Lulu in Polynesia: iPhone App Written Review
We’ve said it before here at the iPhone App Review, but we feel it’s easily worth repeating again. You see, one of our favorite genres out of nay other on the iOS system has nothing to do with firing angry birds at targets, racing around a track, or even managing our stocks. No, one of our all-time favorites aims squarely at teaching our children more about our world. It’s this favoritism that makes us inclined to introduce you today to one of our new favorite applications, Lulu in Polynesia by developer Zanzibook. The app offers a unique and engaging romp through polynesia, following a delightful character and her companion. It’s a lot of fun, and if you’re looking for a new children’s eBook for the iPad and iPhone, we can’t suggest anything else over it!
Concept and Gameplay
When we look at applications for children, they tend to come in two distinct varieties. First out of the gate, they tend to act as a simple book, though redone for the modern iPad and iPhone. We like these a lot, and at first glance, Lulu in Polynesia appears to be exactly this. It has a story for you to follow along with, as well as pages that can be flipped back and forth through. Along the way your child will learn all about the Polynesian islands and their charms thanks to the multilingual (Le livre set aussi en français) narration that rests just above the charming animations. However, the app doesn’t just stop there. Sure, your child will have a lot to read through: But the game also includes mini-games that can be accessed by tapping elements on the screen, adding yet another layer of fun to this geography and history based, educational stew. All in all, it’s a solid bundle, and one we appreciated immensely.
Design and Interface
From the ground up, it’s very obvious that the developers have taken great pains to ensure the professional quality of the application. The design itself is spot-on, as are the animations and art style. The narration is great in both languages, but we did find Lulu’s traveling companion a bit naff in English. That could have just been our French ears talking, but either way, we found no other complaints with the packaging. The app is gorgeous, inviting, and engaging.
Best of all, Lulu in Polynesia will only cost you three bucks in the App Store! That’s one heck of a deal for the concerned parent who wants their child to learn more about Polynesia. And with so much quality content included to back up the whole process, we can personally guarantee that your child will not only get an education out of the app, but will like reading it, too.
Lulu in Polynesia requires iOS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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