Pictorial

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Jonathan H. Liu, Common Sense Media
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Spatial-manipulation game fun but short, with constant ads.

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Ease of Play

The first two levels show you where to drag your finger, but there are no help sections or instructions. The game isn't too difficult to figure out but sometimes it's difficult to know how exact you must be in order to score.

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Although Pictorial is a free app, there is a banner app running across the top of the screen throughout play. These are not ads for the developer's other games but paid advertisements such as ones you'd see on a website.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Pictorial is a spatial-manipulation puzzle game. Although it is listed in the"Education" category in the iTunes store, the game does not have a strong educational component. It requires some spatial logic to solve the puzzles but doesn't teach anything else. The game has banner ads across the top during play.

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Is it any good?

PICTORIAL is a game that challenges you to manipulate constellations in space to form pictures. Each level starts with a field of stars on the screen, and dragging your finger across the screen rotates them in space. As you get closer to the right position, lines connecting the stars will appear, and the goal is to arrange them into a coherent image. There are 20 levels in a world and 2 worlds to play in version 1.2, which makes for a very short game. The manipulation can be fun but sometimes even when you have what appears to be the correct image it doesn't count as solved unless you have the position just right.

The game doesn't have much in the way of instructions or manuals. You only get your total score after playing through the entire game (the faster you solve puzzles the more points you get) so there isn't a lot of replayability. The app is free but there are ads running across the top of the game -- inappropriate for younger players and annoying for adults.

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For kids who love solving puzzles

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