Jump Out!

 

Learning(i)

Help little bugs escape dangers in physics-based puzzler.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Iconic instructions appear on the levels as new features are introduced. The bugs are thrown by pulling back and letting go, like a slingshot, and the goal is to rescue all the bugs and collect the three stars on each level. There is no "how to play" section but the game is fairly self-explanatory.

Violence & scariness

After the bugs stop bouncing and rolling, if they haven't made it to the exit or a bottle cap, then they will shut their eyes, curl up, and die. Bugs can also die by touching nails or electricity, in which case they vanish in a puff of smoke.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

On the main menu and on the world select screen there are links to "gift this app."

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

It's possible to share high scores through Game Center and social media, and a developer's privacy policy was difficult to find.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Jump Out! is a physics-based puzzle game featuring cute little cartoon bugs that you help escape from various environments. The bugs can die in a few different ways, either disappearing in a puff of smoke or curling up and shutting their eyes with a twitch, but there's nothing violent about their demise. The app does require a bit of logic and problem-solving, and controls are straightforward and easy to learn even without a tutorial.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • momentum
  • physics

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic
  • strategy

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

The bugs are colorful and charming, and kids will enjoy helping them make their escape. Lots of levels will keep kids coming back.

Learning Approach

As kids launch the bugs around obstacles toward the exit, they'll see how gravity and momentum impact trajectory. In the basic mode of the game, kids will be able to see the projected trajectory of the bug before they release it, which not only makes gameplay easier, it also visually demonstrates trajectory in an easy-to-understand way. They'll use logic and strategy as they figure out the best way to get the different bugs through the exit.

Support

The app comes in a handful of languages, and there are a few walk-throughs available online. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • momentum
  • physics

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic
  • strategy

Kids can learn about momentum, gravity, and trajectory in this physics puzzler as they help a trapped bug escape. Kids will develop strategy and use logic as they experiment with different ways to free the bugs. The difficulty of each level increases, and kids who want even more of a challenge can play in advanced mode, which does not show the projected trajectory. Kids may need to experiment with a few methods on each level and figure out the different creatures' special abilities (for example, the light shrimp can float in bubbles, and the cricket can jump farther). This is a cute and fun game that nicely combines physics and play in an easy-to-play app.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

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What's it about?

The bugs are trapped and need to jump out of the box that's holding them. Players help the bugs, employing trajectory to propel the bugs past obstacles and to the exit. Different bugs have different abilities, and each level becomes a bit more challenging. The app connects to Facebook and Game Center, and kids can pay to unlock codes on a pay-what-you-want, donation-type basis.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

In JUMP OUT!, you rescue tiny bugs from cardboard boxes by flinging them between bottle caps and through the exits. There are a few types of bugs, each with its own abilities, and a host of obstacles and gizmos to make things more complicated. Later puzzles even include multiroom puzzles with pathways between them. Getting a single bug to the exit solves a level, but there are also three stars on each level to collect, adding replay value. Solve all of those? Then try advanced mode, which doesn't show the projected path and only gives an arrow meter for aiming.

The graphics in Jump Out! are excellent, a cartoony bug's-eye view of the world, and the various objects and obstacles are ingeniously designed. It would have been nice to have a better explanation of the indicators on the level select screen, showing how many stars you've collected, whether you've rescued all the bugs, and whether you've solved it in advanced mode. There are a few quirks -- when you switch to advanced mode, sometimes the status of a previously solved puzzle will backtrack. Overall, though, an excellent game for those who enjoy physics puzzlers.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how some games can teach powerful concepts like physics. What makes a learning game fun? 

  • Create your own physics experiment on trajectory using rubber bands and a plastic bug toy or wadded up bit of paper (which is just more humane than an actual bug.)

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$0.99
Release date:April 22, 2011
Category:Puzzle Games
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.1 or later

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