App Review Roundup 4
Here's how the apps most recently reviewed stack up!
It’s roundup time! After every ten (or so) apps we we review, the Picky Kids share our App Review Roundup — how the latest apps we reviewed fared, ranked in order of their rating. There are some great apps in this set (nice to see multiple apps scoring 4+), hooray!
Tally Tots is our favorite counting app to date. In fact, we’ve almost stopped looking! Kids learn to count up to twenty with engaging and interactive scenes. Best for picky kids ages 18 months – 3 years.
Explore the seasons in the countryside with lots of toddler- and preschool-friendly activities and beautiful illustrations. This app will likely score higher once a few bugs and usability issues are cleared up. Best for picky kids ages 3 and 4.
Sing songs and explore gorgeous scenes with Little Fox in this music “songbook”. Check out the Fox Studio to make your own music, and make sure to try tapping everything
. This app would score higher if it had more than three songs. Best for picky kids ages 2-4.
In Toca House, kids can do all sorts of virtual housework: sort the mail, wash dishes, do laundry, mow the lawn, and more! It’s entertaining, but not as useful as having them do the real thing… Best for picky kids ages 3-4.
This is an interesting concept — part story, part spinner game — in app form. It’s fun for preschool kids (a bit repetitive for adults), with the right amount of interactivity and experimentation to keep them engaged. Best for picky kids ages 3-4.
Virtual peg-puzzles for the transportation fanatic! There are lots of vehicles represented in different categories, ranging from a bicycle to a missile (huh?
). Great illustrations, but some questionable content, read our review before you buy… Best for ages 2.5 – 4.
Pop bubbles while learning your ABCs in this undersea-themed iPhone
app (we don’t recommend it for iPad). ABC Day has a variety of activities, including letter tracing and spelling — worth a look if you don’t already have an alphabet app on your phone. Best for kids ages 2-4.
This app incorporates simple games into a story about a snail helping his ant friends find their missing food. The activities are fairly good for preschoolers, but the story isn’t up to snuff. Best for not-so-picky kids ages 3-5.
This is the well-known story of the three little pigs in a somewhat interactive book app. The scenes in this book are less explorable and refined than we’d like, but on the plus side, it’s free
. (With some add-ons available for purchase.) Best for not-so-picky kids ages 3-5.
MagiKid Umbrella is a very short story about rain and umbrellas. At the end of the story, you’re shown how to make a tiny paper umbrella. There’s also a dress-up game and a music video. The app is cute, but not very engaging. Best for not-so-picky kids ages 3-5.