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Deceptively challenging dice puzzle game.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Zarik wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Ease of play

The controls are very easy: Push the dice around the screen, and each time a die moves one space, the number counts down by one. Move all the dice onto the spaces with no moves left to solve the puzzle. As new features are introduced, there is text that explains them. The text is not always written in very good English, but the game is easy to figure out nonetheless.

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There is a link for more games from the developer; however, it seems to crash the app.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Zarik is a dice-based puzzle game without objectionable content. Because of the difficulty of the puzzles younger players may find it tough to progress through the game, and there are no hints available. The controls are easy to learn despite the oddly written notes included. The "more games" link seems to crash the app, and players can lose saved progress up to that point. An iPad-only version of the game, Zarik HD, is also available.

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What's it about?

Zarik is a deceptive puzzle game: It looks simple at first, but even adults may find it challenging to solve all 60 levels included in the game. The goal of the game is to get all of the dice to the dotted squares, using the number of moves shown on each die. The dice can push one another, and in some levels there are blue dice that can help push but do not end up inside a dotted square. There are also obstacles that must be worked around.

Is it any good?


The graphics are nice -- a wooden surface with 3-D dice that roll when you push them -- but the presentation is otherwise bare-bones. There is an undo button to step back one move at a time, but there are no hints offered and minimal instructions written in poor English. However, even with its flaws and simple interface, Zarik is an excellent puzzle game that will challenge any player.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about challenging puzzles. Why is it good for your brain to work through puzzles? 

  • Talk to your kids about screen time. How do you feel when you've played a frustrating game for too long? How do you know when it's time to take a break?

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Subjects:Hobbies: board games
Skills:Thinking & Reasoning: logic, strategy
Release date:April 23, 2010
Category:Puzzle Games
Publisher:Avallon Alliance Ltd.
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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