To-Fu 2

 

Learning(i)

Sequel to puzzler even more captivating than original.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

This game uses very simple and intuitive touch-screen controls. Players fling the tofu character across chasms, over hazards, and bouncing from wall to wall. The design of this game makes it very accessible to players, but there is some challenge in figuring out how to navigate around the various obstacles and hazards.

Violence & scariness

The aim of this game is to fling the adorable tofu character from wall to wall and across numerous hazards. The core gameplay mechanic never comes across as overly violent, however To-Fu may end up falling on spikes, getting zapped by lasers, etc., which will cause him to die (he displays a look of pain and fall off the screen). Violence is never encouraged.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Text ads run along the bottom of the screen. Players can remove the ads by making an in-app purchase of a 99-cent pack (new costumes, unlock levels, skip levels, etc.).

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Minor privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Apple’s Game Center to track scores and achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. With Game Center, players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname, revealing the first and last name associated with each party’s Apple ID and, in the case of email requests, the sender’s email address.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that To-Fu 2 is the sequel to To-Fu: The Trials of Chi, which gained critical acclaim for its captivatingly unique gameplay, adorable "ninja tofu" character, and intriguing art style. This game picks up right on the same page, offering players a whole new slew of levels. The only noteworthy content comes with the fact that To-Fu can run into hazards, causing him to die (he falls off the screen and starts over). Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • geometry

Science

  • physics

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • hypothesis-testing
  • prediction
  • solving puzzles

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Brings the cute, adorable tofu creature back to the world of walls, springs, chasms, and hazards. Offers unique and challenging levels that all casual game players will be able to enjoy.

Learning Approach

Kids use trial and error and glean a bit about physics, trajectory, and angles by maneuvering the character To-Fu around obstacles and into the goal destination. Repetition required to beat levels and previous scores. 

Support

Players can opt in to Apple's Game Center to track scores and achievements and, for some games, challenge friends.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • geometry

Science

  • physics

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • hypothesis-testing
  • prediction
  • solving puzzles

Kids can learn a little bit about physics, trajectory, and angles by maneuvering the character To-Fu around obstacles and into the goal destination in To-Fu 2. To-Fu has to be angled and sprung forward just right or he might hit a spike or some other hazard. There are plenty of levels, so kids will learn to maneuver To-Fu every which way and through trial and error to successfully reach the goal on each level. Allowing kids to see the degree of the angles as they stretch To-Fu for launch would give app a nice boost over similar titles. To-Fu 2 offers kids fun but not deep exposure to physics and math concepts.

This Learning Rating review was written by Cynthia Chiong

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What's it about?

Kids playing To-Fu 2 help the protagonist, To-Fu, navigate to the end goal while avoiding hazards such as spikes, lasers, and circular saws. Kids use their finger to stretch and angle To-Fu and then launch him, hoping that he sticks to a safe wall or mountable object rather than something that will hurt him. Along the way, To-Fu can collect "chi" to improve the score. Kids need to complete a level to advance to the next one, and can retry a level as many times as they want.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

TO-FU 2 brings the cute, adorable tofu creature back to the world of walls, springs, chasms, and hazards. Just like its predecessor, this game is filled with maze-like puzzle levels, requiring players to figure out how to best fling the unique character to get from point A to point B while avoiding hazards. The previous installment had some levels that were uninspired and repetitive, but this one picks up the slack and offers unique and challenging levels that all casual game players will be able to enjoy.

Families can talk about...

  • Explain to kids that sports like basketball and soccer also involve angles, and trajectory. Ask if they can think of any other real-life activities that involve physics.

  • When To-Fu dies, ask kids to explain what adjustments they'll make with the next attempt, and why.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:September 20, 2011
Category:Puzzle Games
Size:17.60 MB
Publisher:HotGen
Version:1.1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
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  • 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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