What parents need to know
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
Thinking & Reasoning
Engagement, Approach, Support
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.
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.
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'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?
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?