Gau’s Adventure in Hawaii by Korean based Gau Family Studio is an iPad only app which takes you on a tour of Hawaii where the three bears from outerspace try to find the pieces of their rocketship which landed there in error. Skills practiced in the game include critical thinking, finding an object, culture, dressing in a correct sequence, sequencing, learning colors, shapes, numbers, geography and fine motor skills. The app features a tour of the Hawaiian island as the characters (Bupa, Dupa, Kayla and Sarah) search for pieces of their spaceship. Read our developer interview to learn more about the developer Dang and Gau Family Studio.
The graphics are crisp although they are fairly simple. We liked that the voices moved appropriately with the speaking and followed along with the text. We also liked the feature that if you did not want to see the text, you could “roll it back” at the bottom so you did not have to see it. I also liked the “child lock” which is on the main screen of the app which requires you to hold an item for five seconds. This will help prevent children from getting into external links. The music and narration in the app were clear and helpful to use of the app. My son really enjoyed the “hello” song. As a parent, I liked the rewards feature of the app as well as the explanation of new countries, culture and critical thinking and problem solving skills required.
In terms of enhancements, it would be nice if you could “skip” over parts of the app that you had already been to unless you wanted to repeat the opening sequence. It would also be helpful if there was word highlighting for the spoken text which would help early readers follow along. In the surfing mini game, rather than having to do multiple taps to move the surfer around, I think it would be easier if you could either slide for your finger or perhaps tap on the area where you wanted them to go. Although there were instructions, I didn’t feel they were clear enough until we experimented with this. I also found a couple of instances throughout the app where items should have been capitalized like proper names that were not. I also thought it would be nice to have “hints” within the app for the mini games just in case people got stuck with them as well as the ability to customize the app to different skill levels.
If you have a child who is working on comprehension, enjoys reading and hidden/find items games as well as mini games this app would be a good fit. I would say it is targeted toward older preschoolers and early elementary school aged children as well as children who are learning English and new vocabulary words. The simple but effective interface will have them playing for hours. The app does not include any coins or external purchases in order to play.
Gau's Adventure in Hawaii (Pro)by TheGauFamily
Category: Education, Educational, Games, Kids
Requirements: Compatible with iPadMini4G, iPad 2 3G, iPad 2 WiFI, iPadThirdGen4G, iPad 3G, iPadFourthGen4G, iPad WiFi, iPadThirdGen, iPadFourthGen, iPadMini
Size: 98.92 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.
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