Games for Kids Archive

App Review: Wheels on the Bus HD

My very first computer was an Apple IIgs. I called it the Apple Igloo. I was 7. And getting a family computer was a BIG. DEAL.

Today’s small people are exposed to technology from birth. (My kids had sensors and monitors attached to their tiny persons for three months, so I am totally not exaggerating.) My friend’s 3-year-old daughter recently melted down over a children’s picture book because the illustration wasn’t enlarging as she swiped the page with her thumb and middle finger. (I am not making this up.)

Our family is no exception. Our Silicon Valley household has suited up the original iPad in an Otterbox Defender case and set it forth upon twin 2-year-old toddlers. What apps will keep their attention? Grabbing their attention is key, because otherwise the device is going to get flung across the room. And that would be a bummer.

So while we’ve looked at colors, numbers and storybook apps, the one that seems to be the winner (as judged by little boys named Search and Destroy) is Wheels on the Bus HD, an interactive musical playbook by Duck Duck Moose.

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Warning: Your little loves will love the constant repetition of each verse of the well-known children’s song on every play-along page. You will think it’s cute the first time you play along. Then you will hate it. (This will make kids love it more.)

Bellamon Brings its Kids Learning App Shape-O! ABC’s to the iPhone

Bellamon, a leader in developing innovative pre-school iOS apps, has launched an iPhone version of its classic preschool ABC learning app Shape-O! ABC’s for iPhone. The iPhone version compliments the company’s celebrated iPad edition, and has already earned critical acclaim from parents and teachers around the world.

Designed in consultation with a PhD-level education specialist, Shape-O! ABC’s for iPhone has been re-imagined to accommodate tiny fingers on the device’s small touch screen. It encourages learning-by-doing by integrating puzzles, shapes, words, colors and sounds into one engaging activity, so that kids learn their ABCs in an interactive, fun and effective way. Additional app features include:

* Over 100 delightful shape puzzles that makes learning fun
* Thoughtful design and a UX that focuses on kids – not adults
* 8 beautiful color palettes to capture and delight the senses
* Alphabet and spelling modes to support young learners as they grow
* Delightful and enchanting sounds from real instruments

Plus, true to the Bellamon philosophy that always puts learning ahead of commerce, Shape-O! ABC’s for iPhone is offered with no in-app advertising, no in-app purchasing, no website links on the play screens, and no stressful countdowns.

Phitty Memory Game – the engaging educational game for iPad and iPhone

Phit Interactive, a Phit Mobile Technologies brand, has announced the release of Phitty Memory Game for iPhone and iPad (HD version), an application inspired in the well-known memory game. With an educational approach, this app was created to keep players actively engaged, having fun and simultaneously learning and developing cognitive skills, as well as eye-hand coordination.

The goal is to match the hidden pieces and eliminate as many as possible. From toddler level to advanced players, this game offers a number of different challenges that will keep them coming back – even children with reduced attention span.

While playing, young ones will be learning sounds and shapes by association. When a pair is matched, the player will hear the sound of the letter or word and associate it to the corresponding meaning. Players can choose from four different categories – letters, animals, fruits and shapes – or select a random mode.

Keeping kids creative: Pirate Scribblebeard’s Treasure, iPad Drawing App

Kidoodle Apps today is proud to announce the release of Pirate Scribblebeard’s Treasure with Oscar & Josephine(TM), their very first drawing, doodling, and imagining iPad app for kids. The app’s interactive pages come to life as children doodle their way on an adventure filled with animated pirates, hidden treasure, and their very own pirate ship.

Pirate Scribblebeard’s Treasure is an app designed to encourage children to draw, to imagine, and to have fun. It’s ideal for parents that want more than addictive casual games for their children.

Fun Educational Apps – NxtApp 4 Kids is Top Math App

NxtApp 4 Kids, popular math app for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad is recognized by the renowned site Fun Educational Apps as a Top Math App. NxtApp 4 Kids is a smart number-sequencing game that sharpens kids’ mental math skills in a fun-filled atmosphere. It is farm-themed with engaging barnyard animals holding banners with sequences.

Nathalie van Ee of the renowned site Fun Educational Apps writes: “NxtApp 4 Kids is a top fun educational math app for kids for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Kids will be able to practice their math skills, addition and subtraction, in a fun, engaging and challenging way. A great fun math app that reinforces pattern recognition and number logic.”

Roxie’s a-MAZE-ing Vacation Adventure 1.1 update in the AppStore

OCG Studios announces the release of Roxie’s a-MAZE-ing Vacation Adventure 1.1. Roxie’s a-MAZE-ing Vacation Adventure is an interactive journey and an exciting combination of a book and a game that the whole family can enjoy. You start by car, find your way through the different land- and cityscapes, and stumble upon challenges where you might have to use planes, boats or balloons to continue into this a-MAZE-ing adventure. Along the way, search for letters, penguins, numbers, ice cream trucks and lots of other cool surprises.

Update 1.1 – Includes a new map overview as requested by our users, new animations and new search spots.

The art was created by Roxie Munro, in conjunction with OCG Studios’ creative team. The American author/illustrator of 35 children’s books, including five on mazes, Roxie’s books have been translated into many languages. She has received numerous awards for her work including the “New York Times” Best illustrated award, “Best Children’s Book of the Year (TIME Magazine), and many starred reviews.

Worry Free Labs releases shape matching game Sticker Factory for iPad

Worry Free Labs is pleased to announce the release and worldwide availability of Sticker Factory 1.0, their new shape matching game that makes the most out of the iPad’s technological capabilities. With a simple concept in the core, the title requires both speed and accuracy. It presents a mix of matching fun and education, encouraging music and cute artwork.

Playroom Racer 1.2 Update Brings Game Center Support and Many Features

Intuitive Computers is pleased to announce that the Playroom Racer 1.2 update is out in the iTunes store worldwide, both iPhone and HD versions.

New features :
* Brand new car, Bunny Wagon added, with sensational Easter decoration
* HD version now is an universal build supporting iPad, iPhone and iPod touch
* Game Center support with unique leaderboards
* Retina display support added for iPhone 4 devices
* Star price of playrooms decreased

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Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iPhone OS 3.1.2 or later
* 16.2 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Playroom Racer 1.2 is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.

[Link to Playroom Racer HD in the App Store]

Playroom Racer Is Out For iOs and the New Update is Coming Soon

Intuitive Computers is pleased to announce the release and immediate availability of Playroom Racer, and Playroom Racer HD 1.0, a new unique micro racer game in top-down racing style for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Playroom Racer provides challenging gameplay with excellent HD graphics, fast cars, beautiful and creative racing environments with three different game modes and various control methods.

Almost every child played with toy cars, now you can play these sensational races on your iOS device in top-down racer style. Select your favourite car and playroom and get ready to go. Progress through the races, collect more and more stars to unlock new vehicles and locations and to customize your cars.

Put the pedal down to cross the finish line first in Race mode. You will be awarded stars depending on your final position. You can also collect stars in Star Hunt mode or improve your driving skills and beat the clock in Time Trial mode.

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Challenge your opponents in 4 different playrooms. Unlock new cars from five vehicle categories, customize them with different paint and enjoy the vehicles’ different performance and driving characteristics.

Based on the first user feedbacks the update is coming soon with the following additional features:
* adjustable camera distance
* redesigned shop system to unlock new tracks and cars
* retina icon for iphone4
* virtual stick with optional autogas
* difficulty options
* change player’s name function added

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iPhone OS 3.1.2 or later
* 15.7 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Playroom Racer 1.0 is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.

[Link to Playroom Racer HD in the App Store]