Posts Tagged Animals

Toca Nature Review

Toca Nature Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Toca Nature expertly captures the lights and sounds one would experience while exploring nature.

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Smash Champs Review

Smash Champs Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Smash Champs is a dry Fruit Ninja-style game wearing a fighting game's clothes.

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Feeding Time Review

Feeding Time Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
What can you do when surrounded by hungry critter mouths searching for their favorite treat? Line them up some filling meals and let them know it's Feeding Time!

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Fantasy Forest Story Review

Fantasy Forest Story Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Fantasy Forest Story has bright ideas, but its free-to-play trappings drag it down.

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Animas Online Review

Animas Online Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Animas Online features colorful graphics and fun character designs, but its gameplay is standard, unremarkable MMORPG stuff.

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Kapu Forest Review

Kapu Forest Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Kapu Forest is a simple, beautiful interactive app for young children and their families.

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Pet Zoometery Review

Pet Zoometery Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
It'll take a while for Pet Zoometery to truly develop, but it's a quite charming twist on the typical city building concept.

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Safari Rescue Review

Safari Rescue Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Like precious little else, Safari Rescue is a pretty quirky and tongue-in-cheek game all about rescuing animals.

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Nat Geo Wild QuizUp Review

Nat Geo Wild QuizUp Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Power up and in-app purchases free, Nat Geo Wild QuizUp is all about pure knowledge. It's just a shame that there aren't more questions.

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Roller Rally Review

Roller Rally Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Roller Rally has really good level design, but disappointing controls. Since players only control jumping, the game isn’t as engaging as it could be.

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Jewels with Buddies Review

Jewels with Buddies Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
A well executed but ultimately run-of-the-mill matching game with a few social gaming additions.

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Zoo Defenders Review

Zoo Defenders Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The best tower defense game with llamas in it.

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Rainbow Friends Review

Rainbow Friends Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
A matching game in which players match the colors of the rainbow in the correct order.

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National Geographic has just released a new bundle of educational apps for iOS, aimed at young children.

The bundle, Look & Learn: Animals Vol. 1, includes Animal Bounce, Animal Match and Animal Words. Each title encourages children to discover more about the natural world through some great animal sounds and age-appropriate games. Throughout, the kind of photography we’ve all come to expect from National Geographic continues the beguiling theme.

Animal Bounce is focused on learning animal names and sounds, while Animal Match involves matching the animal to its shape. Animal Words teaches name recognition and basic alphabet skills. Each should be great fun for little ones.

The app is optimized for the new iPad but works just as well for iPhone and iPod Touch. It’s all designed to tie in well with the National Geographic learning books series for preschoolers.

Look & Learn: Animals Vol. 1 is out now, priced at $2.99. It’s an Universal app.

$2.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-05-09 :: Category: Education

Tiny Firemen is an adorable game that encourages kids to collaborate with their parents, thus encouraging sociable behavior.

This wouldn’t be much fun if it were implemented in an obvious and unexciting way. Fortunately, Tiny Firemen makes teamwork great fun. Players take the role of a fireman team of Cat & Dog with one player controlling the firetruck while the other sprays the water, making for an enjoyable collaborative effort.

12 different animals require saving in Can Town but Tiny Firemen promises to be a frustration-free experience keeping young children happy throughout. As the screenshots show, it’s a cute game to look at, reminiscent of kids’ picture books, and there’s a great classical piano based musical score.

Tiny Firemen is out now priced at $2.99 for an Universal build. There’s also a free version for trying the game out with the option to unlock the full game via an in-app purchase.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-04-04 :: Category: Games

$2.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-12-18 :: Category: Games

NomNom Combo Review

Developer: Eastside Games

Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.2
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4S

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★½☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★½☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★½☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Some might call it the circle of life, other will call it the food chain, NomNom Combo calls it a game. In this new “king of the jungle” matching game, players match animals together and then match the prey animals with the predators in return for in-game currency. This obviously isn’t a typical matching game. Honestly, how many matching games out there have a problem with blocks eating other blocks? In NomNom Combo, players aren’t just focused on making matches, they are also concerned with making matches in a way that will keep their predator’s bellies full.

Players start each game by placing animals like flies and frogs as tiles on the game board. If a player places a fly next to a frog it will run in the opposite direction until it hits the edge of the board. If the fly is placed in such a way that it can’t run, or runs into another frog, then it is eaten by the frog and the player is awarded a certain number of coins. However, placing three flies close together will turn them into a mouse, making it impossible for a frog to eat. To eat the mouse the player must match three frogs and make a snake. Three mice turn into a rabbit, three snakes turn into an eagle continuing through sheep, manatees, wolves, and so on through various predator and prey combos. Though not quite evolutionarily sound, this progression to larger animals is what makes the game more puzzle-like than other matching games.

Players can’t just place animals on the board randomly making matches. At the start of each game they are awarded a certain number of random animals to place. They’ll need to plan out their placements so they can “evolve” the biggest predators and prey in tandem and in placements where the predator can eventually get at the prey. Coins are awarded for each prey animal that is eaten and these coins are used to buy more animals to place, continuing the game.

NomNom Combo is certainly a unique matching puzzle game. It’s both fun to play and challenging to master. The balance between matching and strategy makes the game a great choice for players looking for a challenge.

Note: NomNom Combo is currently only available in the Canadian App Store and will get a wider release later this quarter.

Dojo Madness Review

Dojo Madness Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This ninja raccoon has to stay on his toes if he wants to survive the 360 degree onslaught of enemies.

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Plenty of people love playing social games and similar numbers enjoy caring for a virtual pet. How about combining the two? That’s what LoadComplete decided to do with Bumping Bears and they’ve even added a real life socializing element.

Bumping Bears gives players the chance to adopt bears to play and raise on their own donut planet located in the wider bear galaxy. Players can care for up to 3 bears at once, encouraging them towards one of over 70 bear professions while dressing them from a choice of over 100,000 unique outfit combinations.

The player can then partake in quests, missions and minigames to help their bear improve in their chosen profession.

For the social gamer, players can find other like minded souls using geolocation, then bump their phones together to make their bears date and mate. It’s all very cute and lovable but not essential to progression.

Bumping Bears is out now and it’s an Universal app.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-10-27 :: Category: Games

Maintain A Zoo With Dream Zoo

Wait for one new Zynga game and two come bouncing along, just like a cuddly animal would. Note the tenuous link? Yup, Zynga’s new title is all about taking care of exotic and zany animals in a zoo.

Dream Zoo is another first for Zynga. Their first zoo themed game to be exact, presumably ensuring that casual gamers with all types of interests will be hooked by at least one Zynga game at some time. Interestingly, it’s also the first Zynga title to offer bonuses and in-game rewards based upon playing in multiple different locations.

Players are given the opportunity to breed and collect thousands of different animal varieties in a way that’s bound to hook ‘gotta catch em all’ style addicts. A selection of mini-games give the player the chance to pet and tend to their animals with feeding and washing games simple yet fun to play.

All manners of animals are catered for from aardvarks to zebras. Going on safari enables players to discover these different species while also having plenty of fun along the way! Players can even breed different animals together to create all new and unique types of creatures. Along the way, players can also collect up other items on safari, thus boosting their zoo’s looks or finances. Once everything is arranged just how the player wants it, they can take photos of their animals to show off to others.

We all know and love what Zynga has to offer the freemium gaming world and it looks like the magic has transferred to the world of zoo keeping in Dream Zoo. Like other Zynga titles, it’s a free app with plenty of in-app purchase based options. Fortunately, it’s not essential to progression, it just speeds things up a little.

For those looking for a new free to play fix, Dream Zoo is out now.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-11-22 :: Category: Games

IncrediBlox Review

IncrediBlox Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
A fairly predictable block matching game with some unique visual flair.

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Big Buck Safari Review

Big Buck Safari Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This pocket version of the popular arcade shooter gets players right into the action of hunting big game.

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I never get to visit zoos as often as I like as my nearest zoo is over an hour’s drive away. Throw in the expense of visiting and it’s just not as frequent as I’d like.

It’s a similar problem for the likes of my young cousins who don’t get to see animals anywhere often enough other than through the internet or books. Pocket Zoo HD won’t whisk anyone physically to a zoo but it does the next best thing by offering over 30+ live animal cams so that users can see creatures from all over the world.

Animals available to view include amongst others the cuddly penguin, the majestic tiger, the quirky meerkat and the fearsome killer whale. Pocket Zoo isn’t just about live cameras either with over 200 wildlife videos included as well as a virtual zoo with series of original animal illustrations. A string of facts are also included to educate young animal fans as well as real animal sounds.

Pocket Zoo HD looks like an ideal app to while away some time alongside younger relatives. It’s out now for the iPad, priced at $3.99.

$4.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2011-07-18 :: Category: Education

Farm It! Seasons Review

Farm It! Seasons Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Which came first? The chicken jumping rope. . .or the egg?

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abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz Review

abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz Review

Yes, the name of the app I’m reviewing today is the entire alphabet. From this point on, I’ll refer to it as abcdefg for the sake of my fingers. I stumbled across this app thanks to the title, it initially seemed like a unique way to learn the alphabet and practice word sounds, but I […]

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Moo, Baa, La, La, La Book Review

Moo, Baa, La, La, La Book Review

I’m going to come right out and say this. I love Sandra Boynton. To me, she is the most prolific children’s story writers to come out in this generation, specifically for younger children. I put her alongside Dr. Seuss and Robert Munsch, and that’s high praise. “Moo, Baa, La, La, La” is produced by Loud […]

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The Going to Bed Book Review

The Going to Bed Book Review

“The Going to Bed Book” is one of two Sandra Boynton books available on the app store (the other is “Moo, Baa, La, La, La”) and like “Moo, Baa” it is a fantastic book with top notch production value that takes a great story and adds some unique and wonderful interactive elements, making it a […]

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Papa Penguin Review

Papa Penguin Review

How many fish and oxygen bubbles can your child get before the time runs out? Be careful, Papa has to feed the chicks.

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Charles Peattie’s Animal Alphabet Review

Charles Peattie’s Animal Alphabet Review

“Charles Peattie's Animal Alphabet” interactively teaches about letters and animals, wonderfully drawn and full of humor.

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Pre-K Safari Review

Pre-K Safari Review

"Pre-K Safari" is a creative and fun educational app which keeps kids engaged and never feels like work.

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Colortoons Review

Colortoons Review

“Colortoons” is a coloring book app that is fun and has some nice features but could benefit from an erase feature.

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