Pivvot

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Twitchy action/puzzle game has a steep difficulty curve.

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Educational Value

Pivvot wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Ease of Play

The app doesn't offer any instructions, though it is fairly self-explanatory with a bit of trial and error. Very precise timing is necessary to move forward at a decent pace, though, and young kids may not have that dexterity. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Pivvot is an action/puzzle game that relies on quick thinking and fast reflexes. Players guide a pivoting ball along a maze-like path, avoiding obstacles that range from spikes to shapeless blobs. When collisions occur, there's no dramatic explosion or similar effect; players simply start over. Though there's no objectionable content, the difficulty curve is likely too steep for young players.

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What's it about?

Players guide a pivoting ball along a twisting, maze-like path, avoiding obstacles that range from spikes to shapeless blobs. Using their fingers or thumbs to tap the left and right bottom corners of the screen, they move the ball back and forth in a 360-degree circle to avoid the obstacles. Each avoided obstacle completes part of the circle, which represents a checkpoint. There are five modes to the game, but they revolve around one of two concepts: Endless, which is a never-ending stream of obstacles; and Voyage, which has an endpoint. There's also a Berzerk mode, which moves much faster.

Is it any good?

PIVVOT is not a game for the faint-hearted. It's hard, and it gets harder the longer you play. It requires expert timing and doesn't forgive even the slightest error. Many people will get frustrated and quit. However, those who stick with it will find a game that's hypnotic. 

Moving the rotating ball left, right, up, and down -- and not always moving the same direction along the path -- to avoid obstacles seems easy, but it's actually quite nerve-racking. The game ensures you never get comfortable in a rhythm. Still, it makes you want to try again, and, with a clever soundtrack and minimalist art design, it doesn't overwhelm players. It's a tough game to love, but, once it clicks, you might find yourself engrossed. 

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For kids who love action and puzzle games

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