Tumble

Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Physics-based puzzler makes great use of PlayStation Move.

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

The heart of the game is creative puzzle solving. It encourages players to use both brain and hand to figure out tricky physics problems.

Positive Role Models & Representations

There are no characters in the game, but a pleasant, helpful narrator leads players through the game’s tutorials and praises their victories.

Ease of Play

This game makes great, intuitive use of the PlayStation Move motion controller, a virtual version of which appears on screen and precisely mimics the player’s every movement as he or she manipulates and places blocks.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Tumble is a downloadable physics-based puzzle game that uses the PlayStation Move motion controller. Kids will likely love manipulating blocks onscreen with the PlayStation Move motion controller (required), however younger children may grow frustrated once they move beyond the first few levels and the game becomes much more challenging.

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What's it about?

Short and simple, TUMBLE is an inexpensive downloadable physics-based puzzler for use with the PlayStation Move motion controller that has players creating (and destroying) towers of blocks. A virtual version of the controller is shown onscreen. Hold the trigger while aiming at a block lying on the floor and it will be sucked up and hover in front of the virtual controller’s orb. Then, by cautiously twisting, tilting, and flipping these blocks, players gradually build giant, precariously-stacked towers. Local multiplayer mode has two players facing off against one another by taking turns with the controller and stacking blocks as directed.

Is it any good?

Tumble is a showcase for the PlayStation Move’s exacting precision; prepare to be shocked by how naturally and accurately you are able to manipulate each piece. Objectives grow in challenge from level to level, and the shape of the blocks we're provided changes as well. Expect cylinders, pyramids, and boxes with irregular sides. Subtler, though equally important, are the differences in block materials. Sturdy wood, slippery glass, and pliable rubber affect the way blocks settle on one another.

There’s not much to it, but, as is often the case with compelling puzzles games, simplicity is part of what makes Tumble so hopelessly habit forming. Multi-hour sessions are entirely possible, giving this deceptively basic PlayStation Move game excellent value.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about problem- and puzzle-solving in games. Do you think that games can help make players better logical thinkers? Do games that precisely mimic real-world physics change the way you look at the world around you?

  • Families can also discuss motion control in video games. Did you feel as though you were reaching into your television to manipulate blocks in this game? Do you think this game would be possible without motion control? Can you imagine other physical activities that might be fun using the PlayStation’s new motion controller?

Game details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3
  • Price: $9.99
  • Available online? Available online
  • Release date: September 14, 2010
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • ESRB rating: E for (No descriptors)

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