What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that OverColor is pretty simple in concept and design. No directions or hints or ads distract players. Kids just jump right in to solving the puzzles, and, after a screen of praise, move right into the next puzzle. They can choose the level of challenge -- from two overlying patterns for beginners up to five overlying patterns at the most advanced level. It's simple enough for kids to pick up on, yet challenging enough to pull parents in, too.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- solving puzzles
- thinking critically
Health & Fitness
- fine motor skills
Engagement, Approach, Support
The simple design puts the focus on the thinking and problem-solving. The challenge is addictive and fun, motivating kids to keep playing.
Five levels of play challenge kids and adults alike. Kids can start off with the easy level, finding the placement of two patterns. As they play, the challenge increases, to five or more overlays.
Because the focus is on the puzzle, there's not much in the way of instruction or help. Kids get a screen of positive feedback after successfully completing each puzzle.
What's it about?
OVERCOLOR is a spatial reasoning brainteaser with more than 100 puzzles, grouped into five levels. The challenge is to create a matching pattern by dragging different colored figures into the right overlying arrangement. Level one starts with just two patterns and is pretty easy to solve, but the challenge quickly picks up, ending with five or more overlying patterns.
Is it any good?
The concept is so simple that there's not much not to like. The background music can't be turned off within the app, but it can be muted on the device. Some players may long for a timer or score tracking of some kind to increase the competition. There are no instructions, so kids will need to know what they're doing or apply some critical-thinking skills to figuring out what to do. The internal satisfaction for completing a level is its own reward, and not having to worry with a timer gives players time to think and take risks and then try again with no worries of failure. Kids (and parents, too) may have a hard time putting this addictive puzzler down.
Families can talk about...
Pull out some challenging jigsaw puzzles or board games like Blokus for some family fun that develops spatial reasoning skills.
Tweens and parents can play together, as a pass-and-play game, challenging one another and having fun together.