Doodle Jump

LQ: 7.9

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Brain grade: 7.1
Fun score: 8.7

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Game Type: ESRB Rating: N/A Platform/Console: , , , LWK Recommended Age: 6+ Thinking Skills Used: ,

iTunes / Google Play

Doodle Jump has players guiding a creature called “Doodle the Doodler” up a series of platforms. Doodle will continually jump at a certain height, so players only control his movements left or right to get him to ascend. Movement is controlled with the device’s tilt controls. Enemies periodically appear, and players can tap the screen to shoot at them. Power-ups like springs (used to jump higher) and jet packs (used to boost upwards) are scattered throughout the game. The level never ends, so the goal is for players to continue upward as long as they can. The game features no inappropriate content, easy to use controls and no academic skills are needed to play, making it suitable for players ages 6 and up.

 


THIS GAME IS GOOD FOR KIDS WHO NEED HELP WITH:

Self-Control

Managing our actions, feelings and behaviors. Managing anger and frustration.

The motion-based tilt controls used in Doodle Jump require players to remain calm and steady while playing, using subtle motions to guide the character. Some platforms in the game are traps, so players shouldn't always land on the first possible platform, resisting the urge to continually climb, and instead look for a safe path upwards. Also, since there is no ending to achieve, and the goal is instead to build a high score, players will commonly have to restart the game. Getting a high score takes time, and players must battle through frustration as they continue to try and improve their score. By not getting discouraged players can maintain better focus, and therefore be more likely to progress further through the game.

Focus

Getting started and then maintaining attention and effort to tasks.

It is very easy to make a wrong move in Doodle Jump. Unfortunately the platforms below you disappear as you increase in altitude, so there is no chance of falling and luckily catching a lower platform. This means that every jump is a make or break situation for Doodle the Doodler. It is very important for players to glue their attention to the game and avoid any distractions so that they can reach new heights and earn higher score. There are numerous things to avoid like weak platforms and black holes, while there are also objects players want steer towards, like height-boosting bouncy springs. In this way, it's critical to keep a sharp eye out for both dangers and helpful items. Additionally, Doodle the Doodler is controlled by tilting the device, which means even paying attention to body movements are important. The more players can work to maintain their attention and stay focused while playing, the better their score will become.

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