By Erin Brereton,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Fun, seemingly simple puzzles quickly test player's skills.
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Kids can learn about logic, strategy, problem-solving as they try to solve puzzles in a set number of moves. Daily Challenge gives a chance to work toward a goal; they'll also practice perseverance trying to finish enough items to unlock ability to use the puzzle builder tool. Making their own designs offers chance to be creative, further logic skills.
Ease of Play
Included tutorial on how to play, one free hint. Being able to get more without paying would help player keep from getting stuck, potentially frustrated.
Products & Purchases
In-app purchases include hints, special palettes to build puzzle, range from $0.99 to $9.99.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kami 2 is a puzzle game where players try to make solid colors across multiple patterns. There's no inappropriate content to be found within the game at all. Kids may be tempted to buy additional hints when playing, but they won't see ads during play. The limited number of hints that players receive without purchase could frustrate some gamers.
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What’s It About?
KAMI 2 is the sequel to the original version of the puzzle game released in 2014. Players try to convert designs to one solid color by clicking on triangles to fill the area around them; if they don't succeed within a certain number of moves, they can try again. Kids can choose from more than 100 puzzles from the developer, plus user-submitted designs. After completing an initial number of puzzles, they can also create and share their own. They can also try their luck at earning the best winning streak compared to other users, in a daily challenge.
Is It Any Good?
While the puzzles in this game don't initially seem difficult, the challenge quickly ramps up and tests your pattern-matching abilities in a fun, brainteasing way. The gameplay in Kami 2 involves different formations of colored triangles, which users need to turn into one solid shade by clicking on various areas. Since each puzzle differs in this game, playing consistently feels challenging. The developer-provided puzzles also get harder as you progress, while user-submitted ones are also often far from easy.
After playing a bit, players can start creating their own puzzles; the tool is easy to use and has a built-in proofing mechanism to check the number of steps a puzzle takes to solve, so players can't come across any challenges that are unsolvable. Unfortunately, you can't undo a step if you make an error when trying to complete a puzzle; either you're forced to finish the round, which can feel like a waste of time, or you can start over immediately. Other than that, though, the game is well designed and fun, and provides a nice amount of logic and planning experience. You have to pay for hints after you use up your one free clue -- which is kind of a bummer -- but if you can figure out the puzzles on your own, that won't be an issue. Kami 2 is an entertaining puzzler that will easily keep you engaged for hours.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about setting time limits when playing games so kids don't go overboard. It's easy to get sucked in trying and retrying puzzles in Kami 2 that you can't finish, so when should you draw the line and shut down?
The game requires players to think about their overall strategy before playing to make sure they use the correct number of steps to finish each puzzle. What real-world tasks can you apply this skill to?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Math: shapes
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, logic, solving puzzles, strategy, thinking critically, Creativity: making new creations, Self-Direction: work to achieve goals, working efficiently
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: February 22, 2018
- Category: Puzzle Games
- Publisher: State of Play Games
- Version: 1.7.3 (iOS), 1.9.4 (Android)
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.0 or later or Android 4.0 and up.
- Last updated: February 11, 2020
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