Grapple Dog

LQ: 9.0


Brain grade: 8.7
Fun score: 9.3

Game Type: ESRB Rating: Everyone Platform/Console: , , LWK Recommended Age: 5+ Thinking Skills Used: , Academic Skills Used:

Nintendo Switch Steam Xbox Series X/S

Grapple Dog is a 2D platformer where the player controls a small dog with a grappling hook, navigating him through various levels filled with obstacles and hidden objects. The buttons on the controller correspond to different moves the dog, named Pedro, can make while they are navigating the levels. The player can also explore the area to find purple gems, which help to unlock further levels. 

In the game, Pedro the dog is a research assistant for an archeologist who is writing a book on The Great Inventor. After a fateful encounter with a robot named Nul (who quickly becomes evil), Pedro discovers that he needs to be the one to save the world. Along with his boss and co-worker, Pedro needs to navigate various islands filled with evil robots, spinning saw blades, and spikes. 

Grapple Dog is rated E for Everyone and is available on Nintendo Switch, Steam, and Xbox Series X and S.

Grapple Dog helps kids practice and improve the following skills:

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

In order to move through the different levels of the game successfully, the player needs to remember what buttons perform which functions. They need to do this in real time because, otherwise, they will find themselves landing in fields of spikes, rotating saw blades, or missing a crucial jump. For players who are new to practicing this skill, the levels do not have limits, meaning that they can be practiced multiple times until the player is comfortable with the button combinations. 

Self-Awareness: Understanding our own actions, thoughts and feelings.

Platformers can be difficult, especially if the player is new to the genre. It is quite possible that the same level, or parts of it, will need to be repeated a few times before the player makes it all the way to the end. Having good self-awareness skills allows the player to recognize when they are feeling too frustrated to play and self-control can help the player set down the controller and come back to the game later after they have taken a break.

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