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Rotate & Roll
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Rotate & Roll is a puzzle-type arcade game that is easy to learn and difficult to master. On each level, you need to rotate the "game board" in order to make gravity shift and cause little ball characters to roll safely to an exit. It's very easy to roll off into space, though, if you don't twist and spin at the right time and speed. The challenge factor might thwart younger kids, but there's nothing content-wise that should be of concern.
What's it about?
ROTATE & ROLL is an arcade-style game that will challenge the swiftest of fingers. Kids use their fingers to tilt or rotate platforms in different worlds to avoid pointy obstacles and gather stars to get to their target destination -- a bubble portal that takes them to the next level of play. If the ball falls off the platforms, it vanishes into space with the sound of a distant yell, and kids can replay that level. If they hit one of the spiked balls, the attempt ends and they can replay the level.
Is it any good?
The puzzle layouts in Rotate & Roll are simple and uncomplicated, which makes them look deceptively easy. Timing and precision are key here, which makes the game quite a challenge -- but in the best kind of way. These puzzles are the type you might find yourself attempting 10 or 15 times unsuccessfully and not really caring, because you're so keen on finally finding just the right solution. You definitely need patience as you rotate the source of gravity and work your way through these fun, well-planned labyrinths, but if you can handle the trial-and-error aspect, you're in for quite a treat.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about patience. What helps you when you're frustrated with a challenging game? When is it time to take a break?
Find the real-life version of the puzzle this game is based on (usually available as a cheap party favor) -- is it harder or easier than the app?