Shadowmatic

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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See shadows, shapes in a new light in unique puzzler.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn spatial reasoning as they solve 3D shapes-based puzzles.

Ease of Play

Easy to play, although the levels get progressively more difficult. Progressive hints assist players who get stuck. Begins with a tutorial.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Shadowmatic is a puzzle game with relaxing music and calming shadow-focused scenes. Players rotate 3D shapes in a spotlight until the shadow cast on a wall looks like a recognizable object, animal, or person. There are more than 100 levels in 12 environments. Read the app's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

To play SHADOWMATIC, tap on Level 1 and follow the tutorial. Turn and rotate the object to make the shadow of the image -- a teapot, fish, cupid, and more -- shown on that level's cube. If you're stuck, tap the "H" icon to get a hint (or up to four hints). View how many seconds (or minutes) it took to complete the shadow puzzle. Tap the arrow key to move onto the next level.

Is it any good?

This unique puzzle game is simply beautiful, even if the puzzles aren't so simple to solve. Kids who enjoy spatial reasoning and who are visual learners will likely enjoy Shadowmatic more than kids who struggle with spatial skills and visual problem-solving; however, progressive hints are available, so even kids who don't gravitate toward this kind of puzzle can practice spatial skills here without too much frustration. With 100 levels in 12 environments, it may be a game kids work to conquer for a long while.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about using hints in Shadowmatic. When should you use a hint, and when should you keep trying? 

  • Try making your own wall shadows with your kid at bedtime.

  • Ask your kid if the relaxing music helps them solve the puzzle. Some kids may love the music, and others may find it distracting, but it's possible to turn it off.

App details

For kids who love puzzles and problem-solving

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