A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that OverColor is pretty simple in concept and design. No directions or hints or ads distract players. Kids just jump right in to solving the puzzles, and, after a screen of praise, move right into the next puzzle. They can choose the level of challenge -- from two overlying patterns for beginners up to five overlying patterns at the most advanced level. It's simple enough for kids to pick up on, yet challenging enough to pull parents in, too.
What's it about?
OVERCOLOR is a spatial reasoning brainteaser with more than 100 puzzles, grouped into five levels. The challenge is to create a matching pattern by dragging different colored figures into the right overlying arrangement. Level one starts with just two patterns and is pretty easy to solve, but the challenge quickly picks up, ending with five or more overlying patterns.
Is it any good?
The concept is so simple that there's not much not to like. The background music can't be turned off within the app, but it can be muted on the device. Some players may long for a timer or score tracking of some kind to increase the competition. There are no instructions, so kids will need to know what they're doing or apply some critical-thinking skills to figuring out what to do. The internal satisfaction for completing a level is its own reward, and not having to worry with a timer gives players time to think and take risks and then try again with no worries of failure. Kids (and parents, too) may have a hard time putting this addictive puzzler down.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Device: iPad
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: solving puzzles, thinking critically
Health & Fitness: fine motor skills
- Price: $2.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: April 16, 2014
- Category: Education
- Size: 11.70 MB
- Publisher: PopAppFactory
- Version: 1.0.3
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.0 or later
For kids who love puzzles
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