What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dooors - room escape game - is a brain-teasing puzzle game in which players solve increasingly difficult puzzles to open a door and move on to the next level. The game can get so difficult, in fact, that young children will quickly lose interest. The app is free (and free of sex, violence, and language issues), but is ad-supported, meaning you will always have a banner ad onscreen as you (or your kids) play. The companies advertised vary from game to game.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- analyzing evidence
- problem solving
- solving puzzles
Engagement, Approach, Support
Dooors is one of those games that was made for puzzle fans. It weeds out non-puzzlers quickly with tough gameplay, but when you solve one of the later stages, there's a real sense of triumph.
You must look beyond obvious solutions when faced with a problem. The game is loaded with challenging puzzles and offers just one obscure hint per level.
The game offers just one obscure hint per level, leaving players to figure out the meaning of that hint and how it's relevant.
What's it about?
Players will attempt to open doors by solving 35 different puzzles. In some cases, you'll need to find a hidden object (such as a doorknob) behind obstacles to open the door. In others, you'll need to correctly match lights to a pattern on or above the door. At different points, Dooors will test your problem-solving skills, observation skills, and reflexes.
Is it any good?
DOOORS is one of those games that was made for puzzle fans -- and it makes no bones about it. You're plopped in a room with no explanation and expected to figure out how to open the door in front of you using only the subtlest of hints. It weeds out non-puzzlers quickly with tough gameplay (though there are walkthroughs available online), but when you solve one of the later stages, there's a real sense of triumph.
The constant ads are an annoyance, though, that could easily be replaced with a premium version of the game. And fans who whip through the 35 levels quickly will be left wanting more.
Families can talk about...
Work with kids to solve the puzzles. They get hard fast -- and the game can easily be a team effort.
When kids face a dilemma in real life, ask them to think of various ways to resolve it -- with an eye on the long-term consequences.