LQ: 9.5


Brain grade: 9.8
Fun score: 9.2

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

Nintendo Switch iPhone iPad Android 


Inbento is a strategic puzzle game where the player is putting together bento boxes by manipulating pieces of food to match the picture shown in a recipe book. The puzzles start out fairly simple and add more complexity as you move through the levels. There are multiple ingredients that need to be added, adjusted, rotated, and covered up. Some pieces cannot be moved so the player has to see the correct placement order knowing that some pieces will not be able to be manipulated. 

The game features a go back and restart mode if the player makes a mistake with the puzzle. In Between solving puzzles, the player sees cutscenes of a mother cat making lunches and interacting with her young son, adding a wordless story element to the game. 

Inbento is available for purchase on Android, iOS, and Nintendo Switch. 

InBento helps kids practice and improve the following skills:

Organization: Arranging and coordinating materials in order to complete a task.

Every puzzle in InBento requires the player to organize the pieces in the correct order to make the pattern shown in the recipe book. The player needs to look at the pattern and determine how the pieces fit together, whether or not they need to be rotated and how they can use the movement functions like rotate and replace to manipulate the pieces once they are in the box. For players who struggle with organization, they may have a hard time seeing the finished product with the pieces they are given. The game does not provide hints so the player needs to use their organization skills to place the pieces using trial and error. This can help build up their organizational skills for the harder levels ahead. 

Planning: Developing a systematic approach for setting and achieving goals.

The player has a finite number of moves to complete the bento box puzzle. Some pieces cannot be rotated or changed, which adds to the difficulty, causing the player to use their planning skills to see how the puzzle needs to come together before starting to place pieces. If the player struggles with planning, they may find themselves starting the puzzle over several times because the pieces have been placed incorrectly. The player needs to look at the pieces that are currently in the box as well as the pieces they need to insert into the puzzle and see a couple of moves ahead to make sure that they stack correctly and make the correct configuration. 

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