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Flight Control HD By Firemint Pty Ltd

  • December 16, 2011 7:30 am

Flight Control HD By Firemint Pty Ltd
is a fun app for all ages. I am pretty sure that Flight Control HD By Firemint Pty Ltd was not designed with children in mind, but my ten year old sure loves to play the game.

Even my four year old gives it a try, but really it is still a little too hard for her. She can understand that the airplanes are meant to be sorted, that they cannot touch, and that they go away, so it is fun for a four year old, but the game is over so quickly.

My ten year old loves the interactive gameplay. In the video you can see that my wife brings in the other iPad and we start a joined game right there on the “fly” (pun totally intentional). That gives Flight Control HD By Firemint Pty Ltd some legs. Just like another of MY favorite FireMint games: Real Racing 2, when you can have a friend (or even a stranger!) join you in a game, it becomes more interesting.

The gameplay is deceptively simple. You simply land each plan in the matching colored runway or helipad. Do not let the planes crash and you are set. My high score is 44, my ten year old can make it to perhaps 12, and the four year old lands 2-3. Fun!

Attention – 4
Fun – 4
Learning – 2 (some fine motor skills, organization, who cares? It is fun!)

Total – 10

Of course we have our iPad wrapped in the awesome Big Grips iPad Frame. We love that frame/case and still recommend it. My daughter can play the iPad in the car, at her grandparents, and just about anywhere else! Instead of worrying about her dropping the iPad we just need to ensure the iPad is charged and we are all set!

Tacky’s Christmas By Oceanhouse Media

  • December 12, 2011 7:20 am

Tacky’s Christmas By Oceanhouse Media is another great app/book from Oceanhouse Media. Since we are focusing on Christmas apps we are starting off with a couple great books from Oceanhouse and my kids love penguins for some reason.

In typical and awesome Oceanhouse Media fashion, Tacky’s Christmas By Oceanhouse Media is very well written, narrated very pleasantly, and has just enough interactivity to keep my four year old interested. She knows that she can click on each object to hear and see the word it represents. She can hold a paragraph to have it repeated, but rarely does. Swiping the pages is the most fun it seems and she gets really upset if you turn the page early! A sure sign of a good book.

Watch the video for a taste of what Tacky’s Christmas By Oceanhouse Media has to offer. Will your child learn to read in this format? I am not too sure, but I am confident this format will work as a good reinforcement to other reading activities.

Attention – 4
Fun – 3 (it is a book not a game)
Learning – 4

Total – 11

iTunes link

It is great to read/watch/play with these books when you have such a great iPad stand and frame. be sure to check out the Name Your Link. We love ours.

i Learn with Poko: Additions! by Tribal Nova

  • December 9, 2011 7:00 am

i Learn with Poko: Additions! by Tribal Nova is a great additions app for a young child. Poko will teach your young one (ages 3 probably) to count up to 6, then up to 10, then even further. The object of the app is simple and any child that has basic counting skills can begin to have some fun very quickly.

i Learn with Poko: Additions! by Tribal Nova asks your child to “add” by simply counting the objects on the screen. Once they have an idea of how many objects were knocked down, or selected, your child can pick the correct number from the bottom of the screen. Is it easy? Sure. Effective? I bet it is.

Our four year old has no trouble with the game, but does not yet understand that she is adding numbers. Instead she sees it as a counting game, which is ok too. It just might be a bit misleading if you are actually trying to teach your child to add 2+2 and get 4. Instead this app does not provide your child with the numeric representation of the numbers to be added, so traditional addition that they might encounter in kindergarten isn’t accomplished. Still it is a fun learning app for sure.

Attention – 4
Fun – 3
Learning – 5

Total – 12

As always we have our iPad2 covered with the wonderful Big Grips iPad Frame to keep our iPad2 safe. We love this frame!

Website Link

Pinocchio HD By So Ouat

  • December 8, 2011 7:30 am

Pinocchio HD By So Ouat is like the other books we have reviewed by So Ouat, very well animated, well performed, and interesting.

The story of Pinocchio is familiar, but the way the book is performed is a big factor in the success of an app. Pinocchio HD By So Ouat does an outstanding job of telling the traditional story of Pinocchio.

The written word is done really well in this book, but it does not give the option to click on individual words. My daughter rarely uses that feature, so I do not care so much, but it is a nice feature of other apps/books.

The animations and books is where Pinocchio HD By So Ouat really shines. The animations are just great. They make the book seem like a still movie.

My four year old was not excited to read the book again since she had been through it a few times. Once we got the app going and she got into the story she finished the book again. I can see her reading this many times over the coming years.

Attention – 4
Fun – 3
Learning – 2

Total – 9

iTunes Link

Of course we have our ipad covered with the Big Grips iPad2 frame and stand. We love that think!

Awesome Chicken By Dennis Logan

  • December 2, 2011 10:30 am

Awesome Chicken By Dennis Logan is simply an addicting and fun app. I think I saw a rocket type version of this same app with a pig or something a year or so ago, but the challenge of that game couldn’t compare to the appeal and challenge of Awesome Chicken By Dennis Logan.

The game is funny for kids to play because the chicken is so helpless and loses so many feathers. It is easy enough early on for your young child to get the hang of the swiping of the chicken to get the movement going. It gets to be pretty challenging, but my four year old (in the video) and my ten year old both love the app and play whenever the mood strikes them.

I cannot tell you my high score, or how many levels I have made it to myself because to me that isn’t the point. It is a fun time waster that is really addictive for young and old alike. Will your child learn something? Perhaps not, but some games are just really well done, with awesome graphics, simple and effective physics and a lot of fun. Awesome Chicken By Dennis Logan is one of those apps!

Fun – 5
Attention – 4
Learning – 0 (it is not a learning app!)

Total – 9 (totally fun and addictive).

Of course we protected our iPad using the Name Your Link and we love the case/cover. Be sure to click the special offers just below the price to get the stand and case for a discounted price.

iTunes link

Angelina Ballerina’s Bubble Pop! By Callaway Digital Arts, Inc.

  • November 28, 2011 8:40 am

Angelina Ballerina’s Bubble Pop! By Callaway Digital Arts, Inc. is a simple and fun app for kids. The idea is that Angelina thinks of a bubble color and your job is to pop only that color bubble. It is pretty challenging once you play for a few minutes. There are also special bubbles you can click which give you additional chances (lives).

Angelina Ballerina’s Bubble Pop! By Callaway Digital Arts, Inc. has a simple interface that is easy for a small child to navigate. Your child can start the game from the back seat of the car, play a few games and move on to the next game when they are ready.

Will Angelina Ballerina’s Bubble Pop! By Callaway Digital Arts, Inc. teach your child anything? Like most games your child will learn some hand eye coordination, they will learn to pay attention to a changing environment, to listen carefully to instructions, and they will have some fun too!

As usual we have the Angelina Ballerina’s Bubble Pop! By Callaway Digital Arts, Inc. surrounding our kids’ iPad2. We love this cover and sincerely recommend it! Do not forget to pick up the stand too!

Fun – 4
Attention – 4
Learning – 2 (this is a fun app, but you learn a little)

Total – 10

JumpStart Art Studio By Knowledge Adventure

  • October 14, 2011 7:24 am

JumpStart Art Studio By Knowledge Adventure is a great coloring app for kids up to probably age seven. Be sure to watch the video where you will see my four and a half year old navigate the app easily, pick colors, erase mistakes and have a bit of fun. Of course be sure to check out the Big Grips Frame for iPad 2 – Pink that we love and never leaves the edge of the kids’ iPad.

This app is really free style drawing, which is tougher for some kids, but others are sure to find it more rewarding than a more guided with a stencil. There are a lot of options in the app however, so your child is sure to explore the app for a while.

My four year old got into it more when she realized there where stamps and backgrounds she could use, so a bit of guidance is probably a good idea when starting out. This is the case with most apps.

Overall a great drawing app. No crashes or problems locking up, easy to navigate for lots of fun.

Fun – 4
Attention – 4
Learning – 2 (it is a drawing app, not a learning app)

Total- 10

Snowman Scramble By Matthew Demma

  • September 16, 2011 7:48 am

Snowman Scramble By Matthew Demma is a game for just about any age. The idea is you need to stack snowmen before they melt. The game is simple, well put together, and fun to play. We played it on the iPad, but it was designed for the iPhone in the initial release.

Snowman Scramble By Matthew Demma doesn’t teach you much except that snow melts and snowmen can dance and give each other “‘sup bros”, but that isn’t the point. It is a fun game that is challenging. Your kids are going to have a better score than you and they can rub that in dad’s face!

Fun – 5
Learning – 0
Attention – 4

Total – 9

Math Samurai By Edin

  • September 9, 2011 7:30 am

Math Samurai By Edin is a fun and simple math reinforcement app. The game play is mesmerizing to young kids. The swiping and slashing it challenging enough to keep the game interesting while reinforcing what your child is learning in school.

A simple math learning app that is fun to play. Math Samurai By Edin is definitely a download because it offers a different way to learn math. Instead of figuring out the answer you need to figure out the operand. A great take on classic math skills!

Fun – 4
Attention – 4
Learning – 5

Total – 13

Math Force Delta By Brian West

  • September 8, 2011 7:17 am

Math Force Delta By Brian West is a simple and very good math learning app. Math Force Delta By Brian West teaches addition, multiplication, division, and subtraction in a simple to play, but still challenging, app.

The idea behind Math Force Delta By Brian West is that you need to answer the math problem in order to shoot down the alien spaceship. Perhaps NASA could use this app. Probably not.

The app spans a large age group because you have the change to go to harder levels as you get better at the problems. My ten year old was having some fun/trouble with the hardest setting. It is a challenge. Learning is fun with Math Force Delta By Brian West.

Brian West seems to have a good handle on learning apps. We have reviewed his apps before, and loved those too!

Fun – 4
Attention – 4
Learning – 5

Total – 13