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

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★½
Storytelling/Gameplay Rating: ★★★★½
Intuitiveness Rating: ★★★★½
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★★★½

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

I am quite eager to let readers know about Sago Sago’s new app, Sago Mini Space Explorer – part of a series of lovingly illustrated and thoughtfully interactive apps that allow children to explore different landscapes with a friendly and familiar main character. Here, the adventure takes place in space as one spends time with Harvey the Dog, now a galactic explorer that one helps navigate with the drag of a finger. I enjoy the palette of colors used here that includes many dark shades of blue and grey that look rich and serene against the backlit screen, also including brighter hues that add visual interest with a nice pop of color.

8Like the apps Sago Mini Forest Flyer and Sago Mini Ocean Swimmer, Sago Mini Space Explorer starts at the home of the main character, Harvey. A tap on his front door will introduce children to this friendly character wearing a space-suit, ready to fly around the stars. This is a nice reveal as the first glimpse of Harvey’s house looks pretty typical, except for the satellite dish seen on the roof – a nice touch. A tap on the door will also trigger a computer of sorts, all details that will fall into place as Harvey is led from his home or simply allowed to drift into space, slowly interacting with other delightful characters such as Jenga the Cat, seen here in a hot air balloon, as well as other friendly aliens or even anthropomorphic planets he may meet along the way.

7Areas of interest are included and highlighted with a yellow star that one can tap to be drawn into this specific animated area, or Harvey can simply be led into this general area to trigger this hot spot as well. Do give this app a thorough search as other interactive moments are peppered throughout. I seem to find something new each time I spend time with any app from this series, and to children the opportunities will seem endless. Toddlers and those in preschool will have a lot of fun exploring space with Harvey. Although sound effects and musical moments are included, these apps are by and large quiet applications that children can be distracted by without parents feeling guilty. Although geared towards young children, I can easily imagine older siblings enjoying these apps as well, as quirky humor can be found within them, with some of the animated moments lingering slightly to include a witty conclusion that will make users of any age smile.

Sago Mini Space Explorer is an easy app to recommend to families as are Sago Sago’s other apps. The level of polish seen in their apps is top-notch. I greatly look forward to other apps that they may develop in the future.

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