LQ: 9.25


Brain grade: 9.1
Fun score: 9.4

Game Type: ESRB Rating: N/A Platform/Console: , LWK Recommended Age: 4+ Thinking Skills Used: ,

iPhone iPad


Patterned is an Apple Arcade exclusive puzzle game where you are putting the pieces together in a puzzle to create beautiful and unique patterns. When the player chooses a puzzle, the image will appear as a simple black and white sketch with puzzle pieces on the right side of the screen. The player drags and drops the puzzle piece where they believe it fits within the black and white sketch. If it is wrong, the piece is highlighted in red and the player tries again. If the piece fits, that image will color itself in and repeat itself anywhere it is a part of the puzzle’s repeating pattern. Once all the pieces are in place, a beautiful and colorful picture is displayed along with the artist and their country of origin. When the puzzle is completed, the player can also download the pattern to use as wallpaper on their iOS devices. 

The game Patterned also features a multiplayer mode for those who want to puzzle with a friend or family member. 

Patterned is free with a subscription to Apple Arcade. It is available on iOS.

Patterned helps kids practice and improve the following skills:

Self-Control: Identifying activities to improve response inhibition.

Learning to find activities to help calm yourself down is one of the most important facets of self-control. Finding an activity that will allow the user to focus their attention and emotional energy in a positive way can help redirect feelings of anger, frustration, and anxiety. Patterned, with its calming music, colorful images, and demand for focus requires the player to leave their emotions behind as they relax into solving one of the 800 puzzles available in the app. For players who struggle with self-control, starting with one puzzle right as they are feeling a strong emotion and then reflecting on how they feel afterwards can be beneficial to identifying what type of apps or games can help regulate strong emotions and prevent rash actions from taking place. 

Focus: Building the habit of persistence. 

Puzzle apps are also great for building up focusing skills. The player is looking at a black and white sketch of the puzzle and needs to figure out where the pieces on the right hand side go. Some of the puzzles are much more difficult than others and it can be hard to determine where some of the pieces need to go. This is where the app builds task persistence. For players who struggle with focus, starting with more basic puzzles and then working up to more complex ones can help build this skill up a little at a time. 

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