Mini-Guide: Pivotol

LQ: 9.0


Brain grade: 9.2
Fun score: 8.8

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


Pivotol is a match-3 style game with a very unique twist. The player has a game board of colored squares. They must match six or more of the same color. To move and match the colors, the player selects a grouping of four and rotates them on a central pivot point. Once the player makes a move, more blocks fall from the top of the game board. The player must keep the blocks from reaching the top of the game board.

Other elements of the game include special blocks cleared only by reaching the bottom of the board, daily rewards, and achievements. Pivotol has in-app ads and purchases available. The ESRB rated it E for Everyone and LW4K stands by this rating.

Pivotol helps kids practice and improve the following skills:


Arranging and coordinating materials in order to complete a task.

In order to play this game, the player must use their organizational skills. If they aren’t thinking about how to organize the blocks into groups of six or more, they literally cannot get anywhere in the game. Beyond that, they also need to be able to organize the idea of how to pivot and rotate the blocks to get them where they want them. Without these skills, the blocks will stack up and the game will be over.


Developing a systematic approach for setting and achieving goals.

While it may be easy to find six or more pink blocks on the game board, the player has to also be able to see how to move them according to pivots and rotation. This means that they have to make use of their planning skills. They need to look at each of the different colors of blocks and solve the problem of which is the easiest to group together and which pivots are the best way to do it. If they don’t take the time to do some short-term planning (a move or two ahead at least), then they could end up breaking up groups instead of making bigger ones.

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