Mekorama

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Elegant puzzler offers endless challenges and level design.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to think spatially, critically, and strategically playing this fun and challenging puzzler. Once kids are confident with solving the puzzles, they can extend their learning by creating their own puzzles and share them with others, which extends their creativity and the fun.

Ease of Play

Challenging puzzler is easy to navigate, though design feature is not as easy to complete.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mekorama takes a different approach to app pricing, offering the app as a free download and asking that you pay what you think it's worth as an in-app purchase; access to hints require payment. The game comes with 50 puzzles, but players can access more by scanning QR codes for puzzles created by other users. The creations can be found on the Mekorama Facebook and Twitter pages or shared through other digital or traditional media -- even printed out and mailed to a friend. Before sharing these creations, though, players create them and then share them, bringing the creator-player relationship full circle. Read the app's simple privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

With MEKORAMA, kids start as players, unlocking one puzzle at a time. The objective is to guide the robot to climb and maneuver through the block-style structure to the ending red dot. The app comes with 50 puzzle cards for players to complete, but they can also find more puzzles created by other players through social media and download those by scanning the QR code on the card, or players can create their own puzzles and share them via the QR codes.

Is it any good?

Simply elegant puzzler takes kids from player to maker. To play through levels, kids have to think critically, take risks to try out solutions, fail, and retry. Once they get the hang of it, they can also build and share their own levels, though creating the puzzles is far more challenging than solving them. Because there's no time limit and the atmosphere is calm and uncluttered, it's a nice antidote to the more frenetic and battle-oriented titles available. Note that accessing levels made by other players means kids have unfettered access to whatever social media is installed on the device, so parents may want to set some ground rules before kids play. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about problem-solving and how to approach a problem by trying a solution and then tweaking it until it works. How can they use those skills offscreen in the real world?

  • Talk to kids about their process if they build their own levels. DId they plan it out first or just start building? How did they get past obstacles?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Subjects: Science: engineering, physics
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: problem solving, solving puzzles, strategy, thinking critically
    Creativity: producing new content
    Self-Direction: achieving goals, work to achieve goals
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free (payment is only required for hints, and users can determine the amount)
  • Release date: May 19, 2016
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Topics: Robots
  • Size: 7.30 MB
  • Publisher: Martin Magni
  • Version: 1.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later; Android 2.3.3 and up

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