What parents need to know
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
Thinking & Reasoning
- part-whole relationships
- work to achieve goals
- working efficiently
Engagement, Approach, Support
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.
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'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?
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.