A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
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.
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.
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.
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