Flow Free: Bridges
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Flow Free: Bridges is a slightly easier version of the fun, colorful puzzle app Flow Free. On both, players connect matching colored dots by swiping a finger between each dot to create a "pipe." Gameplay in the two apps is nearly identical, except on this version the bridges allow players to connect the colors "over" one another wherever there is a little white marker on the board that symbolizes a bridge. Players can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional. Flow Free: Bridges is a simple puzzle app that won't frustrate while encouraging players to think.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- solving puzzles
- thinking critically
- working efficiently
- handling stress
Engagement, Approach, Support
These colorful puzzles give kids' critical thinking skills a real workout and they get to practice thinking under pressure in the timed mode. The game starts off quite easy and the level of difficulty progresses steadily but not too rapidly.
The bridges and hints help reduce frustration. Data includes levels, size of board, number of "flows," percentage of pipes connected, and number of moves. Labels are available for color blind players.
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 unless there are white lines to denote a bridge. Bridges can be crossed by different colors at the same time. Play a timed board, a larger board, more colors, or more difficult configurations to increase the difficulty. After a few free hints, more hints require in-app purchases.
Is it any good?
FLOW FREE: BRIDGES is an ideal game for kids who tend to get frustrated with puzzle games that ramp up in difficulty quickly, or where there are no options. The game starts off quite easy and the level of difficulty progresses steadily but not rapidly. The bridges definitely make this version easier than the original Flow Free app. Still, if kids find new levels too difficult, they can change the size of the board, ask for hints, or go back and play an easier board. This app is simply a fun, colorful, and gentle brain workout.
Families can talk about...
This game may be too easy for some kids until they reach a certain level. Challenge them to play the lower levels in Time Trial mode for an extra mental workout.
Talk to your kids about how adaptations like the bridge can change gameplay on an app.