Geared 2!

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Learning(i)

Solve puzzles by connecting parts to make them all spin.

What parents need to know

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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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

Subjects

Science

  • engineering
  • physics

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • problem solving
  • strategy

Creativity

  • making new creations

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

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.

Learning Approach

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.

Support

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • engineering
  • physics

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • problem solving
  • strategy

Creativity

  • making new creations

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

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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?

QUALITY

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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
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

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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 educational, yet fun! If you're looking for an app the boggles the mind and is fun at the same time, I suggest, no, I COMMAND you to download the demo, and if you like it, download the whole game!
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