I don't use a lot of game apps on my electronic devices, but when I do play games, I prefer puzzles of some sort; something to stretch my brain a little. I recently had the opportunity to review an app called Daily Bible Jigsaw, from Planet 316, which sounded right up my alley. For once, I asked for a review just for me. The app is available on iOS, Google Play, or as a Facebook game. As part of the review, I was given 500 Puzzle Coins (worth $39.99) to use in game play. I downloaded the app on both my iPad mini and my iPhone 7 and can play it on either, since the account is email based. (You can also connect to Facebook through the app and play against friends, but I have not done that.) These aren't just puzzles, though. You finish with an inspirational Bible verse each day.
As the name of the game suggests, there is a new puzzle offered every day. You can play the puzzle and use different tools to make it easier. These tools require the use of two coins each, and include:
Rotate - Orients all the pieces into the correct position.
Guide - You can peek at a picture of the completed puzzle
Sweep - Brushes all pieces to the sides the screen
Magnet - Connects two pieces
Edges - Removes all but the edge pieces until you have the frame of the puzzle complete
My favorite is Rotate. It's so much easier to start the puzzle with the pieces in the right orientation. Otherwise I have to tap and turn the pieces up to three times to find the correct position. If I use a tool, it's this one. Another feature is the Power Piece. During the puzzle, you'll see a random piece light up, and if you connect it to any other piece during the time it's temporarily glowing, you'll earn a coin. Once the puzzle is complete, you'll see the full picture with an inspirational Bible verse.
Each day, as you complete your puzzle, you're awarded a puzzle piece to fill in a calendar. If you miss a day, you can use coins to go back and complete missed puzzles. At the end of the month you'll have a completed calendar.
Let's talk about the coins for a minute. You get a handful upfront, and you can earn them "free" by watching ads for other apps. The ads are short, but are usually advertising games I would not let my children play, and some of the promos are less than tasteful. This advertisement problem isn't specific to this app though, as I've seen the same ads in other apps. It's just unfortunate.
This app is rated 4+ and is very family friendly. Although I've kind of been hogging the app for myself, I would certainly allow my children to play the app; they would just not be allowed to earn "free coins" through watching the ads. Having the bundle of Puzzle Coins solves that problem, and also allows you to use more of the helps as desired.
The puzzles are quick and easy, and only take a couple of minutes each day. I actually find it kind of soothing to sit in a quiet spot and play a few puzzles with music playing softly. I don't remember to play daily, so will go back and play missed puzzles. I also like to see if I can beat my personal scores, and it's also interesting to see which verses they will pair with the finished picture. I like this app, and would certainly recommend it to anyone who enjoys puzzles and wants a little inspirational, uplifting game to play.
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