OverColor

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Elegantly simple and addictive spatial reasoning puzzles.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to think critically and develop spatial reasoning skills. Since there are no time limits or competitive constraints, kids are free to experiment, take risks, fail, and find the right solution in their own time. Working spatial puzzles like OverColor can boost geometric-thinking skills that help kids in math, science, and problem-solving.

Ease of Play

No hints. No scores. No time limits. No instructions. The beginning level starts easy with two patterns and advances to up to five patterns.

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What 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.  

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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.

Talk to your kids 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.

App details

For kids who love puzzles

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