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Action Puzzle

App review by
Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Simple puzzles with pizazz come alive with animated scenery.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 1 review

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn about spatial reasoning by putting puzzle pieces together, especially in rotate tile mode.

Ease of Play

When kids tap and drag, puzzle pieces easily fall into place.

Violence & Scariness

A few scenes in which cars crash into each other or into barriers.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

Free download includes limited content only. Additional puzzles are offered but remain locked until users make an in-app purchase. Purchase is available after passing through a parent gate.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Action Puzzle is a standard puzzle game except that the puzzles show animated scenes. The free download offers a city scene with cars driving around and an airport with planes taking off. An additional two scenes can be unlocked with a $.99 in-app purchase. Kids can choose how many puzzle pieces they want (two choices available free purchase, two more with in-app purchase), if they want to rotate the pieces, and if they want to play in right-hand or left-hand mode. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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Adult Written byChaya99 May 16, 2019

Good

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What's it about?

Choose from four scenes to get started with ACTION PUZZLE: city, airport, car race, and port. Divide the puzzle into 12, 20, 30, or 48 pieces, and then tap play to break up the animated scene. Kids get two pieces at a time to tap and drag into place. The animated tiles continuously show movement, and when the puzzle is complete, tap play to adjust the perspective and see an additional portion of the animated scene. Each scene has four perspectives that unlock as kids complete puzzles. Choose also to rotate puzzle pieces or to play in right-hand or left-hand mode.

Is it any good?

The animation in these digital puzzles adds a bit of excitement to an otherwise standard puzzle game. There isn't much going on in the animations, but it's fun to watch planes take off, lights go out, and cars drive around. Also, the graphics are really nice. Controls are smooth as pieces smoothly lock into place, and lefties even have a special mode of play that makes the app more responsive to their unique tap and drag movements. There are a handful of useful options including choosing how many pieces to break the puzzle into, and whether kids want need to rotate the pieces before placing them. That said, Action Puzzle is pretty simplistic and doesn't have much potential for repeat play. And presenting pieces only two at a time removes a good portion of the challenge in completing the puzzle. But for little kids who might enjoy an animated intro to puzzles -- or want to do on one the go -- this is a great option.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the scenes in Action Puzzle. Ask kids to tell you a story about what's going on in each scene. Where are the plane going? Why?

  • Talk about on-screen vs. offscreen activities. Is it more fun to complete puzzles that have moving scenes? Why or why not?

  • Take learning and fun offscreen. Break out some traditional puzzles and make putting them together an activity for family fun time.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: part-whole relationships, solving puzzles, spatial reasoning
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (free download includes limited content; unlock all content through in-purchase for $.99)
  • Release date: April 24, 2019
  • Category: Family Games
  • Topics: Cars and Trucks
  • Size: 63.30 MB
  • Publisher: Joachim Mertens
  • Version: 1.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 11.0 or later

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