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By Jonathan H. Liu, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Spatial-manipulation game fun but short, with constant ads.

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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.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: March 22, 2011
  • Category: Education
  • Publisher:
  • Version: 1.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.2 or later
  • Last updated: August 22, 2016

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