Oolly: iPad Written App Review
When it comes to kids apps there’s only one question to ask: how cute is the main character? Ok, there are other important questions to ask, too, but that first one is important. Thankfully in the new Oolly app from Progressive Education the answer is: almost too darn cute for words. Our iPad app review of Oolly will help answer those other questions in due course, but check out that character. Half dragon, half unicorn, and full of positive reinforcement, Oolly is sure to be a big hit with your brood.
Oolly is an app created to engage children’s minds and their bodies. Utilizing a unique pinch motion, the game helps kids develop fine motor skills, something so many other apps overlook. It’s also a brain building powerhouse, thanks to word recognition and sorting games.
In Oolly your child will see an item on the screen. Once they pinch and grab the item they’ll hear the word for that item out loud. Then it’s her job to haul the item to the right place on the screen to put it away. There are more than 70 words in this app, and it works in four languages (English, Spanish, French and German). So not only can you use this app to teach kids how important it is to put things in their proper places and reinforce your native tongue, it can be a primer to some of the most-spoken languages in the world.
Right now the sorting game is the only fully functional part of the app. But there are four other mini-games coming to Oolly in short order. We definitely like the sound of that.
Layout & Design:
Design-wise, Oolly is built to stringent kid-friendly standards. Navigating the app is super simple, and friendly character Oolly is there to guide kids through learning how to play the game and find homes for items. The pinch function may be a little difficult at first for kids, after all they’ve been tapping and dragging things in games so often they’ve forgotten good old pinch. But once they get the hang of it, this game is smooth sailing.
There are two links that lead out of the app in Oolly, something we always keep an eye out for in kids apps. One leads to the app’s Facebook page and the other to the Oolly Twitter account. If you don’t want kids accessing those things we suggest letting them play the game in airplane mode for added safety.
Thanks to a unique and engaging main character, the Oolly iPad app definitely shines. It’s the kind of app kids are going to have fun playing, even if the drag and drop game is the only one in the app right now. Speaking of right now, right now you can download Oolly for $.99. Since there’s so much more coming to the app we definitely suggest getting it now and enjoying the additional features as they come rolling in.
Oolly iPhone app requires iOS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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