged. However, players can send and receive friend requests to and from strangers, possibly exchanging private information. Game Center does not offer in-app chat as some game networks do.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Cover Orange HD is a physics-based puzzle game where players drop shapes to manipulate the scenery in order to protect oranges from getting bombarded by hail from an angry storm cloud. The anthropomorphized oranges have tons of personality: They smile with gratitude when saved, but also quiver with fear as the storm cloud passes over. If touched, they shrivel up with a groan and turn black, which young kids might find upsetting. Cover Orange is also available for the iPhone and iPod Touch in a non-HD version.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • gravity
  • momentum
  • motion

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • prediction
  • strategy

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

At 380 levels, and NONE of them filler, this is a great choice for fans of Angry Birds and other physics-based games. The game stars cute, expressive oranges that shrivel and turn black when they get hit, which young kids may find creepy.

Learning Approach

Kids can explore (in a general, non-technical way) how motion, momentum, and gravity interact, and how the decisions they make while playing Cover Orange impact the chain reaction. Kids practice decision making, prediction, and strategy.

Support

No hints provided, but the puzzles can easily be reset. Helmets (at first free, then via in-app purchase) allow kids to skip solving levels. Best score, level, and current score shown on each screen.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • gravity
  • momentum
  • motion

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • prediction
  • strategy

Kids can explore (in a general, non-technical way) how motion, momentum, and gravity interact, and how the decisions they make while playing Cover Orange impact that interaction. Kids practice decision making, prediction, and strategy while moving the objects into the right position to protect the oranges, which requires careful planning and occasionally good timing. Cover Orange squeezes some learning about physics and decision making into the fun while kids save cute oranges.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Press play and begin at Level One. Slide and release shapes (boxes, wheels, barrels) to drop them in such a way as to manipulate the scenery to protect oranges from getting bombarded by hail from an oncoming cloud. Points are lost or gained based on the amount of time it takes for players to move the objects in place. The oranges smile with gratitude when saved, but also quiver with fear as the storm cloud passes over. If touched, they shrivel up with a groan and turn black.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

COVER ORANGE HD uses concepts like inertia and gravity to create phenomenal physics puzzles couched in a cute and inviting package. Players have a limited number of shapes (rectangles, triangles, circles) to drop into the scene to completely cover one or more oranges. This might involve nudging the oranges themselves so they roll somewhere, manipulating bombs or levers, or making strategic use of ramps and moving platforms. After all the shapes have been dropped, a storm cloud passes overhead raining down hail. The level is won if none of the hail touches the oranges.

Typically there's only one way to complete each level, but the solutions are so ingenious that they're a joy to discover. Just don't get too attached to the little orange guys because they will die frequently as you feel your way through the game. At 380 levels and counting -- and none of them filler -- Cover Orange HD is a fantastic choice for fans of Angry Birds and other physics-based puzzle games.

Families can talk about...

  • Check in with your kid about how they feel about what happens to the oranges when they die; some kids may be a little spooked by the black, shriveling images of the once cute, happy oranges.

  • Talk about gravity and chain reactions with your kid. What are some ways they can observe these concepts in real life?

App details

Device:iPad
Price:$1.99
Release date:September 26, 2012
Category:Puzzle Games
Size:78.80 MB
Publisher:FDG Entertainment
Version:2.5
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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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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Parent of a 2 and 5 year old Written byBestWest March 24, 2011
AGE
6
QUALITY
 

Great for all ages!

The only thing that is a little disturbing is the shriveling oranges. But they come back to life in two seconds and you get another shot to keep them safe. Everyone in our home has become addicted to this game--ages 36, 34, 20 (our nephew) and 6. We were shocked at how our six year old was able to figure out so many of the puzzles!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Educational value
Teen, 13 years old Written bygoodperson4 January 30, 2011
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
what?! this is one of the worst ratings i have seen on CSM so far!

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