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Tricky Test 2: Genius Brain

By Galen McQuillen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Tricky, frustrating puzzler with glitches pranks players.

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This puzzler would be a blast if it weren't so frequently frustrating and full of ads and purchases. The puzzles in Tricky Test 2: Genius Brain are occasionally fun, clever, or just outright funny, but more often than not they elicit groans and frustrations, especially when solutions are nearly impossible to discover without more trial and error than the game allows with punishment or purchases. Because it penalizes players for experimenting to solve problems, it promotes a very narrow view of success and intelligence that favors flawlessness and sheer luck over persistence and patience. Many puzzles aren't truly satisfyingly "clever" or "tricky"; they're just dishonest, and success at the game sends a message that intentional deception is fun -- a potentially dangerous idea for kids. Aside from these fundamental issues, it is sometimes glitchy. For example, there's a puzzle in which ketchup should come out of a bottle, but many users report getting stuck because the game mechanic just won't work on their device, preventing them from continuing. Though the concept of thinking creatively is a solid one, this app is more frustrating than fun.

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