Drop

LQ: 8.9

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Brain grade: 8.5
Fun score: 9.3

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Game Type: , ESRB Rating: N/A Platform/Console: LWK Recommended Age: 9+ Thinking Skills Used: , ,

Drop

Drop puts a new “spin” on online typing-games that emphasize speed and accuracy to improve high scores. Play is simple, as players are asked to type letters in the order they appear on the screen, however, the task quickly becomes challenging as the speed at which the letters appear increases exponentially. Letters appear in a spiraling motion from the center of the screen, forming words and expanding outward toward the edges. If a letter reaches the edge of the screen, the game ends and players must start over. Accuracy is key to success. Typing an incorrect letter increases the speed at which letters spiral outward, making players’ task even more difficult. In addition, the background utilizes shapes and shadows which act to increase the intensity of the game, while also providing somewhat of a distraction. Players may also “submit” letters for additional bonuses by pressing the “enter” key. The more correct letters submitted, the higher the bonus. Drop contains no inappropriate content, but will be very challenging for beginning typers, or typers who unfamiliar with the keyboard layout and can type without looking. Drop is recommended to any player ages 10 and up.


THIS GAME IS GOOD FOR KIDS WHO NEED HELP WITH:

Focus

Getting started and then maintaining attention and effort to tasks.

drop 3Drop requires sustained attention from players, who must work quickly and accurately to achieve the highest possible score. Letters appear and form words at an increasingly rapid speed, spiraling from the center of the screen toward the edges. Players must quickly type the words before any letters reach the edge of the screen. Maintaining a high level of focus is essential to success as failing to type the correct letter, or slowing the pace of typing will quickly result in failing the level. In addition, the background presents a different form of challenge for players. A series of shapes and shadows serve to both add a sense of space, time, and intensity to the game, while simultaneously creating a form of distraction from the letters. Players must work to ignore this sensory data and focus solely on the words and letters as they appear.

Working Memory

Recalling and retaining information in our mind while working.

Typing with speed and accuracy requires players to memorize the keys locations, the strategic "reaches" used to press each key, and then employ this information swiftly. Drop pushes these skills to the limit as players must react even faster to words as they appear on the screen and are unable to type an incorrect letter or look down at their keyboard without repercussions. Drop is a great way to practice typing for increased speed, accuracy, and keyboard layout knowledge. Players who are able to recall the locations of letters on the keyboard and utilize this information quickly while playing will far outperform those who cannot.

Self-Control

Managing our actions, feelings and behaviors.

drop 4After spending time with Drop, players can become quickly irritated and frustrated. The game provides little room for error, punishing players with an increased pace each time an incorrect letter is pressed. Because of this, players must also control the impulse to guess upcoming words, type letters at random, or try to work too quickly. In a game where accuracy is key to success, players must exercise the Self-Control thinking skill, maintaing a level of calm and focus, while also controlling their physical actions to ensure that the correct letters are utilized at the correct times.

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