5 in 1 Kids Pack [rating: 4/5]
Thanks to the intuitive controls of the latest hand-held devices younger children are getting access to and playing with these devices and no more so than the iPad which with it’s larger screen makes things even clearer and accessible.
And this is where 5 in 1 Kids Pack fits in with it’s range of children friendly versions of a variety of pairs games for the younger end of the gaming market. The games look bright and colorful on the iPad screen and proves to be very engaging for the younger child too. Each of the games is a variation on the two card match game and have a variety of difficulty levels from a simple 2×2 grid for the real beginner to a 6×5 grid for the more advanced player.
With the game mode chosen and the difficulty level selected you also get to choose whether to play with animals, pictures, letters or numbers and then start the game. The main game is the Match mode and the task is two fold. The first task is to pair up the cards in the traditional manner of turning the two cards over to reveal a pair.
The great part of this is the audio that goes along with each of the cards especially the animals where each reveal is met with the sound of the animal too. As all the pairs are turn over a picture is revealed and the second task is to select the revealed picture from a roll of animals on the left hand side of the screen.
These two pieces of the puzzle add extra fun to the game and with each part being scored it’s the combination of completing both parts that complete your score and push you up to the local high score table.
Tap, Mystery and Timed modes are the other variations of the game. Mystery is the two player version of the main game where two players compete against each other on a single iPad.
Tap mode is a simple recognition game where you have to chose the correct picture from the pictures provided based on the audible prompt. The final option is Timed mode with is a single player version of the game where you are timed to find your matches as quickly as possible.
While all of the games are pretty similar they have enough variety too them to keep a young child engaged for a decent period of time and if you are looking to keep a young child entertained and don’t mind them doing that on your iPad then you can’t go far wrong with this.
- Great looking and stylish graphics
- Great use of sounds
- Nice variety of options and difficulty
- If you don’t like pairs games stay away!
Price: $0.99 (iTunes Store)
Updated: May 20, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.05
Size: 19.7 MB
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Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.2 or later.