Just Get 10

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Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Numbers puzzler challenges; limited tries might frustrate.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about number strategy and practice their problem-solving skills. Although Just Get 10 does not teach kids a lot about math, parents can use it to encourage kids to think about numbers and the importance of strategizing. The overall layout and goal of the game are unique, but it would be great to see some more mathematical content integrated into gameplay. For example, rather than tapping tiles to get to the next number (from 1 to 2, and then from 2 to 3, and so on) kids could tap tiles to reach a particular sum or difference. Just Get 10 does offer kids an opportunity to think through a problem and establish a process, but the game's limitations likely will stymie enthusiasm.

Ease of Play

Gameplay is extremely simple, but understanding how to strategize and effectively maneuver stacks of tiles takes some practice.

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Ad pop-ups frequently appear -- mostly for other apps -- and in-app purchases often are promoted.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Just Get 10 is a unique numbers puzzler in which kids have to tap adjacent numbered tiles to combine them, thereby increasing the value of the numbers. For example, when kids tap to select all the adjacent 1s in an area, the numbers fall into a single pile and result in a 2. Kids continue until they reach the number 10 for all the tiles displayed. They earn points for stacking tiles, although the point system is not entirely clear. The game is fun and challenges kids to use their problem-solving skills, but they won't use math skills other than simple number recognition and cardinality. Hints are not offered, which could frustrate some kids. It's also important to note that users can sign in to Game Center, there are pop-up ads, and users can easily purchase upgrades and access social media directly within the app.

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What's it about?

JUST GET 10 has a clean and cheerful design and is easy to play once you get started. The numbered tiles are brightly colored, and soothing music -- which can be turned off -- plays in the background. A simple tutorial walks kids through the basics of gameplay, and then kids earn points as they stack tiles, with the overall goal of reaching 10 for all tiles on the screen. You have to arrange the tiles so they don't block other tiles that need to be stacked. Kids have a limited number of tries to complete a level before they have to make in-app purchases or share a link to the game using email or social media.

Is it any good?

Just Get 10 could be a great way to challenge kids and expose them to a game centered on numbers and patterns, but don't expect them to learn much about math beyond basic number strategy. They will need to strategize and figure out a process, which will require some thought and patience. Without hints to help with more difficult rounds, younger kids will easily become frustrated.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about different strategies that kids use to stack tiles and get to 10: What are the best ways to get all tiles to 10?

  • Ask kids to think about ways that playing the game could help them problem-solve in real-world situations: How were you able to make decisions about what to do?

App details

For kids who love numbers and puzzles

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