Thinkrolls 2 is the sequel to the popular physics puzzler for young children Thinkrolls from Greek app developer Avokiddo. It is a combination of a ball-rolling platform game, maze and physics puzzler. The player needs to navigate increasingly complex mazes, past a variety of obstacles. Thinkrolls 2 adds 235 new levels divided between Easy and Hard modes, and introduces new concepts including buoyancy and electricity.
Thinkrolls are balls with character, one looks like a sheep, another Elvis another Little Red Riding Hood. There are 28 ThinkRolls in all, some are unlocked at the start, others unlocked during game play. The Player chooses a Thinkroll to play with, and their Thinkroll chases another Thinkroll through mazes, collecting cheerios as they go. At the end of each chapter they catch the other Thinkroll and feed it the collected cheerios which unlocks it.
The app is divided into 7 Chapters and each chapter introduces a new element. In the later levels of each chapter the maze includes not only the newly introduced element, but also the elements from earlier chapters. Players learn not only solve the current problem, but to also think ahead to what they will need to do in the next steps. At any time if a player gets stuck they can press the replay button to go back a step.
The Player can use the accordion to move up and down, open pathways, build bridges and create stairways. Like a real accordion it only opens on one side and even plays a little music !
Water & Barrel
The mazes include water obstacles that the player has to navigate, they learn whilst Thinkrolls sink, barrels float and can be used to help the Thinkroll get safely across the water.
Sometimes the egg is an obstacle that needs to be broken to get past, other times it needs to be treated carefully so it doesn’t break because the player needs it as a stepping stone. Players learn how different surfaces affect whether the egg breaks or not when dropped, and learn how to break an egg by jumping on it or dropping objects on it.
The powerful fan will lift a Thinkroll or other object in the air. Players learn to switch fans on and off, in combination with moving other objects, to help their Thinkroll successfully navigate the maze.
With this Sci-Fi twist Thinkrolls and other objects can be teleported past maze walls by entering a wormhole. You need to time it carefully though so you get through before one wormhole closes and an other opens up.
When switched off a battery can be a useful stepping stone but don’t let your Thinkroll touch it when live or they will get a nasty electrical shock.
Players work on improving their visual memory skills by looking ahead and remembering their planned moves when the light goes out. If they get stuck they can always tap the bulb to briefly turn it back on.
I tested out Thinkrolls 2 with my 7 year old twins and 11 year old son and all 3 were enthusiastic about the app. Although the Easy mode is designed for 3-5 year olds my 7 year-olds like to play the Easy mode first to learn about the new elements, before moving on to the challenge of the Hard mode, the 11 year-old likes to go straight to Hard mode. In Hard mode I had to really think about some of the levels, and even found at times I had to replay a level to solve it. I love how the Easy mode makes this app accessible to kids as young as 3, but the Hard mode makes it engaging and challenging enough that my 5th grader enjoys playing it. This app is great as it is, but I think a nice addition would be to add a “Challenger Mode” after all the Hard levels are completed. This would let the player play the Hard levels with limited lives, and the Player would be challenged to complete a Chapter without losing their lives.
Overall, another well-made, quality children’s app from Avokido. Thinkrolls 2 continues where the original left off with the same engaging gameplay and 235 new levels introducing 7 new elements using concepts such as buoyancy, electricity and gravity. It works on problem solving, memory, observation and planning ahead. Thinkrolls 2 makes physics puzzlers accessible in a fun way to children as young as 3, but has enough challenge to keep older children engaged too. Highly Recommended!
Price: $3.99 USD
Calling all future scientists! Boys and girls, it's time to put your best thinking cap on! Navigate your Thinkrolls through 270 levels of science-filled mazes in this fun logic puzzle game. Parents, take.
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Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).