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App Wrap: 'Codigo Cube,' ' Tiggly Square
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The "Codigo Cube" is a board game without a physical board. It doesn't need one. The board is a virtual one that lives inside your phone or tablet.
After downloading the appropriate app, you roll dice and, as you can see, there are no numbers. QR codes are provided instead.
Point your device at the side that's facing up and it triggers a trivia question. Whomever's turn it is simply answers the question. Get it right to continue on. Get it wrong and it's the next player's turn.
"Codigo" can be played by one or up to 100 players at once. Because the cube just triggers questions within the software, those questions, developers say, are constantly updated.
There are several "Codigo Cube" sets with different categories. Some are for kids, some are for teens and some are for adults. They work on iOS and newer Android devices. The app is free. The cubes cost $14.99 each.
"Tiggly Shapes" are a new, relatively drool-free mechanism for toddlers to learn via an iPad.
They come in a pack of four rubbery shapes: a circle, square, triangle, and star. As the corresponding shape appears on the screen, the toddler places the physical one over it to advance in the activity.
There are three apps that work with the shapes at the moment. In "Tiggly Safari", as the child stacks the virtual shapes on top of one another, they suddenly see how those shapes fit together to create a wild animal.
Developers say the shapes are for children anywhere from 18 months to 3 years old.
"Tiggly Shapes" cost $29 for the pack. The three companion iPad apps are free.