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Twenty

App review by
Keri Wilmot, Common Sense Media
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Fast, free matching game you'll play again and again.

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

Educational Value

It's not intended for learning, but kids can practice strategy and problem-solving, and the two-player version encourages social play and teamwork.

Ease of Play

Helpful tutorial lets users play along while learning foundational skills of the game that build on one another. Kids who know how to tap and drag will be able to easily move the tiles from one location to another.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Twenty is a fast-paced number matching game. Players match numbered, colored blocks aiming to get to 20 before they run out of space on the board and the game is over. As the game gets harder, players will need to move faster and use some strategy in order to beat the clock. The free version of the game includes a full version of the single-player game, Twenty, and a two-player option called TwentyTwo. A one-time $1.99 in-app purchase offers access to six other versions of 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?

TWENTY is a fast-moving tile-matching game. Use your finger to drag tiles of the same color and number toward each other, connect them, and then watch these tiles disappear off the grid, which ultimately creates more space on the board. As more matches are made, the numbers will change in sequential order, starting at 5 and advancing until the goal of 20 is achieved. Better move as fast as you can to create as many matches as possible, though, because a new row of tiles will quickly appear from the bottom, pushing the remaining blocks upward. As the game gets more challenging (which is about halfway through at 10), some blocks will appear on the screen, but they will be joined to another number. Match a corresponding tile to the connected blocks to separate them, and then find matches for those blocks to remove them from the board. Your final score is the highest number you've matched before you run out of space on the board, unless you get to 20 and win! Players aim to get to 20 while competing against the game. If you lose the game, no need to start completely over from the beginning: Choose the option to start close to where you left off, at either 10 or 15. The free version of the app also includes the game TwentyTwo, a two-player version of the game, where instead of playing against a computer or virtual player, players will sit in person, on either side of the device and manage the blocks on their side of the screen to beat their opponent. A $1.99 in-app purchase buys different versions of the game, which include Bubble, Flip Flop, Panic, Drop, Thirty, and Zen. Kids who struggle with the speed and timer component may like Zen, because it allows the game to be completed at their own pace, which improves the likelihood of getting to 20, and also reduces the stress and frustration that playing Twenty could cause with the time component.

Is it any good?

This simple game is easy to learn, highly engaging, fun, challenging, and free. While it accommodates many iOS devices, Twenty is most easily played on the iPad due to the size of the screen, which makes it easier to maneuver and see the blocks. The tutorial is extremely helpful in getting new players started successfully. Use strategy to maneuver tiles around the board to free up space as you try to plan ahead to maneuver the blocks so that when they fall, multiple matches can occur at the same time. If you end up feeling a little overwhelmed, you can pause the game for a few seconds or even a minute, and then use the opportunity to take a deep breath, give your eyes a rest, and maybe even plot your next move. While only one person can maneuver the tiles on the screen, it's possible to sit next to the player and work cooperatively looking for additional matches. Even for adults, Twenty is a challenge, so it might be best for kids to play without the timer. Upgrading just to play the Zen mode is worth the price alone so that younger kids can practice their skills in the game and achieve some success by improving confidence as they work toward finishing the game without being frustrated by time. The two-player version of the game, TwentyTwo -- which is also included in the free version -- could be a game option when traveling. Overall, though it's simple and very light on learning, Twenty is a fun diversion that two kids can play together or on their own.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Twenty is a game of speed. Playing games against a timer can get frustrating and overwhelming. What are some of the strategies that help your kids when they are mad? Does taking a deep breath or taking a break help them manage their emotions?

  • Staring intensely at the screen playing this game -- or any game -- could make your eyes tired. What should you do after playing screen-based games to give the eyes time to rest and recover? 

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For kids who love multiplayer apps

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