Friday, January 3, 2014

Good Free App of the Day: Frozen Free Fall - a candy crush game for kids

"Mom, I just matched five purple jewels and got a snowflake -- look at what I can do!" My child just expressed cause and effect in a sentence and truly understood what it meant, and she did it with a huge smile on her face. Not only does Frozen Free Fall require matching, hand-eye coordination and planning, it is a really entertaining app. Players will not even realize they are learning to predict nor that they are enhancing their cause and effect knowledge.

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If you are a fan of games like Candy Crush or Bejewled, the concept for Frozen Free Fall is the same. Match three or more jewels horizontally and vertically to achieve the goals of the level. If you complete the level, you open a new level with different objectives. What I liked about Frozen Free Fall is that it is tailored to a younger set, but enjoyable by any age level. Each character from the new movie possess special abilities or "power-ups" that can help the player in various levels. Characters and their powers are unlocked as levels are completed.

This app particularly intrigued me because it is a game. I loved the beautiful graphics and the pleasant melodies, but I also liked that the game was accessible. Matching is an important foundation skill for which many higher level skills are based. I vividly remember sitting with Little Miss M with pictures or shapes and having her sort and match until I was blue in the face. This game makes matching fun. An important note, from my prospective, is that Frozen Free Fall allows players to move at their own pace. There is no timer! Each level has a set number of moves to complete the task at hand. The earlier levels are certainly more basic and easy to accomplish -- which isn't a bad thing. I could have played level one repetitively and still enjoyed myself.

Adding in the concepts of "power-ups" gives the player a hands-on experience with the concepts of cause and effect. If I choose the fire power and eliminate eight jewels, then the crown will fall to the bottom. If I move this purple jewel, then the green ones will fall into a line. Players can try the level as many times as they like to achieve the required score or challenge themselves.

Frozen Free Fall is a FREE app that allows the player to work at their own level. It's a fun game that offers desired repetition but provides plenty of challenges at the same time.

From iTunes

Get ready for an epic puzzle matching adventure in the Kingdom of Arendelle , inspired by the newest Disney animated film, Frozen! Join Anna, Elsa, and more of your favorite characters on a journey to slide and match 90 icy puzzles for free!

EXCITING MATCH-3 GAMEPLAY – Slide beautiful and colorful ice crystals to match 3 or more, and test your matching skills with extra challenging objectives!

UNLOCK MORE CHARACTERS AS YOU GO – Start the journey as young Elsa and Anna, then unlock grown-up versions of the sisters as you progress through the land. Follow the story and play with even more characters like Hans and Pabbie!

UNIQUE POWER-UPS SPECIALLY DESIGNED FOR EACH CHARACTER – Use Anna’s torch to burn up an entire row of crystals, or Elsa’s glacier power-up to make all of the same color crystals magically disappear! Try Hans’ sword to slash right through the crystals, and explore many more cool power-ups!


Amanda likes games that are exciting and fun but also teach key concepts. 

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