One of my all time favorite ipod touch games is “Unblock Me.” I had always thought that I lacked necessary spatial skills because growing up I never played video games, sports, or any other daily activity most children do due restrictions put upon me by my father. Anyways, I knew that just like my intelligence, my spatial abilities and skills were malleable therefore I set on a quest to find a game that would help me solve puzzles while aiding me in acquiring spatial skills. Well, I had found it! Unblock Me.
Unblock Me can be very frustrating in the beginning if a person has not played such puzzles before. It definitely made me feel like I was so restricted in my movement that I literally had a minor anxiety attack when all I could do was move left or right and up or down. Nothing else!
This game has two game modes that a user can choose from. A relaxed mode is where the player is neither time nor scored. The other is the challenge mode where the player is both timed and scored. Each level of beginner, intermediate, and expert contains more than 800 levels therefore guaranteeing that the player will get enough practice to become an expert at this game.
With all its benefits, I think Unblock Me can be an excellent tool for classroom settings. This game can be played individually and with partners. It has great potential to instill team work but also independent desire to approach problem-solving as well.
Unblock Me challenges children and adults to solve the block puzzle, which tests their abilities to come up with the best solution possible. Incentive to find the best solution? Player will get a solution hint, up to 5 solution hints at max, that can come handy when one is almost about to give up. For me, preserving my solution hints means to see how far can I keep going without using them. Often times I make myself proud!
Overall, Unblock is a great tool to be used in the classroom setting! It can help promote spatial skills, critical thinking skills, and scientific inquiry amongst students and adults alike.
Check out the video in the link below! Children in Sub-Saharan Africa using Unblock Me to learn spatial skills and cooperation! http://sms.cam.ac.uk/media/1120700?format=mpeg4&quality=360p