Bottom Line: Addicting game combining pinball, Pachinko, and Cut the Rope. Definitely download the free trial (linked below.)
Coins Muncher is a brand-new game from A & R Entertainment that features a cute monster named, appropriately but boringly, Coins Muncher. The goal of the game is to drop the coin, try to avoid hazards, light up three stars, and ultimately have the coin drop into Coins Muncher’s mouth.
This game uses logic and physics with a large dose of chance, just as in a standard arcade pinball game. The user controls where to drop the coin and where the Coins Muncher is moved. Physics and chance control the movement of the coin through the board. I found it very fun to play, and managed to complete all 64 levels before reviewing. All in the name of a comprehensive review, of course.
A level is passed by lighting (passing over) at least one star on the board. However, in order to move on to the next world (Orange World is first, then Pink, Green, and Blue) each with a new set of 16 levels, the player must have earned at least one star on each level of the preceding world. No stars are recorded if the coin does not make it to the Coins Muncher’s mouth.
As the levels and worlds get progressively more difficult, obstacles are added. In some, there is a spiky ball that immediately ends the level if touched. Other levels feature sliding balls, bumpers, and bubbles. In all levels, the player must catch the coin in the Coin Muncher’s mouth to get another coin and continue to try to light stars.
Most of the obstacles bounce the coin around just like a pinball/Pachinko game. However, the spiky ball of death can be annoying and might be difficult for younger players. Players can light one star and let the coin drop to pass a level without the risk of needing to start over due to spike-hittage. It can be replayed later to attempt to gain the level's other stars, if desired.
The music isn’t too annoying even after listening over many levels, and I am easily annoyed. It can be muted from the home page, as well. Each level has a pause button, allowing the game to be paused, quit, or restarted. Coins Muncher even has a free trial, giving access to the first 16 levels. This is a great way for teachers and parents to try it out first. The three additional worlds cost just $.99 (for all three) as an in-app purchase—a great value for a lot of fun.
Though I don’t start my job as a speech-language pathologist for another few days, I can guarantee that the students in my school will love this game. Cut the Rope was a favorite last year, and I like this even more for reinforcement fun, since some success can be had with a little less effort. Coins Muncher is right on the level of the K-4th grade students at my school.
The only negative feature I found is the easy access to external links: there are direct links to Facebook, Twitter, the company website, and the App Store from the Home page. On the page listing the various worlds, there is an additional picture to Tell a Friend (linking to email), and one I have never seen in a kids app, linking directly to the store to gift the app.
Aside from the external links, this app is definitely worth a download for parents, teachers, and therapists of elementary-aged students. It’s quick to learn and fun to play, with some problem-solving thrown in. Recommended.
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Heather Hetler may not be able to write another review until she gets all 192 stars. In the meantime, her three kids (10, 8, and 5) and speech therapy students will have to wait their turn on the iPad.