Glo Flo

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Mark Raby, Common Sense Media
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Colorful puzzle game encourages out-of-the-box thinking.

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Ease of Play

As with most puzzle games, this title features a concept that is deceptively simple. Players only need to connect colored glow-worms on a puzzle board to their matching-colored spaces. However, it becomes more challenging as more worms are added to the mix, and the seemingly innocuous task becomes a brain buster. The puzzles never become outrageously difficult, though, making it an easily graspable game that most players could readily enjoy.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Glo Flo is a universally accessible puzzle game that homes in on a very basic concept of color matching. However, the game's appeal is in its ability to make such a seemingly easy task become an exceedingly involved process, thanks to the addition of barriers and other conflicting-colored objects on the puzzle board. Players have to create paths for glow-worms to reach their matching-colored spot on the board, but must figure out how to do it while crossing over as many other spots as possible to earn the highest score. As a result, a straight line is not always the best solution. This encouragement for out-of-the-box thinking sets this game apart from other puzzle games. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

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Is it any good?

GLO FLO earns points for its unique concept and universally comprehensible gameplay. For players who simply want to run through the puzzles and kill some free time, this game provides exactly that opportunity. But it goes deeper by rewarding players who figure out ways to solve each puzzle in a way that takes more time but involves more skill and spatial recognition. There is also a Time Attack mode that forces players to choose between guaranteed easy points or taking a shot at more points with the possibility of running out of time. While there isn't much to the core idea upon which this game is built, the way it is implemented and presented to the player makes it easily recommendable.

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For kids who love puzzles

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