PREP3D: iPhone App Written Review
Here at the iPhone App Review, one of our favorite genres of iOS application is the children’s application title. Yes, we like anything that showcases just how cool and instructive our favorite mobile devices can be. Which is why we’re bringing you today one of our new-found glories, PREP3D by developer Beta Software Technologies and starring Hello Kitty. The app aims to make it easy for your child to learn their fruits and veggies, while also helping them have a good time—while leaving you alone for a bit of peace and quite. If that sounds like something to get excited about, then head on down below the break for our full review of PREP3D!
Concept and Gameplay
As stated, the primary intent behind PREP3D is to teach your children their fruits, veggies and colors. It’s a worthy goal, to be sure, and it’s one that’s been aided by the inclusion of the ever-popular Hello Kitty character. The gameplay goes something like this: Your child must direct Kitty around a series of levels that have been studded with bits of fruits, veggies, or colors. When Hello Kitty collects all the pieces of a single item, the name of the item is said aloud—”Banana!” for instance. In this way, your child can enjoy playing the game, but also get some much-needed language feedback. It’s a slick idea, and when the level is complete, your child is presented with a full spread of the words they’ve collected through the gameplay.
We like the game a lot, but we do feel like the controls are a bit too stiff. The user must tilt the phone to direct Hello Kitty, and with the time limits that are in place, we wonder if your child might find PREP3D too difficult.
Design and Interface
Additionally, we also feel like the presence of Hello Kitty is somewhat arbitrary. The app doesn’t seem to make much use of the characters or franchise items that come with here. To us, this is a major oversight, as the main protagonist of the game could be replaced with just about anyone. Sure, it’s a nice hook to get your child to play the game, but they won’t be seeing much else that they recognize from within the cartoon world supported by the intellectual property that is Hello Kitty.
Still, we do think PREP3D is a bargain, and as it clocks in at a solid nothing in the App Store, we can hardly complain. So if you’re looking for a unique and fun way to teach your children their produce and colors, may we humbly suggest PREP3D. It’s got a lot of potential, and we do think your child will enjoy playing it. Best of all, it will cost you nothing to try out!
PREP3D requires iOS 4.1 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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