Puzzle games are a fun way to help kids develop skills such as logic and problem solving skills. Over the years I have accumulated a list of what I think are the best puzzle games for kids, and the Thinkrolls series are high on that list. So you can imagine my excitement when I found out about Thinkrolls: Kings & Queens.
Developed by Avokiddo, Thinkrolls: Kings & Queens is a delightful blend of physics puzzlers and a platform game. The goal of the game is simple: move, handle, and combine objects to clear a path for a ball-shaped character (called "Thinkrolls"), obtain the key, and open the gate to the next puzzle. The puzzles are designed to test the player's logic and problem solving skills, and introduce them to simple physics concepts, such as simple machines, forces, tension, light reflection, and more.
There are 228 puzzles to solve over the course of six sections (castles), and each puzzle is a little more difficult than the previous one. As hinted by the app's name, a kingdom theme runs throughout the game. The puzzles, for example, take place in castles inhabited by fire-breathing dragons.
In addition to solving puzzles, the player also collects candies and gems throughout the castle. At the end of their run, they trade these candies and gems for new body parts and medieval-inspired accessories for their Thinkrolls. This feature is new; in the previous Thinkrolls apps, the characters are pre-made and you can't create one from scratch.
Six Castles to Learn Physics
In Thinkrolls: Kings and Queens, there are six castles that can be explored. Each castle has its own unique set of challenges designed to teach a specific physics concept.
In the first castle, the player combines gears with racks to create ladders and conveyor belts, opening pathways for their character to roll through. In the second castle, they strategically fill gaps in their paths with chests. They can also use the weight of these chests (or sometimes, the weight of their character) to collapse swaying bridges.
In the third castle, the player uses a harp to lull crocodiles to sleep and allow a safe passage for their Thinkrolls. In the fourth castle, they move mirrors to eliminate ghosts with reflected light.
In the fifth castle, the player uses levers to control hatches. The trick is in figuring out when to open or close the hatch as the Thinkrolls pass through. Finally, the sixth castle has magic potions that allow objects to levitate for a short period of time.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Thinkrolls: Kings & Queens has two difficulty settings: Easy and Hard. The Easy levels contain 115 puzzles that are suitable for ages 5 and up, while the Hard levels contain 113 levels suitable for ages 8 and up. You can change the difficulty level by going to the Settings menu from the main screen. The app supports up to 6 different player profiles, so more than one child can play on the same device without overriding each other's progress.
The app is safe for kids. It has no third-party adverts or in-app purchases. External links are secured behind a parental gate.
Things I Like
You'd be hard pressed to find a game for kids that is as fun and as well developed as Thinkrolls: Kings & Queens. This platformer/puzzler hybrid has it all: gorgeous visuals, smartly-designed puzzles, and whimsical characters. The fact that it's also educational is really icing on the cake.
What's great about the challenges is that they require strategic thinking and careful planning. That said, there is no stress in solving them because there is no timer and no penalties; the player can take their time and even replay a level if necessary. The increase in difficulty also happens gradually, so the player can ease themselves into the challenges.
Finally, fans of the Thinkrolls apps will be happy to know that they can create their own Thinkrolls this time. With so many features and accessories to choose from, it's possible to create really unique characters. For example, you can add bejeweled crowns, pirate hats, colorful visors, twirling mustaches, and many more.
Whether your kids are longtime fans of the Thinkrolls apps or are new to the series, they will love Thinkrolls: Kings & Queens. This gem offers more than two hundred puzzles with increasing difficulty, as well as characters to dress up and other fun surprises to discover. Because there is no time limit, kids can take their time to solve each puzzle and develop their logic and problem solving skills. Highly recommended for ages 5 and up.
App was provided for our honest review.
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