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Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Hypnotic puzzle game tests patience more than brain cells.

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Ease of Play

Puzzle solutions require patience.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

To skip puzzles, players must pay or watch ads.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that rvlvr. is an abstract puzzle app with in-game ads. Players who get stuck and want to skip individual puzzles must pay a one-time fee of $1.99 or watch ads for other apps. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content. The developer, The Frosty Pop Corps, has no stated privacy policy.

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What's it about?

RVLVR. has a very simple presentation next to other puzzle games. Using nothing but rotating colored rings and dots, it presents players with "more than 15,000 puzzles." The idea in all of them is to manipulate a collection of rings and dots and make them match a pattern shown at the top of the screen. As time goes on, the patterns become increasingly complex, which makes replicating them more and more time-consuming.

Is it any good?

The makers of this puzzler said they wanted to make a game you can "zone out" to, and while they've succeeded, it's not necessarily a good thing. True, the app boasts more than 15,000 puzzles and these are fun at first. But as the game progresses, you find yourself wishing for more variation, (aside from adding more rings and dots that is.) Ultimately, the puzzles are all alike, and along about the twentieth puzzle, solving them becomes monotonous. You might even find yourself paying the $1.99 fee or watching ads just to skip them. If you do choose to slog through the thousands of too-similar puzzles, you'll want to turn off the repetitive soundtrack or risk being hypnotized by it. In the end, despite its boast of near-endless puzzles, rvlvr. doesn't do enough to challenge your brain cells and is more likely to work as a digital sleep aid.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about brain teasers. Do you think complex puzzles are fun or frustrating?

  • Discuss the notion of using an app to "zone out." Is that a good or a bad thing?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Pricing structure: Free (Contains optional in-game purchase (ad removal).)
  • Release date: May 4, 2017
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Size: 130.00 MB
  • Publisher: The Frosty Pop Corps Inc.
  • Version: 1.1.4
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
  • Last updated: May 31, 2017

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