Shape Builder’s puzzle game good for a short trip

Aug 21, 2009
Games

I played the Shape Builder puzzle game with my 5-year-old daughter and the colorful designs met her approval. But not for long. She quickly grasped the game’s concept: drag five-to-10 puzzle-shaped pieces onto a silhouette of a hidden image. When you are finished, the silhouette is replaced with a drawing of the picture, accompanied by […]

I played the Shape Builder puzzle game with my 5-year-old daughter and the colorful designs met her approval. But not for long.

She quickly grasped the game’s concept: drag five-to-10 puzzle-shaped pieces onto a silhouette of a hidden image. When you are finished, the silhouette is replaced with a drawing of the picture, accompanied by a pleasant female voice speaking the name of the object.

She breezed through the first dozen or so shapes but then lost interest. I think she became bored because dragging the shapes was not very challenging, as you simply keep dragging them around until they pop into place. Perhaps if the app offered a way to jump to a specific image, it might motivate a child to work on the puzzles longer. It also would be nice to skip a particular image if you’ve done it before.

Another drawback: there are no adjustable options when playing the game, like toggling the sound on and off.

Nevertheless, this app could come in handy to keep young fingers busy during a stay in the waiting room or a car trip — but not a long one. Shape Builder is recommended for kids between 3 and 6 years old.

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Mark Smithivas

Mark Smithivas is an independent wireless and mobile analyst, gadget enthusiast and proud parent of two rugrats. He'd rather text you than call, and is still on the lookout for the perfect drive-thru app.

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