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

Make a scene: Safari 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: Safari 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 a Safari 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 50 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, but generally the sizes seem to be much better thought out and generally look to scale.

This app is aimed at the under fives, and as my daughter is four loved it. She liked it had Lions, Giraffes, Hippos and Zebra. She also liked the humans (tour guide and explorers) who spoke when added to the page. 

The graphics and sounds are both very good, with a nice look and feel. I am not so sure on the Zebra sound effect.

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, they will play this app a lot.

Overall, this is a great application and will keep younger kids very happy. It is a shame that it is so close in style to their Make a scene: Jungle app, you could almost have merged the two together and had a bump application. My kids loved it and that is the main thing. If you have kids the “Make a scene” apps are a must have. If you kids love wild animals then this is probably the one to go for.

Rating: 84%

Size: 22.8 MB

Price (at time of review): £1.49

Link: Make A Scene: Safari – Innivo Ltd.

 
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Posted by on January 13, 2012 in App - Childrens, Reviews, Touchpad, webOS

 

KIDS COLORING HD [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (81%)

Kids Coloring HD is a digital colouring book and is released by Coolcode.org.

“Kids Coloring HD is an interesting coloring app for kids. It’s very simple to use for your kids. Enjoy! Features: – 23 pictures to color. – You can save your pictures & share them via email (Need to install FileMgr). – Easy to clear page. – Develops hand-eye coordination.”

The application allow you to colour it one of the 23 images available using a large number of paints available.

You select a colour from the palette and than tap an area on the screen and the area around that tap point will fill with that colour. Music plays in the background while you paint, but can be muted from the top menu bar.

The 23 pictures are nicely drawn and vary in style and environment. There are some that do look close to artwork from some Disney.

Some of the pictures have animation, such as moving eyes of the characters.

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 the images and filling them in. She turned the volume down after a while so maybe she found the music a little annoying after a time.

On the upside:

  • Nice artwork.
  • Easy to use interface.

On the downside:

  • Some of the tap areas are small and can be missed, filling the area outside it.
  • The save and share seem to take a photo, but I cannot find it in the Touchpad.

Overall, this is a great digital colouring book for your younger kids to use on the Touchpad. It will keep them busy for some time and you will get your money’s worth out of the 79p. Hopefully there will be more images added in later updates to keep the application fresh for the kids.

Rating: 81%

Size: 3.9 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.79

Link: Kids Coloring HD – Coolcode.org

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2012 in App - Childrens, Reviews, Touchpad, webOS

 

DR. SEUSS BAND [IOS] – REVIEW (78%)

Dr. Seuss Band is a music rhythm game and is released by Oceanhouse Media.

Experience the excitement as Dr. Seuss Band transforms your device into a vibrant, energetic musical instrument that all ages will enjoy! Jam along with playful Seussian melodies or create your own whimsical masterpiece. As you play, you’ll unlock new instruments, silly effects and catchy songs. Contains over 120 combinations of sounds, so you’ll always have something new to discover!”

This game is a variation of the music rhythm games like tap, tap, revenge and guitar hero, where you need to tap buttons on the screen in time with the music.

The game allows you to select one of the three unlocked tracks available. You select the difficulty level Easy or Medium. As you progress, you will unlock more by getting good scores on the medium levels of difficulty, these will lock Hard modes and new sounds and effects.

As well as game side of things you also have a free style mode, that allows you to play music as a normal musical instrument.

The game offers in-app purchases, but these are no needed as the songs and sound effects can be unlocked by playing the game. So the in-apps for just for people who wish to short cut the process. The in-app purchases are a little expensive for what you get and for some reason the unlock all is 1p more expensive that unlocking music and sound effects seperately.

The game is controlled by tapping the buttons when the lines pass through them.

The graphics and sound are very good.

On the upside:

  • Nicely designed interface.
  • Lots of unlock.

On the downside:

  • Only three songs unlocked at the start.
  • The Medium and Hard are fairly tough for younger kids.

Overall, this is a nice music rhythm game which has a nice interface. For kids it is a fun little game, but I am not sure how much they will be unable to unlock on their own. You have the in-app purchase to short cut the process, but they are unnecessary. This is a interesting side project for Ocean House, using some of the music they have from their book titles.

Rating: 78%

Size: 42.5 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.69

Link: Dr. Seuss Band – Oceanhouse Media

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2011 in App - Childrens, iPad, iPhone/iPod Touch, Reviews

 

MAKE A SCENE: CHRISTMAS [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (87%)

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

“Give your children the bumper Christmas edition of ‘Make a Scene’, and allow them to have fun making snowy scenes, decorating the tree, and playing with the elves. With all new ‘Thank you for my gift’ and ‘Merry Christmas’ borders, you can save the scenes to your device and then share them with family & friends.”

The application allow you to create a christmas scene 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 animal will animate at random times.

There are 7 backgrounds and 7 foregrounds to select from and a lot of stickers over 65 in all. The stickers are great for making the Christmas scenes with Santa, Christmas Tree decorations and toys.

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.

My only real negative on the app, and this is a small one really, is that you cannot resize the stickers manually, their size is based on the screen location, so if you are placing a candle for example in most scenes it is too big for the place it would need to go. My daughter wanted to but a teddy at the feet of the choir singer, but the teddy was almost as big as the girl. I know the developers are trying to keep it simple for the younger kids so maybe it is just me.

This app is aimed at the under fives, and as my daughter is four I gave it to her to test and watched the results before testing myself. I gave this one to both my kids to try and I did not get the Touchpad back for over an hour. Lots of images had been created and saved. Some of them where great and I would have liked to print them as Christmas cards.

The graphics and sounds are both very good, with Santa and the elves all wishing you a merry Christmas.

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, they will play this app a lot.

Overall, this is a great application and will keep younger kids very happy. This is a very timely app to get in the run up to Christmas. My kids loved it, even my son who is eight. Even I enjoyed using this app. The foreground and backgrounds are a nice touch. Basically, if you have young kids you need to get this app.

Rating: 87%

Size: 46.1 MB

Price (at time of review): £1.49

Link: Make A Scene: Christmas – Innivo Ltd

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2011 in App - Childrens, Reviews, Touchpad, webOS

 

JETPACK SANTA [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (70%)

Jetpack Santa is a christmas based game released by Whacked Prattle.

“The most original Santa game this Christmas, developed to raise funds for the Prince’s Trust charity. The game has been developed by Whacked Prattle and Serious Games Institute to be the fun game your Touchpad has been waiting for!”

The game is fairly simple in design. It has you playing as Santa. You appear on the roof top with no presents and a jetpack strapped to your back. You need to go down to ground level and pick up parcels from your sack (you a limited to three at a time) and then you need to fly up to the windows with good children and give them their presents. Meanwhile the naught kids will throw snowballs at you.

You have a limited amount of fuel in the jetpack and this can be topped up my santa eating pies. The position of the pies can sometimes be annoying with you eating them without the need of the fuel and therefore running out before giving to presents to all the children.

Once you have delivered all the presents you wish to, you can land next to your sleigh and complete the level. You are awarded up to five stars, these depend on the time taken and the number of undelivered presents. 

The game offers only 10 stages, the first stages are simple with only a few parcels to deliver, with the final stages having ten or twelve parcels to deliver.

The game is controlled by tapping the sides of the screen, right side to make him more left and the left side to move right. Do not touch the screen and you will drop downward. You downwards movement is stopped by windows as clearly Santa is able to balance on a few inches of wood.

The graphics are nicely drawn and the sound effects of Santa are nice too.

On the upside:

  • Christmas Themes.
  • Nice sound effects.
  • For Charity.

On the downside:

  • Controls take time to get use to.
  • No longevity for older kids and adults (the 10 levels can be complete in 30 minutes)

Overall, this is a nice Christmas game, but really is one for younger kids to enjoy. It is too simple and short for adults for enjoy for long. I would have thought a game designed for kids would have had slightly better controls. It your kids are looking for something with a christmas theme it is worth a look. Remember that this game is for Charity so it may be worth downloading just for that.

Rating: 70%

Size: 35.4 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.99

Link: Jetpack Santa – Whacked Prattle