High Rise - A Puzzle Cityscape

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Amusing yet incredibly shallow geometric puzzle game.

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The game uses simple touch controls, and has a helpful tutorial mode.

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The game runs ads before each round. An ad-free version is available for $0.99.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that High Rise - A Puzzle Cityscape is a geometric puzzle game for iOS and Android devices. It has no objectionable content, and players just place colored blocks on a field in hopefully the right spot. Before each round, the game gives you the option to either watch an ad or purchase the ad-free version of the game for $0.99. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared, and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

In HIGH RISE - A PUZZLE CITYSCAPE, you're apparently a city planner and have to places blocks, or more accurately, buildings on a city grid. If you place a building of a certain color next to one of the same size and color, or a combination of these locations, the buildings combine into a much bigger building. You earn points by combining buildings, and the game ends when you run out of space and can't place another structure.

Is it any good?

While this geometric puzzle game's deceptively simple gameplay makes it fun, it also makes that fun run out after a while. In High Rise - A Puzzle Cityscape, you seem to be a city planner who's tasked with placing buildings on a five by five grid. Except that for some reason, putting a building next to one of the same size and color, or combinations of them, causes them to combine into a larger building. The bigger the blocks, or buildings, the more points you earn, with even more if you combine more than one building at the same time. Now, you don't have a choice of what building to place next. It may not even be a building that you're given, but an arrow that removes a building. Either way, you can't skip what you're given and you have to play it. But that's part of the challenge, since the game ends when you run out of space.

As clever as this puzzle game may be, though, it doesn't have much in the way of variety. Clever only gets you so far. The field is always five by five, and the only options are to turn off the music or sound effects, or to change the game's general color scheme, though this has no effect on how the game's played at all. There's no variety offered if you manage to play for a prolonged period of time, either. That's why, after playing High Rise - A Puzzle Cityscape for a while, you'll move on to deeper puzzle games.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about advertising. Players can either watch an ad before playing High Rise - A Puzzle Cityscape, or they can purchase the ad-free version of the game, so how do you feel about having to watch an ad to play a game? Does it seem fair? Do you think this is why there's an ad-free version for sale?

  • To do well at High Rise - A Puzzle Cityscape, you have to consider your options, so how can you apply this to process to other aspects of your life?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
  • Price: free with ads and microtransactions
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: July 28, 2020
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Size: 97.10 MB
  • Publisher: smplgames
  • Version: 1.4.5
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.0 or later; Requires Android 5.0 and up
  • Last updated: August 3, 2020

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