What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lazors is a challenging puzzle game that might be too difficult for some younger players. Players must deflect a laser beam so it passes across one or more specific points; it may sound simple, but it gets difficult quickly. Players are provided with a number of free hints at the start of the game but can also purchase 20 more hints for $1. Although they aren't aggressively marketed -- and are completely optional -- the urge to buy more hints becomes greater the deeper into the game you get.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- solving puzzles
- developing novel solutions
Engagement, Approach, Support
Lazors is a game that's likely to engage players with its challenging yet entertaining puzzles. Though the visual appeal leaves something to be desired, the stark field of play actually adds to the game's atmosphere.
The game doesn't lower the bar for players who get stuck easily. You're expected to keep up with the pace -- which isn't always easy. This forces players to think laterally and really push themselves.
The app gives little in the way of instruction, relying on players' intuition. Players get a few free hints, but, once they run out, they're on their own -- unless they choose to pay for more hints with an in-app purchase.
What's it about?
Users attempt to deflect a laser beam to pass across one or more specific points by moving square blocks on a grid. Normal blocks reflect the beam at a 90-degree angle; glass blocks split the beam in two (reflecting part and letting another part pass through); dark blocks absorb the beam; and some blocks (which reflect the beam) can't be moved. Each puzzle has only one solution.
Is it any good?
LAZORS is something of a rarity in today's app jungle. It's a game that doesn't hold players' hands any longer than necessary. Rather than lowering the bar, it expects users to rise to the challenge. This could make it a poor choice for younger players, as they may get frustrated by the difficulty. Older players, however, likely will enjoy the puzzles.
With 200 levels to solve, you're not likely to finish Lazors in an afternoon. Also, it doesn't rely on sizzling graphics; this is no-frills gameplay, pure and simple. Nevertheless, Lazors is an app that will make you think hard and flex your ability to focus.
Families can talk about...
Use a laser pointer and some mirrors to direct light to different markers in the yard.
Set up real prisms and lights to show how light is reflected and refracted.