Just 1 Level

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Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Ever-changing rules make for a tough-yet-fun brain workout.

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Each level presents a new puzzle -- some are simple, others far more perplexing. Constantly changing rules  add even more challenge.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Just 1 Level is a unique puzzle game that presents players with exactly the same level (a friendly dragon must rescue a princess from behind a gate, with only one big button to press) over and over. But the rules change each time, meaning you need to alter your strategy each time. The ever-shifting rules (and even control schemes) could perplex and frustrate younger kids. But for kids old enough to get the gist of the game, it's a real treat of a brainteaser.

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Is it any good?

The very concept of JUST 1 LEVEL should be applauded: Give players the same exact screen layout over and over, but make their experience on that same scene different every time. The "1 level" of the title is the simplest of possible levels, too -- there's only one button between you and the captured princess. But sometimes that button only opens the gate for a second, sometimes it needs to be held down by something, sometimes it needs to be hit from below, sometimes it doesn't open the door at all, and so on. Eventually, you'll see seasons change and watch how varying weather comes into play. There's a load of trial-and-error behind the strategies here, and you're bound to make dozens of mistakes on each new iteration of that same "1 level," but that's half the fun.

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