Playground HD2 3

Reviewed by Alison 

What we love…

wide variety of games which appeal to many ages; timer option which allows you to set limits on the use of the app; multi-player aspect as well as multiple languages

What we’d love to see…

ability to make mini-games customized to your child’s ability level; counting beyond 10; ability to save your progress and multi user options.


Solid game for children and adults alike, appeals to a wide audience with simple games like tic-tac-toe to other more difficult counting, memory, strategy and other games

Our Rating

Playground HD2 - Smart Kids Edition. 6 logic games for kids aged 4-7 years in 1 App.Playground HD 2 is a new number app from Jan Essig  designed for the iPad.  The app is comprised of six mini games involving math such as tic tac toe, connect 4, shell game which involves finding a pearl, numbers which involves learning numbers from one to ten, Mills allowing you to play against the iPad and Mastermind which has you finding a color code.  The app appeals to a wide audience ranging from preschool through adult especially for the Mills and Mastermind games which involve more strategy and higher level thinking.  Jan started designing apps after he found that there were not many apps to teach his child the key concepts that were necessary for school.

Our favorite mini game was the counting which helped my son practice his counting skills in multiple languages.  In addition, the tick tac toe was fun for us as well as finding the pearl in the shell.  Having the timed option which allows the app to be open for a specific period of time was very helpful and that in conjunction with guided access allowed us to focus on a specific game for a specific portion of time before moving on to the next one.  I also really liked the multiplayer aspect of the app which allowed for turn taking practice.

Some of the games contained within the app seem to be for children older than age 7.  I would suggest having multiple levels of each game ranging from easy to harder to allow parents to customize the app to their children’s capabilities along with displaying the mini games which best meet their child’s needs.  It would be nice for the games like Tick Tac Toe to get harder with more squares as the game is played to allow for more difficulty.  Having multi-user profiles would be a nice addition as well especially if levels were built into the app.  Incorporating a “help” or “how to” function might help younger kids who do not understand the written directions – even a quick video demo would be helpful for children on some of the strategy games.  Adding to the counting feature and bringing it up to 50 or even 100 would make the game more challenging and provide an additional aspect of play.   I did see a freeze at times when selecting mini games which required me to power off and then back on my device.  It would be nice to be able to save your place for continuation of game play as well as a multi-player profile option.

There are no in app purchases or ads within the app.  There is also a “lite” version which will allow you to “try before you buy” to ensure the app is a good fit for your target audience.  This app suits children and adults with a wide variety of math games which range from easy and straightforward to more difficult for the user.
Playground 2 – Smart Kids Edition. 6 logic games for kids aged 4-7 years in 1 App. – Jan Essig

Logic Playground PRO
Logic Playground PRO
by Jan Essig

Category: Games, Family, Education, Strategy
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX, iPad75-iPad75, iPad76-iPad76, iPhoneXS-iPhoneXS, iPhoneXSMax-iPhoneXSMax, iPhoneXR-iPhoneXR, iPad812-iPad812, iPad834-iPad834, iPad856-iPad856, iPad878-iPad878, iPadMini5-iPadMini5, iPadMini5Cellular-iPadMini5Cellular, iPadAir3-iPadAir3, iPadAir3Cellular-iPadAir3Cellular
Size: 34.4 MB


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Playground 2 Lite – Smart Kids Edition. 6 logic games for kids aged 4-7 years in 1 App. – Jan Essig

Requirements: Compatible with
Size: 0 MB


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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