Toddlers meet Tetris in the puzzle-based app BeBop Blox (Originator, formerly Callaway Digital Arts, 2013). On the main screen, viewers find twelve blocks (three rows of four), jauntily wiggling to some simple jazzy background music. The squares are designed to look like classic wooden block toys painted in pastel hues and with center cut-outs of easily recognizable forms (train, whale, ducky, elephant).
Click on one to start the puzzle matching game. A platform appears with shadows of the simple shapes that make up the chosen form. A sort of conveyor belt circles around the platform carrying corresponding blocks. Drag each block from the conveyor belt to the platform to re-create the form, then celebrate by tapping the four confetti-shooting cylinders. A gaggle of cute little blob-y monsters (think the minions from Despicable Me) decorate the blocks and frolic around. A “Grown-Ups Only!” screen provides social media links and customer service information.
Available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch (requires iOS 5.0 or later); $1.99. Recommended for preschool users.