December 1, 2011 in Games (E)
[prMac.com] Katowice, Poland - Rainbow Stories today introduces Christmas Puzzle for Kids 1.0 for iOS, their new animated jigsaw puzzle app for young kids. Each of the 13 different Christmas scenes can be set to one of three levels of difficulty: Easy, Medium, or Hard. Featuring puzzle pieces that double in size when touched, kids can create a large picture from small pieces that are presented just two at a time. The expansion of pieces, dragging them on to the picture, and placing them correctly or incorrectly are all animated actions with accompanying sound effects. The app also includes original, festive, holiday music that makes solving these puzzles an activity filled with the joy of Christmas.
At launch in landscape mode, Christmas Puzzle for Kids displays all 13 illustrations in Apple's eye-catching, Cover Flow View. Kids can scroll horizontally to pick the puzzle they would like to do. Once selected, the illustration fills the leftmost two-thirds of the screen. Pieces to the puzzle slide on to the screen from the right, and only two pieces are displayed at a time. Compared to the illustration, the colors of the puzzle pieces are deep and realistic, so when they are correctly placed over the illustration it remains clear which pieces are still missing.
When the child touches one of the two pieces, it grows immediately to twice its former size, and is exactly the correct size to fit in the puzzle. This innovation encourages children to recognize puzzle pieces by their shape and graphical content, independent of size. Pieces lock into place perfectly, and if placed incorrectly return to the pieces area on the far right. The app features a special snap-in algorithm, so that pieces automatically snap in to place when moved in to proximity of their destination. On completion of the puzzle, a fanfare is heard and all the pieces dissolve into a single, brightly colored image.
* Santa At the Chimney
* Christmas Teddy Bear
* Trimming the Tree
* Dog & Cat Ready for Christmas
* Santa and the Presents
* Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer
* Christmas Polar Bear
* Outdoor Christmas Tree
* Santa and Rudolph
* Penguin and His Christmas Tree
* Polar Bear Family Celebrates Christmas
* Snowman Family Celebrates Christmas
* Santa in His Airplane
Another innovation in Christmas Puzzle for Kids is that each of the 13 puzzles can be solved at one of three levels of difficulty. At the Easy level the puzzle contains only six pieces, at the Medium level there are 12 pieces, and at the Hard level the puzzle consists of 16 pieces. In this way, kids can solve the same puzzle they have become familiar with, again and again. The illustrations capture colorful Christmas themes, and the beautiful, original, holiday music played by a full orchestra is far more enjoyable than yet another version of "Jingle Bells."
* 13 beautiful illustrations to solve
* 3 difficulty levels - Easy (6 pieces), Medium (12 pieces), Hard (16 pieces)
* Easy to use and friendly user interface
* Festive, original holiday music
* 13 different languages supported
* Universal app optimized for display on all iOS apps
"Christmas Puzzle for Kids is a game the whole family will enjoy," stated Jakub Gozdz of Rainbow Stories. "Kids never get tired of figuring out these puzzles, and there are no pieces to get lost."
* U.S. English, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish
* iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
* Requires iOS 4.2 or later (iOS 5 tested)
* Universal app optimized for display on all iOS devices
* 38.8 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Christmas Puzzle for Kids 1.0 is only $0.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.
Based in Katowice, Poland, indie developer Jakub Gozdz established Rainbow Stories in 2011. He's focused on iPhone and iPad applications for kids. He has released two puzzle games. One more educational app is under development. Copyright (C) 2011 Rainbow Stories. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.