Apps: Amazing Alex – Problem Solving and Physics

I confess I wasn’t crazy about Amazing Alex when Aristotle first told me he wanted to download this app. I eventually let him “buy” it using his pocket money as a reward. Now that I’ve had a chance to watch the game in action and play a little of it myself, I think it’s a really great app for teaching children about problem solving and the physics of motion.

In a nutshell, the game is about arranging random objects so that they create a chain reaction to achieve a specific goal. The goal might be to pop a balloon, or to catch the balls in a basket.

What I liked best about this game is that there are different ways to achieve the goal so you don’t have to get the “one” right answer. I think it is important for children to learn that there are many ways to solve a problem if you can think up the solutions.

There is also a “create your own level” function in the game which I think is great for teaching young children about “action-reaction” and the physics of motion.

Watch the trailer.

Here’s what they say about the app…

Amazing Alex

Meet Amazing Alex! This whiz kid has a boundless imagination and a houseful of fun toys that can turn anything into an adventure!

From cleaning up his room to battling cardboard robots in his backyard, Alex creates amazing chain reactions to get the job done with the maximum amount of fun! Now he has some challenges for you — and he wants to see the most creative solutions YOU can create!

With 100 challenging levels across four fun-filled locations, there’s a whole world of creations to explore!

PLAY AND CREATE YOUR OWN SOLUTIONS

Set the objects up to bounce, pop, ricochet, bash, and crash into each other and create an elaborate Rube Goldberg device! With a houseful of toys to play with, there’s more than one right answer! Share your most creative solutions with your friends and see what they came up with!

BUILD AND SHARE LEVELS

Got a great idea for a level? Design intriguing new levels using 35 interactive objects and share them — with friends or with the whole world! With other fans constantly creating and uploading new levels, there are always new challenges to check out!

FEATURES

  • 100 amazing levels to test your creativity
  • Regular free updates with new levels
  • Create your own levels and share them with friends or with the whole world
  • Amazingly social — share your levels and solutions with friends, or see theirs
  • 35 fully interactive objects and four fun locations
  • Download and play the best fan-created levels from around the world

Watch the game in action.

Amazing Alex is created by Rovio Entertainment Ltd (the creators of Angry Birds). It is available for iPhone for $0.99 and in HD for iPad for $2.99.