Cramble

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Compare, estimate, and guess object stats in fun game.

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Educational Value

Lightly educational: Clues and trivia-based questions can lead to thinking critically, applying information, making conclusions, spatial reasoning.

Ease of Play

Very easy to play. Clues given first, then three multiple choice answers from which to choose.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Cramble is a lightly educational trivia game that uses comparisons to create questions that players answer for points. The app juxtaposes ("crambles") the size, weight, and more of buildings, animals, and other objects to create clues and question combos. For example, one clue: "If 72 squirrels were stacked up, they would match the height of 1 triceratops." That clue is followed by this question: "How many hot dogs would you have to stack up to match the height of 1 triceratops?" Players choose from three multiple choice options. Along with the Quiz game mode, there's also a Compare mode in which players read mix-and-match comparisons. Younger players may need help to read some of the names of objects and animals on Cramble, and they may also need help to understand the context of some questions and clues. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

To play CRAMBLE, first choose Cramble Quiz or Cramble Compare. Tap Cramble Quiz, and a clue appears. That clue is related to a question that compares two objects, animals, or food. Choose from three potential answers, and earn points based on time and number of correct answers. Tap Cramble Compare to view a fun fact that compares two objects ("If you stuff 6 donuts into a box, it would weigh as much as 1 cucumber."). Tap the name of the object or the arrows on the screen to change one or both of the objects and see new facts. If you want to share the fact via social media, email, or text, tap the send icon. 

Is it any good?

This fun, lightly educational trivia game may be a great choice for a road trip or family game night. Cramble challenges users to think big, and small. The facts ("If you ate 10,647 light bulbs, you would gain the weight of one trampoline") and questions ("How many cucumbers would you have to stack up to match the height of one bulldozer?")  in both the Quiz game and the Compare feature are silly, but they also make players think through factors such as weight, size, height, and more.

This app isn't high-tech and it doesn't dig deep into the hows or whys of the answers. There are no animated graphics or real images of the objects and animals in questions, just chalk drawings. If players want to learn more about the (often surprising) answers, they'll need to look elsewhere for details; Cramble doesn't provide anything beyond right or wrong. But for $0.99, it may be just enough of a conversation starter to spark kids' interest in learning more on their own.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Cramble uses estimates and generalities to come up with these questions. Are all mice exactly the same size? Is every brand of bulldozer made to one height specification? Did someone really stack 12,587 pineapples to see how many pineapples matched the height of Mt. Fuji?

  • If your playing Cramble with your kid, talk through the clues with them before answering the question that follows to practice applying information and to build critical thinking skills.

  • Check out Common Sense Media's Trivia Games list for more suggestions on how to increase your trivia knowledge.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Math: estimation
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, making conclusions, spatial reasoning, thinking critically
  • Price: $0.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: July 23, 2018
  • Category: Trivia Games
  • Size: 102.00 MB
  • Publisher: Roman Kalantari
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later

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