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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Woody Puzzle is a puzzle game for iOS and Android devices. The game's fairly easy to play, and new gamers should be able to learn how to pick up the basics through a guided introduction. It doesn't offer a more dynamic experience if you keep playing, so it may not hold interest for too long. Users will be subjected to a lot of ads on screen as well as randomly popping up, and while players are offered the opportunity to subscribe to monthly, six month or annual subscriptions, there's no indication of what you'll get for paying for the subscriptions. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content to be found in the game.
What's it about?
WOODY PUZZLE players use wooden block configurations to create rows of horizontal or vertical blocks on a board. Once a row is filled, it disappears, and players earn points. The block formations provided can vary; players may have a choice of a single block, a four-block square, and blocks in an L shape, for example. Blocks can be placed on any part of the board -- you don't have to work from the top down, or vice versa; but players do have a set number of moves for each stage, though. Gamers aren't told how many, but when they're up, the game's over.
Is it any good?
The concept behind this puzzle game is similar to Tetris, but the gameplay isn't nearly as engaging or addictive as that classic, and you'll probably move on quickly. Instead of flipping and turning puzzle pieces that are falling from the top of the screen in Woody Puzzle, players pull stationery pieces onto a board to form vertical or horizontal lines. The game doesn't offer a lot of bells and whistles; gamers repeatedly try to figure out the fastest way to fill a line with blocks to earn points. The more you play, the more you realize which moves may isolate areas and make it harder to complete rows until you get a single block or other specific formation.
Unfortunately, the ads that periodically pop up appear way too frequently -- even when you're just trying to return to the home page -- to not feel intrusive. Plus, the game's basic structure isn't ideal. Players are given a choice of three block formations at a time, and they can only only make a certain number of moves before the game will end. You aren't told how many total moves you have when you start playing, so you never know how many are left -- which can make coming up with the strongest strategy hard. Aside from that, the experience that the app offers is fairly repetitive; choose a block formation, drag it onto the board, and repeat. After a very short amount of time, playing Woody Puzzle can start to feel pretty monotonous.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about screen limits. How do you set time limits when playing a series of games that don't have a defined ending? How much time is a good amount to spend using an app each day?
If you get stuck and can't figure out what to do next in a game, what's the best way to handle it? Can you use these strategies in real life?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Price: Free to try
- Pricing structure: Free to try ($4.99/mo. subscription)
- Release date: December 14, 2018
- Category: Puzzle Games
- Size: 77.00 MB
- Publisher: Free Block Puzzle Games
- Version: 1.2.9
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 8.0 or later or Android 4.4 and up