Kilubu : Magic Potions by Kiupe – Review

Kilubu : Magic Potions by Kiupe – Review




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Summary…

An app with wide appeal to young would-be wizards and witches. Kids will enjoy creating lots of different potions and seeing their magical effects.

Kids of all ages will enjoy the icky ingredients such as chicken tongues and frog brains, but I believe this is an app that will be used different ways by different age groups. Pre-school aged children can have fun playing with the ingredients, and seeing what they can create. For early elementary school-aged children it is good practice at following multi-step directions as well as imaginary play. I think the the age-group who will get most out of it are from 2nd grade up, when the children are more likely to grasp the idea of experimenting and changing different variables to see the end result.

Our Rating

Kilubu : Magic PotionsDoes your child dream of being Harry Potter or Hermione Granger ? Would they like brew up magic potions and turn someone into a unicorn or become invisible? Then you should check out Kilubu : Magic Potions from Kiupe. This is the first app from French developer Kiupe to feature the inhabitants of Kilubu Village, I’m sure there will be more to come. The star of this app is Sacha, the assistant alchemist and owner of Sacha’s Potion Store. The app has no adverts, Social Media links or in-app purchases, there are app store links in a locked parents area (need to enter year of birth to access).

The players explore Sacha’s potion store and help him create different potions. Sacha has a big book of potions to help, but sometimes he doesn’t have quite all the information on how to make the potion perfectly, so the player helps him to perfect the recipe. Players can create their own potions using the ingredients at hand or follow along with 60 different potions in Sacha’s Potion Book.

Opening Sacha’s Potion Book there are 5 bookmarked sections. The first section shows how many potions you have created, how many ingredients you can have, and how successful your potion-making has been. The remaining sections are divided according to the number of ingredients in the potion: 2, 3, 4 or 5. The player needs to start by learning to make basic 2 ingredient potions and as they successfully create potions they unlock new ingredients and the ability to make potions with more ingredients.

Potion Making

Once the player opens the potion book they can choose a potion to make. There is a description of what the potion does, the ingredients and preparation method. Often there are missing steps- such as how to prepare an ingredient or what fire level to use, so the player gets to experiment to see how best to make it. Once they have chosen a recipe they can “pin it” and see icons for the ingredients and preparation methods pinned to the right of the page.

Ingredients

The player picks out the specified ingredients from choices such as shark tears, frog brains, chicken tongues, phoenix feathers and black widow venom.

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Preparation

In the next room they help Sacha prepare the ingredients by distilling, blending or frying them or leaving them untouched. In the Potion Book some ingredients have a specified way to prepare them, others the player gets to guess how best to prepare them.

Cooking

A huge cauldron is bubbling over an open fire. The player adds their prepared ingredients one by one. they can adjust how hot the fire is by blowing air to fan the flames. The magical brew boils and bubbles to create a bottle of potion.

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Testing

Poor Sacha is the guinea pig for all the potions, he tests them out for quality to see if the recipe is right. If it works he might get turned into a unicorn or a chicken or even turned to stone. Luckily the effects don’t last long. Sacha assigns the potion a star rating based on how well it works.

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In many ways this app is similar to cooking apps such as Toca Kitchen, as creating a potion and cooking a meal have many similarities. It does however have some distinct differences that make it appeal to a slightly older audience than these apps. There is the magical element -it is fun to see what effects the various potions have on Sacha, but to my mind the biggest difference is the element of experimentation. It is very much like performing a science experiment – you get to see how changing one ingredient, or one step in the preparation, or hot how the fire is, can make a big difference to the final product.

I tested this app with my six-year-old twins and my ten-year-old. The six-year olds both enjoyed it, but tended to play for only 10 or 15 minutes at a time before moving on to something else. The ten-year-old was totally hooked on the problem-solving involved in getting each potion exactly right. He said for him the best part was the fact that it wasn’t just step by step, but that he got to experiment to find the perfect recipe. With 60 recipes to perfect it keeps him wanting to come back and play again, and there is a lot of replay value for $2.99.

I can see the app being used different ways by different age groups- for younger ones it is great practice for following multi-step directions and imaginative play. For older elementary school children, I think it is great practice both for science lessons and cookery. The student has an opportunity to experiment by altering variables to see the effect.

Overall, an app with wide appeal to young would-be wizards and witches. Kids will enjoy creating lots of different potions and seeing their magical effects. Although it will appeal to children from pre-school through late elementary school I think the the age-group who will get most out of it are from 2nd grade up who will really appreciate the chance to experiment and perfect their potions.

Kilubu : Magic Potions – Kiupe

Kilubu : Magic Potions Kilubu : Magic Potions by Kiupe
Category: Education, Family, Games, Educational
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: 76.89 MB

$2.99USD

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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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).
Seagate Slim Portable Hard Drive for Mac  – Review

Seagate Slim Portable Hard Drive for Mac – Review

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What we love…

How small and light it is, automatic saving of photos and videos from social media, easy sharing

What we’d love to see…

Other Social media networks added

Summary

If you are looking for a portable backup solution the Seagate Slim is a great choice.

Our Rating

recommended-by-the-imums

The Seagate Slim is an incredibly small, lightweight portable hard drive. It is designed to integrate with your Social Media accounts as well as being used a a backup for your computer. It is available in Mac and PC versions. Both can be used with either type of computer, but come pre-formatted to suit your computers operating system, NTFS for Windows and HFS+ for the Mac version. I tested the 500GB Slim for Mac with a Mac Powerbook.

The Slim comes with the Seagate Dashboard software installed, and you need to download this to your computer to fully access all the drive’s capabilities. It is USB 3.0 enabled and backwards compatible with USB 2.0. It comes with a USB 3.0 cable, and unlike other hard dives I have used it only requires a single USB port on your computer.

The Seagate Dashboard has 3 functions: Save, Share and Protect. The drive also comes with introductory videos to explain how to use each of these features.

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Protect

Protect is where you create a backup plan of what you wish to backup from your computer, and when you wish it to automatically back up, this is available on the windows formatted version only. When it is formatted for Macs the Protect option is not available, instead you use the Macs Time Machine to create a backup schedule. I used my Time Machine to create a backup every evening, I have a large iTunes library so the 500GB drive was not large enough to back up both this and the rest of my computer files. I could choose to backup just the iTunes library (which is almost 500GB) or any combination of files excluding my iTunes library. I used it to back up all my computer except my iTunes library which it did quickly and efficiently. The 500 GB drive is an ideal size for a Mac Book Air and the drive Slim is also available in a 1TB version (and the PC formatted one is also available in 2 TB), which should be big enough for most people.

Save

Do you share a lot of personal photos or videos on Social Media? If so you will appreciate the extra peace of mind this option gives you. With “Save” enabled you can automatically back up all your photos and videos from Facebook, YouTube and Flickr. Then if you accidentally delete them from your smartphone without downloading to your computer you won’t lose them as the Slim will have saved them automatically for you. You can disable any of these 3 that you wish.

 

I love having the extra peace of mind that these pictures and videos are backed up automatically. This is a really useful feature and I’d love to see it expanded to include Twitter and Instagram as many people as share their pictures via these networks.

Share

Share is designed to make it easy to share any photo or video stored on your Slim via Facebook, YouTube and Flickr. If you log into to these accounts via the Seagate Dashboard you can stay logged in to making sharing quick and easy. In Facebook you can also create new albums via the Dashboard, though I couldn’t find a way to upload to existing albums. When I first set this up I had some problems with uploading to Facebook taking a long time, but logging out of Facebook and in again solved the problem, and it now works very well. I don’t use Flikr so I didn’t test this but YouTube worked fine too- you can choose which category to share it in and it is listed as private until you change its status. It is much easier and quicker to share my photos and videos via the Seagate Dashboard instead of directly from my Mac.

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Overall, if you are looking for a portable backup solution the Seagate Slim is a great choice. I really was impressed by just how small and light it is – comparable in size to an iPhone at only 3″ x 4.5″ x 0.4″  and weighing in at just over 5oz. I love having automatic back up of my photos and videos from Facebook, YouTube and Flickr, and the Dashboard make sharing photos and videos on Social Media quick and easy too.

The Seagate Slim 500GB is also sold as the Seagate Back Up Plus Slim, it is available from Seagate, Amazon and other retailers RRP $69.99.

 

NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and 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).
 Mega Lopart by LopLop Inc. – Review

Mega Lopart by LopLop Inc. – Review




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What we love…

Enormous potential for creativity, animated artwork

What we’d love to see…

Ability to lock or remove external links.

Summary

A brilliant art app that unleashes creativity with a touch of animation.

Our Rating

Mega LopArtHave you ever drawn something and wished that you could see it come to life?  Mega Lopart by LopLop Inc. will make that wish come true!

Mega Lopart is a brilliant drawing app that allows you to add animations to your drawings via tools that make your brush strokes pulsate, swirl, spin, inflate, deflate, and more.  It maximizes creativity by not only offering a large amount of effect brushes, textures, and colors, but also by allowing the artist to control the shading, layers, brush sizes, and brush tips.  It also includes a preview pane that shows the selected brush and effects so that the artist can adjust it to his or her liking before making a stroke on the “paper”.  Artwork is saved automatically in the artist’s portfolio and can be edited anytime.

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You can view the animated version by clicking this link: Sleeping Cat Mega LopArtVideo – watch the grass and clouds!

Once finished, the artist can share his or her artwork in the gallery.  If it gets several votes, it gets featured as a masterpiece.  It is amazing to see all the incredible art pieces in the gallery.  It really shows how powerful this app is and how vastly creative one can get with it.

While it is not difficult to figure out your way around the app, Mega Lopart, with its amazing detail and complexity, is best suited for older children and adults.  For younger users, there is a simpler Mini Lopart you can check out.

Mega Lopart does contain external links – app store links, email sharing options and enabling the user to enter an email address to subscribe to LopLop’s newsletter. It would be nice to have an option to lock or remove these for when it is being used by older elementary school-aged children.

I was very impressed with Mega Lopart and my daughter has become an avid user.  She has created several works of art, some of which I was pleasantly surprised to find featured in Lopart’s Facebook page. Being able to see other artwork in the gallery has also made her become more creative with her own.  She highly recommends Mega Lopart and so do I.  This is an incredible art app you don’t want to miss!

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Mega LopArt – LopLop inc.

Mega LopArt
Mega LopArt
by LopLop inc.

Category: Entertainment, Social Networking
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: 24.01 MB

$FREE

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Fides and her husband have been married for 16 years. They homeschool their 4 children: two amazing sons and two beautiful daughters. Fides likes to walk and jog outdoors everyday and has as very difficult time resisting a slice of paradise cake.
 Love, the app by Pablo Curti

Love, the app by Pablo Curti



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What we love…

the beautiful animations, pen and ink drawings as well as the story being brought to life via the iPad in unexpected ways

What we’d love to see…

narration/reading aloud of the app, easier way to find all the animations

Summary

Though reading the story initially made me sad, it helped me to see how animated stories have grown from fifty years ago to today and is a beautiful adaptation of a story about love and a little girl sharing the news. This is a beautiful app and will always remind me of the simpler things in life. The story teaches us that no matter what, love is unconditional and we should love each person as they are for who they are.

Our Rating

recommended-by-the-imums

Love, the app by Pablo Curti and written for iOS is an app designed for iOS that features paper cut animations bringing a fifty year old book LOVE which was first published in 1964 in a paper book to life. Since the original book was published fifty years ago, it was published in 10 countries. The app features the story of a little girl who lives in an orphanage because her parents “went away” when she was nine. Using a variety of paper cuts, animation and more, the animated story is brought to life using color and texture on the iPad to reveal additional parts of the story. The little girl feels sad, because no one ever told her that she was darling, beautiful or cute. Once in the orphanage she tries to blend in with the other children, but there were so many children that no one really paid attention to her. At the orphanage, the little girl walks around and finds beauty in nature from simple things like a leaf, a bird, or just to stop and think her own thoughts. She becomes friends with nature and realizes that there are many beautiful things in the world and that nature is a wonderful thing. Near the end of the story, one day an attendant from the orphanage found her putting a piece of paper, a small note inside a tree with the following note, “whoever finds this “I love you”, showing that despite all the challenges that this little girl faced, she still found a way to love even those that she did not know.

One of my favorite parts of the app was all the interactions on each page – some of which were hidden and others that were generated by tapping on a paper flap or touching the various parts on the screen. The story is poignant and aimed at older children as well as adults who can understand what it is like to be in a large room of people, yet feel completely alone. The app helped me see the joy that simple things like nature can bring including ultimately a way to love others. The end of the story features snippets from the text that you can pull across to reveal scenes from the book which help you remember the story and brings you to my favorite part – the “love note”.

The app contains no external links, although it does contain information about the author and the reason that he wrote the book originally. This app is designed for older children as well as adults who will identify with the text as well as understanding the true meaning of love and the girls journey to find it.

In terms of improvements to the app, at times it was a bit hard to find all of the places you needed to touch for the story and reading the text was a bit off at times because it wasn’t easy to follow sequentially from left to right like traditional reading. I understand this is the style of the story, but having a narration to the story would be a delightful addition. I’d also love to customize the love note at the end of the story as well.

The app contains many new things that I find each time I open it. Although reading the story initially made me sad, it helped me to see how animated stories have grown from fifty years ago to today and is a beautiful adaptation of a story about love and a little girl sharing the news. This is a beautiful app and will always remind me of the simpler things in life. It’s a story of a little girl who teaches us that no matter what circumstances we face, love is unconditional and we should love each person as they are.


Love, The App
Love, The App
by Pablo Curti

Category: Books, Entertainment
Requirements: Compatible with iPadWifi-iPadWifi, iPad3G-iPad3G, 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: 200.48 MB

$4.99USD

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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.

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.

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