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MarcoPolo Recall app review

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Kids these days, with their Minecraft and their interwebs. Not too long ago, Simon was the cutting edge of electronic gaming (and no one considered it educational*). Now MarcoPolo app Recall (January 2016; iOS only) brings players a similar Simon experience. Four horizontal color bars — pink, sky-blue, orange, and green — appear on the […]

LumiKids Backyard app review

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LumiKids Backyard (Lumosity Labs, 2015; iOS and Android) presents a variety of games set on an apparently warm evening with a purplish sky. (We’ve had negative-forty wind chills in Boston within the past week. Color me interested in this setting.) The app alternates between fairly involved games and simple, tap-and-make-something-happen activities. It took me some […]

Frontier Heroes app review

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The opening screen of Frontier Heroes (Planet H and Red Games, 2014; iOS and Android) depicts five cartoonish figures from early American historical eras (they look like maybe George Washington, Pocahontas, a pilgrim, possibly Daniel Boone, or maybe Lewis and Clark). Three icons on the left provide an orientation of sorts: the video icon gives […]

Apps for morning, noon, and night

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Whether following friendly characters through a day of fun or settling users down for sweet dreams, these apps make perfect additions to preschoolers’ own busy days. In Fiete: A Day on the Farm, children help sailor Fiete and his farmer friends, Hein and Hinnerk, throughout their busy day. Users wake the snoring men in the […]

LumiKids Snow app review

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It’s rainy, not snowy, in Boston right now, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to explore the winter wonderland that is LumiKids Snow (Lumosity Labs, 2015; iOS and Android). Opening the app, you’re taken to a landscape of white and icy teals, where a friendly seal waits on a small ice floe. Tap to […]

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; iOS only). You can […]

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; iOS and Android) invites users to join cheerful animal characters to play three familiar tunes. First […]

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; iOS only), 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 […]

Alfie, Haathi & the Magic Bioscope app review

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In Alfie, Haathi & the Magic Bioscope (Appy Kids/Growl Media, 2013; iOS only), 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 […]

The Wunderglasses app review

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As The Wunderglasses app (Gentle Troll, December 2015; iOS only) 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 […]