What is it
The Solve-it-Blocks app has been developed from the original version of the game used in schools. A simple, fun, yet challenging game, Solve-it-Blocks helps to develop maths, logic and concentration skills.
You start with 9 3D blocks, with different colours, shapes, flags, numbers and letters on each side. These can be individually selected and rotated to find the side you want. The aim is to build a wall with these blocks, which matches the 3×3 grid pattern shown. But it’s not easy – there are 3,656,994,324,480 possible combinations! The game can be played in two different ways (available under Settings):
- 2D – the blocks are in a 3×3 grid, and can be swapped and rotated
- 3D – blocks are chosen from a virtual pile, and the wall is built from the bottom up; if there isn’t a block underneath, the placed block will fall to the bottom
You can choose to race against the clock in Timed mode, or challenge yourself with Memory mode, where the pattern grid is hidden – the faster you play, or the fewer times you have to look at the grid, the more stars you can win!
The game offers beginner, intermediate, star and extreme stages, each with 50 different grids to complete. There are also lots of different flags to choose from, which can help children learn to recognise flags from different countries.
What our team of testers said
“It’s harder than it looks!…Can I have another go?” - Boy aged 11
“It was great to see them cheering when they completed their first puzzle.” - Observing adult
"It was a hard but good game." - Boy aged 6
- Provides a grounding in mathematical concepts like algebra
- Exercises logical thinking skills and pattern recognition
- Develops problem solving skills
What our experts think
The Solve-it-Blocks app is a fun and challenging game for children that helps to develop their cognitive skills. The app allows children to practice logical thinking, problem solving and pattern recognition as they work how to place the blocks correctly to match the grid. These are fundamental skills in mathematics. As the level of difficulty increases, we were pleased to see the problem solving challenge increase as there were less solutions to the puzzle. It was great to see children cheering when they completed each puzzle – they clearly found this rewarding and it helped to boost their confidence.
It would be even better if...
The options for different ways of playing the game could be made clearer – it is not very obvious when you have chosen Memory or Timed modes, and in order to choose the 2D or 3D versions you have to go back into settings.
- Brands: Solve-it-blocks
- British English
- Made in the UK
- No 3rd party adverts
- Child Restrictions: No - all links unrestricted
- Languages available:
- App Types: Educational Apps
- Types of skills developed: Categorisation & comparison
Colour, shape and pattern recognition
Logic, strategy & problem solving
Memory, concentration & attention
Personal, social & emotional development