Pettson's Inventions 2

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Stacy Zeiger, Common Sense Media
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Fresh, building-focused round of invention puzzles delights.

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Educational Value

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.

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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.

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What 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.

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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.

Talk to your kids 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.

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