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Thinkrolls: Kings & Queens - Android

Thinkrolls: Kings & Queens - Android
by AVOKIDDO

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Android

Overall Score: 89/100

version reviewed: 1.0.2

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Best for: Brain teasers, Attention & concentration, Eye-hand coordination, Thinking & problem solving

What it is and what you do with it: guide Thinkrolls (funny rolling characters) dressed as knights, kings, queens through a series of castle-themed mazes.

Use various props (and avoid obstacles) to complete each maze, e.g. use a harp to calm the crocodile or use mirrors to make ghost disappear with reflected light.

115 easy (aimed at ages 5-8) and 113 harder (8+) game levels.

What we liked: the concept. Develops logical thinking and planning skills. Good variety of levels and fun challenges. Fun characters. Easy game controls. No ads or other distracting features.

What we didn't like: no hints (younger kids may require parental assistance).

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Thinkrolls: Kings & Queens

Thinkrolls: Kings & Queens
by AVOKIDDO

Price: 3.99$
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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 89/100

version reviewed: 1.0.2

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Best for: Brain teasers, Attention & concentration, Eye-hand coordination, Thinking & problem solving

What it is and what you do with it: guide Thinkrolls (funny rolling characters) dressed as knights, kings, queens through a series of castle-themed mazes.

Use various props (and avoid obstacles) to complete each maze, e.g. use a harp to calm the crocodile or use mirrors to make ghost disappear with reflected light.

115 easy (aimed at ages 5-8) and 113 harder (8+) game levels.

What we liked: the concept. Develops logical thinking and planning skills. Good variety of levels and fun challenges. Fun characters. Easy game controls. No ads or other distracting features.

What we didn't like: no hints (younger kids may require parental assistance).

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Busy Shapes

Busy Shapes
by Edoki Academy

Price: 2.99$
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iPhone

Overall Score: 89/100

version reviewed: 1.7

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Best for: Brain teasers, Attention & concentration, Eye-hand coordination, Thinking & problem solving

What it is/what you do with it: a set of puzzles for improving eye-hand coordination and logical thinking skills. 63 levels.

Match the objects with holes (by shape, color, size etc). Sometimes additional actions will be required, like pushing the object out from under and obstacle or changing the object's color.

What we liked: the concept. Good variety of challenges. Simple graphics. Ease of use. Multiple user accounts with progress report. No distracting elements.

What we didn't like: no introduction or spoken instructions. No hints (we recommend parental assistance).

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ShapeOrama Aussie Animals

ShapeOrama Aussie Animals
by Saltwater Assembly

Price: 1.99$ (was 2.99$)
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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 88/100

version reviewed: 1.1

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Best for: Brain teasers, Attention & concentration, Eye-hand coordination, Thinking & problem solving

What it is/what you do with it: a collection of puzzles with Australian animals (each animal is made out of geometrical shapes).

Complete the puzzles to reveal the animal and earn points which can be exchanged for outfits and accessories for your game avatar.

12 animals including Kangaroo, Crocodile, Koala, Wombat, Dingo and more.

Shapes include: squares, circles, triangles, rectangles, ovals, crescents, semi-circles, stars, rhombuses, hearts, pentagons, hexagons, kites, trapezoids and trapeziums.

What we liked: fun set of original puzzles. Extra features: hints, rewards, the option to record your own narration, sticker scene creation tool. No ads or other distracting features.

What we didn't like: navigation could be more intuitive. No recorded voices (shape names).

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Word Magic: Educational Word Search Puzzles - Android Version

Word Magic: Educational Word Search Puzzles - Android Version
by Rocko Labs

Price: free
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Android

Overall Score: 88/100

version reviewed: 2.0.1

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Language

What it is and what you do with it:word search game with 15 word sets (5 in the free version): Home, Animals, Sports, Jobs, Space, Nature, Your Body, Vehicles, Flowers, Trees, Activities, Instruments, New Words, Funny Words, Really Short Words. About 15 words in each set.

Find the hidden words to unveil their illustrated definitions.

What we liked: the concept. Good variety of word sets. The 'definitions' feature (helps improve retention of the words). Timed play mode. Puzzles can be played over and over again (they will be generated new every time you restart the app). Overall quality of the app.

What we didn't like: no hints.

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Word Magic: Educational Word Search Puzzles

Word Magic: Educational Word Search Puzzles
by Rocko Labs

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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 88/100

version reviewed: 2.0.1

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Language

What it is and what you do with it:word search game with 15 word sets (5 in the free version): Home, Animals, Sports, Jobs, Space, Nature, Your Body, Vehicles, Flowers, Trees, Activities, Instruments, New Words, Funny Words, Really Short Words. About 15 words in each set.

Find the hidden words to unveil their illustrated definitions.

What we liked: the concept. Good variety of word sets. The 'definitions' feature (helps improve retention of the words). Timed play mode. Puzzles can be played over and over again (they will be generated new every time you restart the app). Overall quality of the app.

What we didn't like: no hints.

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Puzzingo Toddler Kids Puzzles

Puzzingo Toddler Kids Puzzles
by 77Sparx Studio, Inc.

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iPhone

Overall Score: 87/100

version reviewed: 6.94

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Best for: Brain teasers, Attention & concentration, Eye-hand coordination, Language, Understanding of the world

What it is: 7 sets of themed animated puzzles. Themes include: Princess and fairies, Holidays, Cars, Animals, Space, Core Concepts and Let's Play (various puzzles). Each theme contains up to 9 individual scenes, for example the Cars set includes: a bulldozer, 4x4 truck, Indy car, chopper, sports car, clown car, mini van, stock car, superbike.

What you do with it: slide the pieces in place to complete the puzzles (e.g. planets in the Solar System, parts of the space shuttle etc.). The name of each piece will be read out by the narrator. Some sets contain additional 'reward' activities: e.g. flying the space shuttle, driving a car, dressing up a princess etc.

What we liked: the concept, number and great variety of puzzles, quality graphics and animations, sounds and sound backgrounds, fun factor, ease of use (simple drag and drop operation, visual hints), good educational value (especially for younger kids).

What we didn't like: the educational value could be even better (especially for older kids - the bonus/reward activities offer limited educational value).

Free preview: if you are not sure, please see our 'See before you buy' video (below) or try the free version of the Toddler Puzzles PUZZINGO (with in-app purchases).

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PUZZINGO Kids Puzzles = Android Version

PUZZINGO Kids Puzzles = Android Version
by 77SPARX Studio, Inc.

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Overall Score: 87/100

version reviewed: 6.95

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Best for: Brain teasers, Attention & concentration, Eye-hand coordination, Language, Understanding of the world

What it is: 7 sets of themed animated puzzles. Themes include: Princess and fairies, Holidays, Cars, Animals, Space, Core Concepts and Let's Play (various puzzles). Each theme contains up to 9 individual scenes, for example the Cars set includes: a bulldozer, 4x4 truck, Indy car, chopper, sports car, clown car, mini van, stock car, superbike.

What you do with it: slide the pieces in place to complete the puzzles (e.g. planets in the Solar System, parts of the space shuttle etc.). The name of each piece will be read out by the narrator. Some sets contain additional 'reward' activities: e.g. flying the space shuttle, driving a car, dressing up a princess etc.

What we liked: the concept, number and great variety of puzzles, quality graphics and animations, sounds and sound backgrounds, fun factor, ease of use (simple drag and drop operation, visual hints), good educational value (especially for younger kids).

What we didn't like: the educational value could be even better (especially for older kids - the bonus/reward activities offer limited educational value).

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Busy Shapes 2

Busy Shapes 2
by Edoki Academy

Price: 2.99$
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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 87/100

version reviewed: 1.05

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Best for: Brain teasers, Eye-hand coordination

What it is/what you do with it: a set of 3D puzzles for improving eye-hand coordination and logical thinking skills. Over 100 levels in 4 different worlds.

Match the objects with holes (by shape, color, size etc) - just avoid traps and sticky patches - and don't fall into the abyss!

What we liked: the concept. Great variety of challenges. Tons of props (bombs, moving platforms, catapults etc). Simple game controls. Multiple user accounts. No ads or other distracting features.

What we didn't like: we liked the 2D layout from the original Busy Shapes more. No hints (we recommend parental assistance).

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Crazy Gears

Crazy Gears
by Edoki Academy

Price: 2.99$
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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 87/100

version reviewed: 1.4

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Best for: Brain teasers, Attention & concentration, Eye-hand coordination, Thinking & problem solving

What it is and what you do with it: a set puzzles using chains, rods, gears, racks, hooks and pulleys.

Combine all necessary items to create a mechanism robust enough to pull the hook and transport the player to the next level.

What we liked: the concept. Excellent set of original puzzles from very easy to quite challenging. Covers many STEM concepts as gears, mechanical systems, motion, ratio, action and reaction and more. Great for building thinking and reasoning skills. 2 play modes (free and timed). Parents' area with detailed progress reports. No ads or other distracting features.

What we didn't like: no hints.

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