Kilubu : Magic Potions by Kiupe – Review
Does 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.
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.
The player picks out the specified ingredients from choices such as shark tears, frog brains, chicken tongues, phoenix feathers and black widow venom.
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.
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.
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.
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
Category: Education, Games, Educational, Family
Requirements: Compatible with iPad WiFi, iPhone 4, iPadMini4G, iPhone5c, iPad 2 WiFI, iPadFourthGen, iPhone 3GS, iPad 3G, iPadThirdGen, iPod Touch (4. Gen.), iPadMini, iPhone5, iPod Touch (3. Gen.), iPhone5s, iPad 2 3G, iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen4G, iPhone4S, iPodTouchFifthGen
Size: 44.62 MB
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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