Developer: Michael Kamprath
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.3.1

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★☆☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★☆

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★★☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★★☆

Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★★☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Cell phones and toddlers seem to go great together, at least in my family. My niece loves to take my iPhone, press the buttons and pretend to make calls. So who better to road test this educational app specifically designed for her? I See Ewe offers children the ability to learn to identify animals, objects, shapes and colors through its two modes, ‘learn’ and ‘match’. The game is set up under the ‘options’ screen; here, desired animals, colors and objects can be removed from play if you, say, don’t want your child to learn the color pink or to identify an airplane.
After choosing the card set for a given game, you choose the mode and then the fun begins. With the voice option on, your child is asked to touch the named animal, color and/or shape (depending on the game chosen). A woman’s voice announces ‘hurray’ or ‘good job’ for each correct response; however an incorrect response elicits a stern male voice telling her to ‘try again’ or ‘that’s not it’. And unless you turn it off, incorrect responses are accompanied by a vibration from your device–it’s was a little jarring, even for me! The matching mode is essentially a game of concentration, except that it is truly trial and error since all of the cards begin face down–there’s no sneak peak.
Recent updates have added more card sets and increased the ability to customize your games. If they continue it will increase the game’s relay value, although it’s hard to go wrong for $0.99.
All in all the game was well received in my study of one. It offers a new platform for learning basic items we all try to teach the toddlers in our lives. At the very least I See Ewe can function as a healthy distraction to thwart a temper tantrum or allow you to peaceably finish a restaurant meal.

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