Fiete Puzzle - Kids Games with Animals

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Beautiful art only one small piece in disappointing puzzles.

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Educational Value

Kids can work on their spatial reasoning skills as they match images to their shapes. Can also reinforce the connections between different animals/objects and the sounds they make. 

Ease of Play

There are no directions, but all the very youngest players will quickly understand what to do. 

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Shows Fiete and his friends getting dressed (or undressed). Fiete has no shirt and is pulling on his pants. His friend is putting on a shirt, but is otherwise in his underwear. Nothing sexual about the scene, but some families might be surprised to see half-dressed men in an app for preschoolers.

Language
Consumerism

Link from the main menu to the publisher's other apps. Clicking through on the links calls up the parent gate. Requires an in-app purchase to get the full experience. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Fiete is part of a family of apps (Fiete Cars, Fiete - A Day on a Farm, etc.) from Ahoiii about a sailor named Fiete. The puzzles are very simple, geared toward toddlers, and won't challenge most kids who are any older than that. There is a scene with Fiete and his friends (adults) in a state of undress (he has no shirt and is pulling on his pants; his friend is putting on a shirt, but has on only underwear). The app is free to try, but a fee ($1.99) is required to unlock all of the puzzles. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the information collected and shared.  

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What's it about?

The full version of FIETE PUZZLE - KIDS GAMES WITH ANIMALS has nine different puzzles, each with roughly 10-14 pieces. Each scene is zoomed in, so kids can see only a couple of pieces at a time. Once kids drag the pieces into the correct spot, the puzzle pans to a new location with more puzzle pieces. If kids tap on a puzzle piece, they may hear a corresponding sound effect, like a moo, roar, or siren wail. Kids will see a farm, construction site, firefighter, campfire, zoo animals, and more. When kids complete a puzzle, confetti showers the screen.

Is it any good?

The beautiful illustrations seem almost wasted on puzzles that aren't remotely puzzling, even for a preschooler. Fiete Puzzle - Kids Games with Animals has beautiful artwork that's often lacking in apps for kids, and it has some entertaining characters and scenery. But it just doesn't do enough with those assets. Yes, it's wonderful to have a simple puzzle app that really little kids can enjoy, but there just isn't enough to do: There's no story, there are few interactive elements, and the difficulty level doesn't increase. And the puzzles don't get any more challenging than matching two to three shapes at a time. Most completed puzzles aren't entirely visible. Though the minimally interactive elements are a small perk, doing real puzzles provide more tactile stimulation and challenge.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about different types of jobs they see in the puzzles in Fiete Puzzle - Kids Games with Animals. What does a firefighter do? What does a construction worker do? A sailor? Farmer? Cashier?

  • Talk to your kids about screen use and limits. How can kids enjoy digital media in balance with other activities?

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