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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Phase 10 is a single-player digital version of the Phase 10 card game. The app has one character avatar who is shown with a cigar in his mouth but there aren't any other references to smoking or anything else questionable. The app requires some logic and planning but is not otherwise educational. Players can opt to join the Magmic community to track scores and achievements.
What's it about?
PHASE 10 is an app-adaption of a card game, similar to Rummy. Players are assigned a phase to complete -- like creating a run of seven cards -- and take turns drawing and discarding to complete the assigned phase. While kids are noticing numbers and colors, the game is based more on luck of the draw than on learning. Detailed written instructions are available in the help section, and much of the game play happens automatically. Kids will tap to draw and discard as well as move cards into completed phases.
Is it any good?
Phase 10 is a great family card game, and the app is an accurate translation of the game. The game consists of creating certain melds (for example, two sets of 3 or a run of 8) during each round of play. Each player must work through all 10 phases on their own -- if somebody goes out before you reach a phase, you continue working on the same phase again the next round. The first player to finish 10 phases wins, with scores as a tie-breaker. The game is well-designed with a variety of options that can be adjusted, like table talk and card speed. Players can earn a lot of different achievements, which keeps the game exciting even though it's for one player. Multiplayer support would make an excellent addition but is not currently supported.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the long tradition of card games. Why do people like to play cards with each other? Is it it the competition, or the camaraderie?
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