Smart Kids : White Siberia is the first in a series of apps, from Spanish developer Barcelona Multimedia, featuring the adventures of Naomi and The Pilot (Mr Boris). It is a combination of adventure story, board game, puzzles and videos. It can be enjoyed in English, Spanish or Catalan, music and sound effects can be switched off in settings. The app also contains a parents/ educators guide which can be found in settings. The app is available as a free lite version with limited content, and a full premium version, this review is of the full version. It contains no adverts or in-app purchases.
The app has a very unusual format, it is in essence an adventure story, told as an animated video. The video is broken into 24 segments, each segment ends as Naomi and The Pilot run into a problem. The player is then presented with a game/ puzzle to solve in order to move on to the next part of the video. In each game the player has 3 lives, if they lose all 3 they get to repeat that game. If they fail it twice they can skip the game and move on to the next video. As they move through the games they collect keys that help to solve 4 coded messages. Between sections the player returns to a board game where Naomi moves around the Board. Each square on the board represents a game, and for each game players can earn a heart for completing that game without loosing a life, a clock for completing it within the time limit, and a lightbulb for picking up the key in that game. Players can always go back and replay games to earn symbols they missed the first time.
The story itself and the graphics really remind me of the classic TinTin comic books/ cartoons, it has that same nostalgic, rip-roaring adventure feel. Although Naomi and Mr Boris are the joint stars, Naomi is really the hero of the story – she may be a child but she is very level-headed and often takes the lead just as TinTin does. The puzzles/ games are a good mix, with lots of different types of challenges presented. Some of the games include: following a tangled rope to untie knots in order, a logic puzzle, memory match, questions testing the readers comprehension of the story, a puzzle to discern left from right when pictures of the pilot are shown in various orientations, a circular spinning puzzle and a variety of coded messages.
The whole package is a very entertaining fun app, that also exercises the player’s brain cells – working on observation skills, memory, deduction, reasoning, orientation, comprehension and problem solving. I throughly enjoyed the app and look forward to the next in the series. My only complaints are that sometimes the videos can be a little slow to load, and although the games are complex to solve, the puzzles remain the same, so once the child has mastered them there is limited replay value. The app is designed for children from 6-12 years of age; my 7 and 10 year olds enjoyed it and I had fun with it too.
Smart Kids: White Siberia is an old-fashioned adventure story combined with a board game and a series of fun and challenging games, an entertaining and engaging app for 6-12 year olds.
Smart Kids : White Siberia - Intelligent thinking activities to improve brain skills for your family and school
by Barcelona Multimedia
SMART KIDS: Exciting Adventures and Thinking Games.
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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).