Pettson's Inventions 2

Common Sense Media says

Fresh, building-focused round of invention puzzles delights.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Fairly simple design gets kids right into the game, but it may take some effort for kids to figure out what exactly to do once given the challenge.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Link to developer's other apps on main page.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Privacy policy accessible through the app's information screen reveals developers do not collect, store, or share information. However, weak parental controls may give kids access to Facebook and additional apps by the developer.

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

Subjects

Science

  • engineering
  • motion
  • physics

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic
  • problem solving
  • solving puzzles

Self-Direction

  • work to achieve goals

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Unique tasks and increasingly difficult puzzles keep kids interested, though some challenges may be extremely frustrating.

Learning Approach

Puzzles focus on building logic skills and continually increase in difficulty.

Support

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • engineering
  • motion
  • physics

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic
  • problem solving
  • solving puzzles

Self-Direction

  • work to achieve goals

Kids can learn how to solve puzzles and build a basic understanding of the laws of physics and engineering as they build inventions and complete other tasks. They will work with shapes and angles, force and motion, electricity and energy flow, and other important concepts while they build their problem-solving and logic skills through tasks such as building an airplane, connecting a series of pipes so water can flow, or turning on light bulbs to scare ghosts out of the room. Pettson's Inventions 2 is a little less silly than its predecessor, but its fun, creative learning vibe remains the same.

This Learning Rating review was written by Stacy Zeiger

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:$1.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:October 22, 2013
Category:Education
Topics:Science and nature
Size:96.80 MB
Publisher:Filimundus AB
Version:1.1.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later; Android 2.2 and up

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