This week I was given a free puzzle app to review by Planet 316. Daily Bible Jigsaw is an app, available for free for iOS, Google Play or on Facebook, that presents a cute jigsaw puzzle each day. The puzzles are of super cute pictures–kitties, doggies, nature stuff usually, and are challenging but not impossible.
I wouldn’t let my kids play this app, because I didn’t want to have to use any of the 500 coins I received for the review in order to replay the ones they did without me (selfish mama! ha!). But both of my kids liked to look over my shoulder if I played while they were around, each of them curious about what the puzzle was going to be.
I had some time where I was stuck sitting around waiting this month, and this app was a fun way to fill time.
I think this game would be perfect for older kids and any adults. It’s a fun app to pick up and play while you wait in line or while you watch your kids at gym–you get to play one game a day for free, or you can use coins to play games from earlier days.
The game is well-designed–I don’t know how app developers know just what to do to make their games addicting, but these guys have that figured out. There’s a monthly calendar puzzle that gives you one piece per day that you play, so the app tries to motivate daily play.
We were given 500 coins; I still have nearly 450. I am a bit impatient with puzzles, so I almost always used the “rotate” feature that turns all of the pieces the right directions and the “edges” feature that hides all non-edge pieces while you assemble the edges first. I think I could get by without the edges feature–you can drag the pieces to the side pretty easily–but I really, really liked the rotate feature. If you like more of a challenge, there would be no reason to use coins at all!
I will say that it’s not clear how many coins each action takes while you’re playing. Because I was given the coins for free, I didn’t hesitate to use them, but if I was paying for them, I certainly would be paying more attention! It could be frustrating to be spending coins you didn’t realize you were spending. I think this is especially worth noting if you had children who were planning on using coins. But–again, I really don’t think coins would be necessary to making the puzzle enjoyable.
Once you complete a puzzle, the app superimposes a Bible verse on top of the cute image. The verses are inspirational and encouraging, but only seen briefly. You can also compete against friends–that could be really fun!
Other Homeschool Review Crew members reviewed this week, too. Click over for more!