Letris & Friends is a word-puzzle app containing three unique mini-games in which to battle opponents. In the Snake mini-game, players are tasked with connecting random letters in a 4X4 grid to create as many unique words as possible. Users must only connect letters adjacent or diagonal to each other and all words must be formed by creating a single uninterrupted line. Each letter is worth an allotted number of points, but some letters award special bonuses when used. In the second game type, Letris, players face a combination of Snake and the classic game Tetris. Connecting letters to create words removes them from the play screen, making way for new letters. As the game advances, the letters begin to appear with increasing speed and frequency and players must battle to form words quickly and efficiently. The final game type, WordMatrix, players are presented a grid of 36 letters, each assigned a specific point value. Using any combination of letters, in any order, from any location in the grid, players must score as many points as possible by forming words with three or more letters. This mini-game has no time limit and allows players to get creative. Some letters grant special bonuses, while others are “wild card” letters that can be selected to represent any vowel. Players must use as many letters as possible before running out of possible combinations, making sure to score more points than their opponent. Each game type grants players unique power ups which can be used to increase scores or give hints and tips. Letris & Friends contains no inappropriate content and is easy to use, however does require a fair amount of spelling and vocabulary and is therefore recommend to any player ages 6 and up.
Adapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations.
Players exercise flexibility in each of Letris & Friend's mini-games. Whether working to create words from the randomly generated letters, or trying to create as many words as possible using a letter with bonus points attached players must be flexible in both strategy and vocabulary. Each mini-game utilizes unique strategies and rules, forcing players to adjust their approach accordingly. In Snake, for example, players are working to use the same combinations of letters to form as many unique words as possible. In WordMatrix, however, players only use each letter once, and must work to score as many points as possible from each word without leaving unused letters at the end of each round. Players will exercise the Flexibility thinking skill in a number of ways while playing the mini-games in Letris & Friends.
Recalling and retaining information in our mind while working.
Playing Letris & Friends can help expand players' working memory. Players can bolster their vocabulary in search of more letter combinations and higher scores. Players can also learn from their opponents word selections as Letris & Friends displays word possibilities along with the words and points earned by opponents when playing online. Over time players can begin to search for newly familiar words and higher point totals by exercising working memory.
Being efficient and aware of our use of time and effort.
Two of Letris & Friends' mini-games utilize a time limit, forcing players to actively strategize around a short game clock. Players must be able to score the maximum amount of points and locate the maximum amount of words in a short time frame. Playing Letris & Friends can help players become comfortable under the pressure of time constraints and become accustomed to performing in timed situations. Additionally, players will develop strategies for improving scores when working against a timer, including locating shorter words as time runs low, or simply locating words quicker and moving on from letter combinations when possibilities are not quickly apparent.
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