GOZOA – The Key Quest – Review



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What we love…

Great variety of Math questions (4 math operations and time) and different levels of difficulty suitable for all elementary grades and challenging gameplay.

What we’d love to see…

More exciting rewards.

Summary

A polished platform game with just the right amount of Math distractions.

Our Rating

I have been spending the last few days exercising both my fingers and mind with Gozoa’s latest educational game app, The Key Quest and I think your kids in elementary school will love it!

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The Key Quest is actually two solid game apps in one slick package (another game will be added in May). Each consists of a platform game with lots of challenges thrown in to keep the player on his toes, with Math questions being the ultimate test.

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The story behind the Key Quest is that the Villain had captured Gozoa’s friends and Gozoa is determined to track him down and retrieve the keys that will free the friends. The first place he has to conquer is the Snowflake Isles and only when he has obtained a key here will the Golden Canyon be unlocked. It will not be an easy quest for sure. There are different Magical Obstacles to overcome, many enemies to avoid or destroy and Mathematical Assignments to complete.

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The Math Assignments on Snowflake Isles will have players perform addition and subtraction with numbers from 0-100 as well as multiplication and division with numbers 1-9. On the other hand, Golden Canyon requires the player to read time on analog and digital clocks. There are 6 different levels of difficulty (which the player can choose freely) to cater to students in all elementary grade levels. The questions within each level of difficulty are varied, randomized and plentiful.

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The games themselves are exciting and will sure to give your kids many hours of play. The Quest starts off easy in the Snowflake Isles but it gets the player warmed up for the real challenge in Golden Canyon. There are lots of action in the underground maze and you will need to use the overview map to help you see where you are now, where you are heading and how to reach there. Players can also seek guidance from Fluffy the Helper or they may want to read the game information before starting.

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The controls for making Gozoa move left/right and jump are smooth but it took me a few rounds of play to be really good at making Gozoa move faster and jump more accurately. Kids are definitely better in such physics-based platform games! My #3 completed each round effortlessly and even showed me a trick or two!

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Given how well done the games were, the rewards given in this app pale in comparison. Diamonds exchanged and earned at the end of the game are only good for buying furniture, decorative items and toys for Gozoa’s House. These may still be acceptable for lower elementary grades but older kids would expect something more exciting.

 

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With customizable levels of difficulty, this app will grow with a child’s mathematical abilities and kids of different abilities (up to 3 profiles) can share the same app. Additional features available are the options to switch to Dutch language, change the color scheme of the app as well as separate controls for music and sound effects.

Given a choice, kids will much prefer to play a mobile game then to do Math drills. The Key Quest is challenging and exciting with just the right amount of math distractions. Your elementary kids will enjoy playing The Key Quest (and practising Math) for hours.

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GOZOA - The Key Quest GOZOA - The Key Quest by Gozoa
Category: Education, Games, Family
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 299.54 MB

$1.99USD

 

 

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Grace was working in the fields of early childhood education and staff training before quitting to attend to her 4 children full time. She and her family live in Singapore, which is well known for her highly competitive education system.


Sodoku Junior by Paxos Games – Review



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What we love…

Clean interface, variety of objects to place on the grids as well as three grid options allowing for various complexities

What we’d love to see…

Tutorial level that does not have a timer and allows for explaining of hints for new users; multi-user profiles

Summary

Good app for teaching critical thinking, patterns, memory for children and adults who are learning how to play Sodoku

Our Rating

Sodoku Junior by Paxos Games is an app designed for iPad designed to teach the youngest of users (age 5+) how to play Sodoku as well as teach reasoning, critical thinking, memory, hand eye coordination and more.  The app allows you to choose from a variety of grids including 4×4, 6×6 and 9×9 both with pictures as well as numbers and facts about the items you are placing on the grid.  There are a variety of customizable levels which allow you or your child to pick the best choice for their skill level.  To play you tap on the tile (picture/number/fact) that you want to place and then tap on the spot where you want it to go.  You can undo and redo moves as well as remove tiles that are placed in the wrong spot.  As you gain more experience with the app, the game gets progressively harder.

I loved this simplified version of Sodoku.  Although it lacked a tutorial, based on the smallest grid 4×4 it was easy to understand how you had to place items in order to successfully complete the puzzle.  This app will appeal to younger children as well as older adults who may not be familiar with it.  The variety of objects to place along with the information about the objects makes it engaging and a learning experience each time you play.

20140427-111919.jpgIn terms of enhancements, for a brand new Sodoku player I would suggest a “tutorial level” which would take them through several puzzles with hints or a non-timed option.  This would allow them to learn the game without the potential frustration that comes along with getting the answers wrong.  It would also be nice if there was a multi-user profile allowing more than one person to play and save their progress to date. The app does have hints but they are timed and each hint adds 30 seconds.

Good app for teaching critical thinking, patterns, memory, as well as patience.  It will appeal to younger and older players who are learning the game.  Interface is clean and easy to use with hints for new users.  Multiple grid options and icons  make it easy to customize to your skill level.  There are no external links or in app purchases.


Sudoku Junior
Sudoku Junior
by Jeevan Hingorani

Category: Education, Puzzle, Games
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPadWifi-iPadWifi, iPad3G-iPad3G, iPodTouchThirdGen-iPodTouchThirdGen, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, 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
Size: 31.95 MB

$0.99USD

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Angus the Irritable Bull – an Adore-a-Bull Tale by Watermark Ltd -Review and Giveaway




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What we love…

fun, funny, great illustrations and interactions, well narrated

What we’d love to see…

Word highlighting as it is read

Summary

an adore-a-bull tale, and well worth downloading, my children (from age 6-10 years) thought it was hilarious.

Our Rating

Angus the Irritable BullAngus the Irritable Bull is an iPad only, interactive book app written by Dean Proudfoot and illustrated by Daron Parton. It is professionally narrated by Helena McAlpine. It is accompanied by lively music and realistic bovine sound effects, both of which can be switched off in settings. The text can be hidden and the narration can be switched off, there is no word-highlighting as it is read.  The settings options and page navigation are available from every screen. The app is totally child-safe with no adverts, in-app purchases or external links.

 

Angus is a very irritable bull, everyone on the farm is scared of him. The cows quake when he comes near, the farmer’s teeth chatter and the hen and the sheepdog run and hide. Everyone steers clear of Angus, afraid of what he will do. Angus’s favorite past-time is stomping on daisies and buttercups and he never has any friends. One day  a little bird decides to perch an Angus’s back, much to Angus’s consternation. You’ll have to read the story to find out what happens next, but Angus ends up making a new friend and people get to see a new side of him.

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The app is beautifully illustrated and funny, with animation and over 80 fun interactive elements. My favorites are the storm cloud over Angus which bursts into thunder and lightening when you touch it, and the rather unusual bird band. There are subtler interactions too- touching the daisies makes them bloom, so they get a moment in the sun before Angus squashes them !  The narration is very well done, with the narrator doing different voices for the different animals. I love all the different ways Angus is described – huffy, gruffy, miffy, furious, grumpy and irritable.

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Overall, it is an adore-a-bull tale, and well worth downloading, my children (from age 6-10 years) thought it was hilarious. This book app is full of tongue-in-cheek humor and it is just fun!

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Angus the Irritable Bull – Watermark Ltd


Angus the Irritable Bull - A funny story of friendship on the farm Angus the Irritable Bull - A funny story of friendship on the farm by Watermark Ltd

Price: $0.99 USD

Winner of "The Best Pick Award" 2015 Tech with Kids for exceptional design of a children's app

***"Angus the Irritable Bull belongs in every child's library of book apps! " Techwithkids.com

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Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).


Creating Character in Kids by Character Counts – Review & iTunes card giveaway



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What we love…

easy to use online behavior and chore chart that parents can customize to meet their child(ren)’s specific needs

What we’d love to see…

simplified setup with a “quickstart”; simplified visual set up for children perhaps incorporating more color or stickers as a visual reward; locking of external links on the parent dashboard

Summary

Easy to use online version of a chore chart that fits in your pocket at a great pricepoint.

Our Rating

Creating Character "In Kids"Creating Character in kids by Character Counts is an on the go behavioral/chore chart for kids that is accessible anywhere you go at anytime. This means that if your child is a helper and engages in positive behavior when you are out and about instead of waiting to get home and potentially forgetting to give them a star or point on their chore chart, you can do it then and there or alternatively, you can remove points for bad behavior. Character Counts lets parents set up the chores and then either the child or the parent can log in to give or remove points via a iOS device. It’s a modern day version of the paper behavior and chore chart that I remember from my childhood.

I liked the customization of the app and the fact that it allowed me to select goals based on my son and reward points appropriately based on what I felt was an appropriate setting. It was very easy once the app was set up, to have either myself or my son go into the app and select which goals he had met or had not met for the day. The app provides positive reinforcement for meeting your goals with a “Yay” and a “oh no” for not meeting your goals. The consequences section allows you to select different consequences if your child should not meet their goals – I did not use this section much with my five year old, but I think it would be valuable for an older child. I also liked that I could login at any time to update the goals and consequences when I had a connection and it would be updated no matter what iOS device I was using. I also liked that it can be used for multiple children at the same time which is great for families or parents.

In terms of enhancements, I would like to see the setup for the app simplified. It took me 20 minutes to set my son up for the first time. While I understand that it is important to set up the app for the first time, I’d like to see a “quick start” version that allows you to quickly go in and pick goals so you can begin using it within 15 – 20 minutes of downloading the app for the first time. It would also be nicer if the interface, especially for the kids was simplified and perhaps even gave “sticker” rewards or some other type of visual reward when a positive action was recorded. My son kept asking me, why am I not earning stickers? It would also be nice if for kids you could use a series of a couple of numbers for the login to simplify it for them or allow them to save it.

The app does contain external links to share it via email, Twitter and Facebook on the parent login – and I think it would be helpful to install a lock on it, just in case children accidentally get into this portion of the app to mark off their goals. This is not available on the child side.

Overall, this online version of the chore chart is easy to use once it is setup and provides reinforcement to children for both positive and negative behaviors as well as ensuring that they complete their chores and are held accountable. it is a good value for all of the content included.

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