iSpot Pro Themed Edition is a “spot the difference” app by British app developer Leicester App Designer.com. There are iPhone and iPad versions available; this review is of the iPad version. It is an app designed to work on pattern recognition, visual perception skills and visual memory.
There are five different “packs” in the app, each pack has fifteen games in it, divided between three levels. Each pack is one picture, with fifteen different edited versions of it, and in each game you have to spot the difference between the original picture and an edited version of it. In level one there are two differences between the pictures, in level two there are three differences and in level four there are four differences. If the child can’t find the difference they can touch a hint button and a circle briefly appears in the region of the difference. Once they have found all the differences they earn a star, and unlock the next level. They then go back to the home screen for that pack to choose the next game. The child can choose to work their way through all the games in one pack before moving on to another, or switch between packs, but within a pack they have to work sequentially through the games to unlock them. The app contains no in-app purchases, social media links, adverts or app store links.
The packs (pictures) included in the app are: family pack one (a mother and two children out for a walk), family pack two (a family of four outside their home), Classroom pack 1 ( a lecture room with students sitting at desks in front of computers), Holiday Pack 1 (a high rise resort with boats and plane), and Out and About (a city scene).
You have the option to play in three different modes – “leisure” – where you play at your own pace with no timer, “easy” and “hard” In easy mode you have 30 sec to complete level one, 45 sec for level two and 60 sec for level three. In hard mode you have 20 seconds, 30 seconds and 40 seconds to complete each level. The differences can be quite tough to spot even in leisure mode, but the more times you do each picture the better your visual memory for it becomes, so it does gradually get easier to spot the differences. The timed modes can be useful to add an extra challenge for adults or older children. I tested out this app with my five-year-old daughter who found it quite challenging and my eight-year-old son who proclaimed it “hard but fun”.
The graphics are crisp clear and detailed, though they do look more like computer generated art than hand drawn pictures. These are not your typical preschool spot the difference pictures – finding the differences is more challenging than that, and can even leave an adult scratching their head at times. The app does have plenty of hints available (and you can earn more by correctly solving the puzzles), so if you get stuck help is at hand. It is a useful app for working on visual perception for children with difficulties in this area, and it can also be useful for older children and adults wanting to brush up their visual perception and visual memory skills. One thing I would like to see in a future update is when you solve a game is to be able to move directly on to the next one, having to go back to the packs home screen each time feels like an unnecessary step. It would also be nice to have some different level of hints, and maybe some kind of built in reward system for solving games without using hints.
Overall, if you are looking for an app to work on visual perception skills, visual memory and pattern recognition this is an app worth checking out. If you are looking for a fun “spot the difference” app for a younger child this is probably not it – it would be hard for a toddler or preschooler to spot the differences and they would probably prefer a game where they have a new picture each time rather than multiple versions of the same picture (there are different 5 pictures in all, but 75 total levels of gameplay). However, older children and adults may enjoy the challenge, and it is especially good as an educational tool for working on visual perception skills. Recommended for ages 5+
iSpotPro TEby Mayuir Sidhpara
Category: Education, Entertainment
Requirements: Compatible with iPad 2 WiFI, iPadFourthGen4G, iPad 2 3G, iPadFourthGen, iPadMini4G, iPadMini, iPad 3G, iPad WiFi, iPadThirdGen4G, iPadThirdGen
Size: 74.2 MB
Screenshots for iPad(Click to enlarge)
iSpotPro Themed Editionby Mayuir Sidhpara
Category: Education, Entertainment
Requirements: Compatible with iPod Touch (3. Gen.), iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G, iPhone5, iPod Touch (4. Gen.), iPad WiFi, iPadThirdGen, iPad 2 3G, iPadMini4G, iPadMini, iPad 2 WiFI, iPhone4S, iPodTouchFifthGen, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad 3G, iPadThirdGen4G
Size: 12.54 MB
Screenshots(Click to enlarge)
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A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.
NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.
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