Domi Domi Blocks

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Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Pattern puzzles are good, simple fun for little ones.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn and practice recognizing and recreating patterns through spatial orientation and matching colors. Solving the puzzles also requires attention to detail and task persistence, especially as the grids get bigger. With all levels available to choose from, kids also are able to test their own limits as they experiment with finding the right-size grid. Kids explore a bit about musical notes, but the music theme is underdeveloped. Domi Domi Blocks is a simple, well-designed introduction to puzzles for kids. 

Ease of Play

There's not much instruction, but it shouldn't take kids long to explore and figure it out. Once they do, gameplay is easy and accessible.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Domi Domi Blocks is a very simple pattern-matching game. Kids must place colored blobs in the right order to recreate a pattern on the screen. With several levels of play that are always available -- no locked higher levels here -- kids can choose their own level of challenge. Kids see their progress as they collect the "hidden" pictures that are revealed upon finishing a puzzle. There also is a musical theme: Each colored blob produces a different note on a one-octave scale when tapped, so kids can hear an ascending or a descending scale. 

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What's it about?

Kids begin with two grids, side by side: One is filled with a pattern of colored blocks, and the other is blank. Kids can tap on each of eight differently colored "blobs" at the bottom of the screen to fill in the blank grid so it matches the sample, one square at a time. There are five levels, each with eight puzzles; grids start small and get larger as kids progress. There's a little music involved, too; each blob is associated with a musical note, which kids hear when they tap the correct blob.

Is it any good?

DOMI DOMI BLOCKS has nice graphics and a simple premise that will easily appeal to young kids. Kids must pay close attention to the pattern in the sample grid and coordinate and match colors in the right order. The progression of levels, with grids of increasingly larger size, isn't all that smooth but creates a nice challenge nonetheless. Since all levels are open at all times, kids get to decide how much they want to challenge themselves, though some may get lost in the big grids before they're ready. Other kids, especially older ones, might lose interest before they get through all 40 levels of essentially the exact same activity. Unfortunately, the connection between the color grids and the musical notes is weak -- they seem like two entirely unrelated themes. It would be nice to see the musical aspect more developed, perhaps with more direct musical instruction, or blobs lined up in order so kids can explore more fully.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about patterns they see all around them. Look at and explore patterns in floor tiles, quilts, wallpaper, and more. Patterns are everywhere!

  • Make or copy patterns together. Use geometric blocks, sew a quilt, or line up simple household objects according to whatever pattern you make up.

  • Explore musical notes. Talk about how each note on the scale sounds just a little different from the notes around it, or play a xylophone or other simple instrument.

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For kids who love puzzles

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