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Halloween Kids' Puzzles by Develion Art

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Halloween Kids' Puzzles

© Develion ART, s.r.o.
Category: Jigsaw Puzzle Apps
Developer: Develion ART
Size: 19.8 MB
Rating: Ages 4 and up
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad. iOS 5 or later.

Download from iTunes (Free)

 

Game Features

Clear, sharp images featuring witches and monsters.
Puzzle pieces interlock nicely.
The playing area displays a ghost image of the puzzle.
Perfect for preschoolers.

Game Information

Piecing together a Halloween Kids' Puzzle

Piecing together a Halloween Kids' Puzzle on the iPod Touch

© Develion ART, s.r.o.
For the purposes of this review, I tested the app on a second generation iPad and an iPod Touch, both running iOS 5, the minimum requirement for this app.

This is a cute little game which should prove popular with kids five and under, though I suspect that older children will tire of it quickly and might be better off with this more challenging Halloween jigsaw puzzle app.

The game features a total of ten puzzles divided into two sections: witches and monsters. Of these, the first three are nine-piece games, the fourth has sixteen pieces and the fifth twenty-five. Tap on the puzzle and the game goes to the playing area, in which a large area of the screen is devoted to the solving area. A ghost image of the picture appears to facilitate solving.

The pieces of the puzzle appear full size on the right hand side of the display. Tap and hold a piece to move it to its proper place. Should there be more pieces to be placed than can appear on the screen at a given time, simply scroll down to see the remaining pieces.

If you move the piece over its proper place, even if it's not positioned exactly, and release, the piece will be pulled into place to the sound of heavy breathing. If, however, the piece is released elsewhere, the piece will go back with the other unplaced pieces to the sound of a squeaky door. You can disable the sound effects from the splash screen, just tap the speaker icon in the upper left-hand corner.

Once you've completed a puzzle, it will appear in full color in the pick list, and, if selected, the app displays the completed puzzle. Simply tap on the completed puzzle to piece it together again.

Though there's no timer keeping score, the game is Heyzap enabled, so you can check in with friends in the gaming community.

Bottom Line

I thoroughly enjoyed this game. The interface is responsive and easy to play with interlocking pieces that appear three-dimensional. The automatic placement of pieces is helpful for kids still developing their hand-eye coordination. The ghost image is a nice touch, though it would be nice to have the option to remove it for a more challenging puzzle. Kids will likely get a kick out of the sound effects. All-in-all, a great game for preschoolers and children at the primary school level.

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