What’s The Pic?

LQ: 8.6

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Brain grade: 8.2
Fun score: 9.0

Game Type: ESRB Rating: N/A Platform/Console: , , , LWK Recommended Age: 8+ Thinking Skills Used: ,

iTunes / Google Play

What’s The Pic? is a word recognition puzzle game where players must unveil an image piece by piece. The game does not allow them to┬áreveal the whole picture, so they players must be cognizant of how the image takes shape while they are shedding off pieces. However, what makes the game competitive is the scrambled letters at the bottom of the screen. Players are given a series of blank tiles into which they insert the letters from the bank. The letters are combined to make a word that matches the hint or clue provided by the image. There are 2 sets of easier levels, and 13 sets of more difficult puzzles — with more pieces or more difficult clues. Players are also given lifelines which cost coins. Coins can be earned in bulk by paying, or in small increments as they solve each puzzle. There is no inappropriate content featured in What’s The Pic?. However some of the clues from the pictures are difficult to figure out. Therefore, we recommend the game to players who are over 8 years old.

 


THIS GAME IS GOOD FOR KIDS WHO NEED HELP WITH:

Focus

Getting started and then maintaining attention and effort to tasks.

Sustained attention is a pre-requisite of all games that identify with the puzzle genre. Especially in the case of Where's The Pic?, players have to keep their attention to detail consistent throughout each level. Once players begin to tear away pieces of the puzzle, the image will become a little more clear. For the most part, the word players must solve for is not the image itself, but a related facet. Players will have to think critically about what the image is trying to portray even though they cannot see the whole thing. Solving a puzzle like this with such limited resources takes goal directed persistence, which is the players' ability to see a task through until the end. With Where's The Pic?, players are certainly strengthening their focus thinking skill.

Self-Control

Managing our actions, feelings and behaviors.

Because players are allowed "life lines" during play, they have alternatives when a puzzle is too difficult for them to solve. But lifelines cost coins, a form of in game currency that is accumulated at a slow rate -- unless players pay for additional coins. With each successful rounds, players are usually awarded a small sum of coins that can be used for a number of life lines. The life lines are: remove letters, reveal a letter, more picture reveals, and reveal answer -- the latter being useful only to players who are truly stuck. Players must be able to pick and choose when to use one of the relatively expensive life lines. Even if they are stuck for a few minutes it will be much more rewarding if they can come upon the answer themselves, rather then succumbing to an impulse lifeline purchase.

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