Slice It!

Common Sense Media says

Tough but fun geometry puzzles for brainy players.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The controls are super-easy (you just slice with your finger), but the puzzles are extremely challenging. They get harder as they go along, of course, but even some of the earlier ones are real doozies. This is not to say they aren't fun, though. And a limited number of hints are available.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Slice It! is a challenging puzzle game that requires a mathematical mind and a good grasp of spatial relations. You not only have to slice each shape into a specified number of parts, but you need to do so by making the exact number of slices specified, and you also need to make sure all the pieces are the same size. That means that even if the pieces you cut are different shapes, they still need to have the same area. These are not the kind of puzzles that allow for multiple possible solutions.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • division
  • fractions
  • geometry
  • graphing
  • measurement
  • ratio
  • shapes

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • hypothesis-testing
  • part-whole relationships
  • problem solving

Self-Direction

  • work to achieve goals

Health & Fitness

  • fine motor skills

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

A fun game to boost lessons on shapes, symmetry, and area. Colorful, hand-drawn illustrations look like doodles on graph paper. Design is cute and should appeal to kids who aren't necessarily math scholars.

Learning Approach

Trial and error puzzling builds geometry knowledge. The addition of explanations using math terms and strategies would help kids connect gameplay to classroom learning.

Support

Built-in supports help reduce frustration. Two free hints per level give kids a way through tough puzzles. Pop-up tips offer strategies.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • division
  • fractions
  • geometry
  • graphing
  • measurement
  • ratio
  • shapes

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • hypothesis-testing
  • part-whole relationships
  • problem solving

Self-Direction

  • work to achieve goals

Health & Fitness

  • fine motor skills

Kids can learn how to dissect larger shapes into smaller shapes of equal area. Players get a one- to five-star rating if they're successful and can refer to percentages as precise as tenths to try again. Particularly difficult shapes challenge kids to hypothesize about which slices will do the job. Unfortunately, the app never explains that area, not shape, is the goal, so asymmetrical shapes might confuse. Slice It! is a unique app that marries tons of mathematical concepts to really cute graphics and fantastic, adaptive feedback.

This Learning Rating review was written by Leslie Crenna

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Shapes in the game are simple and generally symmetrical, but soon odd numbers of slices and crazy shapes -- like piranha -- pop up to challenge. Kids tap and drag to make their slices. Players fail if they don't use the indicated number of slices or create the right number of shapes. If you get those right, the app tells you "clear," gives you a star rating, and shows you a diagram of your sliced up shape with total area percentages. Kids can retry and return endlessly to reach five-star precision.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

SLICE IT! is a puzzle game that requires an incredible amount of precision and specificity. When you're slicing a square or circle into even pieces, you probably won't break a sweat. But before too long, you'll be asked to divide completely irregular silhouettes (like a soda cup with a straw) into 12 even segments. It's definitely tough. It's also rather habit-forming. And it presents the kind of geeky thrill that will make fans want to jump up and high-five the nearest nerd whenever he or she finally figures out the perfect solution to a puzzle.

Families can talk about...

  • Explain about area, making sure kids understand that (radically) different shapes can have the same area.

  • Take turns on particularly challenging shapes.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:Free-$.99
Pricing structure:Free, Paid
Release date:August 31, 2010
Category:Puzzle Games
Size:19.90 MB
Publisher:Com2uS Inc.
Version:1.0.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later; Android 2.1 and up

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Teen, 13 years old Written bypicklecheese111 March 29, 2012
AGE
8
QUALITY
 

Slice IT! is Very Fun

What other families should know
Educational value
Kid, 7 years old August 13, 2012
AGE
18
QUALITY
 

NO

RUBBISH!
What other families should know
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Parent of a 8 and 9 year old Written bymandyc2010 September 16, 2010
AGE
8
QUALITY
 

Great for Tweens interactive learning

My two girls ages 8 & 9 love the challenge ..easy to figure out and mom likes it too!

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