GazziliPuzzles is a very nice universal jigsaw puzzle app that includes a simple and sweet animated scene after each puzzle is completed, really bringing these jigsaws to life in a way that kids will very much enjoy.
This bright and colorful app includes six puzzles that range in the number of pieces from six to twenty, also including the rotation of pieces in the upper levels.
Children will enjoy the topics covered within this app such as a cowboy scene as well as train, skateboard, sledding, water ski and sea park motifs.
Intuitive to use, after a theme is chosen and players are brought to an individual puzzle to be worked on. Arrange the included pieces found at the bottom of the page into their correct places by dragging and dropping these pieces over the correlating area of the faint image used as a reference drawing in the background of these puzzles.
Although a subtle feeling of “grab” is included – slightly pulling the pieces into their correct location as if by magnetism – an interesting feature of this app is the ability to move pieces around the page without making a specific correct placement or mistake. This inclusion of being able to move the pieces around the puzzle board creates an experience much akin to putting together a real jigsaw puzzle – an aspect that I appreciate as oftentimes puzzles leave little room for mistakes to be made as often puzzles reject the wrong placement of pieces – unfortunate because these mistakes are great opportunities to learn from.
The most difficult three puzzles include a heavy use of rotated pieces that one must identify and rotate with a tap until the correct piece is right side up and ready to be added to the puzzle with the drag of a finger. I like the inclusion of the rotated pieces, making these puzzles a little more challenging than without.
When a puzzle is complete and the animated scene has stopped, players are brought to a bonus puzzle that when complete, becomes an object found within the Gazzili Fun Page – a reward that children add to each time a puzzle is solved. This Fun Page provides a nice level of motivation to complete each puzzle, adding the missing shapes until complete.
The elements found throughout such as the illustrations used, the included puzzle play and the added interactive hotspots one can find when tapping the included characters really make this app a high quality one that I enjoy and can easily recommend to families.
It would be nice, however, if more puzzles can be added in the future as these six puzzles, nicely done as they are, may be of limited replay value over a long period of time. I hope more puzzles can be included in a free download in the future.
GazziliPuzzles is actually a series of apps from GazziliWorld I have enjoyed as well, as I especially appreciate the use of these colorful characters appearing in these apps – a real treat for children and adults alike. I am interested to see what apps GazziliWorld comes up with next.
Developer: GazziliWorld LLC
Released: 2012-02-29 00:00:00
Description from the Developer‘GazziliPuzzles is the new generation of Jigsaw Puzzles! Put the puzzles together—then watch them come to life!’
‘GazziliPuzzles ‘dual-curriculum’ approach introduces children not only to important subject matter, but to technology they’ll be using as part of their education for years to come!’
‘GazziliPuzzles for iPad, iPhone, and iTouch is brought to you with iOS 5 functionality like AirPlay Mirroring!’
A child activates the first GazziliPuzzle on the Home Screen, and they are taken away on a Puzzle-Perfect adventure!
Colors & artwork. Music & sounds. Friendly, hands-on activities. GazziliPuzzles is a multi-sensory learning experience!
Early childhood experts from New York City’s The Dalton School helped develop GazziliPuzzles to ensure its educational value.
--6 engaging, exciting jigsaw puzzles that get progressively more challenging. Each one comes to life…and each one reveals another part of the GazziliFunPage!
--Child interacts with the app and strengthens concentration, dexterity, and problem-solving skills!
--‘Hearing Impaired Mode’ included that adds all written words to the screen as they are spoken by either the narrator or characters!
--Delightful interactive animations, music, sound-effects, and surprise features.
--Improvement of hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills as children gain proficiency with tablet hardware.