Awesome Shape Puzzles 123 is a lovely universal puzzle app by the developers at GiggleUp, a company that has produced a library of apps of very high quality.
In the past, I have quite enjoyed their other puzzle apps consisting of different themes, such as the farm or transportation. Here, instead of different scenes each revolving around a specific subject, 12 puzzles are included that each focuses on subjects children will enjoy, such as dinosaurs, musical instruments, a collection of toys, ocean and farm situations, as well as covering fruits and vegetables, numbers and letters.
Tap one of these puzzles found within the main menu and the next page will transform the puzzle in question to that of a traditional chunky puzzle layout with empty spaces where the objects in question will fit into these areas. A tap on one of these empty puzzle spaces will bring players to a new close-up page of this missing piece where one then drags and drops the pieces into their correct places.
Easy and difficult levels are available which change the number of pieces these objects have been broken up into – a great feature giving toddlers as well as older children a chance to enjoy this app at their own pace. Single pieces are also available, allowing the youngest app users to drag and drop chunky single pieces directly into these main puzzle sections.
I really enjoy the inclusion of “grab” within these puzzles, giving pieces just enough pull into the correct spots as well as a”clicking” sound when the correct pieces fall into place to create a very satisfying, almost tactile experience.
Another very nice inclusion is a Demo Button one can tap to fill in these individual puzzles piece by piece – a nice aid for children using the more difficult section, as well as just some simple fun for babies, this button showing cause and effect.
When these individual puzzles are complete, a flag being dragged by a chipmunk driving a variety of vehicles will reveal the name of the puzzle piece in question, also with included narration. I think this chipmunk is cute, but he lacks the detail found among the nicely illustrated puzzle landscapes found within, and although I like the idea of added narration, I did not care for the chipmunk presumably being the narrator because movements of his mouth are in no way synchronized to the voiceover, creating odd-looking moments that to me were distracting although maybe not for children, who may not notice. An easy fix is to have this animal simply be the driver pulling the word flag – animation that already exists as one can turn off the narration in general if one chooses to do so.
It is nice that sounds effects are included as well, allowing children to hear with a tap the noises these objects make when applicable, with simple sound effects also included when necessary for elements such as the letter, number or shape puzzle pieces. I was not a huge fan, however, of the bouncing and quivering these pieces display with each tap – simply a little distracting and unnecessary for an app that is otherwise very relaxing and nice for unwinding in general.
For this reason, it would be nice if the sound effects could be turned off, as can the easy-to-listen-to music, transforming this app into a perfect quiet activity.
This app makes a lovely first puzzle app for toddlers who will grow into the different levels of difficulty, learning lots of new words along the way, as well as for families with older children who can enjoy the more difficult puzzle mode, also appreciating the 150 separate puzzles included among the 12 topics.
I appreciate how intuitive these puzzles are for children, but it is also worth noting that this app is equally intuitive for adults, as the setting page is easy to find and navigate, with a nice choice of options such as many language choices, both European and Asian, whether to include the music or narration, use of the Demo Button, and upper case or lower case usage for some of the included languages. Changing the difficulty is also possible from within the app during play – a nice choice children can experiment with themselves.
GiggleUp is a developer that parents should become acquainted with as I have enjoyed their other puzzle apps as well as their Interactive Telling Time app, available on iTunes. If interested, please search for my other GiggleUp reviews here on GiggleApps.
Awesome Shape Puzzles 123 - A fun way of learning first words for kids
Developer: GiggleUp Kids Apps And Educational Games Pty Ltd
Released: 2012-03-22 00:00:00
Description from the Developer★ Let learning become your children's favourite pastime with this fun shape puzzle game that doubles as a picture dictionary featuring more than 150 new words!
★ Play Awesome Shape Puzzles 123 in more languages! Have fun learning new words in different languages including: English, French, Spanish, Japanese, German, Swedish, Chinese Mandarin and Italian.
★ Multiple play modes to choose from, including a basic shape-fitting mode, an easy mode with 2-4 piece puzzles and a hard mode with 7-10 piece puzzles.
Discover an enjoyable way of learning first words with this originally illustrated shape puzzle created especially for young minds aged 1 to 6. Children will have a blast playing with dancing dolphins, flying airplanes, roaring dinosaurs and more, all the while developing problem solving and shape, pattern, and color recognition skills.
Choose from 12 different categories of everyday words (including numbers and letters) and for each object, drag the scrambled puzzle pieces to their right place to complete the picture. Once completed, the object's name will be spelled onscreen and read aloud. For each successfully completed puzzle, the player will be rewarded with a new sticker to add to his/her collection!
Accompanied by a friendly voice guidance, children are encouraged to play and learn at their own pace. Multiple play modes allow even the youngest mind to learn and explore with a basic shape-fitting mode, an easy puzzle mode, and a hard puzzle mode for the bigger kids.
Awesome Shape Puzzles 123 is the latest all new educational app to join the much-loved Jigsaw Puzzles 123 family which has been among the best-selling kids' games all over the world and has been featured by Apple's App Store.
✔ Child-friendly interface specifically designed for small fingers
✔ More than 150 puzzles to solve and new words to learn
✔ Multiple game modes: ‘single piece’ (whole objects), ‘easy puzzle’ (2-4 piece) and ‘hard puzzle’ (7-10 piece)
✔ Balloon Pop! Pop as many balloons as you can! A fun little reward for finished puzzles
✔ Bonus sticker book fun
✔ A Demo Button that enables auto-fill for optional assistance
✔ Helpful voice guidance
✔ Beautifully illustrated original cartoons
✔ Cheery background music track that can be easily switched on or off
✔ For iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad
Categories featured in Awesome Shape Puzzles 123 include:
✚ My First Shapes – Squares, circles, triangles, pentagons, and more.
✚ Dinoland – All your child's favourite dinosaurs!
✚ Fruity Fun – Apple, strawberry, pear and all their yummy friends.
✚ Veggie Party – Let's not forget the veggies! Pumpkin, peas, carrots and more.
✚ Toy Wonderland – All our beloved childhood friends. Teddy bear, robot, doll, and more.
✚ Busy Wheels – Helicopters, motorcycles and other cool vehicles.
✚ Ocean Adventure – The exciting world under the sea and all its amazing creatures.
✚ Band Jam! - Learn all the musical instruments.
✚ Silly Billy Farm – Old farmer and all your farm animal friends!
✚ Playground Fun – Slides, merry-go-rounds, swings and more.
✚ My Alphabet Book – Featuring letters A to Z.
✚ Numbers and Me – Featuring numbers 1 to 20.
✚...more categories coming in free future updates!
Endless fun and learning to be enjoyed all for the price of one.
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GiggleUp Pty Ltd is a member of Moms with Apps, a collaborative group of family-friendly developers seeking to promote quality apps for kids and families.
Recommended Ages: 1-3, 4-7
Categories: Creative Play, Early Learning, Matching, Reading, Sight Words, Games, Special Needs, Creative Play