Mini-Guide: Find the Balance

LQ: 9.2

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Brain grade: 9.0
Fun score: 9.4

Find the Balance
Game Type: ESRB Rating: Everyone Platform/Console: , , , , , , , LWK Recommended Age: Any Thinking Skills Used: ,

Android  |  iTunes  |  Nintendo Switch  |  Steam

In Find the Balance, the player’s goal is to take a selection of various shapes (squares and triangles all the way to real world items like bananas) and make them balance for a certain amount of time. The player will, in some cases, have to choose which piece to start with. Sometimes they may even have to try more than once to get the right starting piece. The first several levels are very straight-forward and have an easy-to-understand tutorial. The levels get harder at a reasonable pace.

There are four different modes. Classic is your typical levels where the player earns one to three stars and unlocks more and more difficult levels. Classic mode uses more generic shapes. Stars mode uses things like pizza slices instead of triangles. The player must place pieces on a game board in the right order to cover (or collect) the three stars. Endless mode simply asks the player to stack as many shapes and items as possible. Christmas mode is almost exactly like classic mode, except the player must balance Christmas themed shapes.

Find the Balance has in-game ads and purchases. The ESRB rated this game E for Everyone and LW4K stands by this rating.


Find the Balance helps kids practice and improve the following skills:

OrganizationFind the Balance

Arranging and coordinating materials in order to complete a task.

Find the Balance is all about asking the player to organize a collection of shapes and/or items. The game gives the player a set number of pieces, often odd and misshapen, and the player has to find the perfect way to organize them so that they can balance rather than fall over. If the player does not use their organizational thinking skills, they will be unable to complete this goal. If they do a poor enough job, they will not be able to move on to new levels.

Planning

Developing a systematic approach for setting and achieving goals.

In this game, all the pieces are different shapes and sizes. The player also gets to decide in which order to place the pieces and whether or not to rotate them. Almost all of the power is in the player's hands. Because of this, the player must really utilize their planning skills. Every step of the way is their choice. If they don't think carefully about the problem facing them and take the time to plan every step out, they may get to the last piece only to realize that things would have balanced better if it were the first piece played. This will lead to the player failing to balance the pieces, losing the level, and being unable to unlock more levels.

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