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Pros: Replay feature encourages perseverance; kids will want to keep trying for success.
Cons: Lack of a teacher dashboard or explicit content connections make it difficult to implement in the classroom.
Bottom Line: Great brainteasers build thinking and reasoning skills.
Though there’s no teacher dashboard or way to manage multiple users on the device, the developer's website offers lesson plans for the board game version that you could use for the app as well. The challenge of the game makes it a classic, and the tutorial, help features, and data tracking make Rush Hour a learning favorite.
Rush Hour is a puzzle app with 2,500 games spread over four levels of increasing difficulty. This adaption of the classic sliding block puzzler Rush Hour offers four levels of challenge –- easy, medium, hard, and expert. Players slide small cars around on a grid, moving only forward and backward, to create a path so the red car can emerge out of the parking lot grid. Completing the puzzle is only half the goal. To get the best score, kids need to do it in the fewest possible number of moves. Kids can see how many squares they move through, and when they solve the puzzle, the game shows the minimum number of moves in which the puzzle could be solved. Kids can replay that level to try and succeed in fewer moves.
Since kids can complete the puzzles and then strive for perfect scores, there’s plenty of play time involved. The tutorial is excellent, and hints show kids the next move if they need help. One amazing feature is the Solve button, which shows step by step how to solve the puzzle. It may feel like cheating, but on the more advanced levels, kids will still be challenged to solve the puzzle on their own even after watching the solution. Rush Hour is an engaging puzzle game with great help features that make it even better than the original. The iOS versions work beautifully, but the Android version, even on a tablet, is small –- the size of a phone screen –- which is disappointing since the app could be really vivid on a bigger screen.