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Rush Hour

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Car puzzler with lots of levels and good help when stuck.

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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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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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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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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

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