* 2010 Editor's Choice Award for Excellence in Design - Children'sTechnology Review *
"This is an ideal elementary geometry enrichment activity that is fun enough to keep either kids or adults playing."
- Children'sTechnology Review
"It's my new favorite puzzle game to play when I have a few minutes."
"Everyone with an iPad should get this game...beautifully designed and super delicious!"
A Slide, Flip, and Turn Puzzle
Symmetry Shuffle is a “Math Doodles” recreational math puzzle for the iPad that will sharpen your spatial reasoning and get your neurons sparking. It takes only minutes to learn and months to master, but beware, once you start playing you may never see things the same!
The world of math is not limited to numbers only.
Spatial reasoning and geometry are important elements of mathematics. Mathematicians use symmetry and geometric modeling to analyze mathematical situations and solve problems.
This mathematical puzzle allows users to explore line and rotational symmetry, while developing their spatial sense to create strategies to help them solve problems.
THE PUZZLE: Target designs are arranged on the screen in random orientations. Use turns (rotations), flips (reflections), and slides (translations) to move and match a figure over the target images. A level is completed when all of the target designs have been matched There are two modes of play, solve and race.
SOLVE MODE: Solve puzzles with the fewest moves, without the pressure of racing a count down timer. Choose from 12 different puzzle designs, 5 game board layouts, and 2 difficulty levels.
RACE MODE: Race the clock and get as many points as you can before time runs out. Complete the puzzles, to earn bonus time, and to advance to harder levels.
· Predict and describe the results of sliding, flipping, and turning two-dimensional shapes
· Identify and describe line and rotational symmetry in two-dimensional shapes and designs.
· Examine the congruence, similarity, and line or rotational symmetry of objects using transformations.
· Problem Solving
· Mathematical Reasoning
· Math Enjoyment
Please take a look at these other Math Doodle apps:
MATH DOODLES - iPad App
ATTRIBUTES by Math Doodles - iPad App
SUMS STACKER - iPhone/iPodTouch
CONNECT SUMS - iPhone/iPodTouch
Unknown Square - iPhone/iPodTouch
updated for the latest iOS
Ratings and Reviews
doesn’t have the educational aspect
While this app is neat in theory, from an educational perspective, it doesn’t provide much. The controls are a little hard to use and I didn’t like the timing aspect. (It can make a student feel like they didn’t succeed when actually finishing a game is success in itself). Additionally, there wasn’t really an education aspect. I would have liked it more if it discussed the types of translations a little more (they’re only on the side in very small type). They could even show the breakdown of the different types when they show the total moves (i.e. 21 moves, 7 were reflection symmetry, 5 were translation symmetry…). Overall, it’s a neat idea, but the educational aspect just isn’t there and it can be difficult to use.
My New Favorite Puzzle Game (Oh, and it's good for MATH!)
First off, this game is fun! It's my new favorite puzzle game to play when I have a few minutes. The art is fun and colorful. The little features, like the way the clock moves around the outside of the game, really add to the whole gameplay experience. I love that I can race the clock, or set up a puzzle with different graphics and many different options to increase the difficulty. Symmetry and mathematics are linked: increasing our ability to recognize and think in symmetrical patterns help us think about geometry and algebra.
Great little App, a must have for puzzlers, noodlers and doodlers
As a graphic artist and game designer something new and refreshing is hard to come by, and yet here this game is. What is even rarer is a game I cant find a single flaw with and wish I had come up with myself. Try it you will not regret it. Now since I set the iPad down to write this my 5 year old has scooped in and is playing Symmetry Shuffle, I'm not sure I get back to it anytime soon, she likes it more than I do.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.