Nat Geo Games: Kingdom of the Blue Whale iPad HD

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Gorgeous underwater jigsaw puzzles geared toward kids.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Jigsaws can be cut into 6, 20, 30, or 42 pieces to accommodate both novice and intermediate jigsaw players. Players drag pieces onto each other, and they snap together easily. Pieces are always right-side up, so there's no flipping.

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Consumerism

The menu links to other National Geographic apps in iTunes, and players are also prompted to rate the app in iTunes (you can opt out of this or ask to be reminded later). Also, Facebook Connect messages include a link to the game website. On the more positive side, players can tap a different menu link to get involved with oil spill relief efforts worldwide.

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Privacy & safety

Players can theoretically use Facebook Connect to share info about completed puzzles on their Facebook profile page, although we couldn't get this feature to work.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Kingdom of the Blue Whale is a collection of more than 50 jigsaw puzzles based on high-definition underwater images from the archives of the National Geographic Society. Players can select four difficulty levels ranging from six puzzle pieces to 42, and can create their own puzzles by importing photos from the iPad.

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KINGDOM OF THE BLUE WHALE's gorgeous nautical images of whales, coral, jellyfish, crustaceans, and colorful tropical fish make for some stunning jigsaw puzzles, and it doesn't stop there: Players can also set the images as iPad wallpaper, email them, and upload them to Facebook. Veteran jigsaw enthusiasts will be disappointed, however, by the game's low bar of difficulty. Even the so-called expert puzzles only have 42 pieces.

App details

Device:iPad
Price:$2.99
Release date:November 3, 2010
Category:Puzzle Games
Publisher:I-play
Version:1.2
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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