What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Woozzle is a colorful puzzle game about getting the right marbles into the right places. Its controls are easy to learn but the puzzles get increasingly difficult, and younger kids may have difficulty with the harder levels. The app includes links to post on Facebook and Twitter, or share high scores via the Game Center, but these are optional and require a login.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- solving puzzles
Engagement, Approach, Support
With its lush, tropical theme, Woozzle is a pleasure to look at, and the interface is simple to use. Kids will have fun watching their skills improve as they face fresh challenges.
Kids will learn by creating a plan to keep marbles moving and disappearing; thinking ahead and strategizing can help them succeed. Difficulty increases with each level.
There's an accompanying website and some player-created walk-throughs online, but that's the extent of support.
What's it about?
In WOOZZLE, kids rotate containers (with a finger tap) so that an empty spot in a container is available for a marble to roll into (a swipe gets a marble moving). Once you get four marbles in a container, they all disappear. It starts simply, but as new objectives are added, the fun and challenge increase. Kids then have to get the right color marble into the right container, and then the paths get trickier with obstacles, and colors get mixed. Mastering a level unlocks the next more-challenging level. The app also includes adaptations for color-blind players.
Is it any good?
WOOZZLE is a fantastic puzzle game that will have you going around in circles. The object of the game is to fill round containers with the right color marbles. Tap the containers to rotate them, and swipe to launch a marble out of a container down a path. Match four marbles in the container, and that clears the container of marbles (and marks it completed). Complete all the containers to finish the level. It's a simple concept, but the puzzles are ingeniously designed -- there are one-way paths, color mixers, color filters, teleporters, and other tricky devices. Some levels even have paths obscured by leaves and branches so you have to guess at the doors and paths.
The graphics and sounds are well done and give the impression of glass marbles rolling through wooden tubes (though the wood-grain effect is a little overused in the menus). With 60 levels of increasing difficulty, Woozzle is an excellent game for puzzle-lovers who want a challenge.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about planning ahead. How does it help you in a game like this? What about in real life?
Families can play together, sharing their own techniques for success. Sometimes games like Woozzle can be frustrating; how do you know when it's time to take a break and regroup?