Quick Fractions by Shiny Things – Review

Quick Fractions by Shiny Things – Review

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What we love…

good drills, easy to play, plenty of opportunities to practice fractions, smile yet engaging

What we’d love to see…

ability to disable the Game Center, even better handwriting recognition


This is an excellent app for those who want to get better at fractions and for those enjoy
math challenges.

Our Rating

Quick Fractions

Quick Fractions is the newest addition to Shiny Things Apps’ series of math games which include Quick Math, Quick Math+, and Quick Clocks. Quick Fractions aims to strengthen mathematical skills in fractions through rapid drills and some fun and friendly competition.

There are four different drills included in the app: equivalence, comparison, addition + subtraction, and multiplication + division. Each of these has four difficulty levels: beginner, intermediate, advanced, and extreme. The extreme level requires knowledge in percents and decimals in relation to fractions. Players input their answers by writing anywhere on the screen. This is great because it makes it easy to enter answers. The drawback is that players must input it in a way that the game recognizes what was written. There were times my child wrote a number and although it looked legible to me, the app did not recognize it.

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There are a total of ten problems to be solved per game and the goal is to solve them all correctly as quickly as possible. Problems may be skipped, but it will cost the player an incorrect answer and incurred time. After a game is played, the app shows the player’s time and a reward of one, two, or three stars. The player with the fastest time goes to the top of the leaderboard. Players can also challenge their friends to beat their fastest time. This gives players the option to compete against a friend or group of friends instead of against the general public. I would also like to see an option to disable the Game Center completely and have only the player’s own high scores displayed on the leaderboard. Some players may be more encouraged by competing against themselves and seeing their own scores on the leaderboard rather than by competing with others.

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Some neat features are included in this app. A progress chart allows players to track their times on all modes and difficulty levels. There is a setting for handwriting recognition which allows players to choose between two styles of writing numbers and decimals. Players can customize their names and select from a number of avatars. More avatars become available after playing several games and a certain amount of stars have been earned.

Note that this app does not teach fractions. A working knowledge of fractions is necessary to play and enjoy this game. It is well suited for older children, adults, math fans, and math wizards. It can be used as a math class supplement to help students become faster at recognizing and solving fraction problems.

Quick Fractions will stimulate the brain and help players become more adept at fractions. It can be played competitively, and it can be played leisurely. It is worth having in anyone’s app collection, especially for those who enjoy a good math workout.

Quick Fractions – Shiny Things

Quick Fractions Quick Fractions by Shiny Things

Price: $1.99 USD

Hate fractions? That’s ok! Quick Fractions is here to help you master one of the most troublesome areas of mathematics!

Perfect for those just starting out with fractions, more advanced students.

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 Karl’s Castle HD by Ravensburger Digital – Review

Karl’s Castle HD by Ravensburger Digital – Review


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What we love…

The incredibly detailed hand drawn illustrations, the interactive elements and the app’s sense of humor

What we’d love to see…

Narration of the mini-game instructions, additional mini-games


A fun and unusual children’s app. It will appeal most to toddlers, pre-school and early elementary school age children, especially those with an interest in castles or who dream of being a knight or princess.

Our Rating

Karl's Castle HDKarl’s Castle  is an interactive picture book for young children from by Ravensburger Digital. It is available in both iPhone and iPad versions, this review is of the iPad version. It contains no adverts or in-app purchases. It does contain app store and social media links behind a parental gate.

Although Karl’s Castle is in the book section of the app store it is not a conventional book app- there are no pages to turn or story to read. Instead it is a very detailed castle scene to explore and interact with. Growing up the name Ravensburger was synonymous with high quality jigsaw puzzles, and I can just image this image being made into a 1,000 piece puzzle – it is really well illustrated with an incredible amount of detail, and a sense of humor showing through.

When you start the app you enter the castle via the drawbridge and the heavy wooden doors slowly swing open to the strains of medieval – sounding music. Once inside, the music gives way to sounds of castle life with chickens clucking and birds squawking in the background, the music and sound effects can be muted in settings, but they really help bring the app to life. You can view the castle as a whole by panning out and tapping on the screen will zoom in to explore in more detail. There is a lot to find in the castle- over 70 interactive elements, including plants, animals and people. Throughout the scene you can find the castle inhabitants  getting on with their daily lives including drawing water from a well, cooking over an open fire, feeding animals, children playing, knights practicing their archery and sword fighting. Tapping on many of these triggers a short animation, including some funny ones such as an archer misfiring his bow and hitting the painters bottom, and a knight in armor being knocked of his horse as he rides through  half-open portcullis. There are also many familiar characters to discover including the Princess and the Frog; the Pied Piper of Hamelin; Sleeping Beauty, The Emperor’s New Clothes and the Hunchback of Notre Dame. As you pan around the castle turrets there is a nice 3D effect as you explore the outer layers of the castle buildings and the surrounding countryside. The app supports multi-touch which is great for little fingers and also means you can play more than one interaction at once.

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 The app also includes 3 mini-games, these are marked by “!” signs over the characters, you can switch off the mini-games in settings.

1. Hide and Seek

This is played with a young would-be knight riding a hobby horse. He hides in the castle grounds and you need to find him, once you’ve found him 5 times the game is over. It can be quite challenging as sometimes he hides in unexpected places such as on a rooftop.

2. Find the Pied Piper’s Rats

The Pied Piper’s rats have gone missing and he asks you to help find them. They are each hiding with just their tail peeking out (but there are sparkles to help you find them), once you’ve found them all the Pied Piper and his rats play you a song.

3. Musical Birds

A group of musical birds are perched on a clothes line. The birds each sing a different note and in a classic memory game they play a sequence of notes which you need to memorize and repeat. As you play the game they are teaching you a song line by line, and they play the whole song once you completed each step. The more you play the more songs are unlocked.

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The mini-games are a nice extra feature and I would love to see a few more added – maybe a treasure hunt to find different characters or animals ? One thing that did bother me is the mini-games assume the child is reading, but the parental gate assumes the child is not (you follow directions such as swipe 1 finger to the left).  The mini-game instructions are written but not spoken, so the first time a non-reading child plays they will need an adult’s help, I would really like to see verbal directions added.

Overall this is a fun and unusual children’s app. It will appeal most to toddlers, pre-school and early elementary school age children, especially those with an interest in castles or who dream of being a knight or princess. I especially like the wonderful illustrations- they are rich, detailed and full of life and the interactions- there are so many to be found with a nice variety from simple sound effects to fun animations.

Karl’s Castle HD – Ravensburger Digital GmbH

Karl's Castle HD Karl's Castle HD by Ravensburger Digital GmbH

Price: $1.99 USD

Best Children's Game 2012 - German Developer Award

4,5 of 5* The iMum
-"Overall this is a fun and unusual children’s app."

Experience a world of fantasy that will enchant you over .

iPhone version:
Karl’s Castle – Ravensburger Digital GmbH

Karl's Castle Karl's Castle by Ravensburger Digital GmbH

Price: $0.99 USD

Best Children's Game 2012 - German Developer Award

4,5 of 5* The iMum
-"Overall this is a fun and unusual children’s app."

Experience a world of fantasy that will enchant you over .

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).
 Bamba BBQ by Mezmedia – $100 iTunes card giveaway

Bamba BBQ by Mezmedia – $100 iTunes card giveaway

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Do your kids enjoy watching you cook?  They will enjoy Bamba BBQ by Mezmedia which will allow them to express their inner pitmaster through a variety of different cooking methods including traditional logs, briquettes, and more while featuring the cutting of the logs and lighting of the BBQ pit.  There is also a huge variety of foods ranging from a variety of vegetables to fruits and more.  My son’s favorite part though was all of the silly characters which ranged from a witch, “unidonk” which was half unicorn/half donkey and more!  After making the BBQ you can serve the foods to the characters to see which one is their favorite.

To help celebrate the launch – they have given us a $100 iTunes gift card to give away!


Bamba BBQ

by Mezmedia

1.99 USD

This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad.
Bamba BBQ

Customer ratings: (15 ratings)
Category: Education, Educational, Games
Languages: English
Rated: 4+

Updated: 23.06.2014
Version: 1.1.4
Size: 473.92 MB
Requirements: 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

Description Bamba BBQ

•••Join 2+ million Bamba customers - kids learn through play with Bamba!•••

Let your kids be the craziest BBQ Pitmaster ever! Select and cook up a huge list of food on the BBQ pit. Feed the food to our four silly friends and watch their reactions!

"Everyone likes chicken… and lollipops." – Freddie, 4, budding BBQ Chef.

- Huge list of different ingredients - from Burger Patties to Batwings
- Feed our silly friends – Unidonk (Half unicorn, half donkey), Seymour (A big mouthed plant), Poofy (Little witch-in-training) and a bunch of Piranhas.
- Interactive BBQ fun –Chop wood, set fire to the pit, cook food!
- Fantastic, beautiful artwork
- Kid-focused interface
- No external advertising
- No in-app purchases
- Great for kids 2+

Bamba BBQ is an interactive toy designed for kids. There are no scores, complicated interfaces or stressful time limits. This game is great to play alone or with an adult.

- Bamba Space Station: Kids pretend they are on the Space Station travelling the galaxy. There's lots to do on board. Craft items, cook food, party in the pool and tons more! Hours of fun and exploring!

- Bamba Surprise: Learn new words with a peekaboo game. Kids arrange the letters to form the word. There are over 200 objects to learn and collect.

- Bamba Clock: Learn to tell the time with Captain Birdbeard as kids sail the high seas!

- Bamba Books – Kids learn to read in a fun, interactive series of books.

- Bamba Farm – Kids learn to count on a wacky crazy farm where they have to milk robot cows, bathe donkeys and collect dragon eggs amongst other things!

- Bamba Airport: Kids pick the passengers and send them for a holiday! Kids roleplay air stewards, customs officers and more. Lots of hilarious fun!

- Bamba Craft: Choose a project, create a masterpiece and display it in a gallery for other kids to see. Bamba Craft gets kids painting and assembling collages in creative and fun ways! Projects and galleries are updated constantly!

- Bamba Toys: Kids build a toy from a blueprint, picking parts and accessories before assembling the toy and finally getting to play with it!

- Bamba Burger: Kids flip the patty, create their custom-made burger, fill their soda cup, slice the potatoes and make French fries. What's more, they get a mystery present with their meal!

- Bamba Post Office: Everyone loves presents! Choose, wrap and decorate presents for three funny characters. Deliver them to the jungle or to the moon!

- Bamba Pizza: Run a Pizza restaurant and make delicious pizza. Great fun with 26 different ingredients and four kooky characters to play with!

- Bamba Ice-Cream: Create and eat fantastic ice-cream concoctions. Can you guess what the mystery topping is this time?

Bamba is a kid game studio that makes interactive toys for kids. We believe that interactive toys offer a new and exciting way to educate your child. We design interactive toys that are designed to stimulate imagination and creativity.

What's new in Version 1.1.4

"Great fun for kids, highly engaging" - Lily, local blogger and mother of 2 young kids.

- Fixed some iOS9 issues
- Bamba Space Station is ready to play! Download it from the app store. Watch the trailer in Bamba BBQ.

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Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. They have a variety of devices including an iPad, iPhone, and an iPod and is often found with a device! 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.
 Oink, Oink – My Crazy Farm a Fun, Challenging app for the Whole Family by Ravensburger Digital GmbH

Oink, Oink – My Crazy Farm a Fun, Challenging app for the Whole Family by Ravensburger Digital GmbH

Oink, Oink – My Crazy Farm

If you are looking for a fun, challenging, game that all the family can enjoy look no further! Oink, Oink – My Crazy Farm from Ravensburger Digital is simple enough a six-year-old can play and yet challenging enough for an adult.

A tornado has hit the farm, knocking down the fences and now the animals are running amok! It’s your job to get them back in their paddocks and rebuild the fences. It sounds easy, but it is not as simple as it sounds. The app is easy to learn to play, but challenging to win all 3 stars for each level. There are 3 worlds each containing 24 levels to conquer. There are no adverts or in-app purchases.


The game starts off simply – a pig is running free and you need to chase him into his paddock and fence him in. When you succeed the fences turn gold. Things get a little trickier as first more pigs and then other animals are added to the mix, and everyone needs to be fenced in their correct paddock. The clock is ticking and you lose a star if you bump into an animal when building a fence.

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The fun thing about this app is that just as you think you have it worked out, they throw in new challenges. Maybe you need to get your chickens into their paddock, but they aren’t moving anywhere, so you need to get a pig to bump into them and send them squawking on their way. There are lots of fun extras that you need to use in different levels, including springboards that send chickens flying through the air, barn doors that open up to swallow animals when they come near, and bouncy tires that create sheep pinball!

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When I first saw Oink, Oink – My Crazy Farm I thought it was a kids app, and would be really easy, but was pleasantly surprised by how much fun it is for an adult to play. It makes you think as you meet each new challenge, and trying to beat it is addictive- I’m determined to get 3 stars on every level, which may take a while! If you are really competitive you can log in via Game Center and compete on the leaderboard.

The app has bright colorful graphics, cute farm animals and lively background music (which can be turned off in settings), which entice children to want to play. When I was playing with the app my 7 year-old daughter couldn’t wait to have a turn and now she is really enjoying it too. I like watching her puzzle out how to meet the new challenges and seeing her think outside the box to solve some of the levels.

If you are looking for a fun, yet challenging app for the whole family Oink, Oink – My Crazy Farm is a great choice !

Oink, Oink – My Crazy Farm – Ravensburger Digital GmbH

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NOTE: A fee was received to feature this app.

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).

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