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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.
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.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Science: engineering, physics
- Skills: Creativity: making new creations
Thinking & Reasoning: problem solving, strategy
- Price: $2.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: December 16, 2010
- Category: Puzzle Games
- Size: 16.50 MB
- Publisher: Bryan Mitchell
- Version: 1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.0 or later
For kids who love puzzles
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