Purble Place is a set of three minigames included natively by Microsoft in Windows Vista and Windows 7. All of the games are great for children, facilitating the development of coordination, deductive skills, and memory in a fun way.
Many PC games catered to children seek to help them develop cognitive skills and grow their understanding of various concepts during the gameplay.
Purble Place is such a title, or more accurately, a set of three minigames, that focus on memory, pattern-recognition, hand-eye coordination, and deduction. It does so through colourful, adorable animations and simple premises.
You can access all three minigames that comprise Purble Place as standalone apps from the home screen. There, you can also adjust the level of difficulty. Choose it depending on your child's age and experience with such a puzzle.
All three are suitable for very young children to play and represent a budget-friendly alternative to interactive toys.
The first title has the player connecting pairs of symbols on a panel, which boosts pattern-recognition and memory, similar to Patterns Quiz and such web games.
The second focuses on hand-eye coordination, putting the child in a kitchen to add ingredients and make cakes. Think Burger Maker, but with even less to consider.
Finally, the third type is a deduction game based on colours, but also integrating some numbers and again, wholesome, engaging graphics.
Overall, neither of these games is much on its own. Put in a package like this, though, they represent an excellent bundle for learning while having fun. The imagery is vivid and easy to navigate, making Purble Place a fun and informative experience for free.
All three games included in Purble Place feature colourful graphics, adorable premises, and most importantly, an educational purpose. While the set doesn't work well with adult audiences - the games are less sophisticated than even puzzles such as Minesweeper - it's an excellent way to increase the value of your child's screen time.