Quibble Kids

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Educational puzzle game teaches categorization skills.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Playing the game is simple: Turn the cubes until the four faces match, and the app scores those cubes, darkens them to show they've been used, and allows you to continue. After every four matches, the game presents four new categories. Children may need help from parents changing the settings on the game.

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Consumerism

The app has a section for other games by the developers. Also, there is an option to purchase additional puzzles. There are a few puzzle packs included as well as free previews of the paid puzzle packs, which are not necessary to play the game but expand it with more difficult levels, making the app more appealing to older children.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Quibble Kids is an educational game that involves figuring out what things fit in the same category. The app is simple to use but children may need parents' help adjusting the settings. The app does include in-app purchasing for additional puzzles; these are more appropriate for older kids and include harder types of puzzles. However, the app includes free previews of the paid puzzle packs to try out before purchasing.

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QUIBBLE KIDS appears to be a very simple game at first: The child is presented with four cubes, and can turn them left and right to see additional faces. When the four faces match, they are brought together to show a match, darkened to show they've been used, and then the child continues to match the other faces. The match can be as simple as finding four butterflies, or more complex like finding four pets. Additional puzzle packs can be purchased, with free previews included. These new packs include math puzzles, words to put into categories like "Constellations" or "Presidents," or identifying animals from short descriptions. The free puzzles are best for younger children, but the additional puzzle packs would be great for older kids.

When a match is found, a child's voice reads the description, but the pronunciation isn't great and it might have been better with an adult or an older child. Other than that, the app is a nice idea and teaches categorization skills.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$1.99
Release date:December 10, 2010
Category:Educational Games
Publisher:Chess Pie Media
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.1 or later

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