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Flow Free

Color puzzle game grabs grade-schoolers to grown-ups.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn critical thinking skills, especially in the areas of spatial reasoning and working through a sequence of steps to solve a puzzle. If kids play Flow Free in Time Trial mode, they can also learn to work efficiently under pressure. Kids can also learn the importance of thinking before making a decision as they look at the number of moves it took them to solve each puzzle. Flow Free is sticky fun with enough critical thinking required to provide a mental workout.

Ease of play

Very easy concept to understand -- just connect matching colors by swiping a finger between each colored dot without crossing colors -- although levels become increasingly mentally challenging.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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In-app purchases, ranging from $.99 to $3.99, are required to unlock certain "packs" of puzzles. There's a banner ad at the bottom of the screen, and ads also pop up at points during gameplay, but you can opt out of ads with an in-app purchase. A "More Games" selection on the main menu takes users to a page with more apps from the same developer.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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.

Families can talk 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?"

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Skills:Emotional Development: handling stress
Self-Direction: working efficiently
Thinking & Reasoning: solving puzzles, thinking critically
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:July 25, 2012
Category:Puzzle Games
Size:3.70 MB
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later; Android 2.2 and up

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Parent of a 12 year old Written bykwajkid1 July 13, 2014

Mesmerizing logic game

Everyone in my family enjoys this game the little 5 year old, the 12 year old, and even their parents. It's easy to figure out how to playe, and the sophistication of thought ramps up as you move through the levels. It has held our attention on and off for a year now, and we have also gotten the sister game, bridges, which is a little more complicated but equally fun. I like that it challenges logic thought by making you figure out the one available solution for making connections between the same color dots. Highly recommend for those who enjoy logic games!
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Parent of a 8 year old Written bybronster February 12, 2013

Our family loves it!

I just downloaded this app to my phone yesterday, and it definitely sucked me in! I showed it to my 8 year old, and she quickly got into it too! I would like to think that there is an educational component to it (spatial reasoning)….however I am no expert on that. It is not violent and it is fun, so score 2 points for that!
Adult Written byRoy R. September 7, 2016