Bo’s Bedtime Story: iPad App Written Review
Here at the iPhone App Review, we tend to see a lot of educational apps, or titles aimed at a—shall we say—younger audience. But rather than complain about it, we welcome the influx of such coded wonders! Modern iOS devices are proving themselves more and more as a reliable way to teach, educate, and engage our children, a point Bo’s Bedtime Story, by developer Heppi, makes in abundance. The app is a nifty way to reinforce positive pre-sleep behavior in your children, and with a low price tag to boot, it’s an incredible value. For our full thoughts on this cute, engaging, and educational application for the iPad, check below beyond the break!
Concept and Functionality
Most apps for children that we see tend to fall into one of two categories: eBook alternatives for children, and mini-game collections. Bo’s Bedtime Story, however, is a near perfect mix of both, offering page-flipping entertainment in addition to richly engaging mini-games that reside on each page. The story of the app revolves around a giraffe whose preparing to go to sleep. As he does so, your children will help him by undressing him, bathing him, cuddling his teddy bear, etc. This is accomplished via the chain of interconnected mini-games that require direct interaction with your kiddo. They’re free to fling rubber ducks into the bathtub, sort through Bo’s clothing, rearrange his bedtime story, and clean up his room. All in all, these games serve to not only entertain your child, but also reinforce their own ideas of pre-bedtime rituals. By observing Bo as he rightfully prepares for his slumber, so too will your child absorb his good habits: And all while having a blast, to boot!
Graphics and Artwork
Over the years we’ve learned to be particularly picky about the artwork in our children’s applications. It’s been our experience that an absolutely vital element to winning a child’s attention is quality artwork. Thankfully, Bo’s Bedtime Story succeeds in spades. The animations are crisp, the colors vibrant, and Bo (and his friends) cute as a button. However, we do wish the background sceneries hadn’t been quite so drab. We also would have liked to see some interactive bobbles resting just behind the main action, allowing our children even more opportunities to explore Bo’s world.
That being said, Bo’s Bedtime Story is easily worth the two dollars it costs in the US App Store. If you’re looking for an engaging, exciting, and cute way to reinforce your child’s positive bedtime behaviors, there’s no better way than with Bo’s Bedtime Story. The app is a bargain, and earns our full recommendation.
Bo’s Bedtime Story requires iOS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPad, (iPhone and iPod Touch coming soon). A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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