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Unblock Me

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Simple sliding, but deceptively difficult puzzle game.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Gameplay is as simple as sliding blocks back and forth. But to solve a puzzle, you must think strategically to figure out a way to free the one red block in the mix. These puzzles can be pretty darn hard from the get-go. Do not mistake Unblock Me for an easy, casual game.

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Consumerism

After players run out of free hints, they can buy more via an in-app purchase.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that solving the challenging puzzles in Unblock Me can take much longer than you might think at first. This is a game for very patient, diligent puzzle lovers. Kids who get easily frustrated or discouraged should probably steer clear. Players can share high scores via the Game Center or Open Feint social networks, but participation is optional.

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What's it about?

Choose between UNBLOCK ME's Relax Mode (which doesn't count moves) or Challenge Mode. Begin to shift around wood-colored blocks in a box by swiping them up or down, side to side, wherever there's open room, until you manage to make a clear path to move the one red block within the mix out of a hole on the side of the box. Unblock Me provides challenging fun within its hundreds of puzzles.

Is it any good?

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The concept behind Unblock Me is brilliantly simple: Shift around a bunch of blocks in a box until you manage to free the one red block within. But this game gets really difficult quickly. Hardcore puzzle fans will find much to love here, as they mull over and tinker with a block set until they've figured out the solution. But casual gamers may develop bald spots from all the head-scratching they're likely to do. Still, if you've got the motivation and the patience, Unblock Me is a great brainy challenge. And with four levels of difficulty, and a whopping 3,000 puzzles, it will keep you busy for a long, long time.

Families can talk about...

  • Try using blocks, sticks, or other objects at home to re-create the goal of this game.

  • If kids get stuck on one puzzle and reach the point of frustration, suggest they reset the puzzle to start completely over or move on to a different puzzle, perhaps returning to that one with fresh eyes later.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Skills:Self-Direction: effort
Emotional Development: persevering
Thinking & Reasoning: logic, prediction, solving puzzles, strategy
Price:$0.99
Release date:August 13, 2012
Category:Board Games
Size:24.70 MB
Publisher:Kiragames
Version:1.3.4
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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Kid, 10 years old August 20, 2010

cool

real hard though
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