Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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On the surface, Explore Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is immediately appealing and cute. It’s hard not to be cute when you’re dealing with cuddly looking tigers. While the app promises to be an open-ended and imaginative game, it’s actually a little restrictive. That won’t bother some children but the more adventurous user is going to wish that they could do more.
It’s all based around the layout of a regular town street. You can visit the grocery store, music shop, bakery, and doctor’s office. Each place is quite cute. You can interact with certain objects too, such as ringing the cash register in the store or playing different musical instruments in the music shop. It’s a little basic because you can’t do too much here, but it’s a fun way to explore.
The strength to Explore Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is that it feels like an interactive story. While it doesn’t tell you a story exactly, you can have fun creating your own and watching things unfold. In fact, that’s kind of the point of this app - aiming itself at improving your child’s emotional intelligence by allowing them to move tiger characters aroun however they wish.
Each of the places has a mini game to uncover too, which adds to the fun. While young children might have a hard time figuring out how to interact with things, a bit of experimentation goes a long way.
Soon enough though, your kids are going to run out of things to do. Explore Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is fun while it lasts but you’ll end up wishing there was more going on. Those few buildings are fun to explore but all too briefly over. Maybe with a bit more structure available to the side this could have had more going for it, but as it stands it’s a cute - if simplistic - delight.