Robot Puzzle Factory for kids and toddlers ($0.99) by Happy Grizzly gives kids a chance to build robots without the worry of oil stains on the carpet. A matching game, like Rusty Robots, but not as intense as HueShift you need to piece together a robot’s different pieces.
Select which robot you’d like to construct in the main menu. A silhouette of them is shown as they stand on a platform. All of the required pieces to put the robot together are at its feet.
Simply drag the different pieces (legs, arms, torso, head, etc.) to construct the robot. Correctly placing a piece results in it snapping in place, followed by a pleasant little chime.
Put the piece in the wrong spot and an “uh oh” sound will play, along with the piece snapping back to the bottom of the platform.
Being a game targeted at children no older than six, precision placing needs to have some flexibility. The game is very forgiving about getting the pieces exactly where they need to be.
My 2-year-old daughter certainly enjoyed building the robots. I would say that the challenge level was just right; not too easy that she became bored with it, and not too difficult that she wanted to stop playing. I think older children, however, may not be as easily amused.
The one flaw I see is how limited this game is. Once the robot is completed it will do a little up-and-down-dance, but that’s it.
Each robot can be revisited to put it together again, or all of the robots can be reset in the settings menu, but that horse can only ride for so long.
The developer promises an update later this month that will include five new robots. However, I’d like to see more interactivity offered, such as being able to create your own robot from a bin of pieces, or even giving commands to your completed robot.
Those additions would certainly boost the interactivity.
As the game stands, though, it is certainly fun for smaller children who like robots.