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Planets Puzzle - Game for kids (Handout/TNS)

Planets Puzzle — Game for kids is a unique puzzle game that requires placing character pieces on a rotating planet by matching habitats (easily color-coded). A few levels are timed, which may be stressful for some kids, especially since the puzzle itself is rotating. Advanced levels require sliding/flipping parts of the planet, but the app guides kids through new types of puzzles. Kids must complete a level before unlocking a new level. The app includes 10 levels for free; players can unlock the last 20 levels with an in-app purchase of $2.99. Read the app’s privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

Planets Puzzle — Game for Kids is easy enough to figure out. You’re given a set of creatures, each of whom is standing on a piece of land or water. They might be standing on grass, dirt, ice, etc. You’re also given a rotating planet with surface pieces missing and where you can only see a portion of the planet at a time. Your job is to place each creature in the appropriate spot on the planet by matching the ground with the gaps on the planet’s surface. As the puzzles progress, they get more complex, and some levels are timed. Others have creatures straddling two different types of land. Later on, you’ll need to slide or flip land on the planet to create spaces for the creatures you have to place. The first 10 levels are free while the last 20 levels require an in-app purchase of $2.99. Every so often, you’ll get a gift that will unlock a new creature (or set of creatures) for future levels.

IS IT ANY GOOD?

This is a delightfully unique puzzle game for kids that’s entertaining while still holding some progressive challenge. Each creature makes a special sound or movement when placed correctly in the puzzle, and it’s always fun to see what will happen. It’s also exciting to get a present and unlock a new creature. Some kids may be bothered by the timed levels in Planets Puzzle — Game for Kids; they can be challenging to complete as the planet slowly spins. If there’s one complaint, it’s just that it doesn’t go on longer and there’s no way to interact with the planets or creatures beyond solving the puzzles. Younger kids may want to replay planets, while older kids will probably be done after one play through. Either way, it’s a new twist on puzzles for kids, and even adults may find this matching game to be a fun diversion.

RATING AND CONTENT

Recommended for ages 6 and older

Quality: 4 out of 5

Educational value: 3 out of 5

Ease of play: 4 out of 5

Violence and scariness: 0 out of 5

Sexy stuff: 0 out of 5

Language: 0 out of 5

Drinking, drugs, and smoking: 0 out of 5

Consumerism: 3 out of 5 (Are products/advertisements embedded? Is the title part of a broader marketing initiative/empire? Is the intent to sell things to kids?)

APP DETAILS

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android

Price: Free to try (10 levels for free; full unlock is $2.99)

Release date: March 2, 2018

Category: Puzzle games

Size: 138.10 MB

Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up

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