Flow Free: Bridges




New version of puzzle game adds easy bridge twist.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Very easy to use. The bridges in this version of the game make it easier than the original Flow Free app. If your kids find some levels too easy, they can play in time trial mode, switch to a larger board or go to a different level pack altogether. Settings include sound levels, flow "labels" (letters) off or on (to make the game accessible for color blind people), and resetting game levels. 

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Players start out with five hints. Once those are used, they must purchase more hints (5 for $.99 or 20 for $2.99). There's a More Games tab on the main screen that, when tapped, takes players to a screen with other apps.

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Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Apple's Game Center to track scores and achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. Players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname, revealing the first and last name associated with each party's Apple ID and, in the case of email requests, the sender's email address. Players can opt to have a private or public profile, which can include a photo. With a public profile, your real name is visible to all other players, and Game Center will recommend you to other players using your real name. With a private profile, only your friends can see your real name, and Game Center will not recommend you to other players.

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

Emotional Development

  • handling stress

Engagement, Approach, Support


Gameplay here is easier than on Flow Free, which makes it more engaging for younger kids or kids who found Flow Free too difficult. In this version, the bridges connect colors more easily.

Learning Approach

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 kids can learn


Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles
  • thinking critically


  • working efficiently

Emotional Development

  • handling stress

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: Bridges in Time Trial mode, they can also learn to work efficiently under pressure. Kids can learn the importance of thinking before making a decision as they look at the number of moves it takes them to solve each puzzle. Flow Free: Bridges requires enough critical thinking for a mental workout and provides bridges and hints to help reduce kids' frustration.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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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 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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Release date:November 8, 2012
Category:Puzzle Games
Size:6.10 MB
Publisher:Big Duck Games LLC
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.1 or later

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