Who better than a kid to create an iPhone app for other kids? The creative juices of a smarty pants teenager named Brooklyn helped bring Giggle Bear to life at Giggle World Productions. Create, customize and don’t forget to laugh with Giggle Bear.
I still remember the lines that used to form when Build-A-Bear Workshop opened in the mall near my house. Stressed parents brandished pint sized wardrobe pieces and fluff filled the air, and that was just in the waiting line. It’s a more civilized world these days. With the great new iPhone app Giggle Bear you can put the experience of creating, dressing and playing with customized stuffed friends right in your child’s hands without waiting in line or even driving.
Starting in the “Creative Center” your child can choose from a bear, rabbit or moose, customize their face, gender, clothing, stuffing and even record three high quality sound effects that their Giggle Bear will make while they play. Once your friend is born (there’s a birth certificate to commemorate the event) the real fun starts.
There are dozens of hidden surprises in this iPhone app. Four additional educational games are tucked in to the playroom and yard outside. Tap the shelves and doors to explore. Giggle Bears are interactive, say your fun recorded greetings and make this room a lot of fun. One closet door takes you to a room where you can customize outfits for each Giggle Bear.
Rooms are swipe responsive and although I experienced a slight response delay occasionally each item works very well. Learning how to navigate this app may be as fun as creating your Giggle Bear characters. There is frequently more than one way to leave a screen. I really appreciated the info icons on every page. They add a level of ease to a complicated iPhone app and make it accessible.
Giggle Bear iPhone app has some seriously colorful, fun graphics. Rooms are bright and full of fun, but the real treasure is the Giggle Bears. The developer calls the motion of the Giggle Bears “rag doll physics.” Drag your Giggle Bear around by the arm, or the ear, toss them in the air, throw them at the walls, and every reaction is realistic. I tip my hat to Giggle Bear’s graphic design team. Realistic “rag doll physics” add something special to this app.
Five games in one, planned enhancements and a lot of innovative design make Giggle Bear a solid iPhone app to invest in. It is not the kind of app your kid will spend five minutes figuring out then forget about. The level of detail and design make Giggle Bear iPhone app a keeper.
Giggle Bear iPhone app requires iOS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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