While gorgeous and well-conceived in many ways, Peekaboo Forest does have some flaws. The order of animals’ appearance is dictated by the app, rather than the user. Frustratingly, there’s no way to skip from season to season or animal to animal; in order to see foxes in the fall, for instance, you have to make your way through winter, spring, and summer at 3–4 animals per season. The animations are non-repeatable, though a “loop” option allows you to cycle through the year indefinitely and catch ’em next time around.
Harper’s boldly colored, geometric nature art — with plenty of eye-catching patterns — is well-suited to this kind of educational game, and Night & Day has nicely reimagined his work for a new format and young audience. I’m looking forward to seeing what the company does next (and hoping they work out a few kinks).
Available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch (requires iOS 4.3 or later); $1.99. Recommended for preschool users.