Ubooly Talks! provides children with their very own constant “virtual companion.” Created by Ubooly Inc., this app is promised to be perfect for entertaining, educating, and encouraging young children.
Anyone who grew up in the 90s will probably be instantly reminded of “virtual pets” like Tamagotchis and GigaPets when they hear of the concept of Ubooly. While there certainly are similarities between the two ideas, there are definitely some key differences as well.
For instance, Ubooly companions are fully customizable, allowing children to feel like they really have an Ubooly “friend” who knows them.
Perhaps one of the most unique features of the app is the ability to let your companion be “social”; Uboolies can talk to each other if iPhones are “bumped” together! Additionally, just like the app’s name indicates, Ubooly companions actually talk to children, telling them stories and inquiring about their interests.
For parents who are interested in using the app to do more than provide a virtual companion for their kids, various packages can be purchased that allow Ubooly to be used to do everything from helping kids learn their numbers and letters to providing entertainment on long road trips.
Personally, I found using Ubooly to be a decently entertaining experience; however, I found that I experienced a bit of lag when trying to access some of the in-app features and felt that this lag was frustrating enough to justify dropping one “star” from the app’s rating.
Appearance and Layout:
Both the appearance and layout of Ubooly are designed with children in mind. Thanks to this foresight, the app features a login for adult users to create the accounts for their children, and setting up multiple such accounts is beautifully simple to do.
The Ubooly critters are fun, cartoonish little guys that should delight most children, and while the graphics in the app aren’t anything for most adults to swoon over, they should be more than ideal for pleasing kids.
A good example of the ease-of-use of Ubooly is that the screen doesn’t feature any words; instead children simply select icons to switch things up with their character/try out new activities.
While I thought that the designs of the icons weren’t necessarily the easiest to understand at first, children familiar with the app shouldn’t have any problems with navigating through Ubooly.
The basic version of Ubooly Talks! is free. However, fees must be paid in order to access many of the entertainment and educational functions of the app.
For instance, it costs $2.99 to purchase an add-on that uses Ubooly as a teeth-brushing coach for kids, and for $29.99 parents can choose to purchase the complete Ubooly features package.
Therefore, the true “value” of Ubooly seems to best to evaluated when considering the probable purchase of such in-app add-ons.
Ubooly Talks! Learning Companion for Kids iPhone app requires iOS 6.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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