Baseball Kings By APPNORI is a difficult, but fun app for slightly older kids that is sure to last a while. We had the most fun with Baseball Kings By APPNORI after we were done recording seeing who could do the best. This lasted until she was nearly late for school. It was a lot of fun and I did lose.
The idea is somewhat familiar and simple – but the game is not. That is why we recommend Baseball Kings By APPNORI. You start with simply swiping your finger on the screen to throw a pitch. Easy right? Sure in the video my daughter does make it look easy, but it isn’t. Soon you are trying to twist and turn and throw the ball in a specific manner which takes some thinking.
Luckily a training mode is included in Baseball Kings By APPNORI which helps a lot. You can always move past your rookie badge as you get better and better too. Baseball Kings By APPNORI is a fun app for the back of the car and on of the first apps for older kids (and adults) that we really enjoy!
My daughter loves playing soccer so Perfect Kick By Chillingo Ltd is a perfect fit for her. Not that it teaches much in the way of soccer skills, but that it is a fun app with a soccer theme.
Game play is interesting since you do need to swipe to the right direction and with the right amount to get the ball to do what you want it to do. The players are interesting characters and the challenge is certainly there. My 7-year-old has picked up this game many times and played for a while each time.
In the video you can see we struggled to get accustomed to the controls a bit. Getting the review so close to Christmas we rushed to record the video. Over the following weekend my ten year old and four year old picked up the app many more times and really enjoyed the challenge. I was asked to help my four year old a few times, but that is common with a game of this sort.
Elf Rescue By Lapland Studio Ltd isn’t really Christmas over done. Sure there is an elf, who dies a lot, reindeer, presents, and snow, but that is about as far as the theme goes. It seems pretty appropriate to me.
I wonder if Lapland Studio is actually located in the north of Norway or it is just a name themed on Laplanders since early on that is where St. Nick was supposed to have come from I think. In either case the game play is unique and fun and very challenging. The same experience as an Angry birds, where you are challenged and want to come back for more, but the game play is much more interesting in my opinion and those of my children! I played this game much more than I should have I guess!
Attention – 5
Fun – 5
Learning – 1 (some fine motor skills and the Zelda type of learning too)
Total – 11
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!
Picture Me Christmas Cutie By Oceanhouse Media is a really fun story book that let’s the whole family in on the fun. The idea is that you pick pictures from your media library or take new photos right there on the spot using either camera on the iPad or iPhone. We used a mixture of new photos and photos from our photostream in the app. Some photos worked better than others, but after we recorded the video we had a lot of fun picking some silly faces to use.
After you pick your photos the book begins and as you probably guessed, it uses your photos in the book. My four year old was very happy to see her own face in the book. She has seen apps like this before and they are always a big hit. This Christmas twist just makes it that much more fun.
Outside the novelty of picking your own faces the other faces in the book are a cute addition. They book is well done in tradition Oceanhouse Media format. I prefer this narrator to others for some reason and I can tell my four year old does too. I have a feeling Picture Me Christmas Cutie By Oceanhouse Media is an app that will remain on the iPad so that we can revisit it each Christmas. We have already went through the book about five times and will probably do it a few more times as different people come to visit over the holidays.
Fun – 5
Attention – 5
Learning – 1 (my four year old did learn to select the image and rotate it. She is working on her fine motor skills, so this counts!)
Total – 11
Of course we housed our ipad in the Big Grips iPad Frame. We love it and would never leave home without it.
PadRacer By SMHK Funlab is really a game for the whole family. As a young boy I would have found it irresistible, but as an not-so-young man I have been able to enjoy the game with my ten year old. We just now figured out how to link both iPads! (You have to choose the last track – e I believe).
The game is as fun as it is novel. As long as you have an iPad and at least one iPhone hooked to the same WIFI network you are set. You easily setup the game on the iPad then start the app on the iPhone(s) and you are linked. I haven’t seen a case where this didn’t just work. My iPads even connect to a different wireless band then the iPhones 4s so it was cool it worked just fine.
Game play is challenging especially if you are like my ten year old and like to hit boost constantly! The cars handle like 1940’s cars might. Very loose. The tracks are fun to build and you can see in the video we try to make them as crazy as we can before the app tells us NO!
Hooking up two iPads is fun, but not any more fun than one iPad. This is a novelty game that is fun for the whole family and some friends. Definitely worth the download!
Fun – 5
Attention – 4
Learning – 1 (Some games are just fun!)
Time Run by Marc Didillon is a fun and simple app from a great guy and a great uncle. Time Run by Marc Didillon simply has you running (it is called a side scroller) and trying to catch butterflies. There isn’t much more to the app than that other than it is simple and fun. A great distraction while you are waiting for your food to arrive or in line at Disneyland or something.
My four year old likes the app and has played several times. She cannot make it very far unless the vacuum comes out, but still she has fun doing it. Check out the video for more!
Fun – 5
Attention – 3
Learning – 1 (perhaps they learn to count a bit or hand eye coordination)
I remember dancing to the Hokey Pokey at the local skating rink when I was kid. It was fun to make silly faces and dance around crazy to the song. Everyone participated–even the parents. It was a lot of fun.
The point of this game is to get your wrestler to crash the fortress of the other wrestler ala Angry Birds. It is very entertaining and fun to play especially if you are a WWE fan at all. Just download the app and have some fun. Kids and grown ups can enjoy! I have tackled the app a few times and you can watch a video of my ten year old daughter playing the app below.
Kids Song Machine By Genera Kids is a fun app that both my 4 year old and 10 year old really like. The three of sat on the floor around the iPad (it works on the iPhone too!) and laughed and pressed characters as the song played. It was fun to pick a song and the interface was simple for even a young three year old. Really just two buttons to press–song selection and then go!
My four year old is scared of the “scary” song, but not really. I think she likes to think it is scary and she is a big kid because she can listen to it without freaking out. The only catch is that the child might get stuck in a song if they are in the back seat and out of reach since the go back or exit button is kinda hard to find. It might be nice if the song just ended and left you to pick a new song. Maybe not?
In either case it is a fun app that will hold your child’s attention for a good while!
Attention – 5
Fun – 4
Learning – 1
Total – 10 and that is ok. Some apps are just plain fun to play with. This is one of those apps!
World of Safari 123 by CocoMayo is an interesting app for kids that challenges them to answer questions to earn more animals. The questions are usually matching or sequence and do serve a learning purpose. The intention of the game is to edutainment, but in this case I think the interface is just a little too hard.
Kids can earn different animals to place on the Savannah? floor and the interact with the animals and place trees and other plants too. The animals can be made different colors and all of that adds up to some real attention and some fun. When your child wants more animals though they need to answer some questions like I mentioned before, but the interface is too hard for a young child and the questions to easy.
My 10 year old liked the app a lot because she was able to accomplish this massive amount of animals and forest. She found the questions really easy, but at least she was entertained. The questions do get harder as the game continues and the controls are top notch. You can tilt, shake, and mess with the app in just about every way imaginable.
Attention – 4
Fun – 3
Learning – 1 just because it is too hard for a young child to get to the learning part and an older kid will know these answers.