Bugs and Buttons 2 by Little Bit Studio – Review
Bugs and Buttons 2 by Little Bit Studio LLC, is an outstanding sequel to the award winning original Bugs and Buttons. Like its predecessor, Bugs and Buttons 2 has 18 educational, fun-filled games with beautiful graphics and life-like animations covering various skills such as counting, alphabetical order, sorting, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, shape recognition, music theory, matching, and finding differences.
My 6 year old tester loved all the games including RC Racing, Bubble Float and Flashlight Find, but her absolute favorite (as well as mine) is Music Match. In Music Match, children must remember and play a sequence of notes on piano in the order they were presented. The great thing about this game is that the notes aren’t random but are the notes for children’s songs. Playing this game will not only teach children how to play songs on the piano but also teach them what note corresponds to which keys on the keyboard.
Along with playing games, children will also enjoy collecting stamps. There are two kinds of stamps to collect: insect stamps and country stamps. Insect stamps are earned when specific points are met or earned in the game. There are two insects stamps available collect per game. Country stamps are acquired when children find Morty, a cute and friendly beetle, hiding in the games. In order to keep track of where (which game) stamps have been collected from, stickers are displayed in the title headings of each game. An ant sticker is displayed when an insect stamp is earned and a star with the letter M is displayed when Morty has been found. At the moment, there is a bug in the game that prevents all 18 country (Morty) stamps to be displayed and counted correctly on the stamp book. It only shows 17 even if all 18 stamps have been collected. I contacted the developers about this who responded to me very quickly and assured me that it will be fixed on the next update.
There are several things I would like to see on future updates. First, there is currently no way of knowing exactly when points have been met to earn stamps. It would be great to either have this information for the parents in the parent page or have some sort of indicator that shows how many more points are needed to earn a stamp. Second, I would like to have skill settings. I have noticed that some games require a higher number of points for stamps than others. Younger children may not have the attention span long enough for them to earn a stamp. It would be great if parents could either select or set the number of points required to earn a stamp. Third, I would like to be able to choose the song in Music Match. At this time, a random song comes up each time the game is played. I would like for my child to keep playing the same song until she has completed it. I would also like to have the songs available on free play, but instead of having them match notes the keys would simply light up for them to follow along. Finally, I would like to see some kind of animation played or special reward given for completing the stamp collection.
Little Bit Studio LLC has undoubtedly made another award winner. Bugs and Buttons 2 is an excellent high-quality app whose value far exceeds its cost. I recommend this without reservations to those with pre-schoolers and early elementary aged children. It is hands down one of the best apps out there.
Bugs and Buttons 2
by Little Bit Studio, LLC.
• Featured App of the Week, Featured in Kids, iTunes App Store
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