Hexologic

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Absorbing addition puzzle game ramps up challenge fast.

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Educational Value

Kids can practice addition, part-whole relationships, and critical thinking.

Ease of Play

Very easy to use. Quick tutorial shows the simple tapping that's required to play.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Hexologic is a Sudoku-esque, addition-based puzzle game. Puzzles are played on hexagonal grids, which grow in size and amount as the levels progress. Dots represent the numbers in each hexagon. Players tap the hexagons to add the correct number of dots that equal the numerals shown at the edges of the grids (might sound complicated, but it's not). The sounds and music are intended to be relaxing, but they can be turned off, if desired. To complete the game, players must solve more than 60 puzzles. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

To play HEXOLOGIC, follow the on-screen prompts for a visual tutorial. Tap on each hexagon in a row to fill them with the number of dots that equal the numerals at the tips. Once the puzzle is complete, the app automatically unlocks the next puzzle.

Is it any good?

This app's pretty design and relaxing music make the puzzles feel less academic than traditional sudoku puzzles. Hexologic has a way of sucking players in with the first few easy levels. Before you know it, your brain is feeling challenged -- in good ways. One caveat: The level of difficulty on Hexologic's puzzles increases quickly, so be ready to help younger kids as they progress. With some gentle prompting and a few additions of your own, most kids familiar with basic addition will likely be able to work through at least some of the more complex puzzles (but probably not all). Older kids may find this "easy" game suddenly becoming challenging and -- with greater challenge -- even more fun.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how fun games like Hexologic can help kids think fast in math class. For more ideas, check out Common Sense Media's lists Best Math Games for 1st Grade and Best Math Games for 2nd Grade.

  • If your kid is stumped on a Hexologic puzzle, try some real-life "manipulatives" (such as dry macaroni or pennies) to test different combinations of "dots" off-screen.

  • Return to some basic addition skills practice that doesn't include the added challenges found in these puzzles, if your kid struggles with the game as the levels progress.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Subjects: Math: addition
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: part-whole relationships, solving puzzles, thinking critically
  • Price: $0.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: May 29, 2018
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Size: 186.40 MB
  • Publisher: MythicOwl
  • Version: 1.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later; Android varies with device

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