What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Doodle Fit is an engaging puzzle game which requires the player to fit various blocks into a given shape. The app is simple and streamlined without any online connections or offensive content, so it is safe for any age to play. The difficulty level, however, will make it too difficult for very young children on all but the easiest levels. Players can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- part-whole relationships
- solving puzzles
- applying information
Engagement, Approach, Support
Graphics are simple and clean. The early puzzles will engage younger kids. Solutions can be saved, so kids can replay to find another solution or choose any level.
With multiple solutions possible, kids can exercise creative problem-solving. Difficulty ramps up quickly and might be too much for younger kids, but older kids will get a good spatial-relations workout.
The navigation is smooth, the tutorial covers basic moves, and kids can earn hints for up to half the pieces in a puzzle.
What's it about?
Kids attempt to fit a collection of smaller shapes into a larger shape without empty spaces or overlaps – pretty basic puzzling. Kids drag and drop the shapes to place, tap or drag off to remove, and get hints if they are stuck. The blocks do not rotate, which limits possibilities and probably makes solutions even easier since there are fewer options. Kids can skip a level and return to it later.
Is it any good?
DOODLE FIT presents kids with an outlined shape and a collection of blocks (reminiscent of Tetris pieces, though they are not all four squares each) to fit into the shape. With 110 levels to solve (and multiple solutions for many of the puzzles), this is a game which will keep kids busy for quite a while. It's a very simple idea, and it's executed well.
Even without a lot of bells and whistles, Doodle Fit really shines. The graphics look like hand-drawn sketches (kids can choose between a sketchpad or chalkboard color schemes), and the puzzles come in geometric shapes, ABCs, and various other objects. The app keeps track of all kids' stats, including the time spent on each puzzle and how many moves it took to solve each one.The only complaint is a few misspellings here and there (e.g. "ractangle.") With a simple interface, even a toddler could learn to play it, although the difficulty of the levels ramps up beyond their abilities quickly.
Families can talk about...
Discuss gameplay strategy with your kids if they get frustrated or maybe before they start playing the app.
Try some different kinds of puzzles with your kids like 3-D or dissection puzzles (cut to create).