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Paint it Back

Mindprint Rating


Mathematics ^21st Century Skills All Ages iOS App


Flexible Thinking Organization Working Memory Abstract Reasoning Spatial Perception

Mindprint Expert Review


  • App truly feels like an enjoyable game, and most students will enjoy creating the unusual pictures.
  • The app has no timer, no negative feedback, and unlimited hints.
  • App does a good job developing planning, thinking and pattern skills.


  • The free version has prominent prompts to upgrade.
  • The tutorial and instructions make the game feel complicated at first, so parents may want to try it first and explain it to some children.

Mindprint Expert Review

This is a great app that can effectively develop flexible thinking, pattern analysis and problem solving in the context of an enjoyable, artistic game. Students first select a portrait by its descriptive name such as "Face of Halloween" and "Pony Close-Up." Next they are shown a blank grid with a number on each row and column. The numbers guide the player to figure out which squares to fill in to create the portrait. By using logic and planning students can efficiently fill the colored squares to create the named object. The puzzles grow increasingly complex, with directions to skip squares and larger grids to fill, but hints are always available. Up to six player profiles can be created, and students receive approximately 20 portraits each for free with the option to upgrade to remove the ads and unlock additional puzzles. There is no timer, but students are rewarded for more efficiently solving the puzzles. There is an in-depth, step-by-step tutorial for students who need it, or students can choose to dive right in. Overall, this is fun game that uses art to make it fun but develops flexible thinking and reasoning abilities.

Academic Benefits

Improves academic skills

  • Provides sufficient and varied types of practice problems to maximize understanding and generalization of the targeted skill/concept
  • Manufacturer claims alignment with Common Core/Known Standards
  • Presents educational concepts accurately
  • Explains answers so students can learn from mistakes
  • Better for teaching the skill to new or struggling learners
  • Better for practicing or refreshing the skill
  • Skills are practiced through authentic, meaningful problems (not just rote practice)


Engaging for the Mindprint recommended age range

  • Appropriate for a broad age range to use and enjoy
  • Subject matter and problems are relevant, interesting and authentic to students
  • Visually appealing to children in the target age range
  • Provides virtual rewards or incentives after meeting specified goals or objectives
  • Provides a "break activity" between academic problem sets
  • Offers ongoing, progressive challenge
  • Overall - Enjoyable. Given the option, students would choose this option

Easy to Use

Understandable for children in the Mindprint recommended age range

  • Has a free or trial version
  • Provides teaching guidance for adults to support the child and set appropriate goals
  • Provides an age-appropriate tutorial/first time users can work independently
  • Student should be able to use independently after first use
  • Has a multi-player option to foster in-person collaboration or cooperation
  • Multiple users can save a profile
  • Student graduates to the next level or topic only after meeting a benchmark
  • Can play without sound and not distract others
  • Students can save work between sessions
  • Can effectively understand and monitor student's progress (email report or in product)
  • Provides options to play in languages other than English/Good for ELL
  • Presents information in multiple formats (voice over, pictures and text, etc.)
  • Overall - Easy to use

Manufacturer Description

"Puzzle Game of the Year" - Pocket Tactics.

"Paint It Back looks great, has fun and clever puzzles, and just plain feels good to play."- Touch Arcade, 4.5 / 5.

"Wait, what time is it? I missed dinner and breakfast? It’s hard to put this one down." - 148Apps, 4.5 / 5.

The art has disappeared from the gallery! Can you paint it back?

Recreate lost paintings by using your mind!

Use logic as your paintbrush to solve each painting's unique puzzle!

*** The first 75 paintings are free!

*** Never any extra purchases of coins, cheats, power-ups, or whatever!

*** Everything in the game can be unlocked with just one purchase!

• 150+ paintings to solve!
• 16 rooms to unlock!
• 20 achievements!
• Play at your own pace!
• 6 player profiles on one device (the whole family can play!)
• Universal app: play on iPad/iPhone/iTouch.
• iCloud sync: play on one iDevice, continue on another.
• iPad: play in either landscape or portrait mode.
• Endless "Mystery Masterpiece" challenge mode.
• Works with MFi game controllers.
• Logic puzzles similar to nonograms, picross, paint by numbers and griddlers.
• Hours of puzzley fun for the whole family!

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