Sticky Terms

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Creative puzzler that also manages to teach you something.

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Ease of Play

Some puzzles are extremely challenging, but all can be figured out with patience. 


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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some definitions mention alcohol or tobacco. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sticky Terms is a word puzzle game for iOS and Android decices that has players align shapes to make words and expressions from other cultures. The game offers nearly 250 words that have no equivalent in other languages (like schadenfreude). While alcohol is mentioned fleetingly, there's no real objectionable content and players can actually learn words to incorporate into their own vocabulary via the game. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

In STICKY TERMS, players move around fragments of words, typically ones they've never heard before, to form them on screen. Those components can be rotated (and often must be turned to find the right fit) and very often are only fractions of letters. Some puzzles are fairly simple, but others are quite complicated and take a lot of time to figure out. When the puzzle is assembled, the game will tell you the meaning and origin of the word.

Is it any good?

A fun puzzle game is a good thing, but a fun puzzler where you learn something is just fantastic. Sticky Terms is a simple enough concept, but it's executed terrifically well. Each level adds just enough challenge to keep players engaged, but doesn't take it to a degree of difficulty that they throw their hands up in frustration. It's visually appealing, with wonderful typography. The sound of two pieces connecting together (a nice audible 'click') causes a slight adrenaline rush. And solving a puzzle teaches you a word that you can throw out at parties to sound smarter, especially when used in context. It's frustrating to have to watch video ads to open up new words, but it's hardly enough to sour you on the engaging fun found in Sticky Terms.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about language. How do you think each culture creates words that are unique to that part of the world?

  • How do you adjust your perspective on problems? Can this shift help you solve a problem you're facing in the game or in real life?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: March 27, 2020
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Size: 114.00 MB
  • Publisher: Philipp Stollenmayer
  • Version: 2.01
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 12.0 or later; Requires Android 4.0.3 and up
  • Last updated: May 11, 2020

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