As a mom of two kids, Puzzingo by 77Sparx Studio, Inc, a universal app for iOS has saved me hundreds of hours of cleaning up pieces, trying to find missing ones or worse yet not being able to complete a puzzle in the limited time I had with my kids. Puzzingo recently launched a bunch of new great updates which include new puzzles, more animations and sounds and encourages kids to look at the pieces to fit them into the right spot. The app encourages kids to look at the pieces offered, and then figure out which of the spots they fit into. This free version of the app includes a free daily puzzle as well as in-app purchases protected by a parental gate to purchase additional content. You can set the puzzles to be “easy” or “super easy” and the music can be turned on or off.
Puzzingo has added a lot of great new content to the app this year which includes: pirates, music, bugs, sports, fairytales, as well as 15 new mini games just in 2016!
One of the things I like about the app is that it only gives two choices at a time when putting the puzzle together, that means that my two and a half year old isn’t overwhelmed by all the potential choices of which puzzle piece to pick. I also love that when I use it with him we can talk about what the pieces are – for example we recently played with the new bugs puzzle, because what little boy doesn’t love bugs! First, you “pop” open the present and then you are given two pieces which you have to fit into the puzzle. I also liked that the names of the items are spoken and if it is put in the wrong place more than once, you are gently guided using a red arrow to put it in the right spot. As you add more items to the puzzle, it becomes more complex and the picture begins to fill in. After you finish the puzzle, you can then “create the bug” by picking your favorite choices of the interactive bug and when you are done you “exit”. I also like the brightly colored illustrations which both my kids liked as well. I also liked that once you buy a in-app purchase pack or if you buy the “all access pass” you continue to be able to keep your content. We also named the shapes and worked on shape recognition to realize what pieces fit into what spots.
My older son loves sports, so he was happy to see a new sports puzzle added to the app. He loved the football puzzle the most and liked how the images filled in and completed the puzzle after he added the pieces. He did struggle a bit with the mini game where you kicked the football but finally figured out that if you tapped toward the right side of the he would be able to get a trophy. I really like the illustrations and that the spoken words are clear, no matter what the language is. There are visual and audio cues designed to make the app usable by toddlers and special needs kids.
There are parental gates which requires answering a simple math problem in order to access a parental control area which includes email, social media and internet.
In terms of enhancements, my son wanted to be able to “save” his completed puzzles to the camera roll. We just did this by taking a snapshot of my iPad using the home and power button. It would also be fun, according to him if we were able to save the mini games and trophies in a case.
Overall, this is an app that has wide appeal to kids young and old and can be played by yourself or in a multi-player setting with kids taking turns. I really like all of the new updates that were included as did my kids!
Puzzingo Toddler Kids Puzzles
by 77Sparx Studio, Inc.
• Featured by Apple
NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.
Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.