One of my favorite ways to relax and unwind amidst the hustle and bustle of life is gaming, especially when I’m not caught in a whirlwind of activities. Games are also a surefire way to nix boredom when traveling, whether I’m on the road, waiting at the airport, or on a plane. I love puzzle adventure, psychological thrillers, and hidden object games. These type of games challenge me intellectually since they all require strategy, skill, and patience.
That is why I naturally love Dumb Ways to Die. It is enjoyable as it is challenging in every aspect and addictive! You’ll encounter a band of characters that are lacking common sense. This often results in their untimely death in various scenarios, but it’s your mission to help them to avoid this. There’s Numskull the spaceman that has decided to remove his space helmet, Hapless that’s provoking a grizzly bear with a stick, Dimwit the amateur electrician that’s attempting to connect wires across the screen, Mishap that’s trying to keep a rattlesnake as a pet, and Doofus who is disturbing a wasp nest for no good reason. That’s a mere sampling of the characters that you’ll encounter!
The only drawback is that the game can be too gory for young children. The developers of Dumb Ways to Die took note of this and came out with Dumb Ways JR. Two apps are currently available on Apple and Android devices: Dumb Ways JR Loopy’s Train Set (Apple | Google Play) and Dumb Ways JR Boffo’s Breakfast (Apple | Google Play). There isn’t blood or dying unlike Dumb Ways to Die, yet these games are just as fun and addictive while teaching the importance of safety.
Four Key Elements Have Guided the Design of the Dumb Ways JR Apps:
Child-centered design provides opportunities for children to:
– Create or explore different outcomes on different uses of an app
– “Own” their play, making them feel that they’re directing the gameplay
– Experience playful explorations and problem solving
– Multi-sensory and multi-models elements appeal to a range of senses that allows for audio, gesture, images, and animations.
– The apps provide an appropriate level of challenge so that children can develop a sense of mastery, create their own narratives and games by using the provided elements, and perform constructing and deconstructing tasks (e.g. combining ingredients to create a meal).
– They also aim to appeal to children’s sense of humor (both anticipated and unexpected) with engaging characters.
Introducing Boffo’s Breakfast
Meet Boffo! He’s later known as the “the free spirit” in Dumb Ways to Die 2, but you get to see the younger version of himself in Boffo’s Breakfast. Your child play as his personal chef by whipping him up a breakfast! This involves cutting, grating, adding ingredients like eggs and milk, stirring, cooking, and seasoning his food. Imagination is key, enabling young players to create endless creations for Boffo. Boffo will let you know if he approves or disapproves of the breakfast that you’ve whipped up for him! While the game encourages imaginative plays for young gamers, I love how it also teaches the importance of safety in the kitchen. For an example, Boffo gets a worried look on his face when you’re cooking on the stovetop and the heat is too high.