Rubble Trouble New York

LQ: 7.5


Brain grade: 7.1
Fun score: 7.8

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


Rubble Trouble New York is a physics-based puzzle game that requires players to use a variety of different tools to knock down buildings. Players have access to explosives, drills and wrecking balls to take down buildings, earning more points for using less tools. Some levels have special objectives, like getting a worker trapped atop a building to safety or protecting surrounding buildings from the demolition. Reading is only needed for instructions, but is not necessary for gameplay. Aside from the explosions and demolition the game contains no violence or innappriopiate content. Due to the game’s level of difficulty however, Rubble Trouble New York is recommended to players ages 7 and up.

This Game is Good for Kids Who Need Help With:


Developing a systematic approach for setting and achieving goals.

Early levels of Rubble Trouble New York are meant to introduce players to each of the tools they will be using throughout the game. These tutorial levels feature only a single tool and a clearly-defined goal: destroy the structure as quickly as possible. However, once players have learned how to use their tools, the jobs become increasingly more complicated. Players are asked to save workers from rooftops, salvage important items from structures and, most importantly, to make sure that surrounding buildings are not damaged during the demolition process. In order to accomplish these goals, players must take the time to examine the work sites, and decide which of their available tools are most appropriate to complete the job.


Adapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations.

Due to the wide variety of demolition tools the game employs, as well as the ever-shifting goals and objectives found in each level, it is important for players to adjust their approach level to level. Some levels may limit the amount of resources available for players to use, while another may challenge them with protecting a nearby building from damage by debris. Players will commonly get stuck on difficult levels, and sometimes such situations require a completely new perspective in order to succeed. For instance, in one early level players learn how to use the drill, and are given five drills to take down a building. At first, drilling into the sides seems like a good idea. However, doing so will not destroy the building in five uses. In order to do so, players need to look to the top of the building instead, drilling down vertically to beat the level. By being open to trying new things, players will be better equipped to discover the best uses of the tools at hand, thereby maximizing their score.

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