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Kids Can Have Fun Learning While Saving Animals in World of Madagascar.

Posted by Jessica Fisher on June 2nd, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

JumpStart has released World of Madagascar, an adventure game based on the DreamWorks' film, "Penguins of Madagascar."

Simple Machines Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on June 1st, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: LAID BACK EDUCATING
Simple Machines is a fun journey for your kids while they learn the importance of physics.
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Kapu Fishing Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on May 27th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: CUTE FISHING
Kapu Fishing is a cute game of fishing, for your toddlers to enjoy.
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Fruit Ninja Academy: Math Master Will Make Your Kid a Black Belt in Multiplication

Posted by Jessica Fisher on May 11th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

There's a new addition to the Fruit Ninja series, from Halfbrick and Krome Studios, that multiplies the fun of learning. Fruit Ninja Academy: Math Master.

Oceanhouse has Released Just So Thankful Alongside a Special Mother's Day Contest

Posted by Jessica Fisher on April 30th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Oceanhouse Media, makers of digital book apps, are celebrating Mother's Day with a giveaway and a new app.

My Little Pony - Cutie Mark Chronicles Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on April 30th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: CUTE STORIES
A fun series of stories bundled alongside design your own Pony tools.
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Nickelodeon Has Brought Nick Jr. to the Apple Watch

Posted by Jessica Fisher on April 23rd, 2015
+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch

Parents planning to pick up an Apple Watch can celebrate as Nickelodeon has updated the Nick Jr. app for the Apple Watch. The app gives you greater parental controls over the iPhone/iPad app and offers kids exciting shows and activities. With your watch you'll be able to set a timer on your kids viewing time, regulate volume, and start or stop the playback. You'll also be able to see what your kids are watching with just a glance.

"The addition of Apple Watch support for the Nick Jr. app is another opportunity for innovation at Nickelodeon, allowing parents to conveniently supervise and manage screen time on their iPhones while providing kids with the freedom to explore and learn," said Matthew Evans, SVP, Digital, Viacom Kids and Family Group, in a press release.

You can download the Nick Jr. app for free on and check it out on the Apple Watch whenever you manage to get ahold of one.

Sago Mini Toolbox Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on April 21st, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: CHARMING BUILDING
Sago Mini Toolbox is a fun way for preschoolers to build things and complete projects.
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Kids Can Practice Healthy Living With Green Riding Hood, Coming Soon

Posted by Jessica Fisher on April 19th, 2015

Bobaka is releasing a new interactive book called Green Riding Hood in May. The app teaches kids about yoga andorganic style of life through mini-games and a fun take on the classic Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale. In this story, however, the wolf won't be eating anyone.

The app features artwork by, award winning illustrator Andrey Gordeev, and is narrated by Scottish actor Alistair Findlay. You can download Green Riding Hood for $2.99 come May 21 on the App Store.

Toca Kitchen 2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on April 7th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MESSY FUN
Toca Kitchen 2 is a fun way for kids to have a messy time in the kitchen, without the actual mess.
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SMART Adventures Mission Math 1 Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Jennifer Allen on April 1st, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: EDUCATIONAL FUN
Educating your youngsters while still offering plenty of fun puzzles.
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This Week at 148App: March 23-27, 2015

Posted by Chris Kirby on March 30th, 2015

Spring Roars In At 148Apps

How do you know what apps are worth your time and money? Just look to the review team at 148Apps. We sort through the chaos and find the apps you're looking for. The ones we love become Editor’s Choice, standing out above the many good apps and games with something just a little bit more to offer. Take a look at what we've been up to this week, and find even more in our Reviews Archive.


Final Fantasy Record Keeper

There’s no denying that Final Fantasy All the Bravest received a rather unfriendly reception on the App Store. There’s also no denying that people are going to be inclined to think of Final Fantasy Record Keeper as more of the same.I’d urge you not to write it off so quickly, though. While it’s not an all-star tour de force like, say, Dissidia, it’s still a decent stroll down Memory Lane. There’s some mumbo jumbo about paintings of the various Final Fantasy universes being guarded in one location, and said paintings are being corrupted while some sinister influence is spreading across the land. The two might be (read: totally are) related. Really it’s just a tenuous excuse to let players romp through 16-bit recreations of classic Final Fantasy moments throughout the series. And I’m okay with this. --Rob Rich


Star Squad Space Rescue

When you think of bullet-hell games, you think of waves of bullets coming at you - and also the waves that you can inflict upon others. Star Squad Space Rescue isn’t like other bullet-hell games, though. Those waves might keep coming at you, but you don’t have anything to fire back in defense. Instead, Star Squad Space Rescue is all about ducking and weaving your way around such attacks, and hoping you can survive longer than last time.That means that Star Squad Space Rescue is an often tense game to play. It is, however, very simple to learn. You use your finger to move the ship around, enjoying the fact that it offers a mercifully small hitbox. That means you can quickly move through very small gaps, and you’re going to need to, a lot.-- Jennifer Allen


Impecca Bamboo Bluetooth Keyboard

Yes. It's a keyboard. Yes, it has a unique, natural finish.It's Impecca's Bamboo Wireless Keyboard.The styling is interesting - the bamboo finish all but defines the product from the get-go and the wood exterior tops the keys and most of the top surface, with dark brown lining on the sides. The grain of the wood is probably the best aspect of its appearance, with a polished feel that is almost surprising; the natural imperfection creates a somewhat regal look.It seems compact, but it comes as close to being a full-size keyboard as any portable unit. Coming in at 11 x 6.6 x 0.6 inches, it is only a hair smaller than the typical Apple Bluetooth Keyboard. It's full QWERTY, and mimics said Apple keyboard closely with regards to layout, with six rows that encompass function keys, numbers, and option/tab buttons. At the top right there is a LED for battery level and Bluetooth. The bottom has the same bamboo finish, and there is an extra ledge that allows the otherwise flat keyboard to be raised at the front. Towards the front, right around dead center, there's a micro-USB port for charging. --Tre Lawrence


Mr. Jump

The idea is as simple as the name. Mr Jump has to jump from platform to platform, in order to progress to the next stage. He automatically runs with your taps dictating when he jumps and how high. It can’t really get much simpler than this. That doesn’t mean it’s easy though, not by a long shot.Speedy reactions are vital here with mostly everything harming Mr Jump. Even bouncing off a wall will cause him to fail the stage. He’s that sensitive. The first level simply offers you one form of jump, while the second stage introduces a way in which to form a double jump. That explains the difficulty increase along the way.You’ll die frequently as you go along, but the restart button is quick, giving you an indication of how far you’ve got in a stage, and urging you to go that bit further next time. And you will, you’ll keep chipping away at the stage, keen to get further and come across something even harder along the way. --Jennifer Allen


CARROT Weather

Over the past couple of years, the CARROT series of apps have done a great job of berating you while also motivating you to complete all manner of things from getting up on time to clearing your To-Do List. While its latest instalment, CARROT Weather, can’t change the weather (no matter how angry it gets), it is an entertaining way to get the facts.Starting out, there’s a choice to go with your current location or to pick out a different place, a small but important touch. As soon as you pick a place, you get the full grumpy CARROT experience. While some voice intros can be simply ‘weather forecasted’, there’s also the inclusion of such delights as ‘I’ve got a collection of 6,241 fingers that were lost to frostbite’ to indicate that, yes, it’s pretty cold in Chicago right now. --Jennifer Allen


Adventures of Poco Eco

Controlling curious explorer, Poco Eco, you wander your way around some delightfully designed levels by tapping on where you want him to go next. Being challenged is rare as Adventures of Poco Eco - Lost Sounds is more about exploration than conquest. Progressing to the next section is usually a matter of running over a button to activate it, thereby moving a platform to form a path for you. A small red spirit guides your way, showing where you need to head to next.Around a dozen levels are there and, admittedly, they won’t take hugely long for you to complete. Anyone who’s played a platformer before will know what to expect when it comes to button tapping and wandering. It’s clear that Adventures of Poco Eco - Lost Sounds is aimed at those who haven’t played many (if any) platforms before. -- Amy Solomon


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If you are looking for the best reviews of Android apps, just head right over to AndroidRundown. Here are just some of the reviews served up this week:


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Nyrius Songo HiFi Wireless Music Receiver

The review sample we were sent is the retail version, and contains the Bluetooth puck, power adapter, auxiliary to RCA cable, standard 3.55mm audio cable and documentation.Now, once out of the box, if the main piece surprised me with its size — and it did, as I expected it to be a tad bigger — it definitely surprised me with regards to the weight, being only 2.4 ounces on a frame of 3.2 x 2.8 x 0.79 inches officially. The main unit is a rectangular cuboid, crafted in hard black plastic that is only broken up by required labeling, company logo and input/connection ports.The ports are for power, 3.55mm audio out and, interestingly enough, optical input. --Tre Lawrence


Kenu Stance Micro-USB Tripod

When it comes to a cool accessory, give me one that is small, portable, and effective. You know, just like what the Kenu Stance Micro-USB Tripod claims to be.To give one an idea of how compact this tripod is, it just about fits in the palm of one’s hand. Out of the box, it is fairly nondescript, with brushed sinc-alloy making up most of the legs. It possesses a neon green topper (the MicroMount, made of “grilamid” composite material) that fits into a micro-USB port; similarly colored thermoplastic rubber covers the end of the legs. At first glance, it is clear that the the legs are somewhat irregular, but are engineered to lay plush together when the unit is not being used. Altogether, it comes in at 0.94 x 0.47 x 3.1 inches and only 1.2 ounces. --Tre Lawrence


Jabra Sport Wireless+ Headphones

As we like to say, being connected is a privilege, more and more aspects of our lives are becoming portions of IoT, and our smartphones are becoming the de facto hubs. This is so very obvious in the area of fitness and health, where accessories are quite the rage.With Jabra’s Sports Wireless+ Bluetooth Headphones, we get to see a formidable option from an industry vet. --Tre Lawrence

Ticklefluff Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on March 27th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: CUTE FLUFF
Ticklefluff is a Bop-It style game with a cute main character.
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Kids Can Mix, Match, and Catch with Tatadada MixMatch

Posted by Jessica Fisher on March 25th, 2015
iPad App - Designed for iPad

Tatadada MixMatch, by Tatadada Ltd, is a mobile version of the classic game ofmix & match. The game uses brightly colored creatures to train your children'spattern matching skills and hand-eye coordination.

It's aimed at children around age 5 and uses simple swipe controls to make it easy for them to play. They'll be able to select and combine pieces to find solutions, or create their own creatures.

Tatadada MixMatch is available on the App Store for $3.99.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Friends Helps Kids Learn Their First Words

Posted by Jessica Fisher on March 25th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: DIGITAL POP-UP :: Read Review »

The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Friends First Words byStoryToys Entertainment is a visualdictionary for pre-schoolers based on the popular books by Eric Carle.

The app acts like a 3D pop-up book with over80 words to learn in English,French, German, or Spanish. The book also features a quiz at the end to let kids see how well they learned thier new words.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Friends First Wordsis available now for$2.99.