My kids are big pizza-making fans but it’s a “sometimes” food in our house so they rarely get to make it. Imagine their excitement when I introduced them to Bamba Pizza, where they get to run their very own classic pizza parlour and make endless pizza! Singapore-based Mezmedia (Facebook | Twitter) are well known for their high-quality, professional apps, like Bamba Ice Cream, and they certainly don’t disappoint with Bamba Pizza.
Upon opening the iPad-only app, the splash screen featuring the bright and bubbly Bamba logo is displayed along with a soundtrack of lovely upbeat trumpet music and you’re then moved on to the old-style shopfront where you’re ready to get down to business – simply tap the door to enter the store. Here is where you get to choose your customer from four characters. Will you impress Francois the robot chef with your pizza masterpiece? (I have a sneaking suspicion that Sammy the Sasquatch isn’t too fussy about what goes on his pizza). Once you have chosen a character, the next job is to roll the dough for the pizza base. Tapping the rolling pin and sliding your finger in the direction you want to go will flatten the dough and then it’s time to show off your cooking expertise by tossing the dough just like they do in an authentic Italian pizzeria. A word of warning here – make sure children know to toss it lightly and not to throw the iPad across the room in the process (yes, I’m speaking from experience!!).
Once your dough is ready to go, add the sauce by lathering it on to cover the base and then it’s time for toppings and boy are there a few… 36 to be exact! You can create a sensible pizza with salami and pineapple or a silly pizza with choc chip cookies and batwings plus many, many more. You’re limited to five of each topping but you can add any assortment you like however once the toppings are on the pizza, you can’t move them around or remove them. When you’re done creating your pizza, just tap the green tick at the bottom left and it’s time to cook it in the oven.Tap the timer, wait for the *ding*, slice up the pizza by following the guiding line with your finger and you’re ready to serve. I’m not sure if it’s just me but I seem to have endless difficulty slicing the pizza diagonally! To serve the pizza to your customer, you must drag a piece to their mouth and they will then let you know what they think of your creation with either an approving smile and a lick of the lips or with a furrowed brow and grimace. Each character responds to the food in their own way so to keep the game interesting, children are encouraged to try different toppings to see what type of reaction they can gauge.
Bamba Pizza will allow children to showcase their creativity by making an almost endless assortment of pizzas from the classic to the kooky and also encourages group play which in turn will strengthen their roleplaying and social skills. I would have liked to have seen some sort of payment feature like in Bamba Ice Cream but the absence of this does not detract from the essence of the app at all, it just would have been a nice, realistic addition. The app is targeted at children 2-4 and I agree with this recommendation as it is easily navigable by this age bracket and contains no confusing instructions or settings and does not include any in-app purchases or advertising. The colours in this app are amazing and the graphics are playful and fun with great attention to detail. If you have a mini-Masterchef in your house, this app would be a great addition for them to practice their culinary skills! This app has become a big favourite of my kids (OK, and me too) and we can’t wait to see Bamba Post Office when it’s released this year.
Bamba Pizzaby Mezmedia
Category: Education, Games
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, iPad75-iPad75, iPad76-iPad76
Size: 125.62 MB
Screenshots for iPad(Click to enlarge)
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.
Guess what! Mezmedia has very kindly offered to set the price of Bamba Pizza to FREE for one hour if we can help the Bamba Facebook page reach 400 fans. It’s currently sitting at 293 as of 12:16pm AU EST September 18, 2012. Let’s do it! (Time will be announced)
The Australian iMum Amanda is a married mother of three young boys from North Queensland and has a background in Business Administration and Information Technology. An Apple enthusiast since 2005, Amanda was donned the nickname ‘The iMum’ due to her growing addiction to their products and her many, many apps. She now owns an iPod Nano, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad Mini, 27″ iMac, 13″ Macbook Air and two Apple TV’s.