Some of our favourite children’s apps have been puzzle games, especially when their brain-stretching brings in some educational aspects on the sly.
This is the latest in a series of games that we haven’t written about, but Thinkrolls and Thinkrolls 2 both received a warm welcome on the app stores.
The idea behind Kings & Queens is simple: children roll their ball-shaped hero through a series of 227 puzzles, clearing their path of obstacles and unlocking gates with keys as they go.
“Exciting challenges await you at every turn! Send a cool crocodile to sleep with a song. Make a goofy ghost vanish with reflected light. Collect tasty sweets and precious gems to please the castle’s dragon,” explains its app store listing.
There are gears, bridges, levers and magic potions to make use of along the way. Avokiddo reckons the game will introduce kids to some key physics concepts, from gravity and force to light-reflection, without ever seeming like a dry lesson.
Something else we like is the way children can customise the main character, giving it facial features and accessories that are won as they play through the game. Up to six children can store their own profile on the same device too, so there’ll be no sibling squabbles over whether their character has a moustache or not…
The game should appeal to a wide audience of children. Avokiddo says that the first 115 puzzles are designed for 5-8 year-olds, with another 113 aimed at children aged eight and up – our seven year-old is bound to see that as a challenge to be conquered – so there’s plenty of fun to be had.