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Pigment app review

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Coloring is cool these days. Really, coloring is cool any time. But what’s a budding artist to do on the go? If you want to color, but you don’t want to carry around all your coloring books, your colored pencils, your paint and brushes, there’s a solution: Pigment (Pixite LLC, 2015). You can start by […]

Sago Mini Music Box app review

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I’ve been singing Sago Mini’s praises for some time (see my reviews of Ocean Swimmer, Road Trip, Friends, and Fairy Tales, as well as Shoshana’s review of Monsters), and now I have musical accompaniment! Sago Mini Music Box (2014) invites users to join cheerful animal characters to play three familiar tunes. First things first: choose […]

Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System app review

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Cats in space? Sign me up! Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System (Minilab Ltd., December 2015), a digital adaptation of Dr. Dominic Walliman and Ben Newman’s 2013 nonfiction book Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space, introduces users to our solar system — with plenty of humor and a retro, space-race vibe. Choose a kitty-cosmonaut (cat-stronaut, if […]

Alfie, Haathi & the Magic Bioscope app review

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In Alfie, Haathi & the Magic Bioscope (Appy Kids/Growl Media, 2013), elephant Haathi and boy Alfie are best friends who discover a “strange old box” in a stall at a fair. They fall into the box, which seems to contain a world filled with animals. (The title leads one to believe that the box is […]

The Wunderglasses app review

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As The Wunderglasses app (Gentle Troll, December 2015) opens, a little boy named Max is playing in the park. He notices a strange pair of glasses on the ground; when he puts them on, everything ordinary now looks extraordinary. Users swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen to see what Max sees: a […]

Sago Mini Fairy Tales app review

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I know I recently reviewed a Sago Mini app, but I just like them so much! And how could I resist Sago Mini Fairy Tales (December 2014), featuring two of my favorite things: fairy tales and felines? An orange, fairy-winged kitty emerges from a cottage to explore a nighttime fairyland scene. Similar to the setup […]

Goldilocks and Little Bear app review

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It’s not exactly news that I love Nosy Crow’s apps, particularly their fairy-tale series (see our reviews of The Three Little Pigs, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Snow White). The latest in the series, Goldilocks and Little Bear (November 2015), makes the most of the app format. Choose from “Read […]

Sago Mini Friends app review

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In Sago Mini Friends (2014), you choose to play as one of five brightly colored animal characters: an orange cat, a brown dog, a blue rabbit, a red bird, and a purple…guinea pig? You then float downward and land gently in a neighborhood of four pastel houses — occupied, of course, by the four other […]

Tayasui Tangram app review

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Tayasui Tangram (Tayasui, 2013), which bills itself as “a modern variation of the classic chinese [sic] puzzle,” has two main areas: “Models” and “Build.” The “Models” section was exactly what I think of when I hear the word tangram: puzzles using geometric shapes. There are three screens’ worth of animal outlines; the puzzles get progressively […]

The Earth app review

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At the start of The Earth app (Tinybop, September 2015), our blue planet rotates against a field of stars, with occasional comets flashing by (reminiscent of the opening to Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos). Scroll along a timeline at top of the screen to move through four geological eras, beginning with the Hadean Eon — the […]