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PEG PUZZLE [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (81%)

Peg Puzzle is a digital peg jigsaw game and is released by Pulse Apps.

“Pegpuzzle is a digital take on the classic children’s wooden peg puzzle toys. A fun and interactive way of learning, the game helps to develop fine motor skills, hand eye coordination, logical thinking skills and can also be used as a tool to help develop vocabulary through object recognition.”

The application allow you to select from three different themed peg board, these are:

  • Fruit
  • Transport
  • Music

Once selected a peg board will appear with slots for six randomly selected shapes in that theme. There are between 15 to 20 shapes in each theme, so the shapes are different each time you play.

There is a bar at the top of the screen to select the shapes, each more shows the current shape at different rotations. The child then selects and pulls it onto the shape on the board.

Once all six shapes are placed the game plays the sound of applauding. 

The graphics of the pegs are nicely done, there is music in the application, only sound effects when the pegs are placed and the end of the game.

This app is aimed at the two to four years old, and as my daughter is four I gave it to her to test it. She enjoyed the application putting the pegs into place. She found it easy, and maybe she is at the end of the age scale for this. She wanted more themes, but liked what was there. She also suggested that maybe for older kids to get rid of the rotation and have all the themes shapes to select from on the top bar as she felt it would be more interesting to find the right shape.

On the upside:

  • Nice artwork.
  • Easy to use interface.
  • Great for kids between 2 and 4.

On the downside:

  • The rotated shapes were a little wasted on my daughter who is four. Maybe try her suggestion?
  • Would have been nice to have an animal theme or similar for girls. As the transport seems for the boys.
  • A bit lacking on the sound and music side.

Overall, this is a great application if you have kids of four or below. They will enjoy doing the puzzles and with three different themes with around 20 pegs per theme it should keep them interested for a while. Much cheaper to get than a real one made out of wood, and a lot easier to store. I would love to see more themes added as a free update. Well worth a download for the kids or grand kids.

Rating: 81%

Size: 30.0 MB

Price (at time of review): £1.29

Link: Peg Puzzle – Pulse Apps

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2012 in App - Childrens, Reviews, Touchpad, webOS

 

MAKE A SCENE: POLAR ADVENTURE [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (80%)

Make a scene: Polar Adventure is an animated sticker book released by Innivo Ltd.

“Do your children enjoy making a scene? Then give them ‘Make a Scene’, and give yourself some precious peace and quiet. Make A Scene Polar Adventure is a fun interactive game that engages children’s natural sense of creativity.”

The application allow you to create a scene from the north or south pole using the animated “stickers” and backgrounds available.

As you place the sticker their name is read out allowed, then the sound effect. At the same time the stick will go through its animation. As you continue to add to the scene, the stickers will animate at random times.

There are several backgrounds and foregrounds to select from. The backgrounds contain mostly ice or mostly sea, which unfortuantely cuts down the snickers that can be used on each background. There are a lot of stickers to select from around 50 in all. The stickers are varied and include polar bears, penguins, people and seals.

One of the issues with the application is that several of the snickers for water based creatures, and you need a sea background to use them, but then half of the snickers can only be used on land, and there is not enough space to place them into the scene and visa versa.

The screen is uncluttered with only the top bar for adding the stickers and then three buttons at the base to allow the screen to be cleared or saved and to select a new background or foreground.

I gave this one to both my kids to try and they liked it. The Touchpad did come back faster than with the other titles. I think that this was due to a more limited backgrounds and snicker set and my son telling me you do not have polar bears and penguins on the same picture.

The graphics and sounds are both very good.

On the upside:

  • Nice artwork.
  • Easy to use interface.
  • Nice sound effects.

On the downside:

  • Would be nice to resize the stickers manually, rather than based on the position on the screen.
  • Use of snickers is limited by the backgrounds selected.

Overall, this is good application and will keep younger kids happy. My kids liked this application, but were not as keen on it as others of the Make a Scene range. I felt it was a little more limited in the range of snickers than some of the other application.

Rating: 80%

Size: 24.3 MB

Price (at time of review): £1.49

Link: Make A Scene: Polar Adventure – Innivo Ltd

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2012 in App - Childrens, Reviews, Touchpad, webOS

 

MAKE A SCENE: OUTER SPACE [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (84%)

Make a scene: Outer Space is an animated sticker book released by Innivo Ltd.

“Do your children enjoy making a scene? Then give them ‘Make a Scene’, and give yourself some precious peace and quiet. Make A Scene Outer Space is a fun interactive game that engages children’s natural sense of creativity.”

The application allow you to create a scene from outer space using the animated “stickers” and backgrounds available.

As you place the sticker their name is read out allowed, then the sound effect. At the same time the stick will go through its animation. As you continue to add to the scene, the stickers will animate at random times.

There are several backgrounds and foregrounds to select from, some on planet surfaces and others looking out from the cockpit of a space craft. There are a lot of stickers to select from with over 45 in all. The stickers are varied and include aliens, space men, space ships and planets.

The screen is uncluttered with only the top bar for adding the stickers and then three buttons at the base to allow the screen to be cleared or saved and to select a new background or foreground.

I gave this one to both my kids to try and I did not get the Touchpad back for over an hour. I think my son got more out of the application than my daughter, but they both liked the sounds and animation.

The graphics and sounds are both very good.

On the upside:

  • Nice artwork.
  • Easy to use interface.
  • Nice sound effects.

On the downside:

  • Would be nice to resize the stickers manually, rather than based on the position on the screen.
  • If you have kids, you may find it difficult to get the Touchpad back.

Overall, this is a great application and will keep younger kids happy. If you children have an interest in space then this one is a must have. If you already have a Make A Scene application you will know what you are getting, as this is more of the same. I believe these application much better value for money than buying sticker books.

Rating: 84%

Size: 39.1 MB

Price (at time of review): £1.49

Link: Make A Scene: Outer Space – Innivo Ltd

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2012 in App - Childrens, Reviews, Touchpad, webOS

 

KIDS POETRY [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (76%)

Kids Poetry is a digital book of rhymes and is released by Coolcode.org.

This app is a collection of rhymes and poems for children. It contains 30 kids rhymes and poems.”

The application opens to a selection screen for the rhymes available, this shows six at a time. You scroll through the pages and tap on the one you wish to listen to. The rhyme will go full screen and you can then tap on play to have the sounds play or there is a home button to return to the menu.

There are 30 rhymes to select from, I must admit I had not heard most of these before. However, they are all of a good quality.

The artwork is generally animation in some way, such as moving eyes of the characters or the images scrolling.

This app is clearly aimed at the under fives, and as my daughter is four I gave it to her to test it. She really like it and listened to several of the rhymes more than once. She found it easy to navigate once she worked out the basics. The second time she used the application she started skipping some of the rhymes as she did not want to listen to them again.

On the upside:

  • Nice artwork.
  • Easy to use interface.
  • 30 rhymes will keep you child interested for a good while.

On the downside:

  • Lacks interaction that kids are use to in a digital book nowadays.
  • Longevity may be an issue, as the kids become bored of some of the rhymes.

Overall, this is a really nice digital book for younger kids. It is easy for them to use and navigate. The songs and rhymes and generally short and only take a minute or so to play. It lacks a little in interaction, but the animations and recordings are of a good standard. Young kids will really like this one, but I am not sure how long they will come back to it for.

Rating: 76%

Size: 18.2 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.79

Link: Kids Poetry – Coolcode.org

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2012 in App - Childrens, Reviews, Touchpad, webOS

 

MAKE A SCENE: UNDER THE SEA [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (81%)

Make a scene: Under the Sea is an animated sticker book released by Innivo Ltd.

Make A Scene: Under The Sea is a fun interactive game that engages children’s natural sense of creativity. It is aimed primarily at pre-school age children, but will provide hours of entertainment for children (and adults!) of all ages.

The application allow you to create an underwater scene using the animated “stickers” and backgrounds available.

As you place the sticker their name is read out allowed, then the sound effect is played and the “sticker” will go through its animation. As you continue to add to the scene, the “stickers” will animate at random times making things feel more interactive.

There are 5 backgrounds and 6 foregrounds to select from. There are over 60 stickers to use. 

The screen is uncluttered with only the top bar for adding the stickers and then three buttons at the base to allow the screen to be cleared or saved and to select a new background or foreground.

One of my minor dislikes of the other Make a Scene games is the way the sticker sizing works, with the closer the stickers are to the bottom of the screen the large they get. This application uses the same method, most stickers like OK, but some sticker do suffer from ending up the wrong scale for what you wanted. 

This app is aimed at the under fives, and as my daughter is four liked it, of course the mermaids were the most used stickers. I felt see did not enjoy it as much as other make a scenes she has used, this is probably due to lack of interest in underwater stuff.

The artwork is nice and the sound effects are also well done.

On the upside:

  • Nice artwork.
  • Easy to use interface.
  • Nice sound effects.

On the downside:

  • Would be nice to resize the stickers manually, rather than based on the position on the screen.
  • Several the stickers are similar, just with different colours, but there are more stickers than normal.

Overall, this is a very good application and will keep younger kids very happy. I think your kids interest in the Underwater world will effect on if they like the title or not. If you kids like films like the Little Mermaid then you are going to be very safe buying this application.

Rating: 81%

Size: 24.4 MB

Price (at time of review): £1.49

Link: Make A Scene: Under The Sea –  Innivo Ltd

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2012 in App - Childrens, Reviews, Touchpad, webOS