Mini-Guide: Origame

LQ: 8.8

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Brain grade: 8.6
Fun score: 9.0

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

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Origame turns origami into a game. The player is given a square sheet of paper and a dotted outline of an origami shape (such as a triangle). The player must then figure out how to fold the paper into the new shape. The game provides a meter that tells the player how close they are to matching the desired shape. The player must achieve the requested shape within a set number of moves. The closer they are to 100 percent, the more gems they get at the end of the level. Gems turn into coins and coins can be used to purchase different types of paper (other than the basic gray that the player starts with).

As the player advances through the levels, the folds become trickier. The player can also unlock bonus levels. The bonus levels include multiple folds and result in a finished item (like a boat) as if the player were completing an actual origami project.

Origame has ads and in-app purchases. The ESRB rated it E for Everyone and LW4K stands by this rating.


Origame helps kids practice and improve the following skills:

OrigameFlexibility

Adapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations.

While the first few levels are relatively common place folds (like folding the paper in half to form a triangle), the later levels get more complicated. This means that the player has to use their flexibility skills and try new things. They may no longer need to fold the paper exactly in half to beat the level. Uneven and seemingly oddly angled folds may be needed. If the player does not use their flexibility skills, they will not unlock new or bonus levels.

Organization

Arranging and coordinating materials in order to complete a task.

The player also has to use his or her organizational thinking skills for this game since they are organizing one thing (square paper) into a new thing (paper with a different shape). To be able to beat a level, the player has to be able to visualize the different ways they can move the paper and then actually manipulate the image in the same way. If they can’t organize the paper in this way, they will be unable to beat levels or will earn fewer gems if they beat the level in a “messy” way.

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