Takoway

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Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Quirky puzzler best for kids looking for a challenge.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn to solve puzzles. They'll need to use logic and planning as they mentally represent a path forward and merge two different perspectives of a 3D drawing.  

Ease of Play

It's not always clear how to solve the puzzles, and there's no internal help function.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Takoway is a 3D leveled puzzler game. Puzzles are intertwined with a graphics-based story about friendship and inclusion. The puzzles can be quite challenging, even from the beginning. There's no internal help function, but there's a developer-hosted web-based community that users can join to ask the developers questions and share challenges with other players. Takoway doesn't work with older devices; check to see if yours is on the list of compatible devices. 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?

TAKOWAY begins with a series of graphics that introduce a story about Tako, a pink blob-like character. Tap the forward arrow to advance through the story and arrive at the first puzzle. A very brief demonstration shows kids how to help Tako move around 3D obstacles to arrive at a target spot with as few moves as possible. Dots show available moves; Swipe left or right to change between an interior or exterior perspective and access different possible moves. The story continues as kids progress through levels.

Is it any good?

These 3D, multi-perspective puzzles offer some interesting challenges but may be too confusing for the casual puzzler. Flipping back and forth between two different perspectives is a neat and unique feature to the Takoway puzzles. And it's certainly a mind bender to merge the two perspectives together towards a target destination. However, there's little in-app support to help kids learn what they need to do to get started or guide them when they get stuck. And, the graphic-based story line is obscure and difficult to follow. This lack of clarity in game play and narrative can make Takoway difficult to follow and may turn some kids off. On the other hand, dedicated or experienced puzzlers may appreciate the mystery and the challenge.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how to plan and think ahead to solve the Takoway puzzles. Help kids talk out how they can merge the different perspectives and plan out the next steps.

  • What do the 3D perspectives add to the puzzle experience? Does it make the puzzles more interesting? More difficult?

  • Puzzle games like this can easily become addictive. Talk to your kids about your family's rules and guidelines regarding screen use.

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For kids who love puzzles and problem solving

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