Lazors

Common Sense Media says

Right-angle puzzles challenge players to think laterally.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The game starts off fairly easy but quickly ramps up in difficulty, forcing players to flex their lateral-thinking skills to solve puzzles. 

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Players can buy hints in-app using real cash, but it's not mandatory or aggressively promoted.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Players can opt in to Apple's Game Center to track scores and achievements and to challenge friends.

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

Subjects

Math

  • geometry
  • patterns
  • shapes

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • hypothesis-testing
  • logic
  • solving puzzles

Creativity

  • developing novel solutions

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

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. 

Learning Approach

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. 

Support

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • geometry
  • patterns
  • shapes

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • hypothesis-testing
  • logic
  • solving puzzles

Creativity

  • developing novel solutions

Kids can learn how to use logic and deduction to solve challenging puzzles. The game doesn't lower the bar for players who get stuck easily. You're expected to keep pace with it, which isn't easy (although when that fails, trial and error can work). Lazors encourages players to use logic and creativity to find solutions.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:August 13, 2013
Category:Puzzle Games
Size:13.50 MB
Version:2.2
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
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  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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