Mini-Guide: Kami 2

LQ: 9.5

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Brain grade: 10
Fun score: 9

Kami 2
Game Type: , ESRB Rating: Everyone Platform/Console: , , LWK Recommended Age: 8+ Thinking Skills Used: ,

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Kami 2 is a simple yet challenging puzzle game. There are no time limits, but each level does have a limited number of moves for the player to complete the level.  Each level is comprised of a picture of multiple colors. The player selects a color and taps a part of the picture. Whatever color that the player touches will all turn the new color. The goal is to turn each shape on the picture into the same color, so at the end of a level there is just one single colored rectangle on the screen. After the player has completed a level “perfectly” (in the required number of moves), the next level will unlock.

Kami 2 also has daily challenge levels and the ability for the player to create and share their own levels. There are in-game ads and purchases. The ESRB rated this game E for Everyone. While the first several levels are very easy, they do get challenging quickly. Because of this, LW4K recommends this game for ages 8 and up.


Kami 2 helps kids practice and improve the following skills:

FlexibilityKami 2

Adapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations.

Although Kami 2 has the same goal for every level (turn the picture all one color), the variety of pictures and the small number of moves allowed each level require the player to be flexible and willing to try new things. One added triangle or one fewer moves available can make a large difference in how the player approaches the game. If all the player does, for example, is start in the center of the picture and work outwards, there will be many levels they cannot beat. Starting on the outside versus the inside or starting with the biggest area or the smallest area; all these approaches (and more) will help in some levels and hinder in others. And if the player can't stay flexible and figure out the right approach, they will either have to use hints (which can be unlocked with an ad or a purchase) or remain stuck on the level without unlocking any others.

Planning

Developing and retaining information in our minds while working.

This game is all about planning skills. The player has to think about each move before they make it and consider how that move can help them solve the problem of the picture that makes up the current level. Just like with similar strategy games like chess, the player will be more successful the more they think and plan. Planning out two or three--or all--of the moves before acting on them while help the player be successful and beat the level quickly, without hints or frustration.

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