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What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn to build simple structures with a height, gravity, or extension challenge using two basic tools: marshmallows (connectors) and spaghetti (supports). They predict what constructions might work, test out their theories, and try again as many times as they wish. The addition of a tutorial about building concepts and a mode offering unlimited building supplies would make this a stronger learning tool. Spaghetti Marshmallows is a superb app that introduces kids to the basics of structural engineering and lets them have some marshmallow fun without the goo.
Ease of Play
Players build structures by connecting marshmallows and sticks of uncooked spaghetti together using the touch screen. The interface is intuitive, but might feel a little cramped for those with larger fingers.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Spaghetti Marshmallows is a physics-based building game in which players use marshmallows and sticks of raw spaghetti to construct towers high enough to reach a target. Kids are challenged to come up with creative solutions as they learn basic principals of structural engineering and physics.
Is It Any Good?
SPAGHETTI MARSHMALLOWS is a straightforward building game with realistic physics and cleverly designed levels that challenge the player to come up with creative solutions to restrictions like limited resources or strategically placed obstacles. At the end of each level, players can switch to Sandbox mode and keep building for the fun of it, or go on a playful Rampage and destroy their structure by dropping giant red blocks on it. Spaghetti Marshmallows is a little sparse graphically, but superb physics and fun sound effects help to pick up the slack. There's even a night mode that helps preserve the phone's battery while playing.
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