Lipa Knight is part of a suite of educational apps for young children from Lipa Learning. It has recently had a update with Valentine’s Day themed graphics. The app is child-friendly with no adverts or in-app purchases. It does have app store links protected via a parental gate. Music and sound effect volume can be independently adjusted. A free companion app to the Lipa Learning apps is Lipa Gateway – this is still being developed but in the future will allow children to buy rewards with the points they have earned in this and other Lipa Learning apps.
The app begins as a Princess and her beau are enjoying a romantic picnic in the castle grounds. A Cyclops appears snatches the Princess and runs off with her. The young Knight sets out to rescue the Princess, but the many bridges on the way need rebuilding. To help him on his quest the player must re-build the bridges, once a bridge is fixed the Knight will cross it. The app starts out very simply, with just one piece to replace, and gradually becomes more complex. There are 20 levels in the app, in four sections, at the end of each section the Knight gets another thing to help him on his quest- armor, a horse, sword & shield. After all 20 sections are completed he reaches the Cyclops’ lair – what will happen next? You’ll have to complete the app to find out!
If the player is missing a piece or has a piece in the wrong place the Knight will not attempt to cross the bridge and a big ! will appear in the first place they need to make a change. It would be nice to have more detailed help available, with step by step directions, and to have the correct solution to be a stable one that would work in real life. In the later sections there are up to 6 pieces of a variety of shapes to position and it is not always obvious what the correct solution is. I found some levels where the solutions appeared to require precariously balanced stones and others where the app would accept solutions that defied gravity and would clearly collapse if anyone stood on them in real life.
Overall, this is a fun app for preschool and early elementary school age children. It is a combination of a wordless fairy tale, plus a simple physics puzzler. It works on fine motor skills, dragging and dropping, visual-spatial awareness and problem-solving skills.
by Lipa Learning
In this logic puzzle game, be the hero and build bridges to help the knight rescue the princess from the speedy cyclops!
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.
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).