Teacher Review for Pettson's Inventions 2

Pettson's Inventions 2 offers more of the same, more puzzles, not much in terms of variety from Pettson's 1.

Steve I.
Classroom teacher
William Annin Middle School
Basking Ridge, United States
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My Subjects Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned No
I Would Recommend It No
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Small group
Great with General
How I Use It
I would provide this game as a game for my Game Design students to evaluate and review. It is important for them to understand what it is like to look at a game critically and evaluate it. I could see extending this and having them prototype or design similar puzzles as an activity in my game development course.
My Take
I find that the player is inclined to fumble around until they solve the puzzle(s). There is a lot of clicking and dragging to determine if something fits somewhere within the puzzle which detracts from authentic problem solving. The puzzles seem very similar to those in Pettson's Inventions 1 and I am not sure that many people would feel the need to continue with similar puzzles. I'm sure many players who enjoyed the first edition would be happy to continue and complete the new puzzles, but I don't believe it offers much in terms of varied gameplay.