Planets Puzzle - Game for Kids

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Creative, unique matching puzzler entertains.

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Educational Value

Kids can work on their observation and matching skills, as well as their ability to find creative solutions.

Ease of Play

Easy controls, but some timed levels may stress kids with emerging motor skills. 

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The main page has links to videos about the publisher's other games with no parent gate. Full game is an in-app purchase behind a multiplication parent gate.

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What parents need to know

Planets Puzzle - Game for Kids is a unique puzzle game that requires placing character pieces on a rotating planet by matching habitats (easily color-coded). A few levels are timed, which may be stressful for some kids, especially since the puzzle itself is rotating. Advanced levels require sliding/flipping parts of the planet, but the app guides kids through new types of puzzles. Kids must complete a level before unlocking a new level. The app includes 10 levels for free; players can unlock the last 20 levels with an in-app purchase of $2.99. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

PLANETS PUZZLE - GAME FOR KIDS is easy enough to figure out. You're given a set of creatures, each standing on a piece of land or water (e.g., grass, dirt, ice, etc.). You're also given a rotating planet with surface pieces missing and where you can only see a portion of the planet at a time. Your job is to place each creature in the appropriate spot on the planet by matching the ground with the gaps on the planet's surface. As the puzzles progress, they get more complex, and some levels are timed. Others have creatures straddling two different types of land. Later on, you'll need to slide or flip land on the planet to create spaces for the creatures you have to place. The first 10 levels are free, while the last 20 require an in-app purchase of $2.99. Every so often, you'll get a gift that will unlock a new creature (or set of creatures) for future levels. 

Is it any good?

This is a delightfully unique puzzle game for kids that's entertaining while still holding some progressive challenge. Each creature makes a special sound or movement when placed correctly in the puzzle, and it's always fun to see what will happen. It's also exciting to get a present and unlock a new creature. Some kids may be bothered by the timed levels in Planets Puzzle - Game for Kids; they can be challenging to complete as the planet slowly spins. If there's one complaint, it's just that it doesn't go on longer and there's no way to interact with the planets or creatures beyond solving the puzzles. Younger kids may want to replay planets, while older kids will probably be done after one playthrough. Either way, it's a new twist on puzzles for kids, and even adults may find this matching game to be a fun diversion. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about habitats. Do the pieces in Planets Puzzle - Game for Kids seem to match real habitats? Why or why not?

  • Discuss learning with media. How do you like this app as compared with other apps you could play? If you had or have limited screen time, would you pick this app over other apps on your device? Why or why not?

  • Talk about puzzles. What kind of puzzles are there?  What's your favorite kind? What do you think you learn or practice when you do a puzzle?

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