Move Like Me

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Jonathan H. Liu, Common Sense Media
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Parents, kids play together in dance sequence game.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to focus and remember details, training their brains and improving their memories. The memory tasks start off in small chunks -- one move, two moves  and add a move each round, quickly increasing the difficulty. The game ends as soon as kids make one mistake, though, so kids may be discouraged at the quick "GAME OVER." This is a memory app for kids to play with a partner, promoting passing the device back and forth rather than only passing it back, so parents can encourage kids to continue with a new game. Improving memory, movement, and collaboration skills all are fabulous goals, and this app combines them.

Ease of Play

The game is very simple and easy to play, although young children may need some help from their parents reading the in-game instructions at first.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Move Like Me is a sequence-memorizing game for children and parents to play together. The game uses simple, written instructions so young children will need help reading them, but otherwise the game is appropriate for any age. One of the game's modes allows players to physically emulate the animals' dance moves, so there's an option to get a bit of exercise in as well!

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What's it about?

Kids can play the game alone or with a partner. In the one-player game, kids must watch closely as their character hops, claps, marches, or sways. Then they'll press the button to repeate the characters' moves. Games continue on, adding a move and further challenging memory, but one wrong answer ends a game. The two-player mode works the same, but two players take turns mimicking moves. In the "dance-along" version, kids chose six moves for characters to make, and then they set the device down and dance along to their choreography.

Is it any good?

MOVE LIKE ME is a simple sequence-repetition game for young children. Players choose from four cute cartoon animals and then watch as the character performs a sequence of moves. The player repeats the sequence using the four buttons on the screen, and then another move is added each time until the player makes a mistake.

The app is designed for parents to play with their kids. In the two-player mode, players to take turn adding moves to the sequence, and the two characters on screen take turns acting out the sequence.

There's also a "dance along" mode, which lets players choose a six-move sequence the character will repeat, so the child can dance along with the character. However, the moves cycle through pretty quickly, so it can be difficult to perform the moves in real life along with the game. Otherwise, it's a simple memory-building app that's appropriate for preschoolers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how to stay active even inside the house. Have a parade around the your home -- take turns being the leader and have everyone else copy the leader.

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  • Play "going on a trip." Everyone has to remember what others are bringing. The first person says, "I'm going on a trip, and I'm bringing X.". The next person adds what he's bringing plus what the first is. And so on.

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