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What we love…

fun way for kids and adults to practice critical thinking skills..  I would often take Otto and my son would take Calvin and we would try to see who could finish the path first

What we’d love to see…

the coins appear for a little longer as well as more “hints” especially for younger kids

Summary

Overall, this is a fun app which encourages creative thinking in a fun and interactive way that helps kids learn but they don’t realize they are learning.

Our Rating

Patchmania KIDS - A Puzzle About Bunny Revenge!Patchmania KIDS – A Puzzle About Bunny Revenge! is a universal app for iOS by app developer Little Details.  This fun app is designed for preschool though adult and features a variety of problem solving quizzes which involve a bunny named Calvin who is after carrots, a farmer and Otto. The app utilizes critical thinking skills as you have to draw a path to get to the hole quickly before the farmer comes to catch you.  As the levels get harder items are added like stumps, rocks  and lines which require you to think on your feet to get to the end the fastest.   As you go through the levels you can earn coins which are used for hints if you get stuck.  There are no in-app purchases contained within this version of the app, however, the app includes “coins” which you earn as you complete the various levels and can be used to buy hints.  There is another version of the app in the app store which does contain IAP so be sure to get the “kids” version if you plan to let your kids use it. The app includes 625 puzzles which teach reasoning, creative thinking and problem solving with an original story and multiple different backgrounds that you can unlock as you progress.

I loved this app, it made my son think on his feet to get to the end quickly and he didn’t even realize that he was problem solving.  My husband and I were away earlier this week and he even played it on his free time trying to see how far he could get!  That’s a huge win especially because we have lots of apps on our device.  It’s cute and user friendly and the levels get harder over time which means that kids progress but they don’t have it get so hard they get “stuck” and frustrated!  As you complete each level you are awarded a rating – for the most part my son didn’t look at these.  You also have to choose which animal you want to get the items first which involves reasoning to get to the hole first.  As we got better, my son would take one of the animals and I would do the other where we “released” at the same time to see which of us completed first! I really enjoyed it as a parent too for those moments when you are waiting to pickup and have a few minutes to spare in the car line parked.

In terms of enhancements, my son didn’t like it that the “coins” which you earned in the app popped up and disappeared so fast as he sometimes was so focused on getting to the end of the hole that he didn’t see them until they were gone.   I’d also like to see more hints especially for younger kids – maybe via a toggle switch in the settings which takes you to a parental area where you can also turn off Game Center integration. I chose not to use Game Center integration which I turned off in the settings of my iPad.

There are no in-app purchases or advertising.

Overall, this is a fun app which encourages creative thinking in a fun and interactive way that helps kids learn but they don’t realize they are learning.  The hints keep them from getting frustrated and critical thinking and reasoning skills are accomplished with active learning in a fun way.

iTunes Link: Patchmania KIDS – A Puzzle About Bunny Revenge!

Patchmania KIDS - A Puzzle About Bunny Revenge! Patchmania KIDS - A Puzzle About Bunny Revenge! by Little Details LLC

Price: $3.99 USD

Lead a brave little bunny named Calvin, and his adorable furry friends, on an exciting adventure through Pitchfork Farms!

Patchmania KIDS is a brand new edition of the popular puzzle game Patchmania.

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.

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