What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pettson's Inventions 2 takes the creativity and problem-solving of the first Pettson's Inventions to the next level, providing kids with even more original and challenging tasks designed to boost their skills. Kids will find the same cute animals, ghosts, and monsters they loved in the first version combined with more practical materials, allowing them to create more realistic and useful inventions. In fact, this time the game itself focuses more on creative building rather than on solving problems.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- problem solving
- solving puzzles
- work to achieve goals
Engagement, Approach, Support
Unique tasks and increasingly difficult puzzles keep kids interested, though some challenges may be extremely frustrating.
Puzzles focus on building logic skills and continually increase in difficulty.
Kids could benefit from a hint feature or a guided completion option on the more difficult puzzles. Materials automatically stick in the correct spot, making it easier to complete the task.
What's it about?
In PETTSON'S INVENTIONS 2, kids solve puzzles and complete unique tasks. One scenario may have them connecting wires to scare ghosts out of a room, whereas another may ask them to arrange blocks of wood and wheels to build an airplane. With each task, kids hear the basic instructions and then must use the materials they've been given to complete the task on their own. Successfully completing a task earns kids a gold star and gets them closer to unlocking more difficult tasks. Once they've completed all tasks in the game, they receive a special surprise and come away with strong logical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
Is it any good?
As with its predecessor, Pettson's Inventions 2 has kids design inventions to help them complete a variety of unique challenges. Although the first version features lots of zany creatures, scenarios, and building materials, this second version tones down the craziness a little. In many ways, this makes it a better app because it allows kids to truly focus on problem-solving and using logic to complete the challenges instead of being distracted by the crazy elements. Instead of connecting gears, adding weights, and letting monsters loose, in this version kids focus on building inventions for the sake of building them and connecting materials, such as pipes, to help complete tasks. Each complete task earns kids a gold star and helps unlock new, more difficult tasks.
Although the game still offers only one correct way to complete each task, it focuses less on creativity and more on logic. This makes kids feel more like they're solving a complex puzzle than building a goofy invention, but it still offers enough fun to keep kids moving through the mental challenges.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about recycling and how they can give discarded items around the house new uses.
Pull out the wooden blocks or LEGOs and challenge kids to build items such as airplanes, tunnels, and tracks.