Parents' Guide to

Crazy Formula

By Kim Alessi, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Science-themed puzzle makes for tricky play.

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CRAZY FORMULA is a maze puzzle game requiring logic and foresight. There are no points to score; players instead piece together mazes to advance through levels. The app is fun and definitely challenging, especially as players progress through the upper levels, and is great for teaching prediction, reasoning, and cause and effect to kids of all learning abilities. The app's touch sensitivity is excellent, which makes for satisfying interaction, and its sound effect (clinking glass test tubes) and jazzy riff music are unobtrusive enough to be ignored or enjoyed (both can be turned off under the options setting).

The app's cluttered interface and lack of feedback are disappointing, though. While the focus of the game -- the glass test tube maze users interact with -- is front and center, it's relatively small and takes up only a fraction of the screen space. Several other objects take up more screen space and serve no purpose other than to simulate the look of a science lab, making this app's better if played on an iPad. And while there are occasional tutorials in key levels, Crazy Formula has no in-app hint system; if a player gets stuck on a level, they're on their own to either figure it out or skip the level entirely.

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