Rating Thinkrolls - 5 out of 5 - Best Rating 5.0

  • Android, iPad, iPhone
  • Paid
  • age 5+
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About Thinkrolls

Thinkrolls is a cleverly designed app that introduces children to the early stages of scientific principles. As the name suggests, kids think while they roll, or rather, while a cute ball-shaped character rolls through a variety of mazes and face challenges as they go. This app not only will improve fine motor skills but also deliver some real education value to any science lesson. There are limited instructions, so children have to think critically and employ physics logic to figure out how to solve each level.

App progresses as follows: Chapter 1 Cookie introduces kids to basic reasoning and helps them practice fine motor skills such as click drag and slide. Chapter 2 Introduces kids to basic physics such as gravity and friction kids learn to move crates out of the way, use them to cap holes or use them as steps to rise to higher ground. They estimate height and distances to avoid entrapments. Chapter 3 Introduces kids to additional physics concepts such as upward lift and sudden burst. Chapter 4 Introduces kids too heavy objects, density, altitude and falling speed. Chapter 5 Introduces kids to elasticity, bouncing and impetus. Kids use the jelly to jump up and reach higher floors. Chapter 6 Introduces kids to temperature, liquefaction and the properties of fire and ice. Chapter 7 Introduces kids to advanced fine motor skills that require synchronization, accuracy and patience! Two types of elevator serve as transportation inside the maze.

Thinkrolls Review

A well-developed ability to solve problems and an enjoyment of doing so can help children greatly in their education.  The tenacity required to solve problems helps children to learn not to give up.  The diversity of problems helps children to combine and apply their knowledge from different sources.  Observation and experimentation are rewarded as different strategies are employed.  There are no subjects dedicated to problem solving but they all depend on it.
Thinkrolls is a beautifully designed app that leads young children through a series of many puzzles that gently increase in difficulty.  They think as they roll their character through a series of challenges.
The player’s interactions with the app are easy to understand and help to develop fine motor skills.  The requirements of each puzzle are clearly communicated to the player without using written words.  It is perfectly matched to its target users.
Children will have no problems playing through the many puzzles independently but will also benefit from and enjoy discussing and working through them with their parents.  They will get stuck and they will make mistakes but problems that are obviously solved are not problems at all.  Persevering with them lets children taste the satisfaction of not giving up.
The app has carefully judged how to deal with mistakes.  There is no punishment to demotivate children.  Whole puzzles do not have to be restarted from scratch.  Players go back to the last part of  the level where they were on course and work out how they should have progressed.
The puzzle solving is the main attraction of this app but it also introduces a number of scientific principles as it does so.  Buoyancy, friction and momentum all help or hinder the solutions.
It is easy as a parent to be attracted to literacy, numeracy and other subject-themed apps.  They are clearly important skills but don’t forget the more general skills that have a wider usage.  Apps exist to cover these.  Thinkrolls is such an app and does it perfectly.

App Details



Android, iPad, iPhone



In-App Purchases - No

In-App Advertising - Yes - 1st Party



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