Saturday, April 20, 2013
Puzzingo Kids Puzzles (best free Android apps for kids)
We named Puzzingo a Top Pick on smartappsforkids.com because it's an extremely well-done app, provides several puzzles free and is a different kind of puzzle app for preschoolers. Keep in mind there are several versions of Puzzingo. The Google Play and Amazon versions are free with in-app purchases. Since the Nook Color doesn't allow in-app purchases, they have four versions of Puzzingo at $1.99 each. Keep in mind that if you like the free version and want to upgrade to the full version it is a very expensive $14.99.
FREE $14.99 PRO $1.99 Holidays
$1.99 Animals $1.99 Space
FREE $14.99 PRO FREE Holidays
$1.99 Kids $1.99 Animals $1.99 Cars
$1.99 Space FREE Christmas & Holidays
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"The best thing about Puzzingo is its atmosphere. When the app opens, it plays circus music, has a clown holding a large "Play" sign and shows a cannon shooting balloons that when touched, pop into the air. Throughout the app, the graphics are engaging and colorful and the music and sound effects are outstanding.
Each level in Puzzingo proceeds the same way. A map, with open spots like those old wooden puzzles with a cut-out piece and a place exactly for that piece to fit, is presented with a wrapped gift box. The child moves a finger back and forth over the present to open and out pops several puzzle pieces to be placed into the open spots on the map. The name of each piece is spoken, with excited narration and great sound effects, when placed.
The map puzzle pieces open more puzzles. For example, in Let's Play, the game starts with a map with open spots for "jungle animals" and "farm animals." When each of those is placed they break down into further puzzles with more screens and more pieces to place. Good stuff.
Each time a present is opened, it reveals only one or two pieces at a time, which is a nice, simple way to go about it for toddlers. When each section is completed, the child is congratulated and gets to play a mini game. Some are unique to that level, such as throwing food into a clown's mouth on the picnic level and, after the farm animals puzzle, swatting flies. Several are balloon popping, as on the title screen, which is a tad disappointing.
Then it's back to the main screen for the next group of items to place.
Each item is displayed with its word and the word is read and a sound effect played when touched. I appreciate the inclusion of the written words, even in toddler apps.
The app offers four level options. Let's Play was part of the original Puzzingo app that cost $1.99. The two other options, Core Concepts (which was also available in the original version) and Space, are available as in-app purchases for an additional $1.99 each. The free Let's Play provides three levels of freeness: jungle animals, farm animals, and picnic. The in-apps are protected from most kids making errant purchases by the user having to use a math problem, although the problem is always the same, which defeats the point a bit.
There is also a free Daily Preview, of other Puzzingo puzzles, including some from the paid sections and some that are in development for future levels, meaning a new puzzle can be downloaded every day. The day that this review was published, one of the Space section levels was free. Once you click out, however, it disappears. It would be nice if it stayed for an entire day, but it's still a really nice function.
If you purchase both in-apps, Core Concepts includes puzzles that include letters, numbers, shapes and colors, which means it covers A LOT of preschool ground.
I'm not a big fan on in-app purchases displayed as prominently as they are in Puzzingo, but much of that concern is mitigated by the free level being exceptionally deep and good and the daily download download providing fresh material every day for free.
Puzzingo provides a lot for free, has terrific energy and is a well-done app for toddlers. It's a must-download for the freebies and I strongly recommend the Core Concepts level ($1.99), because of all the preschool basics covered in it. It's rare that I strongly recommend an in-app purchase, but here we are."
Originally posted at Smart Apps For Kids
Do your kids and toddlers like puzzles? How about an educational puzzle game that is fun, interactive, vocal, and packed with animations? Puzzingo provides endless entertainment and learning to your preschool kids! TRY IT FREE TODAY!
✪ “Absolutely fabulous, the kids in my moms kindergarten class go crazy for it! It’s so hard to find educational games kids want to play…look no further!”
✪ “This game gets two A+s!! One from me, and one from my 3yr old!!”
✪ “I work with special needs preschool children and they always ask for “the Puzzy Game”
Kids and toddlers love Puzzingo! Its many puzzles are full of interactivity, animations, and sounds for repeat learning and plays. Besides being entertained, your kids and toddlers will build vocabulary, memory, and cognitive skills while playing. This tactile game also appeals to young kids and children with special needs. It helps kids develop spatial recognition, matching, tactile, and fine-motor skills. As for you parents, this game is designed to be playable by you and your child together, so you can participate and bond with your child.
Unlike other kid’s apps, PUZZINGO is 100% professionally illustrated. We also use professional voice actors with clear accurate pronunciation rather than machine-generated speech to encourage learning. When your child finishes a puzzle, he will be rewarded to a variety of engaging mini-games. Visual and audio cues throughout the apps are specially designed to make the game accessible by younger and special needs children.
PUZZINGO comes with hundreds of puzzles pieces in over 40 puzzles, with new educational puzzles added monthly. The puzzles include core concepts such as shapes, colors, numbers, food, and alphabet. They also cover children’s favorite topics – animals, cars, princesses, bugs, rockets, and more. It comes with 5 terrific FREE puzzles for your kid to enjoy. It also has a DAILY FREE PREVIEW of new and exciting puzzles every day. Additional puzzles are available via in-app-purchases.