Globs

 

Learning(i)

Popular online color-matching puzzler makes a nice app.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

This is a casual puzzle game. It is not difficult to play, but it is tough to master. Players have to change a grid filled with different-colored "globs" into one giant single-colored glob by changing the colors of each glob one at a time. The challenge comes in that players can only adjust colors a certain amount of times before the level is over, so the idea is to find globs that, when changed, will also change the nearby same-colored globs. It takes a couple tries to get the hang of it, but for the most part it is an easily graspable concept.

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Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Users can opt in to OpenFeint, an interactive network that allows users to upload real avatar photos, post on message boards, connect with Facebook friends or Twitter followers, and access live chat with strangers. Users can opt in to Game Center to track achievements instead; it does not have chat and connections to other social media within the app.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Globs is a casual puzzle game that first gained fame as an online title. With this mobile version, players can take it on the go for quick bursts of play in the car, at the waiting room, or during study breaks. It takes the classic color-matching puzzle game idea and shakes it up a little by making it a strict mission-based game: players need to turn the grid into a single color in a specific number of moves. This is in contrast to the more never-ending point-based games that dominate this genre. It is this slightly unique gameplay style that has made it so popular in the past.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • counting
  • grouping

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • part-whole relationships
  • strategy

Self-Direction

  • work to achieve goals
  • working efficiently

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Design and concept are simple and kids will get hooked, but only to a point as gameplay is a bit repetitive and visually a bit dull.

Learning Approach

Support

Controls and gameplay are unclear at first and there is no tutorial or hints to help kids along. Kids can opt in to Game Center to track achievements.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • counting
  • grouping

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • part-whole relationships
  • strategy

Self-Direction

  • work to achieve goals
  • working efficiently

Kids learn to count and group same color dots. Kids must decide which adjacent dot color will grow the glob the most. As the game progresses, a small bit of strategy emerges as kids must try to cover the entire grid within a certain number of turns: If I choose purple now, will I have to choose it again before the puzzle is complete? Unfortunately, there is no tutorial or hints so higher-level strategy is not guaranteed. Globs is an engaging way to get kids counting and grouping, but your littlest ones might need a few pointers.

This Learning Rating review was written by Leslie Crenna

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What's it about?

Every puzzle begins the same: starting from the top left corner, kids must decide which adjacent color to tap from the six at the bottom menu. From there, replay can be endless: orange to start, then blue. The final goal is to combine the entire grid in a set number of turns or a set amount of time. On each turn, kids count and group the adjacent colors and decide which one will spread the glob the fastest or most efficiently.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The addition of GLOBS on a mobile platform makes perfect sense because it is the kind of game that most players will pick up and enjoy for quick, short bursts of time. It has the easily understandable gameplay concept of the countless color-matching puzzle games that have come before it, but with the added challenging element of turning an entire game board -- not just a few tiles at a time -- into a homogeneous single-colored glob. This is the kind of game that usually finds the most success because it takes an existing, established game style and tweaks it just enough to make it new and interesting.

Families can talk about...

  • Discuss gameplay strategy with your kids by asking, "What are some ways to reduce the number of turns?"

  • Define the word "adjacent" for your kids and ask them to give you some examples.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:$.99
Release date:April 27, 2012
Category:Puzzle Games
Size:14.80 MB
Publisher:Elevate Entertainment
Version:1.31
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later; Android 2.2 and up

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