Look Again Jr. is a fun and educational universal puzzle app that children aged preschool and up will find very appealing, as will adults. This game is based on the more difficult puzzle app by the same developer, Look Again.
To play Look Again Jr. focus on the center of this screen to see the main image. Now give attention to the 12 boxes that surround the perimeter of this center image. Choose the boxes in the perimeter that correspond to the main image, understanding that specific number of matches is expected to be made, tap the center image when complete.
The comparison could be produced based, as an image of fruits and vegetables may need to be deconstructed to find the individual foods that make up this image, found in the surrounding boxes one chooses from. Building blocks may be the topic of the main image, allowing players to choose the block shapes that make up this included structure – the same idea behind the use of puzzles, both abstract as well as literal, as these puzzles are broken down, with the players needing to choose the appropriate pieces.
With 120 levels included, these puzzles touch a lot of basic information that kids are expected to learn, be it counting, color recognition or farm animals. I appreciate how players will quickly understand what is being asked of them even on harder levels without help from an adult.
It is especially nice that child narrators give prompts as well, explaining how to play each level, including how many matches need to be made. There are no written instructions given that could trip up non-readers, although the number of selections to make are listed as a number for the players’ reference. Encouragement is given, and players are asked to simply try again if a mistake has been made, and I like how one can simply de-select an image with a tap as well to make changes when needed.
I really think this is a great game for kids. It helps re-enforce basic knowledge and skills, but also with focus and concentration, needed to see what one is looking to match up. These levels can may get tricky for young children, but not in a way that is frustrating as there is no timer of any kind here. It would be nice, however, to be able to tap a help button to have the right answers highlighted if a child truly feels stuck.
I do wish this game would save the level one is currently working on – a criticism of the adult version of this app, Look Again, but I am happy to say that here, one can scroll through all the levels offered looking for their place, assuming they remember what puzzle they were previously working, on without any issues of levels being locked.
I must admit, the visual style here is pleasant and gets the job done in this most fun and creative puzzle app, but graphics used here will not be the main draw for this application.
Having said this, I can tell readers that I really enjoyed playing level after level of this puzzle game. This will hold the attention of a wide range of children’s ages, including adults and the inclusion of 120 levels really packs a great deal of content within this app. I highly recommend this application to families with children as it re-enforces the basics and in general will really get kids thinking.
Look Again Jr
Released: 2011-11-18 00:00:00
Description from the DeveloperBased on Smappsoft’s Look Again!, a #1 puzzle game in the iTunes App Store, this fun and challenging puzzle game teaches young children to see and understand the relationships between objects and classify them based on their common usage, colors, shapes, or quantity.
Educators of children ages 3 to 8 know the importance of teaching young learners to group objects by categories. Look Again Jr. trains children to organize information while having fun. The app presents the child with a series of puzzles consisting of sets of pictures; to solve each one the child must work out the relationship between the pictures, and select the ones that correctly fit into the group by matching colors, counting, or seeing what the pictures have in common. The wide variety of puzzles and music keeps kids engaged and focused while learning.
- 120 Levels – simple to learn with lots of variety and depth
- Sticker reward system for creative interludes
- Lively happy music
- Voice instructions from children, for children
- Universal app for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch
Watch the demo video on YouTube. http://youtu.be/MI4eXAzL1Mc
"This is the coolest game I've ever played", Natalie, age 4.
"Awesome", Max, age 3.
"It's addicting", Zoe, age 7
Smappsoft 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, Parents
Categories: Early Learning, Counting, Colors, Shapes, Matching