Version Reviewed: 1.0.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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I’ve been a big fan of Star Walk and its sequel over the years. While my knowledge of space is relatively limited, I love being able to check things out by pointing my phone to the sky at night and being told what I’m looking at. Star Walk Kids aims to offer a similar experience but for the younger market. It works well although some more knowledge space fans might feel a little patronised.
Much like the adult version of the app, Star Walk Kids’s setup is simply a matter of allowing it to use your location then moving it around in order to see what’s going on. Each constellation is easily displayed here with cartoon style graphics to make it more appealing to kids. Find a constellation of interest and you can tap on it to learn its name, number of stars that form it, and what the brightest star of the bunch is called. That’s the crux of Star Walk Kids and it works quite well, although it does leave you wanting to know more.
Helping with that matter, it’s possible to view some videos of each planet within the solar system, as well as for the various constellations. Again, these videos are done in a cartoon style, so it might be a bit simplistic for some, but it’s good groundwork for more complex concepts. You can also opt to listen to an audio track if you don’t want to watch the video. Again though, it’ll leave you wanting more.
That’s the slight issue with Star Walk Kids. It’s presented very well and it’s easy to use, but many kids are going to be fine with the adult version that offers more useful information. Perhaps as a tool to persuade kids that are less keen on space and the solar system, Star Walk Kids will work, but those who are already excited by the prospect, will be more content with the full, grown up equivalent.