A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What 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.
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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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.
- 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