Doodle Fit

 

Learning(i)

Excellent spatial puzzles about making blocks fit.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The game is very simple to play, although some levels are much more difficult than others. As kids solve levels, more are unlocked. Players are allowed to skip a few levels, so if they get stuck, they can still play a few later levels and come back to them later. All progress is saved, and the game allows for up to five player profiles as well as a Guest profile.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players can connect to Facebook to challenge their Facebook friends and share high scores. In addition, players can opt in to Apple's Game Center to track scores and achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. Players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname, revealing the first and last name associated with each party's Apple ID and, in the case of email requests, the sender's email address. Players can opt to have a private or public profile, which can include a photo. With a public profile, your real name is visible to all other players, and Game Center will recommend you to other players using your real name. With a private profile, only your friends can see your real name, and Game Center will not recommend you to other players.

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

Subjects

Math

  • geometry
  • shapes

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • decision-making
  • logic
  • part-whole relationships
  • solving puzzles

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

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.

Learning Approach

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.

Support

The navigation is smooth, the tutorial covers basic moves, and kids can earn hints for up to half the pieces in a puzzle.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • geometry
  • shapes

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • decision-making
  • logic
  • part-whole relationships
  • solving puzzles

Kids can learn to fit geometric parts into a whole. Doodle Fit "blocks" are mostly Tetris-based (four-unit shapes) with a few one- and two-unit shapes thrown in. Each puzzle challenges kids to study the whole to see where blocks can and can't fit. The system keeps track of multiple individual players, and stats include time spent playing -- wow, what parent doesn’t want that information! Make sure to set up users ahead of time to avoid losing solutions. Doodle Fit is an excellent geometric puzzle app with cool features and awesome flexibility.

This Learning Rating review was written by Leslie Crenna

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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?

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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).

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
Price:$.99-$1.19
Pricing structure:Free to Try, Paid
Release date:June 18, 2012
Category:Puzzle Games
Size:26.00 MB
Publisher:Gamelion Studios
Version:1.6
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later; Android 1.6 and up

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