Spot the Dot — iPad App Review

David A. Carter is an author, illustrator, and paper engineer who lent his talents to Spot the Dot, a game for toddlers and pre-school aged children that follows in the tradition of Carter’s collectible pop-up books such as One Red Dot and Yellow Square.

The game charges the user to find a series of different colored dots that are hidden in a progressively more challenging and creative manner. While the concept is definitely easy enough for young children to understand, slightly older children won’t be bored by the simplicity of the narrative.



Spot the Dot is David A. Carter gone digital, and, sadly, a bit flatter. While the playful elements that delight children and adults alike are bred in to Spot the Dot’s technicolor DNA, the app does not find a way to replicate the breath taking quality of his books. With its colorful geometric shapes the app is reminiscent of the original Colorforms set: fun and playful, but decidedly 2D. Spot the Dot is available for download in the App Store for $3.99.

What I liked: The colorful graphics were eye-catching. The developer’s choice to have “the dot” be in a different spot each time a child plays the game increases the app’s longevity.

What I didn’t like: Spot the Dot fails to capture the magical nature of Carter’s pop-up books.

To buy or not to buy: Spot the Dot feels like a game in the style of a David A. Carter book, rather than a David A. Carter book brought to life on the iPad, which makes $3.99 a bit overpriced for what the app delivers. On the positive side, the youngest children can now get the flavor of Carter’s work without destroying exquisitely constructed pop-up paper pages before even the most watchful parent can intervene. Perhaps the ideal purchaser of Spot the Dot is a user who is new to Carter’s work, and can use this app as an entrée into his book creations.

  • App Name: Spot the Dot
  • Version Reviewed: 1.0
  • Category: Games
  • Developer: Ruckus Media Group
  • Price: $3.99
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About Emily: Emily is a freelance writer who loves discovering new apps whenever she can pry the iPad away from her children or husband. You can contact her via Twitter: @whatwentwrite