Piffle is a fun puzzle game where the player uses small round cats called Piffles to break blocks and earn points. The game starts when your character, a human, is playing in their yard with their dog and cat. An evil doctor comes and steals your dog, blocking your path with giant purple cubes. As you and your Piffle cat move through the map, you will need to break down all the blocks you encounter to save your dog and make it back home.
The player throws the Piffle cats across the board and, depending on their trajectory, they can collect more Piffles to throw, break down blocks, or access power ups that will help break down blocks faster. The player can also earn special items like bombs or glasses that allow them to see the full trajectory of their throw. There are quests to complete as well as additional features to unlock in the game, so there is always a new goal to reach for.
Piffle is available for free on Android and iOS but in-app purchases are available. Some younger players may need help reading the game’s instructions or brief dialogue scenes.
Flexibility: Adapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations.
Each level in Piffle presents different challenges that need to be navigated by the player. There may be different shapes, the blocks might be more durable, or there may be power ups that are more helpful in certain situations. For this, the player needs to use their flexibility skills and not rely on the same methods they might have used in previous puzzles. They need to take each puzzle as a new challenge and determine the best plan of action for each unique situation. For players who struggle with flexibility, they may find that they waste their power ups when they are not needed, or take too many turns to complete the level because they were using the same strategy from a previous level. These players should make an effort to try new things at each level and pay attention to what the scores look like at the end. They could then try the level over using a different technique to see how this change affects their overall score.
Planning: Developing a systematic approach for setting and achieving goals.
Piffle is not a timed game but the player does have only a certain amount of moves to finish up each puzzle. This is because the cubes that have not been destroyed at the end of a turn will drop down by one grid square. If a cube makes it to the bottom where the player is, they will lose the round and need to play again. The player has 5 hearts which means 5 attempts, so planning is an important part of gameplay. The player needs to think ahead about which blocks need to be cleared first as well as what trajectory the Piffles can be thrown in that will have the biggest impact. And because the power ups are finite resources, players also need to make sure they are planning for when to use them most effectively. Without this type of planning, the player may find themselves losing the game because a cube made it past them. To practice planning, before the player throws the first Piffle, they should look at the board and try to see what options are available. They can then choose the best strategy from the options they see.
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