ABC Wildlife [rating: 4/5]
When I was just 6 years old computers were only for the select few and certainly weren’t making their way into peoples homes. In fact all we had was a Binatone Video Game system which allowed you to play black and white versions of tennis and squash.
Now though my 6 year old daughter gets to enjoy all of the high tech items that I own and that includes the iPad which she loves. Not only does it contain cool games, music and her cartoons but it’s easy enough for her to switch on and use on her own.
All that being said the App Store is still pretty dominated by more mature games and so it’s always a pleasure when I get my hands on an app that is specifically targeted at her age range. And in ABC Wildlife that’s exactly what we have.
ABC Wildlife is not a game, instead it’s a educational app where over 80 animals are listed alphabetically on a grid with HD images, fascinating fun facts and over 200 videos for your child to work through and engage.
The app is so well put together that my 6 year old daughter was able to easily navigate through the app, scroll through the pictures and play the movies.
There is a great variety of animals too, from Aardvarks and Alligators through Iguana and Impala to Whales and Zebra so what ever animal is your child’s favorite you should find them here. Selecting one of the animals brings up the first of three HD pictures while the animal is announced and spelled out for your child to hear and see.
Along with being able to scroll through the 3 HD pictures which look amazing on the iPad screen each picture also enables you to drill through to a video presented via YouTube. You could obviously access the video’s on You Tube directly but they are integrated so well it’s well worth the $2.99 that the app costs.
In my opinion the cost of the app is worth it just for the video of the baby aardvark which has been watched again and again in this household.
Each animal also includes 3 fascinating fun facts including such gems as “When threatened, vultures use their reeking, corrosive vomit as a defense projectile”, and “The jaguar has the strongest jaw structure in the cat family”.
ABC Wildlife offers “oooohs”, “aaaahs” and “urrghs” in equal quantity and offers hours of enjoyment to any young child who loves animals and offers the parent the knowledge that their child is being educated at the same time.
- Over 80 animals
- Beautiful eye popping HD images
- 200+ video’s
- Wifi connection needed for videos
Reviewed on an iPad
Price: $2.99 (App Store)
Updated:Aug 26, 2010
Size: 14.4 MB
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Requirements:Compatible with iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.2 or later.