CONCEPT: Gua-Le-Ni is a unique taxonomy game that challenges students to identify mismatched parts of creatures.
DELIVERY: Presented in the style of a digital book, the presentation of the app is excellent and strikingly different from anything else you've seen. The narrator conveys the British professor vibe very well and adds a great sense of humour to proceedings.The game itself consists of curious hybrid paper animals marching across the screen. Underneath a set of cubes appear which can be rotated in all directions, similar to parts of a Rubiks Cube, to locate the various animal parts that comprise the creature. These then need to be moved into the correct order to complete the puzzle. Depending on the mode you choose, this can be completed under a strict time limit (ie before they reach the other side of the page) or not.It's quite the brain teaser and will definitely force students to flex their logic muscles especially when the timer is active. Completion of creatures leads to more elaborate sets and thus more challenging puzzles.
LIMITATIONS: The puzzle is very challenging when the time limit is in effect and may frustrate students. There is also a distinct lack of options and you actually have to leave the app and visit the iPad's Settings to find the few it has. Additionally, though the narrator is authentic and humorous, at times his jokes are slightly inappropriate and he even slips in some light swearing ("bastard") which isn't needed.
CONCLUSION: Unique presentation and a challenging game though it is flawed in its delivery and may not be suitable for the classroom. 2/5
As a part of a study of animal adaptations
Developing logic and problem solving skills