Developer: Artgig Studio
Price: $2.99
Version: 1.0
App Reviewed on: iPad 3

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★☆
Storytelling/Gameplay Rating: ★★★★☆
Intuitiveness Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Drive About: Number Neighborhood is a fun new math app for preschool and kindergarten-aged children from eclectic developer Artgig Studio. Here, children get to select one of nine mini-games – each bright and colorful. To select, simple choose an area from the menu page that is styled to look like a map, allowing children to possibly have a hint at the location the game may take place in – be it the ocean, mountains, city, or desert.

5These sections include a few sea-related games, one with a wack-a-mole style where one taps sea pickles for number recognition as well as a simple counting section involving feeding a whale via a slingshot. Other areas that include arcade-styled actions ask kids to help a yak downhill ski, counting the flags along the way. Shape recognition is touched upon here in some areas as well. Kids can also decorate a cookie for a horse in the puzzle-themed activity or use a vacuum to collect different shapes such as sneakers or buttons in the space-centric section.

A color-by-number area is included, as is a station that allows children to practice number tracing. My personal favorite areas include a park scene that asks players to add numbers to even-out a seesaw, as well as having to stack building blocks in order starting from a number other than zero as well as keeping these pieces balanced to partake in the charming conclusion of windows popping open from the erect building with animals coming into view.

6I admire a few things about Drive About: Number Neighborhood as this app does not include any stickers that clutter up so many educational apps these days. Simply being able to play fun, engaging games is enough of a reward, and I am happy to see how much time within this app children will spend on game play rather than on creating avatars or selecting badges. I am also very fond of the fact that there are no incipient bells, whistles, or the grating, unnecessary sounds of children cheering when a game is complete – although these areas may include a simple, charming conclusion of some sort to let players know they have been successful. They then have a chance to work on the activity again or choose a different scene from the map.

Readers should be aware that although Drive About: Number Neighborhood is an app for young children, Artgig Studio has an application for all age groups, including Shake-a-Phrase, Marble Math Junior, and Mystery Math Town for older kids and even adults, making this a developer worth keeping an eye on.

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