Animal Alphabet HD: Loads of Letters for Littles

 

Price: $1.99
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Reviewed By: Luke Patrick

 

We never tire of seeing good education apps for iOS, and Animal Alphabet HD, by Fish The Mouse Media, is certainly no exception. This iPad app features beautiful hand-drawn paintings and an intuitive learning system to teach your child the alphabet. If you’re a parent looking to enliven your child’s learning experience with modern technology, Animal Alphabet HD is a great place to start.

Function

The primary function of Animal Alphabet HD is extremely simple: To teach your child the alphabet using animals whose names begin with the letter in question. For instance, talking about the letter P produces an illustration of a porcupine, all while the narrator talks (very) alliteratively  with that letter to illustrate its sound. Your child can either pick a letter from a large spread of the whole alphabet, or skip from one to the other by pressing two lady bugs that rest along the bottom right and bottom left.

Each animal offered is gorgeously hand drawn by artist Norm Magnusson, and the paintings are fully interactive. Your child will have a blast poking and prodding the animals to uncover new animations and engaging elements, of which there seem to be an infinite number.

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ZOOLA Left the Barn Door Open to Learning

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ZOOLA Video App Review


 

ZOOLA, by developer Best Kids Apps, doesn’t just offer a funny name, but a load of animal entertainment for your youngster. The app’s simplistic layout and ease-of-use guarantees your child will be entertained, but also ensures they’ll learn, as well. In fact, if you click on the speaker icon, the name of the animal is said aloud, furthering the learning elements of the app. ZOOLA is yet another example of how quality education apps for iOS can make a difference in childhood development. Because of that, we give it a four-and-a-half star rating, plus a hearty recommendation.

ZOOLA iPhone app requires iOS 3.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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Weekly iPhone Apps Roundup: Top 5 for May 6

Reviewed By: Luke Patrick

Whew! Another busy week done here at The iPhone App Review. We were pretty busy celebrating May the Fourth be With You (not to mention Revenge of the Fifth) but we didn’t slack off on our app reviewing duties, no sir! We’ll get to our Top 5 for May 6 in just a second, but before we hit the main course, here’s a sneak peek at some of the fantastic apps we reviewed this week!

This Week’s Stand-Out Apps

We kept our gaming thumbs busy this week, offering up a stream of quality game reviews for iOS. One of our favorites was Notebook Ninja, a new up-and-comer in the AppStore that offers unique (and papery) gameplay for both the iPhone and iPad. We fawned all over New Sokoban, too, which offers one of the deepest puzzle mechanics in the business. For a change of pace, check out Plane Rush, a game that’s one parts Speed Racer and two parts spelunking.

Rounding out the week, we also showed you how cool CCGs can be on iOS with Shadow Era (no game board or card-protectors included) as well as how easy it is to keep a live-tweet style record of your day using Koodja.

There’s your sneak peek as promised, but I’m sure you hungry minions want some real tucker now, right mates? Orders heeded, Captain: Skip below to see what our Top 5 Apps for May 6 were.

Top 5 Apps of the Week

Magic Piano

Magic Piano – Free

We’re coming out of the chute classical this week by taking a look at Magic Piano for iPhone. This app has been around for a while on the iPad, and is brought to you by Smule, the same people responsible for I Am T-Pain, Ocarina, and Leaf Trombone. Magic Piano is just now making its way to the iPad’s older brother, and is one-hundred percent free in the AppStore.

Magic Piano offers all the musical trappings you’d expect from Smule, including the ability to play freestyle on a number of keyboards, or tap beams of light to produce some of your favorite tunes. We say your favorites, but you’ll actually be limited to what’s in Magic Piano’s store: There’s a lot of free classical music here, as well as some popular titles, but we’d still like to bop along to our entire Cher collection.

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Notebook Ninja: a Wicked Five Star Throwing Universal App

Notebook Ninja - Proton Reactor

 

Price: $.99
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Notebook Ninja Video App Review

 


Reviewed By: Luke Patrick

Notebook Ninja, by the deliciously named developer Proton Reactor, offers truly original gameplay for both the iPhone and iPad. The game is a bit short (even with the additional five levels introduced by the latest update) but if you’re looking for a real up-and-comer in the AppStore, you could hardly do better than Notebook Ninja.

Gameplay

The gameplay of Notebook Ninja is a bit hard to describe: That alone should tell you how unique the game is. Your in-app avatar is a small, angry looking ninja who resides along one side of a notebook. On the other half of the page is an assortment of barriers and enemies which you’re charged with slaughtering. To do so, you’ll need to strategically hurl ninja stars at them, all while staying on your side of the page. Aligning shots takes a bit of practice, and in fact, reminded me a lot of billiards. The game keeps up the pace though, adding teleportation holes that shoot your stars Mario-Warp-Pipe style onto the other side, as well as adding a neat assassin feature.

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New Sokoban: Out With the Old, in With New Brain-Busting

New Sokoban - Toni Sala

 

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Reviewed By: Luke Patrick

New Sokoban iPhone app, which has been carefully crafted by developer Toni Sala, offers a fresh breath of Sokoban gameplay on the iPhone. Each of its fifty levels are brilliantly designed to tease your brain and relax your spirit. If you’re looking for the next great puzzler on iOS, New Sokoban could easily be your new (and free) favorite.

Gameplay

For those unfamiliar with the Sokoban concept, players are tasked with sliding a set of boxes around until they’ve been placed on specified areas. Usually these games are played along a grid, and that’s exactly how New Sokoban operates: The game has you sliding red boxes about a block layout, maneuvering the pieces in various ways until they come to rest on grayed-out landing pads. Once you have all the boxes in their proper spots, you’ve completed the level and can continue to the next. The concept may sound simple, but it very easily becomes complex. Eventually, New Sokoban tasks it players with using sets of boxes to guide other boxes, or using a combination of playing pieces and available walls to correctly manage the puzzle. It’s wonderfully difficult, and also very relaxing. However, if you find any one puzzle too difficult, the app allows you to skip it entirely without penalty. This removes any brain-anxiety the player might be suffering from, and puts the emphasis on fun, rather than completing the layouts. Likewise, in-app controls allow you to step backward or completely reset the level at any time.

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Sounds Like Christopher Walken is Speaking Out on Behalf of TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Recently several iOS developers have brought news to our attention that a variety of sites with similar domain names have pilfered our iPhone app reviews, as well as our iPhone video app reviews, as their own. How do we respond? Well, it appears we don’t have to, as it sounds like Christopher Walken is taking care of matters, Woah!

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