Warp Shift is a puzzle game that tasks players with helping the young Pi and her mystical box-like companion escape the futuristic prison they find themselves trapped in. Pi and her pet must travel through the portals leading from level to level. By manipulating the layout of the levels and guiding Pi to the appropriate doorways, players can test their brains and try to release Pi in the limited number of actions allowed them. Players who work quickly enough will receive a 3-star ranking, allowing them to potentially unlock even more content. Warp Shift is rated E for Everyone, and, though LW4K finds that players 8 years and older get the most out of the thinking skill practice the game has to offer.
With the levels being constantly shifted, changed, and rearranged, it can be hard for a player to remember what they were trying to do a few actions later because of how different the level looks. Players need to focus closely on what they are doing in order to correctly move Pi through each level. Additionally, after a few levels, different sets of doorways are introduced, meaning that Pi will only be able to move through a doorway if both sides are the same color. Other mechanics require Pi to activate certain switches in order to open the appropriate pathways to allow her to reach her end goal. Focusing is the key to seeing these details and completing a level.
Developing a systematic approach for setting and achieving goals.
Because each level is basically a maze, players will do best when they plan out their actions in advance. More often than not, what appears to be the easiest pathway is not the correct answer, requiring players to think through each tap, foresee the changes it will make to a level and consider how many actions they have available to them. And if players are aiming to get three stars in each level, they'll need to plan especially carefully, finishing each level in the least number of moves necessary. This means that players must mentally map out their moves before taking them.
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