||77SPARX Studio, Inc.
||Google Play & Amazon Appstore
||Preschool, Elementary, Vocabulary
||Free w/ in-app purchases (for Google Play)
||33.5 (bigger w/ in-app purchasing
Puzzingo or “Kids Puzzle Game PUZZINGO for Toddler and Preschooler with Animals, Numbers, Letters, and More” is a puzzle based vocabulary game. Puzzle pieces are inside boxes which can be shaken to open. Each piece is a noun with a written label and is named when selected. The pieces can be placed into shaded areas to complete a puzzle.
There are currently two versions of this app available for Android Devices. The version on Google Play (3.81) has the option of in-app purchases of additional puzzles. The current version in the Amazon Appstore (3.36) does not have in app purchases. Both apps are free and ad-free. Many people are reluctant to purchase apps where in-app purchases are available. The in-app purchases in Puzzingo (Google Play version) require parent verification. As I talked about in my Security and In-App Purchasing post, I recommend all SLPs set up a pin code for on device purchases. This will prevent clients or thieves from purchasing unwanted apps as well as in-app purchases. For more information on how to set up the pin code, click the link to the post above. With a pin code you can be assured there will be no accidental purchases on this app.
I was given an “all access pass” to the Google Play version by the developer to review this app and I am very impressed. I can see why this app is one of the most popular apps on the market. This is the best play-based vocabulary game I have used. The Amazon Appstore version currently has (free) puzzles for toys, numbers, jungle animals, ocean animals, farm, picnic, and alphabet. In the Google Play version, you have free access to juggle animals, picnic, dune bug, steam train, farm, sand castle, and costume shop for free. With in-app purchasing you can get puzzles in each of the categories and sub categories below:
Trains: commuter train, train yard, city train, country train, space train, clown train, train station
Princess & Fairies: fairy house, fairy tailor, fairy rock band, fairy flight school, frog race, pirate princess, princess
Holidays: Lunar New Year, Santa’s stable, snowball fight, Santa’s workshop, Christmas tree, harvest, New Year,
Cars: mini van, chopper, indie car, stock car, 4×4 truck, clown car, bulldozer, super bike, sports car
Animals: Jungle Animals (another), forest animals, fresh water animals, safari animals, polar animals, grassland animals, Australian animals
Space: observatory, alien hair salon, space station, consolations, solar system, astronaut, space shuttle
Core Concepts: numbers, colors, counting, ocean animals, shapes, toys, alphabet.
There are 12 – 32 pieces (vocabulary words) in each puzzle. Some of the puzzles have short games to play after they are completed (e.g., racing game with the cars). The developer occasionally adds more puzzles, so this list may be incomplete in a few months. I recommend this app to be used as a play-based game during speech language therapy as well as for home use with all preschool and elementary kids. This app is great for a preschooler, yet still engaging and educational for older children. My 7, 9, and 10 year old children all like this game. I have even learned a few words from this game. I will be giving away a free “all access pass” to the Google Play version of this app this summer, so check back here for more details later. You can view the developers video below.