Finger Physics

Common Sense Media says

Fun, imaginative gameplay based on real science.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Use your fingers to stack, move, and remove blocks. Some levels can be quite challenging, but there's a nice slow build before you get to any puzzles that are super difficult.

Violence & scariness

Some of the blocks explode.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while Finger Physics doesn't aim to teach your kids about the laws of science, those laws are rather faithfully followed by the objects in the game. Blocks move and react to stimuli as they would in the real world, and as kids play with them, they can see the laws of physics in action. Finger Physics is essentially a game and science experiment rolled into one.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • gravity
  • momentum
  • motion
  • physics

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • hypothesis-testing
  • investigation
  • logic
  • part-whole relationships
  • solving puzzles
  • strategy

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Adorable graphics and well-designed, varied challenges keep kids trying.

Learning Approach

Kids learn some basics of physics, magnetism, rotation, and buoyancy in a fun atmosphere.

Support

Menus and icons are sometimes mystifying, and gameplay is not always clear. A tutorial explains gameplay with one page per mode, although it skips the Doodler mode.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • gravity
  • momentum
  • motion
  • physics

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • hypothesis-testing
  • investigation
  • logic
  • part-whole relationships
  • solving puzzles
  • strategy

Kids can learn how gravity acts on objects by guiding falling eggs, stacking blocks to maximum height, or by using magnetism to stabilize buildings. Kids can learn about momentum and timing, and through trial and error will get the chance to try lots of different approaches to achieving a goal. Menu load time is slow and icons are vague, but, otherwise, a fantastic product. Kids can learn basic physics concepts through the cute graphics and engaging gameplay of Finger Physics.

This Learning Rating review was written by Leslie Crenna

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What's it about?

Ten help pages explain 10 different modes of play. Stage 1 begins with egg mode (other modes are peppered throughout the stages). Kids tap on dotted white blocks to make them disappear and allow the egg to fall. Geared blocks add the element of rotation, and gravity can sometimes flow up with gravity blocks. In lunar mode, kids drag and drop shapes to build the tallest structure they can. Kids can take challenges sequentially or hop to any unlocked challenge at any time.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

FINGER PHYSICS is an incredibly well made game app. Whether you're holding your breath, carefully stacking different shaped blocks, or knocking obstacles out of the way to guide a big block down to the screen's bottom, you're both exercising your knowledge of the laws of physics and having a heck of a lot of fun at the same time. New puzzles and levels are available to download in the future, giving Finger Physics the chance to be a very long-lived app on your iPhone.

Families can talk about...

  • Discuss strategies and test them out together.

  • Model problem solving: "That didn't work; let's try something different."

  • Purchase a building kit and get down on the floor with your child to build something wonderful. Or build with items around your home.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:Free-$.99
Pricing structure:Free, Paid
Release date:May 20, 2010
Category:Puzzle Games
Size:20.70 MB
Publisher:PressOK Entertainment
Version:1.6.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.0 or later; Android 2.0 and up

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  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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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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Adult Written byWarri August 8, 2010
AGE
2
QUALITY
 

Good for 2+

This game is appropriate for everyone and it has puzzles that needs pure thinking
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