Developer: Lipa Learning
Price: $2.99
Version: 1.0.5
App Reviewed on: iPad 3

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

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Lipa Train is a thoughtfully developed maze app with a train theme that children will find engaging. This is an intuitive app with gameplay that is easy to pick up. Here, children guide a train around tracks in order to pick up fruits described on the bottom of the screen. To move the train around the tracks, tap the arrows seen in the intersecting areas that will steer the train up, down, left, or right.

2With 40 levels, this app will develop from a simple children’s train app into a more complex maze activity as the amount of intersecting tracks and navigational decisions children need to make increase – nicely adding a thoughtful level of challenge that I appreciate. I am also fond of how laid-back this app is as points are not awarded for getting to the fruits in the lowest number of turns, and if a mistake is made it is simple enough to re-direct the train back on track. I enjoy being able to see the list of fruits that slowly increase at the bottom of the screen – slightly hidden as only the shape is revealed. This is enough to know what fruits will need to be collected and in what order to be able to work ahead of the train, opening areas of the track for a smooth ride through the end of each level.

1Four landscapes are included, and children will enjoy the different details seen spread out across these areas that include a forest, beach, snowy, and city scenes complete with trees, buildings, and other details in these varied sections. Upbeat music is included, but I really enjoy playing this app listening only to the train sounds as I solve these puzzles.

I am impressed with how elaborate these upper levels get as players need to plot their way through the maze itself, making this not just an exercise in opening correct channels in the track. I am eager to show my six year old son, knowing now that this app is not too simple for him.

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