CrushStations

LQ: 9.25

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Brain grade: 9.7
Fun score: 8.8

Game Type: ESRB Rating: N/A Platform/Console: , , LWK Recommended Age: 4+ Thinking Skills Used: ,

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CrushStations is a memory game where you are attempting to save small sea creatures from the grasp of an evil hungry octopus. The sea creatures are located in bubbles of varying colors and you need to remember both the color and the type of sea creature you see in order to free them. As the bubbles advance, they will become opaque and the player will need to remember the order of the creatures and the colors of the bubbles. If they are successful, the creatures will pop the bubble and escape to the ocean floor. If the player fails, the octopus grabs the creature and eats them. The first few levels are very structured and allow for practice with the game mechanics before the levels get more complicated. 

A quick warning to parents of younger children: The octopus in the game can seem scary and some children may be upset with seeing sea creatures in distress and/or being eaten. If you are concerned about this, All You Can E.T. is another game by the same company that may be more age appropriate but covers the same skills.


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CrushStations  helps kids practice and improve the following skills:

 

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

In order to successfully complete each level with three stars, the player needs to remember what sea creatures are in which color bubbles. As the levels progress, the combinations of colors and sea creatures increase in complexity. The bubbles also become opaque at different stages, requiring the player to remember their contents and color longer. Players who struggle with Working Memory may find the later levels difficult but they will have plenty of time to practice in the earlier stages of the game. 

 

Focus: Getting started and then maintaining attention and effort to tasks. 

Without being able to focus, remembering the sea creature type and bubble color can be very difficult. The player needs to be able to pay attention to the types of sea creatures and the color bubbles they are hiding in. Because each round is short, players can practice focusing in small amounts. The earlier levels of the game are simple, allowing for players to practice their focus without too much complexity before moving to the higher levels of the game.

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