In my last two blog posts, I reviewed two activities from Sugar Labs – Story and Labyrinth. In this blog post, I am going to review another activity from Sugar – Cookie Search. I may be reviewing more of such activities in the near future, so please stay tuned!
Sugar has a wide variety of activities that suit children, and these activities can be published by anyone in the community. Before I begin my review, I would like to share with all of you what Cookie Search is about.
About Cookie Search
Cookie Search is a simple mine-sweeper game, which I’m sure many of you have played before. Instead of the typical mines and water, cookies and turtle shells are used. The objective of Cookie Search is to clear the board of cookies by clicking the turtle shell icons. So basically the cookies represent mines in Cookie Search. If you click on a turtle shell and it turns out to be a cookie, that’s it. You lose the game.
Otherwise, a number is shown indicating the number of adjacent squares that contain cookies. If there are no adjacent cookies, the square is blank, and the surrounding squares are revealed. If you determine that a turtle icon cell contains a cookie, click to mark it as such. After all cookies have been marked, open the remaining turtle icon cells to finish the game. As a memory aid, you can mark a square that you hypothesize has a cookie behind it by clicking on the cookie icon.
Using Cookie Search
The activity button (the cookie highlighted in blue) opens the activity toolbar.
The new game button (the cookie with an asterisk) launches a new game.
The stop button (the icon at the far right) is for exiting the activity.
What I like about the game
- Appeals to younger children. I remember fondly that when I was still a child and played mine-sweeping games, I often wonder what mines were. In Cookie Search, this confusion is not present as the children are introduced to an everyday food object – Cookies.
- Simple to understand and play. I’m sure that many people will still understand how to play Cookie Search even though they have no prior knowledge or experience in mine-sweeping games. After a few tries of trial and error, even young children will be able to comprehend Cookie Search.
- Interesting concept and concept is straight to the point. Cookie Search really defines mine-sweeping games in a brand new way, as its concept is just like the original mine-sweeping games – straight to the point. Other mine- sweeping games are so littered with other distractions that the player is confused about the true essence of mine-sweeping.
- Helps you think in a more strategic way as the number of adjacent squares that contain cookies are reflected when you click on a turtle shell without cookies. This will help your mind think more strategically as you try to avoid clicking on cookies with help to these numbers.
- Able to replace turtle and cookie icons with artwork of your own. If you are the kind that avoid mine-sweeping games as you will become bored easily after seeing countless water and mine icons, then Cookie Search is suited for you. In Cookie Search, you will be able to change the icons into something you like, and you will not grow bored seeing the same icons again and again.
- Fun to play for a long period of time. When playing Cookie Search, it is not easy to grow bored as the concept of the game is interesting, which is also why mine-sweeping games are still so fun. On a long bus journey, you may want to play Cookie Search as it is time consuming (in a good way) and you will have a lot of fun.
What I dislike about Cookie Search
- Concept is not original. There are many mine-sweeping games out there, and I was expecting Cookie Search to have a feature (replacing icons with artwork is not enough) which will help set it apart from other mine-sweeping games. However, Cookie Search does not have a feature to help make it more interesting, and it resembles all the other mine-sweeping games out there.
- Unable to view the high scores of others in Cookie Search. In other web based mine-sweeping games, you are able to view the high scores of others and you will feel a sense of satisfaction seeing your name high up in the ranking. However, Cookie Search makes it feel more like a person playing alone rather than with the whole world.
Bugs in Cookie Search
After playing Cookie Search for quite some time, I was unable to spot any prominent bugs present.
Projects I can complete with Cookie Search
I don’t think that there are any projects I can complete with Cookie Search apart from the occasional playing when I am bored.
Good. Even though you are able to replace icons with your own favorite artwork, that is barely a redeeming point, as there are no other features which help Cookie Search stand out from the crowd. Also, you are unable to view the high scores of others conveniently, which will make you feel less motivated to play Cookie Search. However, if you are looking for a simple mine-sweeping game which retains the essence of mine-sweeping games as simple as possible, you may want to check out Cookie Search.
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