What It Is
The Construction Machines 3D Interactive Puzzle Game is a 100-piece puzzle that can be brought to life using augmented reality. The puzzle features images of 10 different construction machines: bulldozer, dump truck, grader, crane, concrete mixer, wheel loader, forklift, excavator, backhoe, and roller. Once kids put the puzzle together, they can download the free Popar Construction Puzzle app from the Apple App Store or Google Play. Open the app and hover the device's camera over the puzzle to watch it pop off the actual puzzle and into 3D. No special glasses are needed. Tapping the touchscreen activates visual and audio interactions, fun facts about the machines on the puzzle, and the Ball Break AR game, which is a separate and free download. The puzzle also includes a poster that shows the same image that is on the puzzle.
Why It’s Fun
This puzzle will appeal to kids who are interested in construction vehicles. While putting together the puzzle and playing with the app are both fun to do, there is not as much interaction between the puzzle and the app as the packaging would have you believe. The app actually interacts with different Popar Toys products, such as 3D books and cards, which the puzzle doesn't come with. And you don't need to point your smart device at the puzzle in order to view the construction machines in 3D and read the fun facts about them. You also don't need to point your smart device at the puzzle in order to play the Ball Break AR game. The game does use your smart device's camera to make kids feel like they are playing in their physical world, and you can use the puzzle as your playing surface but any surface will do. You really don't even need the puzzle to use the app, but kids who enjoy putting puzzles together and who have an interest in construction equipment might like putting this puzzle together and keeping it out on display.
Who It’s For
The Construction Machines 3D Interactive Puzzle Game is for ages 6 and up.
What To Be Aware Of
It took us 20 minutes to put together this puzzle.
The Popar Construction Puzzle app is compatible with the iPhone 4 or newer, the iPad 2 or newer, the iPad mini, or any Android device with a camera.
This puzzle is available in specialty stores and at www.popartoys.com.