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We were first introduced to Popar and their line of augmented reality books and toys when Raina reviewed the Princess And Her Pals 3D Book. Her daughter had a lot of fun with this book, and as I read her review, I knew that Rylie would like it too. After all, books are more fun when they come to life!
Popar recently introduced Interactive Puzzle Games that use the same augmented reality technology to turn an ordinary puzzle into a fun game. There are seven different 3D Puzzles available - from dancing princesses, to sports, and even space exploration. You have never seen a puzzle quite like these!
We received two of these puzzle games for review - the Princess 3D Interactive Puzzle Game for Rylie, and the Construction Machines 3D Interactive Puzzle Game for Bryce. Just take a look at the boxes and you can tell that these puzzles are much more than just ordinary jigsaw puzzles.
Geared for children ages 6 and up, these puzzles contain either 100 or 300 pieces. Since Rylie is just a few months shy of 6, I was glad that our puzzles were on the smaller side with 100 pieces each. The puzzles also come with a poster, which makes putting them together much easier.
My kids were eager to get their puzzles put together, and Rylie got right to work. She was able to put the puzzle together by herself, while Bryce had to enlist a little help from Daddy.
***Tip*** Put your puzzle together on the floor. We put both of our puzzles together on the dining room table, but when we got the iPads out to interact with the puzzles, we realized that you had to be a few feet away from the puzzles to fit them in the frame on the iPad. It wasn't easy trying to move these completed puzzles (22"x16.5") down to the floor.
So by now you're probably wondering what this "augmented reality" stuff is all about, right? This is where these puzzles get really awesome...
Once you complete your puzzle, you download the free App from Google Play or the App Store, point your device's camera at the puzzle, and your puzzle comes to life! Note: Smaller kids may need an adult to hold the iPad (or other device) so they are able to push the buttons on the screen.
On the princess puzzle, you can go straight to the interactive game, or you can play dress up with your princess first. The instructions are super easy to follow.
Of course we had to check out the game first. This one really isn't a game, but more of just playing with the princess on top of the puzzle. She can dance at the disco, watch fireworks, play in the rain, or romp through the snow. Once we figured out how to play the game, Rylie decided she needed to style her princess for her various outings, so she followed the prompts on the app to give her princess a different look before she went back to playing at the princess party.
The best way to show you how this awesome puzzle comes to life is through a video, right? Check out a few different ways you can play with the princess in this interactive puzzle...
Once Daddy had his fill of princesses and had to take a break from everything girly, Rylie had fun just playing the dress up part of the app. There are really three ways to play with this awesome puzzle - the puzzle alone, the app alone, or interacting with the puzzle and the app together.
Rylie isn't the only one who likes this puzzle - The Princess 3D Interactive Puzzle Game already won the Summer 2013 Tillywig Toy & Media Awards!
While I definitely think the Princess Puzzle is a lot of fun, I have to tell you that the Construction Puzzle is super cool! When completed, the puzzle shows ten different construction machines with the names of each. For little ones like Bryce, this alone is a great way to teach him about the different machines.
With this puzzle, though, we don't have to explain to Bryce what each truck does, he can see them in action!
There is also a wrecking ball game in the app in which you can smash, destroy, and pulverize your way through 20 levels of walls, towers and even pits. I think Bryce is a little young for the game at the moment, but I'm sure he'll have it mastered in no time. Older boys (and girls too!) will love physically turning, twisting, tilting and inspecting the area before unleashing the fury of the destructive balls in this game of skill!
The Popar 3D Interactive Puzzles were a hit with everyone in our family, and I think we will be putting them together again and again! I do agree with the age recommendation of 6 and up (unless adult help is available), and even grownup puzzle enthusiasts would love them. All of these 3D puzzles are priced at $14.99, and are available directly from the Popar shop.
Which Popar Interactive Toy is your favorite?
~*~Interactive 3D Puzzle~*~
Winner's choice: Basketball, Construction Machines, Football, Picnic, Planets, Princess or Soccer.