Spatial sense has always been my lowest intelligence domain. That means jigsaw puzzles are not something I really enjoy doing. And I’m certainly not good at them. But, several of the kids inherited their daddy’s love of puzzles, so I’m always on the lookout for quality puzzles for them.
When asked to review Daily Bible Jigsaw from Planet 316, my initial thought was, “Ugh, puzzles!” But, I knew a couple of the kids, especially Jeffrey and Jayme, would enjoy testing it out. So I agreed to the review and downloaded the app.
Since it’s a free app, anyone can download it and give it a try. The app is available to play on devices with iOS and Android systems. You can also connect through Facebook and play online.
How We Used Daily Bible Jigsaw
Once I got it downloaded on my iPhone, I opened it up. It was user friendly to navigate, and I had an easy time getting started. Except, it was a puzzle. And I don’t really like puzzles.
I tried the first one though, so I could see what it was like before handing it over to my kids. I’m not going to tell you how long it took me to finally get the puzzle completed, but I will tell you I didn’t earn very many coins for solving it quickly!
After I knew what to expect, I called Jeffrey over. I used some coins to purchase a puzzle from the archives and handed my phone over.
He quickly got the hang of rotating pieces through tapping, and had the puzzle together in no time. He added to the coin collection for solving quickly!
So I decided to just let the kids play with this one, and I’d sit it out! 😀 I let Sydney, Ellie, Jayme, and Jeff all take turns with the daily puzzle. Occasionally we’d use the coins we’d received for this review, or ones that had been earned, to download additional puzzles.
Here were my thoughts:
Things I Liked
- The completed pictures are beautiful
- When you’re finished, a verse from scripture appears on the puzzle
- Since you have to rotate the pieces, it’s more like putting together a “real” puzzle. Though this made it harder for me!
- It was updated frequently, and the developers are quick to address any problems that arise
- The kids enjoyed it
- You could earn coins in many ways, such as solving the puzzles quickly, completing a certain number of puzzles, playing daily for so many days in a row
Things I Didn’t Like
- The coins were easy to spend. My younger kids figured out you could spend coins and have pieces of the puzzle snap together automatically, and our 500 coins quickly started disappearing.
- I couldn’t see where the coins went. It would be a nice feature for parents to be able to track. I’m not sure if they used them on puzzles, or if they all went to the tools.
- There wasn’t a way to block the kids from using the tools and spending coins. That’d be a great update in the future!
- You didn’t get to see what the final picture was supposed to be. I think that’s why I had such a hard time. There is a tool you can use coins for to be able to see the final picture, but you have to use coins for each puzzle you want to use it on.
- We read the KJV, and these verses were not out of that version. It’d be neat to be able to select your version!
So most of the things I didn’t really like don’t actually have anything to do with the game play. They’re just things that’d make the app a better fit for me and some of the kids.
What’s Next for this App?
Though I didn’t personally enjoy solving puzzles with Daily Bible Jigsaw, I’m leaving this app on my phone. Jeffrey and Jayme really enjoy putting together puzzles, and this app was a good fit for them. They’re old enough to know that the tools cost coins, and not to spend 50 coins working on a single puzzle.
The puzzles were beautiful! Here’s one Jeffrey put together this morning:
Wondering if Daily Bible Jigsaw Is a Good Fit For Your Family?