October 12, 2011 in Games (E)
[prMac.com] Sophia-Antipolis, France - A&R Entertainment today is pleased to introduce Animated Puzzle 1.0 free for iOS, their new wooden jigsaw puzzle Game for young children, where the pieces fit in custom shaped, one-piece holes in the board, some of which are moving and some are not. As each of the 10 - 15 pieces is dragged into the correct hole, a chime sounds and the piece drops in. Touching any piece makes all the remaining pieces of the puzzle disappear temporarily, so that young puzzle solvers can easily see the entire board. After the last piece is placed, the finished puzzle comes to life in full color, and all the moving holes are now moving objects or characters in a complete, animated scene depicting one of nine regions on Earth.
The new iOS game in their "Learning is Fun" series, Animated Puzzle is free to download and comes with two puzzles (a package of an additional seven puzzles is available via an in-app purchase). The first puzzle is a desert scene with several camels, palm trees, scorpions, and birds, and contains a total of 11 pieces. One of the simplest puzzles, only seven puzzle holes are moving, five cycling in a gentle rocking motion and two cycling horizontally from left to right. Fitting the puzzle piece into the matching hole is simple, and the draggable pieces cannot rotate, so they are always correctly oriented.
The second puzzle is an arctic scene of penguins, polar bears, fish, seals, and whales, and contains 14 pieces. This puzzle is more challenging because all the holes are moving except the seal. Six puzzle holes are cycling up and down or rotating, while seven move across the screen from right to left, re-appearing as soon as they completely leave the screen. Additional puzzles feature Pacific Coast sharks, Asian panda bears, Australian kangaroos, and more.
On completing a puzzle, the child hears a congradulatory musical phrase and the sound of applause. The finished puzzle contains both objects on the board and objects that were pieces of the puzzle. The outline of each piece is clearly distinguishable in the finished puzzle, and the animated scene will be enjoyed by parents and children alike.
* Bright, colorful, wooden jigsaw puzzles, each with 10 - 15 pieces
* Nine puzzles featuring animals from regions all over the world
* Touching a piece temporarily removes all the remaining pieces, making the board easier to see
* In every puzzle, some of the holes in the board are animated before and after the correct piece is put in
* Teaches about animals, geography, climate, and habitats
* Enhances visual and spatial skills, as well as hand-eye coordination
Considerably less costly than real wooden puzzles, these virtual realizations are far more colorful and detailed than the traditional variety. Pieces never get lost, music and sound effects add to the enjoyment of play, and children are challenged to recognize shapes even though they are moving. And the result is an active, perpetually changing picture, whose wood grain enhances the artistry of the beautifully drawn board and pieces. Young children will enhance their visual and spatial skills, as well as their hand-eye coordination. And parents can spend hours with their children talking about the animals and their surroundings depicted in each completed puzzle.
"Young children are attracted to these wooden jigsaw puzzles and enjoy doing them over and over," commented Alexandre Minard of A&R Entertainment. "Parents too!"
* US English, German, French, Italian, and Spanish
* iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
* Requires iOS 3.0 or later (iOS 4.3 tested)
* Universal app optimized for display on all iOS devices
* 75.1 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Animated Puzzle 1.0 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. The app includes two free puzzles, and users may get a package of an additional seven puzzles via an in-app purchase of $1.99 (USD).
Based in Sophia-Antipolis, France, A&R Entertainment was founded by independent developer Alexandre Minard in 2009. The goal of the company is to provide high quality educational games for children. Copyright (C) 2009-2011 A&R Entertainment All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.