Line Puzzle: String Art

App review by
Ana Beltran, Common Sense Media
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Puzzles with potential pummeled by ads.

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Educational Value

Kids will create different shapes and will subtly explore geometric ideas, such as symmetry, lines, and angles. 

Ease of Play

Ttutorial upon launching the app that walks kids through how the game is played. Simply drag the line to the desired point or points to recreate the given image. Users who need a hint can tap on the green lightbulb button. 

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Sexy Stuff

Ad appear throughout the app as banners at the bottom of the screen, and full screen ads frequently pop up while playing the game. In-app purchases unlock levels and features, including the option to play ad-free.  

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Line Puzzle: String Art encourages kids to manipulate lines in order to create shapes that match the given design appearing at the top of the screen. Though the puzzles are fun, the ads in the free version are too frequent and overwhelming to make this app a solid choice for kids -- unless you spring for the ad-free version. In terms of gameplay, kids will be presented with shapes and designs that they'll have to recreate by dragging and connecting lines to different points. Users will experience a brief tutorial upon launching the app, which explains how to play. At first, the puzzles and shapes are relatively simple, but the puzzles become more complex, integrating multiple lines, and requiring more moves. Hints, activated by tapping the green lightbulb button, are available to help kids if they get stuck. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

LINE PUZZLE: STRING ART requires kids to drag and divide lines, connecting them to certain points, in order to recreate a suggested design. The app offers three-hundred plus puzzles and is designed to level up as kids successfully complete stages. Upon launching the app, a tutorial explains how to navigate the game. The tutorial can be accessed at any time under settings. Kids will also be able to control music and sound. There's an option to sync the app with Facebook in order to save progress. Playing the free version allows kids to start off with the Oak series for beginners. As users complete levels, they'll have the chance to spin an animated wheel for bonus stars, which can be claimed to unlock more levels. The free version of the app is riddled with ads, some of which are app-related. In-app purchase is necessary to play ad-free, acquire hint credits, and unlock puzzle series without accumulating the required number of stars.  

Is it any good?

Entertaining and simple puzzles that promote passive thought around shapes and attributes are drowned out by distracting banner and pop-up advertisements. Line Puzzle: String Art is straightforward and simple to navigate. Kids can enjoy the app on their own and they can access hints if they get stuck. The leveling-up feature keeps the game interesting and makes it engaging for players of all ages. Families may find this to be a useful platform to ground discussions about shapes and their attributes. Since kids have to recreate a suggested shape using lines and points on a digital board, there'll be plenty of opportunities to talk about symmetry, sides, corners, angles, and compare shapes. Consistent conversation with kids while playing increases the educational value of the app. Although the app is promising, the free version is peppered with ads, making it hard to enjoy. The ads are so frequent that it interrupts the overall experience and makes it hard to get into a playing groove. Though developers need to make money, when the balance between gameplay and ads is so out of whack, it makes it a negative experience for kids, so if the puzzles are appealing, it's worth it to spring for the ad-free purchase.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about shapes and their attributes while playing Line Puzzle: String Art. Ask kids to identify shapes or describe them. Does the shape have a line of symmetry? How many sides does the shape have? How many corners? How many angles? Older kids can begin to identify acute, obtuse, or right angles.  

  • Talk about how to respond to ads responsibly. Little ones playing the free version of the app will experience being bombarded with advertisements. Talk about expectations and how to close ads to continue playing. 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Subjects: Math: geometry, shapes
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, solving puzzles, spatial reasoning
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free (offers optional in-app purchases for hints ranging from $0.99 - $9.99)
  • Release date: July 15, 2019
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Size: 173.90 MB
  • Publisher: BitMango Corporation
  • Version: 1.4.43
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up
  • Last updated: February 15, 2020

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