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inbento

App review by
Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Charming puzzler packs in challenges at a steady pace.

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Educational Value

Puzzles start out easy and get more difficult as the game progresses. Kids are challenged to use logical thinking and spatial skills. Some built-in hints for the higher levels would help kids who want to give up.

Ease of Play

Moving the puzzle pieces is fairly intuitive. A brief tutorial might help younger kids understand the range of actions they can use to manipulate the pieces at more challenging levels.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that inbento is a puzzle game for iOS and Android devices. Kids help a mom cat pack food items into a bento box for a kitten. The game begins with simple puzzles that require kids to drag food tiles into empty spaces of a grid (the bento box, a compartmentalized lunch box that originated in Japan), so the result matches the picture of a completed grid. The puzzles get more challenging with higher levels, requiring kids to rotate and layer food tiles to get the perfect match. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your kid’s 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?

INBENTO is a food-themed puzzle app that challenges kids to arrange tiles in a specific way within a grid. Younger kids will enjoy the story line, which is about a mother cat that packs bento boxes for her little kitten. Kids are given a visual recipe to follow and several food items to place into their bento box. They have to drag, drop, and sometimes rotate the food items, which are shaped like square or rectangular tiles, so that their final packed box matches the given recipe. The puzzles start out easy, but they get increasingly challenging through the 100 levels of the game. Kids have to think about the size, shape, direction, and order in which they place the food tiles. In the more advanced levels, some of the tiles can be used to swap out or bump tiles that are already packed in the box. Kids can easily restart a puzzle at any time or undo their last move with a simple tap.

Is it any good?

This puzzler game, with its smart design and wide range of difficulty levels, is surprisingly engaging. Kids will enjoy the theme and will be challenged as they use logic and spatial skills to complete levels. Finishing the puzzles, especially the ones that take deep thought and extra time to solve, is unusually satisfying. Some kids – younger ones in particular – may get frustrated as they get further into the game. It would be nice to have hints that kids can access directly within the puzzle. But for older kids or ones who love a challenge, there's plenty to enjoy!

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what skills they used to solve the inbento puzzles. How can these skills be usefully applied to real life?

  • Talk about which puzzles were too easy and how kids felt after solving the more challenging puzzles. How did you continue when the puzzles got tougher?

  • Talk about differences between digital puzzles and hands-on puzzles. What are some advantages and disadvantages of each kind?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Subjects: Math: patterns, shapes
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: logic, part-whole relationships, problem solving, solving puzzles, spatial reasoning
  • Price: Paid
  • Pricing structure: Paid ($2.99)
  • Release date: October 10, 2019
  • Category: Education
  • Topics: Cooking and Baking
  • Size: 287.50 MB
  • Publisher: Lukasz Spierewka
  • Version: 1.06
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later; Android 5.0 and up
  • Last updated: November 26, 2019

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