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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this is an engaging way to teach children ages 5 through 8 how to think logically. The puzzles start easy and get progressively harder, offering hints to help along the way.
What's it about?
By playing a series of fun puzzles in GET PUZZLED, kids learn logical thinking and problem solving. The puzzles, intended for kids 5 through 8, invite children to create monsters, build structures, navigate spaceships, do word searches, assemble bridges, and design faces. There are over 300 puzzles, divided into six types that can be played on four levels of difficulty.
Puzzles start easy and gradually get harder. For example, the goal in About Face is to make a group of talking faces happy by listening to their requests and then dragging the requested items to them. The easiest puzzles have two colored faces, and each requests things like a specific colored hat or a triangle nose. But soon, the red face will say that it wants a hat that is not the same color as the one on the blue face, and the blue face will request a green hat; kids will learn to apply logic in selecting the hat for the red face.
Is it any good?
Get Puzzled motivates kids to play by awarding them Puzzle Power stars. Kids are also inspired to play because the characters are zany and fun. Another nice feature is the hint button, which is available for every puzzle. If kids don't get a puzzle right, it immediately resets without recrimination so that kids feel comfortable exploring and trying new theories.
If you own a Leapster, don't miss this one. Get Puzzled will get your child thinking.
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