Popopop

LQ: 7.3

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Brain grade: 7.3
Fun score: 7.2

Game Type: ESRB Rating: N/A Platform/Console: LWK Recommended Age: 7+ Thinking Skills Used: ,

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Popopop is a Tetris-like puzzle game where the player pops bubbles by dropping bubbles of a similar color next to one another. The player is also aided by power-ups, like lightning which strikes from the top and eliminates any bubble it touches, or pins which can pop any bubbles of any color. As a puzzle game, Popopop contains no violence or offensive content, and while the game is easy to learn and  control, later levels may prove too difficult for very young players. Due to these considerations, Popopop is recommended for players ages 7 and up.



THIS GAME IS GOOD FOR KIDS WHO NEED HELP WITH:

Planning

Developing a systematic approach for setting and achieving goals.

Popopop requires careful planning before beginning each level. The player is only given a limited number of "detonators" to work with, which must be used wisely. He may only have one bubble detonator for a certain color, and needs to use it in a specific way to pop all the corresponding bubbles. The player must carefully observe the layout of the game board to ensure colored detonators in short supply are not wasted ineffectually. Failing to predict the consequences of each action will cause the player to fail or pop less bubbles than could have possibly been destroyed. This skill only becomes more important as the game progresses, as the difficulty level quickly ramps up.

Working Memory

Recalling and retaining information in our minds while working.

A handful of special bubbles in Popopop have their own unique features. For example, lightning bolt bubbles zap bubbles in a line, while black mask bubbles turn the lights out on the whole playing board, leaving nothing but darkness. The player needs to remember the functions of the unique bubble and put that information to use in during gameplay. Forgetting which detonator can end the game or cause lights out can result in swift failure. The ability to keep information in  mind while paying attention to the game will prove to be a critical asset in conquering level after level.

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