Games are a great way to help kids develop logical thinking and problem solving skills. There are many great logic games for kids on the App Store, but today I want to highlight a recent discovery: Inch Worm. Developed by White Pixels, it's a collection of maze puzzles suitable for ages 6 and up.
Plan Your Route to Get the Worm Home
In Inch Worm, your goal is to navigate your way around a grid maze and lead the titular character, Inch, to his home. To move, you simply tap on any square on the screen. It's a simple and straightforward game that doesn't require timing, but it does involve planning, logical thinking, and spatial reasoning.
As you progress through the game, you will discover various obstacles that challenge your problem solving skills. For example, several mazes contain directional arrows that Inch must obey or acorns that must be pushed out of the way. There are also colorful snails and ladybugs that Inch must help push or pull to their respective homes.
The game includes 72 puzzles organized into three sets: Newbie, Classic, and Master. Each set contains 24 puzzles. If you are only starting out or if you are playing with a young child, I suggest starting with the Newbie puzzles. The Classic puzzles are slightly more challenging, and the Master puzzles are the toughest to play. You can select the set you want to play by tapping on the Settings icon on the bottom left.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Inch Worm is designed for kids and adults alike. The gameplay is intuitive enough that you can play without needing to read the instructions. There are no punishments and no high scores. If you made a mistake in solving a puzzle, you can always restart the level and try again. You can also undo your moves by tapping "Go Back".
The app sports a simple but thoughtful design that accommodates kids with special needs. For example, colorblind players can distinguish snails, ladybugs, or dragonflies of different colors by the shape of their dots. The controls are also easy: all you need to do is tap.
The app is also safe for kids. There are no in-app purchases, ads, or links to external sites. Additionally, you don't need Internet access to play.
Things I Like
Although simple, Inch Worm is a lot of fun to play. It has the right amount of challenges to keep young minds running, but it's never frustrating. At the same time, it is also engaging for adults who enjoy exercising their brain every now and then.
Even though the game is simple, it promotes logic and problem solving skills. Kids also learn to plan ahead and come up with the best strategies to solve the puzzles. Because there is no pressure, they can take as long as they need to.
One thing I'd like to see in the game is the ability to jump to a specific puzzle in a set. It would also be nice if we could create multiple user profiles so more than one child can play on the same device.
Update: as of v3.0, players can jump to a specific puzzle in the app.
I highly recommend Inch Worm if you enjoy logic games that kids and adults can enjoy. It's simple to learn yet a lot of fun to play. What's more, it has no timer or high score so kids won't feel pressured as they play.
App was provided for our honest review.