Paper Mingle

LQ: 9.3


Brain grade: 9.4
Fun score: 9.2

Game Type: ESRB Rating: N/A LWK Recommended Age: 4+ Thinking Skills Used: ,

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Paper Mingle is a puzzle game in which you need to merge paper circles of different colors and complexities together to form new shapes. At the beginning of the level you will be shown what shape you need to create. You then have to remember which colors combine to create the shapes you will need to create this new paper circle and complete the level. 

The paper shapes can be moved around on the 4×4 grid in a straight horizontal or vertical line. Each level has a number of turns you are allotted to complete the puzzle. If you cannot complete the challenge in the number of turns or if you fill the board completely, you will need to start over. 

You are awarded a score at the end of the puzzle which translates into a 1-3 star rating. These can then be used to earn special moves that allow you to manipulate the board in certain ways. 

Paper Mingle is a free-to-play game and is now available on Android and iOS.

Paper Mingle helps kids practice and improve the following skills:

Working Memory: Recalling and retaining information in our minds while working.

Each puzzle in Paper Mingle requires the player to remember what combinations of paper circles lead to new ones. The player needs to remember these combinations while moving the pieces around on the board to set up possible combinations. Players who struggle with Working Memory might have difficulty remembering what paper circles combine to create the new circles they need for the puzzle. Starting with the lower levels and practicing with fewer options can help reinforce the basic combinations before the player moves on to more complicated levels in the game. There are also hints that can be used as a tool if the player is truly stuck and cannot remember what combination they need to move on. 



Planning: Developing a systematic approach for setting and achieving goals.

Each puzzle in Paper Mingle needs to be completed in a certain number of moves. There is also limited space on the board, meaning that the player cannot simply continue to add paper circles until they get a perfect combination in just the right spot. Figuring out where you need to move the circles based on the ultimate goal circle is a good way for the player to practice their planning skills. If the player struggles with this, they may find themselves repeating a level several times before getting the correct shape combination. Players can practice by using the earlier levels as a way to become comfortable with the game board and how the circles move. They can then get a better idea of how more complicated combinations will work in future levels. 

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