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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Flow Free is an ultra-absorbing, color-based puzzle game that's simple enough for young kids to start and challenging enough to keep teens and adults playing through the hundreds of levels. Just connect matching colored dots by swiping a finger between each dot to create a "pipe" without crossing colors. Players can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional. Flow Free is simple fun that requires increasingly complex thinking skills.
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What's it about?
First choose which level pack you want to play (including the size of the game board), and a board will appear. Connect the colored dots by swiping your finger to make a pipe, but don't cross other colors' pipes or dots. Play a timed board, a larger board, more colors, or more difficult configurations to increase the difficulty. There are hundreds of levels and 10 different board sizes, although some require in-app purchases.
Is it any good?
FLOW FREE may at first glance look like a rather mindless puzzle game, but it's just the opposite. Connecting the brightly colored dots on the board without crossing the paths of other colors becomes an increasingly difficult critical-thinking challenge with each level. This game is uniquely suited to both kids and adults because the game concept is so simple, but the higher levels are so challenging. The banner ads are a distraction, but purchasing a puzzle pack allows ad-free play. Flow Free is a smart puzzle game that presents serious mental challenges in a simply fun way.
Talk to your kids about ...
If kids get stuck on a puzzle, give them a clue rather than solving it for them.
Talk with your kid about working through puzzles by thinking more than one step ahead. "If I connect these colored dots here, what will this help me do next? What will it prevent me from doing?"
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Skills: Emotional Development: handling stress
Self-Direction: working efficiently
Thinking & Reasoning: solving puzzles, thinking critically
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: July 25, 2012
- Category: Puzzle Games
- Size: 3.70 MB
- Version: 1.2
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.0 or later; Android 2.2 and up
- Last updated: April 6, 2021
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