Rush Hour

App review by
Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Car puzzler with lots of levels and good help when stuck.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn logical progression, spatial reasoning, and problem solving. This adaption of the classic sliding block puzzler Rush Hour offers four levels of challenge -- easy, medium, hard, and expert. The tutorial is excellent, and the hint button shows kids the next move if they need help. One amazing feature is the solve button, which shows step-by-step how to solve the puzzle. It may feel like cheating, but on the more advanced levels, kids will still be challenged to solve the puzzle even after seeing the solution. Rush Hour is an engaging puzzle game with great help features that make it even better than the original.

Ease of Play

Gameplay is straightforward, especially for those who are familiar with the physical game. A tutorial explains the game step-by-step. The levels start on "easy," go through "medium" and "hard" and end up on "expert." Some people may find even the easiest puzzles to be extremely difficult, but unlimited hints and a "solve" feature help out when you start getting frustrated. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Rush Hour is a puzzle app based on the physical game of the same name. Players must slide small cars around on a grid, moving only forward and backward, to create a path so that the red car can emerge out of this parking lot grid. Completing the puzzle is only half the goal. To get the best score, you'll need to do it with the fewest possible number of moves. Hints walk you through the steps whenever you need the extra help, or if you're really stuck, you can watch the puzzle solution and then try it for yourself.

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Kid, 11 years old June 1, 2018

Great Game!

This game really makes you think and is very fun. At school, we can play this game on IPads, and I enjoy going to expert to see if I can complete the puzzle, an... Continue reading

What's it about?

In the app version of the classic board game, kids can choose their difficulty level and view a tutorial of how to play the game. Kids solve the puzzles by moving around cars and trucks (cars take up one square each and trucks, two) by sliding them square by square until the red car is out of the traffic and through the exit. Kids can get hints and even see the solution played out.

Is it any good?

RUSH HOUR is a puzzler with 2500 games spread over four levels of increasing difficulty. Since you can complete the puzzles and then strive for perfect scores, there is plenty of play time involved. The app has a good hint system and even offers puzzle solutions. If you have played the actual physical puzzle on which this app is based, you will appreciate not having to layout all of the little cars before you can play. There's also a move tracker that counts how many squares total you have moved over. For kids who like logic puzzles, this app is a good choice.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • If kids enjoy the app, pick up the classic board game version of Rush Hour and make it a family activity.

  • When kids reach a puzzle they can't solve, encourage them to use the "solve" button to view the solution and then try to solve the puzzle again.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: problem solving, solving puzzles, strategy
  • Price: $1.99-$2.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid, Free
  • Release date: December 15, 2010
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Size: 6.80 MB
  • Publisher: ThinkFun, Inc.
  • Version: 1.3.4
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.0 or later; Android 1.6 and up
  • Last updated: April 19, 2021

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