It’s rare to see a paid html5 game, but at $10, Super Ubie Land is a unique platformer in which a cartoonish, little green alien crashes onto planet earth. His missions are to move through different worlds in an attempt to collect 54 bees for the queen and four gems for Roy, as well as to repair his ship one piece at a time. Once a gem is deposited, players will be given a new asset. The game uses few controls; the directional pad and the “s” key. “S” opens doors, while players control their alien sprite with the up, down, left, and right. Players can hook up an outside controller compatible with Google Chrome, as well. However, using only the keypad makes Super Ubie Land quite difficult. By nature platformers require precision, and being precise is challenging when players can only use four keys to maneuver. Consistent with the genre, players glide their way through levels, collecting points, gems, and coins, until they fight a boss. Once the boss is beaten, players move on to a new world. Although gameplay is not easy, we still recommend Super Ubie Land to children ages 6 and older.
Adapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations, especially adapting to obstacles.
Platformers are generally good games for practicing the flexibility thinking skill. In Super Ubie Land, new obstacles and enemies are introduced in each new world -- sometimes in each level. Players are then forced to adapt, as they adopt new strategies for every type of enemy or platform. Certain airborne enemies can be used as springs, blue mollusk-like ground dwelling enemies respawn quickly, and bosses are usually very large in size. Players must adjust their trajectory, speed, and momentum in a way that allows them to traverse over or through a new set of obstacles. Often, these challenges will take a few attempts.
Controlling the alien character is a task that requires players to use their flexibility skills, too. Players can jump, double jump, and float in the air via a small balloon. Mastering these three skills allows players to traverse nearly any gap -- as long as they can descent onto a platform or enemy. Hitting an enemy while airborne will cause players to ascend once again. Since players are only given three lives, they should be cautious when playing Super Ubie Land. While lives can be purchased using in-game currency, they are still in short supply. The lesson here: don't make the same mistake twice.
Recalling and retaining information in our mind while working.
Levels in Super Ubie Land are quite difficult and usually require a few attempts to complete -- especially as players move through different worlds. But that's not to diminish the difficulty of the first level -- Cloudy Forest. Even here, players are encouraged to make the first few passes "trial runs." Get used to the layout, the locations of platforms and enemies, and more importantly hidden secrets and bonus doors. It's not too lofty to commit entire levels to memory -- much like a speed runner would. Speed running, a platforming technique where players move through a course as fast as possible puts both the working memory and flexibility thinking skills to the test. But it requires mastery of the control and memorization of the levels. Additionally, knowing the ins and outs of each level allows players to make use of every opportunity to collect coins, purchase an extra life, or cash in on bees or gems.
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