Animal Scratch Quiz: Written & Video iPhone App Review
Here comes the farm! Animal Scratch Quiz, by developer SMCG Publishing, is out! Combining a little mix and match fun with a unique twist, Animal Scratch Quiz aims to offer loads of fun for younger children learning their animals on the iOS today!
Remember how fun it was to scratch off the ‘surprise’ contest tickets in cereal boxes as child? Animal Scratch Quiz takes the same approach, adds in a timer, and an educational element to create a great game app. Simply tap ‘Play’ at start up, and choose a level. Then, you’ll be presented with 20 scratchcards. Tap one, and a timer starts counting down as you frantically ‘scratch (just drag finger) to reveal the animal beneath. There is three answer choices given as well, and you’ll need to select the right one before the timer runs out! It’s pretty fast-paced fun that should definitely appeal to younger children.
Under the options menu, you’ll find Game Center support, sharing via email, a ‘Shop’ (coming soon), and a More button for even more apps on the iOS. I’m not sure how the ‘More’ function fits into this, as it simply shows off the top apps on the iOS, not just the developer’s apps. Overall, the app’s 6 levels and loads of animals really make it feel feature-packed!
Appearance and Layout:
Photographs behind each scratch pad are quite clear and obvious (to an adult) as to what creature they show. The buttons and layout tend to be on the simpler side, but they are quite functional. The large number of animals in this app, including fish and birds, really makes for a great educational experience for children. It’s relatively easy to figure out how to play the game in this app, even on the first time through. Just tap and scratch! More developers should take note of the simplified game play in Anima Scratch Quiz, as it really helps lend itself to allowing children to play it with ease!
Education apps come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. This one is certainly not an entirely new concept, but the fun twist on an old quiz game with the ‘scratching’ is certainly welcome. I loved how easy it was to play, and how its not too pricey ($0.99 for full version). There is also a free, ‘lite’ version of Animal Scratch Quiz available on iTunes, with just the first few levels in it.
While Animal Scratch Quiz may not incredibly polished, it makes up for this in its solid game play. Animal Scratch Quiz is perfect for younger children learning more about the world around them, all in the palm of their hands through iOS!
Animal Scratch Quiz is compatible with iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad, running iOS 4.0 or later. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review, as well as a video production fee.
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