The App Store is home to many great games, many of which we’re sure would entertain kids as much as adults. Unfortunately, not every game is child-friendly: they’re loaded with in-app purchases and ads, or have steep learning curves that frustrate young audiences.
Fortunately, some app developers understand these concerns. One such developer is Little Details LLC, who last year launched a path drawing game called Patchmania. You could say the game is a success: it has a 4.5-star rating average and was named “Best New Game” by Apple. And now, the developer has released a child-friendly version called Patchmania KIDS.
Unlike the original Patchmania, Patchmania KIDS doesn’t have in-app purchases. You pay once to get full access to the entire game, which includes 625 original puzzles suitable for all ages. The new app also features additional story elements and whimsical sound effects that will delight kids and the young at heart.
Eat All the Vegetables
The backstory of the game goes like this: the grumpy Farmer Lester has destroyed the forest to build his farm, leaving the forest’s inhabitants homeless. In an act of revenge, Calvin the bunny and his furry friends have taken to chomping away at Lester’s precious crops. Your task as the player is to help navigate the animals through the vegetable patches by drawing continuous paths with your finger. The more vegetables Calvin eats, the higher the score and the more stars you earn.
As you progress through the levels, the difficulty increases gradually. More playable characters are introduced alongside new obstacles, food types, and puzzle mechanics. For example, you’ll encounter mushroom levels that require cooperation between multiple bunnies, or tunnels that allow the bunnies to hop from one point to another.
The puzzles are split into chapters based on their difficulty level. For example, the first chapter, Out of the Woods, has 25 puzzles categorized as “Easy”. The second chapter, Into the Barn, has 25 easy puzzles and 50 medium ones. You unlock each chapter using the stars you’ve earned.
Parents Need to Know
An element that separates the original Patchmania with Patchmania KIDS is that the KIDS version has unlimited lives. It also has easier puzzles to make the game more accessible to younger audiences. Should your child feels stuck on a level, he can ask for hints. He can also get more hints using the coins he earned in-game.
If you have multiple iDevices, you should know that the game allows you to sync your progress across your devices with iCloud. This feature requires an Internet connection, but the gameplay itself does not. You can turn this feature on or off from the Settings menu. You can also reset your progress and view the tutorials from the same place.
Patchmania KIDS has no in-app purchases, no third-party advertising, and no tracking. It is available in 13 languages, including Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Chinese.
Things I Like
Like all good games, Patchmania KIDS is easy to learn but not as easy to master. In order to win, players must exercise logic and occasionally, the ability to see a problem from different angles. A little patience also goes a long way.
Now, it might sound like the game is hard. But it’s not — the game design is clever in that no puzzle is ever impossible to solve. Younger kids might need assistance with the trickier puzzles, but I can confidently say that the game is far from frustrating. There are mechanics in place — hints, for example — to ensure that players are never stuck too long in a level.
It also helps that the game is put together really well. The graphics are appealing, the characters adorable, and the sound effects whimsical. The drawing controls are intuitive and easy to use, and I appreciate the thoughtful details like being able to backtrack or double tap to speed up the eating animation.
With over 600 puzzles, this game will have a really long shelf life. I have already played it for a couple of hours but only barely finished the first three chapters. So if you’re looking for an app that will entertain your kids (or yourself) on long car trips, I highly recommend checking out Patchmania KIDS.
Patchmania KIDS is a new and vibrant edition of the popular path-drawing puzzle game Patchmania. This pay-once-and-play version has 625 original puzzles suitable for ages 4+. Child-friendly features include unlimited lives, hints, and new story elements. If your child loves games that make them think, don’t miss out on Patchmania KIDS.
App was provided for our honest review.