Buddy and Me by Sunbreak Games is a universal app designed for iOS and Kindle Fire devices. This app features Buddy (the flying animal) and a little boy who set out on an adventure to capture as many stars as possible as well as staying safe from the obsticles. Sunbreak Games is a independent game development studio based in Washington that was founded in 2012 and was named after a “sun break” which describes warm sunshine breaking through cloudy skies. This app provides an immersive experience as the little boy runs along with his friend Buddy flying through the air in an enchanted forest with the aim of capturing stars as well as hidden surprises including double stars, extra time all while moving along in a two minute sequence. The app will allow you to earn extra time and hold on to your “dream” just for a moment longer. This app is designed for older elementary aged children through adults and will practice observation skills, fine motor coordination, time management, finding hidden objects and more.
A few tips on gameplay:
- Flying on Buddy – which is unlocked by filling the Buddy flight bar using the stars pauses time and allows you to pick up more stars and special bonuses as well as covering more territory
- Reaching the “bridges” pauses time as well as allowing you to look at the great background scenery. Any new bunnies you pick up will sing and give you a five second bonus each
- Blue stars give an additional 10 seconds and green stars allow the player to go faster (until he falls) and also make it easier to reach bridges – you can collect up to three to go faster
- Golden 2x stars double the value of star seeds which make it faster to have a Buddy Flight
One of my favorite parts of the app was flying through the air on Buddy’s back and imagining myself as the little boy capturing all of the star seeds, capturing . This app is better for children who are a little bit older since it requires quite a bit of fine motor dexterity in order to do all of the jumps between the bridges in the enchanted forest as well as going to the upper and lower levels of the bridge. The graphics in this app were top notch and each time we played, we found ourselves noticing additional items in the background which we had not noticed in a previous play through. I also liked that the app will take a finite amount of time in order to play through which means that it’s perfect for those moments in the car when you are waiting for kids, or as a quick reward to children for a chore completed or a task completed. The music in the app is catchy but not annoying and it will provide hours of fun for the entire family. The app allows your jump height to vary using either a single tap, double tap or triple tap which employs the use of the little boy’s hoodie to fly through the air.
In terms of enhancements to the app, I would like to see a parent locked section that would allow you to either use or not use the game center feature. If this feature was removed along with creating a setting for “easier” gameplay the app would appeal to younger children who would find the enchanted forest lots of fun. It might also be fine if you could change the avatar from a little boy to a girl. At later points since you feel like you are “repeating” it may feel repetitive since it doesn’t allow you to start where you left off in a traditional level.
As a parent, I really enjoyed the app and liked sharing it with my son. It contains no external links, in-app purchases other than the Game Center integration which can be controlled using the settings area of your iOS device. It was enjoyable for me to play as well as for my son to try although he did get a little frustrated at times when he couldn’t do all of the jumps. This app will provide many hours of enjoyment and the graphics are top notch providing a very enjoyable experience for all. I found myself playing it many times just to stretch out the dream a few moments longer to see the beautiful scenery.
Note – this app is on sale just for this weekend for $0.99 and I urge you to get it while it’s on sale!
Buddy & Me: Dream Editionby Sunbreak Games, LLC
Category: Games, Adventure, Entertainment, Family
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone5-iPhone5, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX, iPad75-iPad75, iPad76-iPad76
Size: 360.34 MB
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NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.
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Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.