What parents need to know
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.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- solving puzzles
Engagement, Approach, Support
With bright colors and pleasing geometric shapes, GeoSpin HD's puzzle challenges should keep kids interested. Design is intuitive but occasionally requires very precise motor control to get the results you want.
Kids will see and explore, in three dimensions, the truncated tetrahedron. They'll deconstruct and reconstruct this figure and build a better understanding of it in the process. Spatial reasoning is an important skill in computer science, physics, and math. GeoSpin offers two modes of play: time attack or score attack. The difficulty increases as new levels are unlocked.
Aside from the in-game instruction, there's no support. (The game's webpage states that if you want support, send an email. Really?)
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.
Families can talk 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.