Digital formats provide the perfect medium for children’s storybooks to come to life. They can be interactive with both sound and action, but can sometimes venture into sensory overload.
Articles and Reviews by Jennifer Beam
Parents looking for a viable system for tracking their children’s allowance, rewards or chores might want to check out iAllowance by Jump Gap Software. Available for iPhone and iPad, iAllowance has several tracking and editing features for managing data along with the ability to sync across multiple devices using Dropbox.
With just a few days left in the big countdown, Santa has already come to town and paid a visit to the App Store in the form of a WeeMee. Talking Santa by WeeWorld, makers of the WeeMee Avatar Creator, is an app that combines a Santa avatar with different animations, backgrounds, and playback voice selection.
A relentlessly determined momma bird is the star of a new, and as of yet, mostly unnoticed indie game release in the App Store. Aptly titled “I Won’t Fall,” this game is simple but nimble and features the determined efforts of one mother bird who must traverse dangerous sky-high terrain in order to reunite with her bereft baby birds.
If the holidays put you in mind of watching your weight, then no doubt you’re silently counting calories at every party and family gathering. Even if you prefer to throw caution to the weight-watching wind and worry about it later, it might be nice to at least monitor your nutritional intake.
For those who might be tired of purposeful, challenging or mind-stimulating games and are looking for a bit of mindless interaction to support a mental checkout, Fly Paper! for iPhone fits the bill.
Ahoy, word game fans! Word Lubbers by Accio has landed in the App Store and packs quite a word-forming punch. A pirate themed word game with a bit of action to boot, Word Lubbers spells big fun for wordsmiths.
Shopping for window blinds isn’t always a fun task, but technology might make it a bit better. The Window Shopper by Blinds.com iPhone app is a step in the right direction for allowing users to compare different styles and colors of window blinds quickly and conveniently from home.
With holiday parties on the horizon it’s always nice to know there are a few iPhone apps on your side. One that might come in handy at the market is Cheese & Wine – by Max Allen and Will Studd.
Pixilated Games has brought an expanded version of the free online game Splitter Pals to iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. For those who haven’t tried it, it may be hard to imagine elementary artwork and sound giving any support to a truly challenging physics puzzle game, but the unexpected merger seems to work in the Splitter Pals app.
Paris-based mobile game developers The Game Bakers has cooked up a hit with Squids, an under-water, turn-based casual adventure game. No kidding, building a rogue squid army to fight off evil crustaceans has never been so much fun.
There may be nothing that makes bedtime with toddlers easy, but a few minutes together with a bedtime story certainly paves the way. Though many parents still prefer traditional story books, interactive story books like those available through the App Store are an engaging alternative and provide a solid introduction to technology for young children.
Craftsy has been removed from the App Store due to trademark conflicts with the name. Get the official Etsy app for using the site from your iOS device.
Etsy users have a few options for browsing and tracking Etsy activity from their mobile devices, one of which is Craftsy – the Etsy app for shoppers and sellers.
Chillingo keeps rolling out the apps and their recent release of Roll in the Hole has people talking. Developed by Eccentricity Games, Roll in the Hole is another cute and cuddly game loosely based on physics where players puzzle out how to get PoPo the panda to collect all three ice-cream treats on each level.
In case you ever wondered, cows DO skydive – at least they do in Monkey Cube Interactive’s breakout app for iPhone. A fun, silly little game featuring a free-falling, free-spirited cow, Sky Cowing is a great addition to any library of time-killing, quick-playing games.