Bored Grizzly Tangram HD

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Liz Panarelli, Common Sense Media
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Great version of tile game has 147 free puzzles ... and ads.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn and use spatial reasoning skills, critical thinking, and knowledge of shapes in order to fit the pieces into these very challenging puzzles. There is also some room for creativity in guessing what people, animals, and objects the puzzle shapes could represent. Because there's no tutorial or beginner level, it's a good idea for parents to play with kids until they get the hang of it. Bored Grizzly Tangram is a simple app that uses a classic puzzle to offer a good brain challenge. 

Ease of Play

For people familiar with the tile version game, this app is intuitive to use. However, there are no instructions or hints, and the puzzles are not separated by difficulty level. Having the tiles piled on top of the shape at the beginning of each puzzle makes it difficult to start. Once you've got the hang of it, though, the tiles are responsive and easily rotate and snap into place. There are five options for the tile color. The free app includes 147 puzzles, with more available as an in-app purchase. Your completion time for each puzzle is saved so you can go back and try to beat your time.

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Consumerism

This app is free, but there is an in-app purchase of 150 more puzzles for $.99. A banner advertisement is present on the bottom of every screen. Links to buy more games from the developer appear in the banner ads as well as the main menu page.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One of the household item puzzles is in the shape of a pipe.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bored Grizzly Tangram HD is a good adaptation of the children's game involving seven tiles of different sizes and shapes (squares, triangles, and a parallelogram) that must be arranged to fit the outline of a shape. Tangram puzzles are sometimes used as brainteaser or IQ assessment games. This free app includes 147 puzzles that look like people, animals, and household objects, with 150 more puzzles available through a $.99 in-app purchase. There is a banner advertisement on every page for other games and other commercial products. There are no instructions or easy introductory puzzles, so it's best to play together until your kid understands how to play.

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What's it about?

Tangrams are a Chinese puzzle, sometimes called "seven clever pieces," as the tangram is made from a square cut into seven pieces -- a small square, two small isosceles triangles, a medium-sized isosceles triangle, two large isosceles triangles, and a parallelogram -- and then arranged into other shapes. Kids choose their tangram form from puzzles of people, animals, or household items and drag and drop the shapes to create the new shape. More puzzles are available for purchase, but the 147 available will keep players challenged for quite a while. Puzzles are timed, and best times are tracked.

Is it any good?

The tile version of this game is great for developing spatial problem-solving skills. This app is a good adaptation, with a lot of potential for playing together. The puzzles are tricky enough to engage adults, and kids will learn more by naming the shapes and discussing what the puzzles could represent. Playing together will also help kids learn to play the game, since there are no instructions or hints. Overall, this is a good use of time and has a lot of puzzles for free. Just watch out for ads! For younger players, check out My First Tangrams HD.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Help kids make their own tangram from a square of paper.

  • Play together with younger kids. The puzzles are tricky enough to engage adults, and kids will learn more by naming the shapes and discussing what the puzzles could represent.

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For kids who love puzzles

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