MarcoPolo Ocean by MarcoPolo Learning- Review + Giveaway




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What we love…

beautiful graphics, educational interactivity, contains lots of ideas to go beyond the app.

What we’d love to see…

all items in build mode named and/or described, pop ups with a name and interesting fact or two about each animal

Summary

An educational app that will interest young children and excite them to learn about the ocean and it’s residents.

Our Rating

MarcoPolo Ocean

MarcoPolo Ocean is the first app in what is soon to be a series of apps by MarcoPolo Learning, Inc.  It is designed to spark young children’s interest in, and appreciation for, the ocean; teeming with life, from the surface to the depths below.  It features beautiful graphics, lots of interactivity, and plenty of learning opportunities.

 

To begin their ocean adventure, children will build 5 items: a coral reef, a herring, an orca whale, a boat, and a submarine.  In build mode, children will hear a brief introduction about the item or animal they are building.  They are then given one piece at a time to place on the corresponding shape on the screen, very much like a puzzle.  Once finished, the items they build will be placed in their appropriate location in the ocean.

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The ocean is like a big aquarium that children can explore.  They can add as many fish and mammals as they wish.  The animal selection changes depending on the distance and depth they are in.  In this way, children can only place animals where they belong in the ocean.  Children can move the animals, boat, and submarine by dragging them on the screen and they will react accordingly.  For example, dragging a shark next to an angel fish will make the angel fish swim away and the shark snap its jaws.  Sprinkling fish food will attract fish that find it delicious.  Children can also turn the lights on their submarine and take it to the very bottom of the ocean to explore the sea floor and make discoveries.  The background sound changes as you go deeper in the ocean, simulating an adventurous and mysterious atmosphere.

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Marco Polo Ocean’s parent page is full of information and ideas for further exploration and study.  It is accessed by clicking on the top right of the home screen and following the direction that pops up.  The direction will tell you to swipe two fingers in a specific direction.   I love that the parent page not only provides app instructions, but also allows parents and children to go beyond the app by providing a a list of books to read, science experiments, arts and craft ideas, field trip suggestions, and more.  Parents can read the privacy policy and toggle the settings for music, fact bubbles, and voice-overs, all within the parent page.  Parents can also chose to have the children’s aquariums saved or erased completely when exiting the app.  The app is initially set to delete aquariums, so make sure to change this in the settings before children begin playing app if they want their aquariums saved instead of starting all over again every time they exit.

 

There are few things I would like to see in future updates.  In the build mode, some of the pieces are named and/or described.  I would like all pieces to be named and/or described as they are placed.  It just feels like there is something missing when some items have audio prompts and some do not.  I would also like to see a pop up with a name and a brief but interesting fact or two about each animal when they are pressed either on the build mode or the selection menu bar in ocean mode.  I would like to see all the animals in the build section available for children to put in their ocean.  This may mean having a polar section for polar mammals shown in the whale build.

 

Overall, I found Marco Polo Ocean to be an excellent app for supplementing science lessons about the ocean and it’s animals.  It definitely has a lot to offer and children will have hours of fun building and exploring their very own ocean.  It is well worth checking out and I will definitely be in the lookout for future MarcoPolo Learning apps.

MarcoPolo Ocean – MarcoPolo Learning, Inc.

MarcoPolo Ocean MarcoPolo Ocean by MarcoPolo Learning, Inc.
Category: Education, Puzzle, Games
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone4-iPhone4, 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: 735.92 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.


Slice Fractions by Ululab Review



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What we love…

Fun physics puzzler format, teaches essential components of fractional math without feeling like it is a lesson.

What we’d love to see…

More levels! Multiple player profiles, ability to reset progress.

Summary

A physics puzzler that subtly introduces fractional math in a fun but educational game. Highly recommended!

Our Rating

Slice FractionsSlice Fractions from French app developer Ululab is an educational app that in it’s first week was an Apple App store Editor’s Choice in over 80 countries. After playing it I can see why. At heart Slice Fractions is a physics puzzler with elements of Cut The Rope and Fruit Ninja and a cute Ice Age theme. However, it is more than that as the developers sneak in educational content so the player learns basic fractions whilst having fun solving the puzzles. The app has no written or spoken language (just numbers), so the student does not need to be able to read to use it. It contains 60 levels and each one must be solved before moving on to the next, if the player is having trouble with a level and needs to keep repeating it hints will appear. A friendly woolly mammoth is the star of the app, he wants to walk, but obstacles keep appearing in his path and it is the players job to clear them away. Blocks of lava or ice can be cleared by hitting them with equal-sized blocks. But beware, if the ice block is too small some of the lava will remain, if it is too big the leftover ice will block the path.  As the player solves puzzles the woolly mammoth earns new hats, so he ends up with quite a collection including some pretty unusual ones such as an octopus and an ice-cream cone!

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The puzzles start off very simply, teaching the concepts of how to move hanging blocks and clear the path. Gradually more complex puzzles are introduced. Students learn how to divide different shapes into equal parts, and then learn equivalent fractions, numerator/ denominator notation, subtracting fractions from one, and fraction ordering. This is all introduced as a natural part of the gameplay, so it feels like they are just solving a puzzle instead of mastering a difficult math concept. The subjects covered fall into Common Core Math Standards for Grades 2-4.

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For most people the idea of learning about fractions or solving fractional maths questions elicits a groan, but on the other hand many people enjoy the challenge of solving a physics puzzler. Ululab has cleverly created a physics puzzler app that teaches fractions but still feels like a game, so children learn whilst having fun. I used this app myself and with my 6 year-old and ten-year-old and we all enjoyed it. I would like to see multiple player profiles added so if more than one family member is playing others can’t jump forward in level and miss vital parts of the learning. I would also like to be able to “re-set” the app for a new player to start again without un-installing the app. My (gifted) 10 year-old did zip through the levels pretty quickly. I’d love to see more levels added to keep older children and adults coming back for more and the developer says more levels will be coming.

 

Overall, Slice Fractions is my favorite kind of educational app. It is fun and engaging and introduces important mathematical concepts in such a way that the student wants to keep playing, and so keeps learning at the same time. Highly recommended!

 

Slice Fractions – Ululab

Slice Fractions Slice Fractions by Ululab
Category: Education, Games, Family
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone4-iPhone4, 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: 200.16 MB

$1.99USD

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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).


Totally Pregnant by 40weeks – Review



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What we love…

the free content in the app is fantastic and helps you really understand how your pregnancy is progressing week by week

What we’d love to see…

Information about siblings

Summary

My favorite “go-to” pregnancy app. The free version provides quite a bit of content and the subscription based one gives even more.

Our Rating

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Totally Pregnant by 40weeks is a universal app for iOS and Android designed for Mums and Dad’s to be in Canada and the UK. The app includes a weekly video, ability to ask questions of local experts, finding deals on baby products and helping you understand the changes made each week during your pregnancy.

This is one of my favorite pregnancy apps. The video’s are by far my favorite part as I like to see week by week what is happening as my pregnancy progresses. The video’s have detail using computer animation as well as a video blogger who explains their symptoms of the week and covers specific topics like morning sickness, ultrasounds, different tests as well as preparing for the birth of your baby. I also liked that the app gave you the “premium” version for a month to determine if you wanted to upgrade so you could see all of the features. As part of the free app, you get access to a weekly video (although it is constrained to your current week), a description of what to expect during the week, a tip of the day (which changes daily) the ability to add documents to a photo album including ultrasound photos, lab tests and belly pictures.

In terms of enhancements, I would like to see more information on how to prepare other children for an upcoming arrival as the video blogger for Canada (the version I reviewed) was doing the weekly video’s from a point of view for a first time Mum. I known that my son enjoys watching the weekly video to learn more about what is happening that week.

iPhone Screenshot 3The app contains in-app purchases for discounts at the shopping as well as the ability to ask experts a question and see the “extra” 3D video. As a mom I felt that the extra IAP was worth it because I felt it added so much to the app in terms of content although the app did contain quite a bit of free content.

The app does contain external links to the internet as the ability to share on Facebook and is aimed at parents, not children. The app is free to download, some features including the shop discounts require membership. If you like the app, I would suggest buying the “full pregnancy” in-app purchase as it is significantly cheaper over time than the trimester or monthly option. Memberships are for a set period of time and do not require renewal and allow you to watch all of the video’s at once instead of having to wait for your specific week to pass by.

Of all the pregnancy apps that I have downloaded, this is one of my favorites. I enjoy watching the week by week video’s to learn what is going on in the pregnancy as well as what to anticipate in the future. The app is currently only available in the UK and Canadian app stores, but the developer has plans to expand the app to additional app stores in the near future.

 

Totally Pregnant - A Total Pregnancy Experience
Totally Pregnant - A Total Pregnancy Experience
by 40weeks

Category: Health & Fitness, Lifestyle
Requirements: Compatible with 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: 55.06 MB

$FREE

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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.

Dr. Panda’s Restaurant 2 by Dr. Panda – Review


What we love…

ability to pick your own ingredients and make a dish that the customer likes using their favorite ingredients

What we’d love to see…

ability to use money earned from the app to buy “upgrades” including ethnic foods, additional kitchen gadgets, tablecloths and the like.  Also would like to feed both customers at the same time

Summary

Great app for practicing creative play skills and satisfying what a customer wants with their favorite ingredients

Our Rating

Dr. Panda Restaurant 2 by Tribeplay is a universal app for iOS that puts your little chef in a tropical kitchen and allows them to make food to delight their patrons.  The app includes more than 20 ingredients including fish, eggs, peppers, tomatoes, three types of pasta, seasonings and more.  You can boil, bake, fry and cop ingredients to make the perfect dish for your patrons who arrive in parties of two via a water taxi and place their orders.  As you are making the item, the guest will stand at the window while you pick out the ingredients and make faces depending on what they want on their meal.  Each dish allows you to put different toppings to satisfy their taste.  The app includes a traditional diet as well as a switch for a vegetarian diet.  The app practices attention to detail, fine motor required for chopping, slicing and laying out the ingredients as well as making sure the customers are getting the food that they want.  In addition children follow recipes step by step which include making the pasta, pouring it into the colander, putting it on the plate and then making a sauce.  Other tasks include rolling out the pizza dough before adding additional ingredients.

One of my son’s favorite features was seeing the different reactions of the animals to the foods either if they liked or disliked them as well as the salt/pepper ratio.  He also loved the creativity which allowed him to experiment with different types of ingredients while making the dishes.   As a parent, I thought the option to have vegetarian as well as a traditional menu was a good one since different people like different things.   The graphics in the app were top notch and it felt very realistic when you were playing with the app.  We loved how the customers arrived via the water and had the intimate restaurant with Dr. Panda to themselves.  We also loved the refrigerator and pulling the handle to pick out the favorite ingredients and then choosing how we would prepare them.

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In terms of enhancements, currently when making the meals you are only able to make it for one of the two individuals at a time.  I’d like to see the ability to prepare both meals (either simultaneously or apart) to allow them to eat at the same time.  I’d also like to see the currency collected after meals allow you to “upgrade” different features of the kitchen such as the newest kitchen gadget or tablecloth/napkins/place settings.  I would also like to see some ethnic foods such as sushi included as well as the ability for the customers to order deserts after finishing their meal.

The app contains no third-party ads and contains a parental gate which allows you to turn off the pop up advertising for Dr. Panda Games which appears on the first screen of the app.  There are no in-app purchases.  External links are protected by a parental gate.

Overall, this app is a great addition to the Dr. Panda library of apps.  It is best suited for slightly older children such as those age 5 and up compared to some of their earlier apps.  The creative play and experimentation will appeal to budding chefs of all ages.


Dr. Panda Restaurant 2
Dr. Panda Restaurant 2
by Dr. Panda Ltd

Category: Education, Family, Games
Requirements: Compatible with 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: 411.19 MB

$2.99USD

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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.

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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.

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