Mini-Guide: Domino Drop

LQ: 8.2

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Brain grade: 8.0
Fun score: 8.4

Domino Drop
Game Type: ESRB Rating: Everyone Platform/Console: , , LWK Recommended Age: 10+ Thinking Skills Used: , Academic Skills Used:

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Domino Drop is reminiscent of Tetris, only with dominoes and without being able to turn the pieces. The player gets to choose when the dominos fall, rather than having it happen automatically. There are also three modes and no ads or in-app purchases.

The game got an E for Everyone rating. Basic understanding of numbers is important for this game, so LW4K recommends this for children 6 and up.


Domino Drop helps kids practice and improve the following skills:

Domino DropOrganization

Arranging and coordinating materials in order to complete a task.

Organizing places and things is a key skill to be successful at Domino Drop. The entire premise of the game is for the player to place matching sides of the dominoes together. This means organizing them in a specific order. If they do not use their organizational skills, the game board will back up and the player will lose the game.

Planning

Developing a systematic approach for setting and achieving goals.

Domino Drop is also an excellent game for working on improving short-term planning. Planning where to place the dominoes is critical to the success of the player, even though they only get to see two pieces at a time. If they don't pay attention to what they are doing--and what piece is up next--they will not be able to line pieces up properly. This will result in the pieces stacking up and the player losing.

Math

The mathematics skills required by Domino Drop are very basic, but they are present all the same. For a player to be successful, they need to be able to count/identify dots on the dominoes. In the Trials mode they will also need to be able to identify written numbers and make sure that they have lined up the appropriate number of dominoes (if the number is six, they need to line up six 6's). Without these basic math skills, a player will not be successful at this game.

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