Thinkrolls by Avokiddo is a totally unique, orignal and new style of puzzle game app for young learners aged 3 to 8 years old. With 18 hilarious characters and 180 challenging levels with mind-sharpening puzzles that focus on a variety of science skills, this app gets your children working mazes like never before! Kids are using ideas like gravity, friction, and spatial perception. It is definite Top Pick for this parent and teacher!
Thinkrolls - By AVOKIDDO is a completely different way of thinking about mazes. For children aged 3 to 8, this app is a great way to learn about puzzle solving, spatial perception, and mental planning. Users navigate a variety of different mazes by planning ahead and using the objects provided within the maze. However the objects also serve as blockades. Players must move and manipulate the objects in order to solve the puzzle.
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After choosing one of the cute little avatars, users tap and drag their roly-poly through a vertical maze. Players are trying to catch up with the friend that is always just ahead. The user begins with easy levels involving cookies. Simply tap to eat the cookie to drop through the hole. Be careful not to tap the wrong cookie and fall through the wrong hole, or you'll end up stuck. Have no fear, if you get stuck simply tap the refresh button and you will appear at the top of the screen with a fresh chance to solve the puzzle.
There are seven chapters in the app. Within each chapter are 10 or more different levels. Each level flows seamlessly from one to the next, so the user doesn't actually know when he moves from level to level.
The levels progress as users experience different facets of movement and force.
First level - Cookie - kids learn to navigate the mazes.
Second level - Crate - players must push or drag boxes to fill gaps and create bridges.
Third level - Balloon - has children release and pop balloons.
Fourth level - Rock - kids drop rocks and work with gravity to break barriers.
Fith level is the jelly level where users must master the bounce.
Sixth level - Fire - They need to use ice to put out fires and then
Seventh Level - Elevator - the last leve, children work on timing and patience as they navigate the elevators.
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This is an absolutely great app. It is so unique in the way it makes children think about forces. It is also an educational opportunity to discuss the forces so common in our world: like friction, gravity, and orientation. The aspect of a vertical maze is nice for young children who can rely on gravity to help them navigate the paths.
The advanced planning needed to get through some of the higher levels makes this a challenging app for some of our older kids. Parents can also set the game to either easy or hard, challenging those children who have mastered the first level of play. I especially liked when users had to manipulate a variety of different objects to make it through each level. Even I found myself needing the refresh button to get through some of these activities. The added bonus of unlocking new roly-poly avatars makes the reward worth the work. Who wouldn't want to solve the puzzles as a rolling ninja?
Overall, Avokiddo's Thinkrolls is a Top Pick. Its unique way of engaging children in shape and space manipulation make it stand out among puzzle apps for young children.
RRP - $2.99/£1.99/€2.69
At the time of this review, the app had no ads or in-app purchases, and external links were hidden behind a parent gate.
“Our philosophy is that education should be more than teaching math and literacy. It should provide a challenging and stimulating environment where children obtain knowledge through active exploration and interaction. An environment where they can use their imagination to reveal their true inner self; a world infused with purity and creativity! We design our games with love and affection, truly believing in these principles.”
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This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, teacher, and technology coach. 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.