MexiBall is a logic game in which you need to slide colored balls together. The levels start easy, but quickly increase in difficulty. Ex: You will need to slide a yellow ball out of the way before sliding the red balls together. Other obstacles are added, such as holes, electric gates, etc. Not only do you want to complete the level, but you want to do so in as few moves as possible.
Oh yeah, did I mention it is FREE this week????? Donut Games offers a FREE app every week, they post the name of the app on Mondays. Here is their Facebook page.
What Goals Do I Target?
- Logic, sequencing, and higher level thinking: Students must analyze the puzzle, decide what steps need to be accomplished, solve problems (ex: if a ball is in the way, etc), use multiple strategies, etc. It was really cool to see my students pre-planning the steps...even talking out a plan before they began! This game is advanced enough for my middle school-aged students as well. You could increase the vocabulary level for older students: theory, predict, hypothesis, test, solution, etc.
- Following directions: I can provide oral directions for the student to follow in order to pass a level. Student partners can also work together...Student A tells Student B how to complete a move or level, then they can reverse roles.
- Fine motor and coordination: It is great practice for my students who struggle with keeping their finger on the screen and dragging the marbles through the puzzle/maze. My OT friends would be better at describing the skills needed here! =)
Here are screenshots from the Apple Store...I didn't use my own shots as the store shots showed the finger moving the marbles, which is nice.