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Ziggy's Present - Picture Puzzles

April 29, 2012

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

Picture puzzles make for timeless fun ...

Ziggy is a little palace dog who can be found in a series of stories about "Princess Arabella" by Mylo Freeman, a Dutch author/illustrator. Published in print over the past decade, these titles feature detailed hand-drawn scenes that lend themselves nicely to a hidden object search. This series also does a nice job portraying racial diversity, with the little princess and royal court shown with dark skin.

One of the stories, Princess Arabella wants to play, is now also available as an app. Ziggy's Present is based on this series, although it has a very limited storyline. It makes up for this with lots of replay value within the eight interactive 'puzzle pages'. Little Ziggy has to figure out who should get a present found mysteriously on the path leading to the castle. Since Ziggy doesn't know who the gift should be delivered to, he asks each member of the royal court before realizing that the gift is meant for him - it's Ziggy's birthday!

This app, a book-game hybrid, is based on scenes that children will enjoy 'puzzling' over as they look for eight items in each picture. The items change every time the book is read, giving this title a nearly endless supply of hunt-and-find fun. Each page also has a sentence or two describing the scene and Ziggy's quest to find out who the recipient might be. Solidly made and featuring nice background music (although on a rather short loop), this app is a fun treat for kids of all ages. Recommended.

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Ziggy's Present - Picture Puzzles

April 29, 2012

By: Carisa Kluver

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Mylo Freeman


Length (time):
6 - 12 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: Yes

Allows Own Narration:

Uses Motion: No

Age: 3 - 8 +

English • French • German •Dutch •

Length (pages):
8 Pages


Story Synopsis - Ziggy's Present - Picture Puzzles

From RumDeeDum website: "Ziggy, the little dog from the app Princess Arabella Wants to Play, has his own interactive game for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. While searching for the owner of the present he has found, Ziggy passes through all the rooms of the palace. He meets the King and Queen, the Princesses and the footman. In each palace room children search for hidden pictures and help Ziggy discover who the present is for."


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Orientation: Landscape

Format: Universal


Home, Menu, Page Guide, Sound On/Off, Language (Dutch, French, German, English), Links to: Web

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Size: 29.42 MB

Version: 1.2

Lite Version Available: No



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