A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn about using strategy and planning to solve puzzles. They'll need to experiment with different approaches, reason about how to use various tools, and avoid obstacles. Because each puzzle can have multiple ways to solve it, all of which earn something for the player, kids are encouraged to think about the same puzzle in multiple ways. Kids will need to think flexibly, and they'll see that there's often more than one way to approach a problem. With Pull My Tongue kids use their critical-thinking and problem-solving skills as they work out more than one solution to the same puzzle.
Ease of Play
Guided play on the first levels explains how to play. The rest is pretty intuitive. Sometimes the mechanics are touchy.
Violence & Scariness
Greg's tongue can be cut as it moves around obstacles, but there's no blood, and Greg is OK.
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Products & Purchases
A big button entices users to make in-app purchases to unlock higher levels, though users can also accumulate stars and medals to unlock the same levels. There's no parent gate on making any purchases, and an icon for other apps from the same developer takes users to a list of additional apps available for purchase.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
This is a great version of those puzzler games that are fun and quirky and require a bit of brain power. The premise is silly enough to appeal to kids who should enjoy pulling and stretching the poor chameleon's tongue (just don't pull too far or Greg and his tongue will turn purple). Though the opportunities for in-app purchases are prominent and frequent, it's nice that no purchases are actually necessary to play the whole game. What makes this game stand out is that most levels have multiple ways to approach the solution: Often, simply grabbing the popcorn completes the level and unlocks the next, but to unlock more worlds, figure out a different way to solve the puzzle to collect as many of the three stars as possible. Or, to earn a medal, solve the puzzle according to specific criteria, such as collecting only one star and solving in 10 seconds or collecting all stars and solving using only one of two sliding bars. With these features, it nicely encourages kids to think about the same puzzle in multiple ways.
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