The Paper Fox by Bento Box Interactive -Review

The Paper Fox by Bento Box Interactive -Review



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What we love…

The beautiful 3-d paper world, high quality animation, sound effects and narration, the moral in the tale.

What we’d love to see…

Child proofing of app store links, saving of progress when you quit the app.

Summary

A unique and beautiful app well worth downloading.

Our Rating

Paper Fox The Paper Fox is a universal app from Bento Box Interactive. The app is the brainchild of Jeremy Kool of Torsion Fork Studio, which is based in Melbourne Australia, and it was partially financed by Screen Australia and the Australian Government. The app is an animated storybook combined with an adventure game. It is narrated and the text appears on the screen as it is read (there is no text highlighting as it is read or read by myself option). Paw prints appear on the screen to show the reader where to touch to progress the story. It is available as a free app which gives you access to the first 2 chapters, the full version is available as an in-app purchase for $2.99. There are app store links to buy the full version and to rate the app, they do require multiple clicks to get to the app store but I would like to see these child proofed. The app contains no adverts or social media links.

This is a really unique app all the characters and scenery are computer-generated images based on origami and 3-D paper models. It is very professionally animated and narrated each character has it’s own unique accent and personality.

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The Paper Fox is a very self-centered, know-it-all, who rarely leaves his cozy den. His peaceful existence is shaken by a series of earthquakes that threaten to destroy his den and he sets out to investigate. After talking to a hedgehog he learns that the Master Librarian (an owl who lives in a book-lined tree) may know where to find the source of the earthquakes. He is too impatient and cocky to listen to the owl’s instructions but sets out anyhow on a quest to stop the quakes. On his journey he meets a lot of different animals, at first he is very judgmental and has lots of pre-conceived notions about the other animals, but as time goes on he learns a valuable lesson and his outlook changes.

As the storyline unfolds, the better side of fox’s character also starts to show through, he is brave, adventurous and determined, and over time he learns to leave his pre-conceived notions behind and judge the animals for who they are not what they are. So what (or who?) is the cause of the earthquakes, and can Paper Fox stop them? You’ll have to read the story to find out, but it is an imaginative tale and I wouldn’t have guessed the cause.

 

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The story is told as a series of chapters; in each one he meets a different animal and finds a new treasure. Between chapters the reader goes back to the map and choose where fox should go next, so they can control the storyline. During the story the reader visits a large range of animal habitats, including: a stream, a pond, a bog, a forest and a snowy mountain. In each chapter the reader learns a little about an animal that lives in that habitat. At the end of each chapter the reader can choose to play a game or continue with the story. In the games the reader can look for various hidden objects including: lost spider eggs, hiding piglets and hidden bookmarks, hints are available if the player gets stuck.

20130506-111109.jpgThis is a really enchanting storybook app – it is like watching a high quality animated movie adventure set in a 3-d paper world, but with the addition of interactivity, games and the story text on the screen. This is a magical tale the creator obviously had a lot of with it, and we loved seeing all the different personalities and accents of the animals from the gruff Scottish boar to the mellow, jazz-loving turtle who plays music to his plants. All of my family enjoyed this app from my five-year-old twins through my 3rd grader and even the adults. It is a long story, but even my youngest ones were happy to sit through it from end to end. Once you have started the story you can leave it and come back to the same chapter, as long as you don’t shut the app, if you do you lose your progress- I’d like to see this changed in a future update. There is a moral in the tale: Paper Fox learns not to judge a book by its cover, but to instead take time to get to know the animals (or people) and to learn what they are really like, instead of a stereotype of who he expects them to be. I’d highly recommend downloading the free app today, and if you like it as much as I do you will find the full app a good buy at $2.99.

 

Paper Fox
Paper Fox
by Bento Box Interactive, LLC

Category: Books, Adventure, 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
Size: 276.32 MB

$FREE

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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.

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).
 Clever Crazes for Kids Apps – Today’s Featured Free Apps

Clever Crazes for Kids Apps – Today’s Featured Free Apps



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What are Featured Free Apps? The iMums showcase quality free apps that we have installed, tested and recommend. Featured Free Apps are not lite versions, they are full versions that are free for a limited time only so you’ll need to be quick to grab them at the reduced price. Be sure to sign up to The iMums Daily Digest so you never miss a free app. Enjoy!

These 9 educational apps are based on the popular games and lessons on the clevercrazes.com website. The clevercrazes.com curriculum integrates 9 academic areas of focus for grades K-8. Students will learn STEM content (how Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics are integrated into their everyday lives) and explore the social sciences. Check out the website where kids will be introduced to STEM careers, among many other resources.

Here is a brief description of each of the 9 apps/academic areas:-

You and Your Insides

Students will examine the human body systems including: skeletal, digestive, respiratory, circulatory, reproductive and nervous systems. Kids will also learn about growth and development, traits and survival, cellular development and strategies for learning.

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Requirements: Compatible with
Size: 0 MB

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You and Outer Space

Students will explore our solar system, our universe and other galaxies. Some special points of focus include the interactions of the sun, Earth and moon, as well as man’s observations and interactions with other planets and objects in the sky. Here, Newton’s Laws of Gravity, Kepler’s Laws of Motion and other celestial forces will also be addressed.

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You and Our Home Planet

Students will learn about the structure of the Earth, the properties of Earth’s materials and our weather. Here, relationships between populations, resources and environments are also explored.

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You and How Things Work

Students learn about physics, chemistry and associated topics including heat, light and sound. Electricity and magnetism are addressed as well. Students will also explore the properties and characteristics of matter.

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You, the Time Traveler

This includes history and social studies. Students will learn how individual people and cultures of the past have helped shape our world today. Mapping skills, tracking time periods, and recognizing artifacts will also be covered.

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Requirements: Compatible with
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You and Your Money

This curriculum will have students learn about the concepts of supply and demand through the lens of microeconomics. They will learn how money is earned, spent, saved and donated to help others. Business ethics, career preparation and responsible economic principles are important topics that will be addressed in this app.

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You and Biodiversity

Students will learn about the diversity of life on Earth through the exploration of living things,
their life cycles and the environments which they inhabit. Kids will explore how living and non living things work together in a healthy ecosystem.

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You, the Future Voter

This will teach kids about the United States government and how it functions, including the values and principles of democracy, our Constitution and the meaning of citizenship.

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You, the Athlete

Students will learn how aerobic activity stimulates brain activity and enhances memory. Kids will be able to identify healthy behaviors such as getting fit, eating smart and staying healthy and safe. Topics range from causes of disease and consequences of drug abuse to the physiology of nutrition. Here, students will also learn about ethics, what bullying is, appropriate social behavior, and how to be a friend.

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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.
 Five Little Monkey’s Jumping on the Bed by Loeschware – Review

Five Little Monkey’s Jumping on the Bed by Loeschware – Review


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What we love…

Colorful illustrations; original music and interactivity within the app

What we’d love to see…

Removal of the direct iTunes link from the main screen – or at least it made into a double tap, a way to “revisit” the monkey’s at the end of the app with their bandages on

Summary

Great app to practice early literacy and math skills for toddlers, preschoolers and special needs students. Illustrations and music are top notch!  Note contains external links

Our Rating

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Five Little Monkeys

Five Little Monkey’s Jumping on the Bed by Loeschware is an interactive counting game with a musical touch based upon the popular nursery rhyme. This app helps toddlers and preschoolers practice early literacy skills with word highlighting, repetition, addition and subtraction practicing early math skills and of course lots of fun. The app features three different musical scores including, “rock”, “country” and “pop”.  This is perfect to work on counting, expressive and receptive language as well as a fun way to learn!

My son loves this app especially in the “Rock” music format. He enjoys practicing being Dr. Owl, and moving his head and shaking his finger to say, “No more monkey’s jumping on the bed.” We have also used this app to remind him why jumping on the bed is not the best idea. The music in this app is from an original score written by the folks at Loeschware and is fun and a little different compared to the original tune. The graphics in this app are colorful and engaging and my son also enjoyed touching all of the objects in the app and finding hidden surprises such as opening and closing the shutters, turning on and off the truck lights and making the horn beep or bouncing the ball. We also liked the “go” and “stop” light so we could stop the action and talk about what we were seeing and stop the monkey’s from jumping on the bed. The monkey heads at the top were a nice way to talk about adding back in the monkey’s to the bed. In addition, we also liked the hidden surprise of being able to “shake” the iPad to watch the monkey’s twirl and jump off the bed rather than just touching each of them to help them “jump.”

In terms of suggestions, I would like to see the link on the main page to the other Loeschware apps hidden or at least made into a double tap since it pulls you directly into the iTunes store. I’d also like to see all the monkey’s come back at the end of the song as well with all their bandages on after the last monkey taps on the screen. I also noticed that depending on the type of music you chose, “country” versus “rock” the monkey’s had different actions where sometimes they walked to the door other times just sat on the floor while Mama called the doctor.

Currently an Apple handpicked selection for the “App Store Essentials: Special Education” this app is a great one for young children who need repetition to help them count, play and need to stop jumping on the bed. The song is catchy and can help them reinforce core skills while having fun! This app is also available on Google Play; Amazon and for the Nook. This is a great app for toddlers, preschoolers and special needs children to help them focus on core early learning concepts while having fun at the same time.

Five Little Monkeys
Five Little Monkeys
by LoeschWare

Category: Games, Educational, Education, Family
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, 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
Size: 25.5 MB

$0.99USD

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Five Little Monkeys HD
Five Little Monkeys HD
by LoeschWare

Category: Games, Educational, Education, 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: 25.5 MB

$1.99USD

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 Touchmii by D-Studio – Review

Touchmii by D-Studio – Review



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What we love…

great mini games perfect for older children and adults have them playing without realizing they are practicing fine motor, math, memorization skills and more

What we’d love to see…

a parent lock would make the app accessible to a wider audience,  multi-user profile

Summary

Great app for older children and adults to use both for fine motor skills and to exercise the brain

Our Rating

TouchMiiTouchmii by D-Studio is a universal app for iOS which tests your skills with a variety of mini games.  Skills focused on in the app include: eye coordination, color matching, multi-touch, dexterity, use of both hands at the same time, critical thinking skills as well as mental acuity and more.  The app is designed for older children and adults as it does include Game Center as well as Facebook integration.  The app requires you to think quickly to control, tap, memorize and calculate with 11 mini games, 33 achievements and ranks as well as the ability to compete against others.  The app features the adventures of RichMii as you follow him throughout the app and unlock achievements.

The app is very fun to play, I had a great time using it on my iPhone and trying the various levels while beating my personal best.  It appeals to a wide variety of ages and you are practicing dexterity and multi-touch as well as planning your next move without even realizing that you are doing it!  To be honest, while playing with the game it reminded me of my days playing with a Sega and trying to beat the video game!  The graphics for the app are fantastic and very interactive – I also liked the progress that you saw at the end of each mini game to help you understand how much more you needed to do before you moved on to the next level. During each mini game, you compete against yourself to improve your ranking for speed and accuracy to earn additional points and after each game you earn diamonds which unlock the next set of games.  I also liked that the games were something that could be completed in a short time frame – which is important for me as a busy mom!

In terms of enhancements, the external links to the GameCenter and Facebook could be hidden making the app available to a wider range of audiences.  There is also a known issue relating to the use of this app on an iPad Mini – for purposes of this review I tested it on an iPhone and it worked flawlessly.  I would also like to see a setting that allows you to set the game to a harder or easier mode depending on who is using it – currently the app does not have a multi-user profile so that would mean multiple people could use it.

There are no in-app purchases, coins or powerups available for purchase within the app.  Overall, this is a great app for older children and adults to play with to test both fine motor skills and exercise the brain.

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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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