Pliq is a game in the same general family of strategy and puzzle games as Tetris. The player is shown a line (or three) of brightly-colored jelly blocks falling from the top of the screen. This row (or rows) will have some blocks missing. The player is responsible for drawing the missing block shapes (on the bottom row of the screen). If the player has matched the hole perfectly, all complete rows will disappear. If the player has mis-matched the falling row, the incomplete rows will lock and go gray. They will unlock only when the player clears the row or rows in the next round.
The player gets points and stars for clearing rows. Collecting stars earns the player achievements, as well as increasing the player’s level. The higher the level the player gets, the faster new rows fall and the more complicated the holes can be. The game also keeps track of high scores and rankings (at the global, local, and friends levels).
Pliq has in-game ads and purchases. The ESRB rated it E for Everyone. LW4K stands by this rating, although those 6 and older are best equipped to learn from this game.
Pliq helps kids practice and improve the following skills:
Arranging and coordinating materials in order to complete a task.
In this game, the player has to be able to see a hole (missing jelly blocks) and then create a new jelly block to fill that hole. They also have to make sure that when they make that block, they have it lined up properly to fill the hole. In some cases, they have to do this more than once in order to make a complete row. To do this, the player has to use their organizational skills, specifically with regards to organizing things and places. If they do not, they will not complete rows. If they don't complete rows, their game board will fill up and their game will be over. This will keep them from getting higher on the leader board or reaching new achievements.
Being efficient and aware of our use of time and effort.
Because the new rows fall at a steady rate, the player is also going to want to use their keeping pace time management skills. If they don't keep the pace of the new row in mind, they will not be able to make the required shape in time to eliminate the falling row. If they don't eliminate the rows, they will start stacking up. Even when they do eliminate rows and advance to higher levels, they will need to keep the changing pace in mind. Because of this, using time management skills is an on-going, active practice for the player. If they don't keep evaluating and adjusting as necessary, they will not get further in the game.
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