Once your kids are able to recognize shapes and colors, the next natural step is to teach them to recognize a group of shapes and colors at once. One way to do it is by showing your kids a sequence of objects with different shapes and colors, and asking them to find the next matching sequence. Patterns with Ibbleobble is an iPad app that can simulate and generate endless exercises like this.
Start with Mr. Mousey and End with Florence the Fox
You start the game by choosing a difficulty level. The game uses Ibbleobble friends represent each difficulty level. I’d suggest you start with the first one, Mr. Mousey, to get a feel of the game.
The game will show a sequence of 2-3 object at the top half of the screen. Your job is to find a matching sequence from the three options at the bottom half of the screen. Once you’ve matched a sequence, the next set of question and options will appear.
Whenever you make a mistake, the game will give you a feedback and allow you to submit your question again. In the medium or hard mode, every mistake will set you back in time. You try to complete as many matches as you can within 60 seconds.
When you complete a level, you can either choose a different Ibbleobble friend or change the difficulty level to medium or hard. The more difficult levels will have longer sequences.
Parents Need to Know
At first, I thought I can beat the game easily by paying attention to the first object in the sequence. But once I get to the fourth level, the game starts to show two sequences that have the same objects in the first and second positions. Even though I can still beat the game relatively easily by paying attention to the last object instead, I think the game is challenging enough for kids ages 4-6.
For your younger ones, I’d suggest you start with the easy mode. In this mode, there is no timer. You can play for as long as you like. That way, you can move up the difficulty levels — from matching a sequence of 2-3 objects to matching a sequence of 7-8 objects — without adding the time pressure.
Patterns with Ibbleobble works great without an Internet connection. It doesn’t have any third-party ads, in-app purchases, or links to social networks.
Things I Like
The gameplay in Patterns with Ibbleobble is relatively straightforward. It’s intuitive enough that it doesn’t require any tutorial. The game has a clear learning curve, and there are seven difficulty levels to keep kids challenged.
I also like how the levels are designed as Ibbleobble friends that you can choose to play with. To keep things exciting, each friend has its own reward and voice-over.
Patterns with Ibbleobble helps kids to practice and improve their visual senses. Through a rigorous yet fun series of exercises, kids ages 4+ can practice recognizing and matching patterns. The sounds and vibrant graphics help to make the activities enjoyable for the entire family.
App was provided for our honest review.