What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Piczle Lines is a challenging puzzle game that requires logic and counting to draw pictures on a grid. The free game is playable, but there are also many more puzzle packs that can be purchased in-app. The controls are easy to learn but can sometimes be finicky, and the difficulty of the puzzles can challenge even adults. Also, there is an option to connect the app to a Facebook account. There are some pictures in the puzzle packs that may reference drinking or violence, but most of the pictures do not.
What's it about?
Piczle Lines is a logic puzzle with a story. Professor Matrix's vacation picture files have been corrupted, and he needs to piece them together. Kids will connect number to number, using that number of squares, to create lines. So, a four connects to a four via four squares. Once all the lines are connected correctly, the image appears. The Professor's story, part of the free app, includes six chapters of 20 puzzles each, and will keep kids occupied for quite a while. Kids can download more puzzles, some free.
Is it any good?
PICZLE LINES is a collection of "paint-by-pairs" or "link-a-pix" puzzles: Players are presented with a grid with numbers scattered across it, sometimes in different colors and sometimes in black and white. Matching numbers must be connected to each other with a line that same number of squares. When done correctly the results will be a picture. Piczle Lines puts the puzzle-solving into a story about a professor whose vacation photos have been corrupted and need to be fixed; as puzzles are solved the professor's pictures return.
The puzzles are quite addictive, and some can be quite a challenge to solve. The interface is well-designed; though the controls are sometimes finicky, overall it's a satisfying experience for people who enjoy logic-based puzzles. While there are many puzzle packs to purchase in-app, the included puzzles and free packs provide plenty of opportunity to try the game out.
Families can talk about...
If kids like this app, suggest they check out some Sudoku puzzles online or in app form, or pick up a puzzle book for them.
Try playing Piczle Lines cooperatively with your kids, taking turns connecting number sets.
|Devices:||iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad|
|Subjects:||Math: counting, numbers|
|Skills:||Thinking & Reasoning: logic, solving puzzles, strategy|
|Release date:||December 11, 2010|
|Minimum software requirements:||iOS 3.0 or later|