PHLIP Review (Curious Hat)

What It Is

PHLIP is a puzzle app, but one unlike any puzzle app you may have seen before. Designed for kids of all ages, PHLIP uses the camera to give the user complete control over the complexity of the puzzles.

Start by tapping the camera button in the lower right corner. You'll need to search around your home, classroom, or wherever you are to take a picture of the puzzle you want to make. The images can be as easy as your child's favorite toy or as complex as a pile of leaves. After taking the picture, the app breaks the images into four, nine, or 16 pieces. You can easily change the number of pieces right on the home screen. In the puzzle, you'll notice that each piece is still in the correct spot, but they have been turned. By looking at the turned pieces you need to choose which ones to "freeze" and which ones need to be turned 90 degrees to the left or the right. A tilt of your iPad in either direction turns whichever pieces you did not freeze. The challenge is that every puzzle can be solved in just three moves. That is no small task.

Besides the game play, you will also find detailed directions of how to use the app and options to email the puzzle you created to another PHLIP friend.

Is It Fun?

The app sounds simple, but the thoughtful design is what makes PHLIP a very long-lasting app that both adults and kids enjoy. There are no levels or specific ways you have to play. The challenge comes in trying to beat your own score or creating a more challenging puzzle by seeing the space you are taking pictures in a unique way. We love the email option for kids and parents to share challenges together, especially when they are apart.

Who It’s For

PHLIP is for ages 4 and up.

What To Be Aware Of

PHLIP is compatible with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation), iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iPad (3rd generation), iPad Wi-Fi + 4G, iPad (4th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (4th generation), iPad mini, and iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular. It requires iOS 5.1 or later.

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  • PHLIP from Curious Hat
  • Rated EC
  • Available on: iOS
  • Available November 23, 2012