Tropisounds recently added another app to its popular Wood Puzzle series—this one specifically designed for toddler and preschool-aged girls. There are 15 different wood puzzles in Wood Puzzle Pink, including a pink layered birthday cake, a unicorn running on a rainbow, and a pink ballerina music box with a bracelet and a ring. A few of the puzzles do depart from the pink theme, such as a gumball machine complete with a quarter, and a clock with puzzle pieces for each number.
There are sound effects at the beginning and once the puzzle is complete. In a few puzzles, there are also some sound effects within the puzzle, such as the fairy puzzle where the balloon color is named when placed correctly. The pieces also snap into place with a very satisfying click (it takes little to please me!) Five of the puzzles are layered—some pieces are hidden under a top layer when complete. In one, a princess is in the castle; in another, a dog is riding in a purse, with only the head visible.
The 15 puzzles are certainly fun, and my 4-½ year old daughter found the girly theme engaging. She enjoyed telling stories while putting the pieces into place, including stories about what wishes the fairy would grant, and where exactly the unicorn was going.
From the home screen, the app can be set in baby mode. In this level, the puzzle slowly puts itself together while playing mobile-style music. In the settings menu accessible from the home screen, rotation can be turned on. This option is a little closer replication of actual puzzle play, as the pieces have to be turned and rotated to fit in the right spot. Reward sounds can also be turned off in the settings menu—this turns off all sound, except for the satisfying click of a correct piece placement.
I wished for a little more animation on this app. After finishing the ballerina music box, it would have been fun for the ballerina to spin, along with hearing the music. The clock chimes when complete—but I wanted to see the cuckoo bird pop out. I also wished there was a little more diversity among the characters depicted. Fairies and princesses are universally loved by all little girls, but all seven faces depicted are white.
$1.99 isn't expensive app-wise, but my daughter completed all 15 puzzles twice in about 30 minutes then seemed to lose interest in the app. She isn’t really a puzzle lover in general, which probably factors in, but there are tons of puzzle apps in the app store (and as parts of other apps) and some of the others have a lot more sheer bulk—one on my iPad was just $0.99 for 146 puzzles.
To reach Top Pick status, an app with 15 puzzles is going to need more animation, music, and energy.
Overall, Wood Puzzle Pink is cute, the graphics are bright, and the puzzles are well-designed. If you have a little pink-lover in your house who also loves puzzles, this app is definitely worth a look.
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This review was completed by Heather Hetler, who works as an elementary school SLP and is a full-time graduate student in Speech-Language Pathology. Tropisounds, the developer of Wood Puzzle Pink, is an advertiser at smartappsforkids.com.