Video games are obviously a big draw for kids. World of Cheese by Alda Games follows in the same vein as video games, but does have an educational tilt. While some activities are just for the fun of it, others have a decidedly educational, puzzle-solving motive. At the start you meet a poor little mouse who has lost his cheese. Have no fear, he's got some ideas of where to look for it.
This game is set up on a blueprint. Help the mouse look for cheese in the yard, attic, garage, kitchen, and even the bathroom. In each location, there are five different levels. In each, the player must figure out what to do to earn the cheese. The levels begin easy with simple sequencing type activities. There is typically a speed level too - where users have to tap things as quickly and correctly as possible. As the levels progress, they get decidedly trickier. Users must look carefully to uncover clues that show what to do. Some of the levels involve solving math problems, others are puzzles that must be solved. Some have clues - characters are thinking about what they need first. Other levels let players use their own knowledge to figure out how to get to the cheese.
As an added challenge, on each level, the game tallies your clicks. Every time you tap the screen, the click is tallied. Your goal is to solve each level with the fewest number of clicks. Your score is tallied and stored, so when you replay each level, you can try to beat your score. Color coded stars let you know if you did great, or if you need some work.
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This was a fun app that I could enjoy with my son. The reward of cheese each time was enough to keep him playing. Some levels were easy for him, but most required a higher degree of problem solving capability. I would say children should be at least 8 to solve all of the levels available. The math problems were fairly simple, but the speed you need to beat the ghost or application involved to puzzle out a sequence were definitely a higher order thinking skill. However there were plenty of easy levels too. This is a good app for parents and children to play together. I liked that there were plenty of levels and that each was different. The puzzles didn't fit a pattern, so you never knew what the next level would bring. I liked the anticipation of what I would have to do next.
Overall, World of Cheese is a fun puzzle app that parents and children can play together. With a wide variety of puzzles to play and no discernible pattern, the games will keep players guessing.
*Between writing this review and posting it to our site, the app was updated to remove the in-app purchase and changed to include ads. I cannot say I appreciate this. I am not a fan of children's apps that include ads.
World of Cheese is availabe for download via the iTunes App Store - iOS Universal
RRP- Free with Ads
At the time of this review, the app has ads, an external links to a walk-through and other games, and a connection to Game Center. The recent update removed the in-app purchase.
This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, teacher, and technology coach. She survived the southern ice storm this week, but needs to stop playing with the iPad and start cleaning up the fallen branches! She is a self proclaimed tech nerd and is passionate about technology in education. You can follow her ed. tech. blog at The iLesson Lady.
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