GeoSpin HD

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Jonathan H. Liu, Common Sense Media
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Challenging geometric puzzler requires quick reflexes.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn geometry and develop spatial reasoning as they view and rotate a three-dimensional object made up of various two-dimensional shapes. The challenge comes in working against the clock or as quickly as possible to build a high score. The app is pretty simple, and the game doesn't have too much depth, educationally. GeoSpin is a fun, intuitive app that develops spatial reasoning often overlooked in educational games.

Ease of Play

A tutorial explains how to play the three modes, and the controls are very intuitive: Swipe the solid in the center of the screen to turn it, or slide a shape from the edges onto the correct surface. However, it's sometimes easy to grab a shape when you mean to rotate the solid and vice versa.

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There is a "More Games" link on the main screen that takes the user to the developer's apps in the iTunes store. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that GeoSpin HD is a puzzle game that involves matching shapes to their corresponding surfaces on a geometric solid. This challenging, fun game isn't necessarily educational but does require some logic and spatial-recognition skills and gives the names of the various solids shown. Kids will deconstruct and reconstruct a tetrahedron, building a better understanding of it in the process: Spatial reasoning is an important skill in computer science, physics, and math, and this is a fun way to jumpstart a bit of learning while having fun. 

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Kid, 1 years old May 25, 2011

okie doke

what's up? blah
Teen, 13 years old Written byflowerz234 May 25, 2011

meh

Honestly, I have no idea how to rate this because I haven't tried it, but it sounds like something I would be willing to try if I could (that is, if I had... Continue reading

What's it about?

You're presented with a geometric solid with various colors on its faces. Around the edges of the screen are colored shapes, which you need to match to the corresponding faces of the solid. Swipe to rotate the solid, then drag the shapes onto the solid. GeoSpin offers two modes of play: time attack or score attack. For both, difficulty increases as new levels are unlocked. Time attack mode challenges you to complete each puzzle in as little time as possible. Score attack has two puzzle styles: In one you need to finish shapes before time runs out and get bonus points for combos. In the other, you have a blank solid and place the colored surfaces on it; get enough of the same-color surfaces touching each other, and they'll vanish.

Is it any good?

GEOSPIN HD is a pretty simple idea: Kids match shapes and colors, dragging the two-dimensional shape onto the three-dimensional, rotating shape. It sounds basic, but kids are working against the clock, adding pressure. For an added challenge, kids can gain bonus points for solving the puzzle, which means completing the 3-D shape in certain color and shape orders.

Although the idea is simple, it'll take sharp eyes and quick reflexes to get gold medals on all the levels. The fact that it's timed adds to the challenge; when you're moving quickly it can be very easy to drag a shape when you intend to rotate the solid -- and an incorrect match adds two seconds to your time, which can cost you a medal. Ack! It's all about precision. GeoSpin is loads of fun and looks great on the iPad.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about geometric shapes. Where do they appear in the real world? Challenge kids to draw some of the shapes they encounter in GeoSpin.

  • Give kids access to building materials such as blocks or magnetic building shapes to develop spatial reasoning.

App details

For kids who love puzzles and action

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