What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Geared 2! is a strategy game of connecting gears to make them all spin. A hamster in the main gear supplies the power. Players need to connect both the loose and fixed gears to the hamster gear to make them all spin. The hamster is flung into the air at the end of a level; this may be disturbing to some children. Players can arrange and rearrange the loose gears as much as they need, and they can also start the level over again. When players solve a level, they'll get statistics such as how long the level took to solve, the distance the gears were moved, and other details. In addition to the included levels, players can design their own levels in the level editor, or play those that have been created by others.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- problem solving
- making new creations
Engagement, Approach, Support
This well-developed physics puzzler is fun and challenging. Kids will get a kick out of learning how gear quantity and size impact speed as they see the hamster flung from his wheel.
Geared 2! slowly ramps up the difficulty level but kids will find endless challenge in the 60 official levels and the create-your-own level editor.
Without hints or help, kids may get stuck at a challenging level. They can see their scores and performance data at each level and in the statistics category.
What's it about?
Kids explore the power of simple machines –- gears -– as they fling a hamster right off its hamster wheel. In this physics puzzler, kids place gears around the wheel, making connections that turn the wheel faster. Once the gears are in place and all spinning, the hamster flies away and kids have completed the level. Each level gets a bit more difficult, and kids can create their own challenges using the level editor.
Is it any good?
GEARED 2! is an excellent and challenging puzzle and strategy game. It includes dozens of levels to solve, the ability to download levels created by others, and an option to edit your own levels. Difficulty ramps up gradually, just fast enough to keep you challenged with the new game features. There is enough to Geared 2! to keep players engaged for a long time. One negative is that one of the advertised options is to be able to ask for a hint if you haven't solved a level after a certain amount of time. No hint button shows up, but the publisher knows about this error and is working on a solution.
Families can talk about...
Let your kid explore gears hands-on. Spiral art sets are a fun way to explore gears while creating fantastic designs.
Discuss places kids encounter gears. Take a look at a bicycle or an old clock to see gears in action.