Geared 2!

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Jenny Bristol, Common Sense Media
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Solve puzzles by connecting parts to make them all spin.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about physics and simple machines in this engaging puzzler. Kids see, somewhat graphically, how gears change the speed of the source. Here, the speed of the hamster wheel rotates so much faster once the gears are in place that the hamster flies right off! As kids guide each gear into position, the gear's color changes to let the player know if it can be placed there or not. Each level gets a bit more difficult, and kids can create their own challenges using the level editor. The silly fun and challenging physics of Geared 2! encourage kids to use logic and strategy to solve each puzzle.

Ease of Play

The early levels of the game are very easy, and step you through how the controls work. There is also enough guidance when each new feature is presented to understand how it works. The game gets more difficult consistently but gradually. Very little prior knowledge of gears is required for this game, but basic logic and strategy concepts are helpful.

Violence

After you solve each level of the puzzle, the hamster in the wheel gets flung off the screen. Although he is unharmed and appears in the next level unscathed, the image may be disturbing to some children.

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What 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.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byKinbJune February 22, 2011

Geared #1

I absolutely LOVE this app. It is so addictive and fun that I can't put it down! There are so many puzzles to solve and it boggles the mind for it be so ed... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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.

App details

For kids who love puzzles

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