Brawlhalla

LQ: 8.3

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Brain grade: 7.7
Fun score: 8.9

Game Type: ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ Platform/Console: , , , , , , LWK Recommended Age: 10+ Thinking Skills Used: ,

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Brawhalla is a free-to-play multi-level fighting game in the same vein as Nintendo’s Super Smash Brothers. The player controls one of 40 over-the-top legends to use, each with their own unique abilities and weapons. Weapons and special items are scattered throughout the stages, allowing for you to do even more damage to your opponents. As the player takes damage, they become easier to knock back and therefore more susceptible to being eliminated from the game. 

 

The game offers eight different ways to play, including  cooperative, multiplayer, and arcade modes, meaning that the game can be enjoyed whether or not you are online. There is also the ability to create cross-play custom rooms where people who have the game on different devices can play together. 

Brawlhalla is free-to-play but there are in-game purchases available such as Battle Pass 1 and 2, which allow the player to access additional characters, weapons, and miscellaneous features. 


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Brawlhalla  helps kids practice and improve the following skills:

Working Memory: Recalling and retaining information in our minds while working.

While it is sometimes fun to button mash your way through a fighting game, Brawlhalla requires the player to remember various combinations if they want to truly do some damage. This means that they need to remember the button combinations while they are in the middle of the fight. Players who struggle with Working Memory can fight in training sessions or arcade mode until they feel more comfortable controlling their characters before moving on to potentially harder multiplayer fights. 

 

Flexibility: Adapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations. 

Because there are so many different modes of play in Brawlhalla, players need to be flexible in their approach to fighting. In every fight the opponents can behave differently and the stages themselves can present new and unique challenges. Players who struggle with being flexible and adapting to new and changing situations should start in the tutorial or arcade mode to get some practice before heading into more unpredictable fights.

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