There’s a reason talking iPhone apps have been so popular the past few years. Hearing your words mimicked back in fun voices is instantly gratifying and amusing.
Unfortunately not every talking iPhone app is appropriate for users of all ages. That’s why finding BumbleCat Games’ recently released kid-friendly talking iPhone app called Minkaboos was really special.
If you’ve been looking for an amusing talking iPhone app that you won’t mind your children using for hours on end, check out my iPhone app review of Minkaboos.
The Minkaboos iPhone app is a talking application, which means you say something into your iPhone and it is repeated back, often in a funny voice. In this case a set of darling interactive Russian Babushka dolls are the mimicking avatars. Warning: this looks just as cute as it sounds.
Each doll is actually three dolls nested inside each other, and the avatar’s voice changes depending on which doll you have active. The full sized doll replies with a deep voice. The middle doll replies in a slightly higher pitched voice, and the smallest doll repeats your words in a squeaky trill that’s sure to have your little one laughing.
The dolls are also interactive. Touch them to start a set of wiggles and swirls and other animated fun. I think that’s a nice touch for children who love learning and seeing their touch cause changes.
Frankly, the functions of the Minkaboos iPhone app are nothing new, but I applaud their thoughtful attention to a younger crowd. This app is simple, kid-friendly fun.
As you can imagine, there’s not a lot to the Minkaboos iPhone app, so it’s very easy to use. There’s no special button to push. Just talk at your iPhone once the app is open to be mimicked.
Change the doll size, and the audio style, by tapping a button in the lower right-hand corner. I wish this function was a little bit bigger and easier for kids to use. The lower left-hand corner has an info button with simple instructions and a link to support. There’s no chance of an accidental purchase in this app, which parents are sure to love.
Graphics & Design:
There are several different styles of nesting dolls in the Minkaboos iPhone app. All of them are delightful and full of fun animations. There’s nothing revolutionary here, but I do think the different dolls will help keep the app interesting for kids. A different doll loads randomly when you launch the app.
In general this app is full of tasteful soft colors. Think blues and whites and pinks, with the occasional pop of green and touch of brown.
Minkaboos costs $.99 in iTunes. That’s a standard price for a quality talking app. I think the true value of this app will be for conscientious parents and their children. Encourage speech and smiles with this simple yet solid iPhone app.
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