A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
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.
Parents Need to Know
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.
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