What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Quantum Spectre is designed to help players understand and play with optics and light. It has no objectionable content, and is designed by researchers for learning. The puzzles grow increasingly more confounding and different reflective widgets get added every few levels. Kids should get a solid feel for how light can be reflected, bent, split, and combined, and there's plently of play time and challenge and all for free. And while the game is fun, it's also helping researchers learn about learning and to make better educational games.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- problem solving
- solving puzzles
Engagement, Approach, Support
The core task of directing lasers to targets lasts a snappy few minutes per level, and subsequent levels add enticing incremental additions like barriers, new mirrors, light splitters, and different-colored lights.
Players use light redirection to solve puzzles, so learning about light's properties is effectively embedded within play. Players can experiment but are incentivized to be efficient. A level creator would be a welcome addition.
The initial instructions are clear and understandable. The game falls short in the middle and late game challenges by leaving the player with no options to get help on a tricky level.
What's it about?
There are little wiggly things called spectres trapped in blue tanks. They're about to break free and cause havoc, and the player's job is to solve puzzles -- using lasers -- to contain them. These multi-colored laser beams must be redirected toward targets using mirrors and other reflective surfaces.
Is it any good?
QUANTUM SPECTRE is fun -- addicting even -- and might have kids dreaming about little light beams. It has good pacing that adds new twists every few levels to keep things fresh and challenging. Kids of the right age should find themselves in the sweet spot -- just a step away from being stumped for a good portion of the game. That being said, there isn't a hint guide, walkthrough, or help mode. If a kid gets stuck, he or she will be really stuck. Solutions might pop up on YouTube, but until then it's a bit frustrating. (So if you've got the solution for level 2.9 pass it along!)
Families can talk about...
Explore mirrors and focused light at home! Using a laser pointer and reflective surfaces (check the pots and pans for curved ones) you can set up a home version of a level from the game, or make a brand new one.
Try to come up with a science fiction story that fits the game. How exactly does redirecting a laser beam help contain the dangerous spectres? For younger kids, use Bobo Explores Light as inspiration.
If you like puzzle solving, check out our "Top Puzzle Apps for Kids".