Alabama Bones is a combination auto-running platform game and puzzle game. The player is in charge of an Indiana Jones type character. With one tap on the screen, the character begins running through the level. If he hits an obstacle, he turns around. If he hits the end of a platform, he falls off of it. Along the way, the player will encounter action icons. If the player taps the screen at the same moment the character is on top of the action icon, he will perform the action. He can climb up and down ladders, swing on vines, or jump over things.
Each level has three idols and one key to collect. The goal is to collect all three idols before getting the key and exiting the level. The trick is to figure out the correct combination of actions (and in-actions, where the player chooses not to activate an action icon) to get safely out of the level with all three idols.
This game contains ads and in-app purchases. The ESRB rated Alabama Bones E10+ for mild or infrequent cartoon or fantasy violence and LW4K stands by this rating.
Alabama Bones helps kids practice and improve the following skills:
Adapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations.
This game requires the player to be flexible. They can't, for example, activate an action every time they see them. Sometimes there are extras in a level that aren't used at all. Other times, the player must pass one up the first time they go by it, do something else, and then use the action when they come back to it. If they don't stay flexible and try new combinations of using the action icons, they won't make it out of the level with all of the idols.
Developing and retaining information in our minds while working.
Problem solving is also important in Alabama Bones. The player needs to take in the whole level and consider what is the best way to get all of the idols and the key. If they don't take the time to plan ahead, they can end up missing an idol--or all three--by getting the key too early and heading out the level's door. They have to look at the problem as a whole if they are going to solve it completely.
Play the game with your child or sit with them and watch. Ask them to explain the game to you and how they play, including any strategies they use. Talk to them about the way the game uses the flexibility and planning thinking skills. Help them apply the skills they use in the game to daily life by choosing a flexibility activity and a planning activity that you can do together.
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