Food Conga takes a bit of road crossing genre, mixed with cooking genre, and a dash of cute graphics. The player receives an “order”–such as two hot dogs and two French fries. He or she must then take the chef into the world to search for the food. The chef finds one part of the order–the hot dogs– and the food bounces along behind the chef in a conga line. Once the chef has collected all of one type of food, the hot dogs (in our example) will stop their conga line and the chef will start over again with the next item on the order. After the player finds all pieces, they serve the order. There are obstacles such as cars, hedgehogs, and bears. If the player bumps into one he dies and starts over. If the player successfully completes the orders, he or she earns dollars and coins to purchase upgrades.
The game has ads and in-game purchases. The ESRB rated Food Conga E for Everyone, and LW4K stands by this rating.
Food Conga helps kids practice and improve the following skills:
Adapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations.
Food Conga has a variety of different obstacles. There are cars, bears that chase you, trees and crates that you have to go around or through, and hedgehogs that move in a predictable pattern. There are even boulders that come unexpectedly from off-screen to smash you. With all this variety, the player has the perfect chance to practice their flexibility skills. Adapting to obstacles is important if the player wants to collect coins and dollars in order to upgrade their chef and their food. If the player does not remain flexible, he or she will have to restart the game and earn less rewards.
Recalling and retaining information in our mind while working.
Since Food Conga is a game where the player must fill a specific order, the player has the opportunity to practice following directions. If they get distracted and wander around instead of remembering their order, the player will be much more likely to bump into a hazardous obstacle and have to start the game over. Using their working memory to follow directions gives them a much better chance to earn money and upgrade their game.
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 working memory thinking skills. Help them apply the skills they use in the game to daily life by choosing a flexibility activity and a working memory activity that you can do together.
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