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PrestoBingo Shapes v1.4 [text]

App description: PrestoBingo Shapes provides an introduction to geometry for children. Circles, diamonds, ovals, rectangles, semicircles, squares, triangles, trapezoids, and triangles are explained and identified. Each screen presents a different shape-finding puzzle and kids are verbally and visually prompted to click on the shapes.

iTunes Link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/prestobingo-shapes/id494347130?mt=8

iDevices used for the reviews: iPad1 - iPad2 - iPad3 - iPhone3G - iPhone3GS - iPhone4 - iPhone4S - iPod4G

Total reviews: 5

Developer: Joyce H.

Courtney D.

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What I liked I love this app! I love the simple graphics and colors. They are not too busy, but busy enough that it creates a bit of difficulty. I love that the graphics are animated when the user selects the correct amount shown. I love that the user is encouraged by feedback that is positive such as "I can see another shape, can you?" I love that the shapes are explained if the user needs explanation. I love that there are a variety of shapes available for the user to select. I love that the user can hear the shapes being counted as they are being selected! Great app!


Improvements I really am struggling to find things that I wish could be improved on in this app. I can only think of one thing that would be a great help to the user, if desired. This could be something that is selected in a settings menu of some kind. I would like if the app would shade or blink the shapes that aren't found after a certain period of waiting. Maybe one shape at a time to give the user a hint if needed.


General review This is a fantastic app that has left me super impressed! There is simplicity to the design, but an element of difficulty with the search of the shapes. This app has great positive reinforcement from counting as the shapes are selected to encouragement in the search for the user if there is a bulk of time where no shapes are selected. The shapes are explained for those that need it! A fantastic app for the price!

Stan A.

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What I liked This is a very high quality app that has great artwork. There is a good description of each shape as well as different examples of what can be made with the shapes. As each shape is found the app counts along both verbally in a child's voice and by showing the number. Teaching shapes and counting together is a great combination.


Improvements I think that this is a great app for young children but here are a few things that would make it better. The main thing that I think would make the biggest difference is showing the total amount of shapes there are to find in each picture. Just saying there are more shapes to find can be frustrating to kids. The other thing that would make this app better would be to add a few more puzzles. It does seem like it should have more content for the price of the app.


General review In general this is a very high quality app that provides a positive learning experience for my daughter and I feel good about her using it. She does get a little frustrated when she has trouble finding all of the shapes and we don't know how many are left. Since this is a $2.00 app it would be nice if there was more content. These issues are very minor but I think it is the difference between 4 and 5 stars.

Jim B.

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What I liked Universal app - Worked fine on iPad2 and iPhone4 (with or without zoom). Fast startup. Small footprint. No ad or in-app purchase. No facebook, twitter, or external links (except for the rating request). Responsive control. Beautiful illustrations (though seems to gear more toward girls). Good explananation of each shape. Counting out loud from 1 to up to 20.


Improvements Continue (and promise) to add more illustrations. May be considering flipping the existing illustrations, or moving objects around, or replacing some items, to avoid repetitiveness and enhance replay value. The rectangle around the clock looks square which may confuse the kids. The red outlines of selected shapes blend into some illustrations that have similar shades. Announce the number of shapes the player needs to find instead of asking how many the player can find. Add encouragements like clapping, cheering or congratulation at the end of each round.


General review Toddlers must know the name of shapes to play on their own or parents must play along to teach them. Replay value is an issue if no new illustrations get added on a regular basis - once you have the included illustrations memorized, there isn't much fun to revisit them. Overall, it's a clean and polished looking app with responsive control for kids to learn to count and identify shapes.

Becky B.

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What I liked This is a fun app that is challenging enough to stump a young child but not overly frustrating. The animations upon completion are cute and the drawings themselves are appealing. I like the inclusion of semicircles and trapezoids as slightly less common shapes represented in kid's apps.


Improvements It certainly needs more levels and shapes (e.g., crescent, hexagon, octagon, etc.) to remain engaging. After a few levels, the shapes repeat using the same pictures which can get old quickly. It's somewhat difficult to play on the iPhone (easier on the iPad) simply due to the size of the images, without magnification. Also, on the rectangle level, some of the rectangles are only slightly differentiated from squares and might be hard for kids to figure out. It would be nice to see varying difficulty levels on the main menu to widen its appeal.


General review Overall, this is a fun app that would be best suited for kids around age four and under. Kids above that age may get bored quickly as there are very few levels. This could be remedied through more levels, varied difficulty options and more shape choices.

Rochelle O.

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What I liked I really like the images in this app. They are whimsical and beautifully drawn. I also really liked the explanations for each of the shapes. They cover the aspects that make each shape unique and provide examples which will help those still learning their shapes. The interface is very simple, great for young users.


Improvements I think it would be useful to have some hints to find shapes when the reminder that there are more shapes to find are given. Maybe an area containing the shapes left could flash as some of the small shapes are hard to spot. It might also be useful to indicate how many shapes are left to be found - maybe the count could count down rather than up. More pictures or the ability to select varying difficulty images would be really nice.


General review This is a lovely little app for learning to identify shapes. It provides practise not just in shape recognition, but also fine motor skills, concentration and observation. I think this could be too difficult for the youngest users as some of the shapes are very small or particularly hard to find, but would provide a good challenge for early primary users.