The LetsTans iPhone app (99 cents) is a wholesome iPhone treat for the whole family.
This puzzle iPhone app is a refreshing take on the Chinese tangram, offering three styles of play: "classic," "arcade" and "replica." Basically, a tangram is a puzzle consisting of seven shapes, or "tans," that are formed into one distinctive shape without overlapping.
In the classic mode, your goal is the traditional tangram puzzle. Take the seven colorful tans and fit them perfectly into the given mold. The "arcade" mode mixes it up nicely. In this mode, you most fit the one distinctive shape over a mosaic screen of the right group of seven tans. The twist is, you might need to flip your shape by taping, or rotate your shape by turning your iPhone to make it fit. In the "replica" mode, tap the seven different color tans that replicate the white mold.
Want to challenge your friends or family to a tangram mind race? The iPhone app comes with a built in timer to track how long you’ve been puzzled. After being addicted to the free Words with Friends iPhone app for weeks now, I’d like to see something similar with tangram puzzles.
This simple, yet well-designed, arcade iPhone app contains 192 puzzles with a handy hint system that will keep your mind busy for hours. And, at 99 cents, the iPhone app is a bargain. If you’ve never tried a tangram puzzle, check out the LetsTans Lite for free before committing to the full version. I guarantee you’ll want to “tans” all the time after you try it!