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Review: Pettson's Inventions
Excellent educational game of creativity, engineering and skill that stretches the imagination!
View on the App Store: Pettson's Inventions - Filimundus AB
Features of Pettson's Inventions:
This app really works your brain as you try to figure out how to get the Inventions to work using the pieces provided.
Old man Pettson appears on the screen and verbally gives your objective (in English, Swedish or German). There is also the possibility of receiving a visual clue, which I think is important when your child first plays the game to ensure it is not too difficult and deters them.
Around the side of the screen you see a range of random objects. To increase difficulty you can set the game to have extra pieces (usually around 2 or 3) which are red herrings and do not have a place in the invention. This can be turned off for younger children. (Children younger than 6 could play the game with adult involvement.)
Drag the objects to where you think they belong piecing them all together to start the invention. My boys, aged 6 and 9 adore this App and I can almost see the cogs in their brain going as they try to figure them out.
The inventions are crazy, imaginative, fun and challenging. Your child has to really think about how each piece relates to the next in order to solve the puzzle, it's not that easy and with 66 levels of increasing difficulty you can be sure your child is learning as they play.
To start each invention there is a lever, you can move this lever throughout the game to show you how your invention is progressing, giving your child clues to what may be missing for full functionality.
Hear the giggles and enjoy watching these remarkable feats of engineering in action, for they are amusing by design. You have the satisfaction of seeing them in action once you have solved the puzzle!
10 out of 10!
The player versus play option is timed. Each player needs to construct the invention in the fastest time, play is one one iPad. The first to win 5 rounds is the overall winner. We are not so into the competitive style though as it can lead to unnecessary friction, but it is a good mode for an adult to play a child!