We ARGH Pirates by Avokiddo Review & Giveaway


What we love…

beautiful illustrations, motley crew of characters in a fun pirate themed app with eight levels of adventure.

What we’d love to see…

removal of the pop up asking you to rate the app, an “easy mode” for younger kids who may get frustrated in some levels having to multi-task like the Bridge of Screams and Octopus and Battle Ship

Summary

Perfect for Pirate Day or any day – this app from Avokiddo delivers.  My son had hours of fun solving the adventures and pretending to be a pirate.  Argh Matey!

Our Rating

We ARGH Pirates by Avokiddo is an app for iOS and Android featuring Captain Rose and his crew.  The app features a cast of four who are searching for a adventure on the sea.  The app involves problem solving via puzzles, battle with sea monsters and digging for burred treasure.  Each of the eight levels has a different challenge to solve and a gem to find in order to advance to the next level.  Skills practiced within the app include fine motor, problem solving including planning ahead and solving each of the puzzles as well as being prepared for the unexpected.  The crew includes: Captain Rose, Claire ‘Long Hair’, Ruprecht ‘The Shovel’ and Zany Granny.  During each of the levels a specific task is required in order to advance to the next level.

Level 1: Catch the fish and magical sea bottle to move to the next level

Level 2: Run with Captain Rose and Ruprecht ‘The Shovel’ to solve puzzles along the way.  There are a variety of X marks the spot as well as challenges to solve including getting a slingshot and a sword within this level.

Level 3: It’s time to ride the high seas with a pirate ship.  You must jump over rocks and in some cases capture cannon balls to shoot through rocks which are too tall to jump over

Level  4: The lost totem, Claire and Ruprecht use the slingshot to shoot down coconuts and put the various characters to sleep and outwitting themwhile attempting to capture the jewel

Level 5: Bridge of Screams, move each of the characters across a bridge while evading the crows flying using only a red balloon!  Use your finger to move up or down to avoid the crows

Level 6: It’s the Volcano of 1,000 caves where you go through various volcano’s and move up within the volcano.  Those caves are tricky and if you go through the wrong cave you can go upwards or downwards.

Level 7:It’s time to battle the Octopus using the battle ship – what seems to start as a sedate level similar to level 3 requires jumping over rocks, capturing cannon balls then adds in a crazy Octopus which you get rid of by having Ruprecht throw buckets at.

Level 8: This level brings you to the Cave of Treasures where you dig up one last treasure chest before putting your gems to work.  This was the hardest level for my son who had trouble following the gem song which required patterning and paying attention to move forward

This is a beautifully illustrated app with top notch illustrations and a fun mystery pirate theme.  It kept my son entertained for hours as he sailed the ship and captured the required items to move on to the next level.  As a mom, I liked that it just wasn’t an app he could run through quickly but one that required thinking and problem solving to move on to the next level.  Language in the app was at a minimum which meant that if you wanted to you could mute the various sounds within the app.  I loved all the skills that were practiced in a fun way that didn’t make my kids think that they were learning.
In terms of improvements, I wish there was an “easy mode” option for younger players.  My son got frustrated a few times with various levels which required multiple interactions in the same level such as jumping the ship, catching the cannon ball and making sure you shot down the rock all in one fell swoop.  In addition, I wish you could turn off the pop up asking you to rate the app.  It is protected by the parental gate – but it was a but frustrating for my son who saw it and had to repeat the level.

Perfect for Pirate Day or any day – this app from Avokiddo delivers.  My son had hours of fun solving the adventures and pretending to be a pirate.  Argh Matey! There are no third party ads and the app is COPPA Compliant.  External content is parental gate protected. Be sure to check out the other great Avokiddo apps for kids of all ages!

We ARGH Pirates
We ARGH Pirates
by AVOKIDDO

Category: Entertainment, Family, Adventure, Games
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 195.21 MB

$3.99USD

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Thinkrolls: Kings & Queens by AVOKIDDO – Review & Giveaway



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What we love…

beautiful graphics, multiplayer option, a “redo” button in case you get stuck with a challenge and multiple different types of science taught

What we’d love to see…

a demo on the first level of each “new” castle in the easy mode

Summary

I love that the app teaches #stem and #commoncore and encourages kids to play and learn at the same time.  I never thought teaching a child physics could be so fun!

Our Rating

Thinkrolls: Kings & QueensThinkrolls: Kings & Queens by AVOKIDDO is a universal app for iOS that uses creative thinking, problem solving and logic skills to move to the next level.  This action packed multiplayer app contains 228 levels of play and works well for both younger and older children (and adults!)   The premise of the app is fairly straighforward, create a character and roll them through the obstacles to capture the magic key.  Each level gets harder with slightly harder obstacles and more difficult challenges.  There are six different castles to complete which I will describe below.

Castles
● Gear & Rack: combine gears with racks to create ladders & conveyor belts
● Chest & Bridge: fill gaps and collapse swaying bridges to clear the way
● Crocodile & Harp: use the harp to lull the crocodile to sleep
● Ghost & Mirror: shift the mirror to eliminate the ghost with reflected light
● Hatch & Lever: switch the lever to open and close hatches
● Flying Potion: unleash the magic potion to defy gravity and fly to the finish

Each of the castles has a “redo” button in case you get stuck within the level and can’t progress on.  The castles have beautiful artwork with amazing detail down to the strings on the harp which is used to lull the crocodile to sleep.  In each of the castles, as you complete each challenge you unlock the next level which also unlocks additional items that you can dress your character with.  Within the app when you tap the “gear” at the top of the screen you can choose the player, type of levels which are “easy” for kids aged 5-8 and “hard” for kids aged 8+.  For purposes of the review, we tested the app on “easy” mode with my 8 year old.  You can also toggle on/off the in-game music and select the language.

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I loved how the app encouraged my son to problem solve to master each level – there were a few times when he brought me the iPad because he couldn’t figure out the challenge the first time like using the harp to put the crocodile to sleep.  As the levels got harder, he got better at problem solving and I loved how he realized that if he didn’t “solve” it the first time he could try different things until he was able to do so.  I love the life skill here too because it showed him that even if we have regular challenges in life maybe the traditional way we approached the problem, might not always be the solution.  The animations within the app ranging from the crocodile mouth to the use of reflection with the ghost & mirror were amazing and I could really tell that AVOKIDDO spent a lot of time testing and perfecting the app to ensure things worked well and as planned.  I definitely also noticed that my son used a lot of great words to describe all the things he was learning to explain the science concepts – which we also discussed.  I never imagined physics could be so fun for an 8 year old and that he would understand the concepts after just playing with the app to master each of the levels!  Each of the levels targets a specific type of skill like gravity, force, joints or even simple machines and gets progressively harder as you progress within the app.  As a mom, I loved that I could play with the app using my own player to play with castles that were more suited to my level compared to my son’s.

In terms of future enhancements, there were a few times my son got stuck and since I wasn’t “playing along” the entire time I had to play through the level a few times to figure it out.  Perhaps a tutorial the first time you are presented with a new type of castle or object might be helpful for younger players on the “easy” mode.

 

Overall, this is a fantastic app that AVOKIDDO has made, every time I test one of their apps I think they can’t possibly top it, but each time I am surprised with the new ways them come up with to play.  I love that the app teaches #stem and #commoncore and encourages kids to play and learn at the same time.    The app has a parental protected area with a parental gate, no banner ads, no 3rd party ads and is COPPA compliant.  There are no-in app purchases. This would be a great app to use over the upcoming holidays because it’s not a “play once and done” especially for those that have a long trip!

Thinkrolls: Kings & Queens
Thinkrolls: Kings & Queens
by AVOKIDDO

Category: Education, Puzzle, Games, Adventure
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 56.76 MB

$3.99USD

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Also available on Google Play and Amazon.

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Fast Free Apps – December 30 includes Toca Boca and Avokiddo!



What is Fast Free Five?
Fast Free Five is a collection of ten quality apps from various genres that we have taken the time to find especially for our readers. We have tested the apps mentioned and can recommend them. They are not ‘Lite’ versions, they are full versions that are free for a limited time only so you’ll need to be fast if you want them at the reduced price. These apps are were free at the time of publishing this article but are subject to change at any time. Always check the price before downloading. If you like these apps, be sure to share this post with your friends. Enjoy!



Sago Mini Music Box Sago Mini Music Box by Sago Mini

Price: $2.99 USD

Play a song for your furry friends as you go on a musical adventure. This adorable touch-anywhere app is perfect for toddlers. Every tap fills the world with art and music.
Playful songs, beautiful.



Avokiddo ABC Ride - Fun Alphabet & Spelling Games Avokiddo ABC Ride - Fun Alphabet & Spelling Games by AVOKIDDO

Price: $2.99 USD

Have you ever seen the letter E hatched from an egg? How about a K popping out of a kangaroo’s pouch? Ride your bike and enjoy an exciting hide and seek, letter adventure with Beck and Bo! Solve fun.



Sago Mini Fairy Tales Sago Mini Fairy Tales by Sago Mini

Price: $2.99 USD

Explore an enchanted forest with Jinja the cat. Invite Jinja out to play and discover a magical world filled with familiar fairy tale characters. Laugh as you encounter gnomes, dragons and even a frog.



Toca Tailor Toca Tailor by Toca Boca AB

Price: $2.99 USD

4 cute characters, more patterns + loads of extra cool accessories! Design and style your own clothes!

Time to get busy with those design skills! With Toca Tailor, you can create, combine and style.



Toca Birthday Party Toca Birthday Party by Toca Boca AB

Price: $2.99 USD

"Another fun app from Toca Boca. If your kids like playing birthday parties (and whose don’t) then download it now and start partying!" - The iMum

"Perfectly conceived and executed" - OWTK



Sago Mini World Sago Mini World by Sago Mini

Price: $FREE

Get unlimited access to our complete collection of 20+ award-winning games!

Travel with Harvey, Jinja, Robin and Jack as you explore space, fly through a forest, build a robot, design a monster.



Next - Numbers Next - Numbers by Vito Technology Inc.

Price: $1.99 USD

Human brain is like a muscle that should be trained a lot to function properly. Surely, everyday life is a game in itself, but haven’t you ever wished you could find things a little faster or concentrate.



Sago Mini Monsters Sago Mini Monsters by Sago Mini

Price: $2.99 USD

Create your own colorful monster! Make your monster happy with paint, food, and decorations. When you’re finished, snap a photo to share with mom and dad. Make as many monsters as you like. Each monster.



Mask Jumble Animals Mask Jumble Animals by Piikea St. LLC

Price: $FREE

Mask Jumble Animals is the latest game from the award-winning makers of Memory Train and Interactive Alphabet.

Kids will love seeing their own face in animal form! The first augmented reality game.



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Review of DNA Play by Avokiddo- a Fun, Creative and Unique app



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What we love…

Bright colorful graphics, fun interactions. Simple even for a pre-schooler yet engaging enough for an older child. The child learns about genetics whilst playing and having fun

What we’d love to see…

Addition of a Kids video explaining some of the science behind the app and introducing some of the terminology

Summary

DNA Play is a very creative and unique app that teaches children about genetics whilst they have fun creating new creatures and interacting with them.

Our Rating

DNA-PLAY-icon-512pxDNA Play is the latest app from Greek app developer Avokiddo. Their previous apps include Beck and Bo, Avokiddo ABC Ride, Avokiddo EmotionsThinkrolls  &  Thinkrolls 2.  DNA Play is developed for 4-9 year olds and allows the player to create and play with monsters using simple DNA puzzles.

DNA Play is an app that is simple enough a 3 or 4 year-old to pick it up quickly, but at the same time an older child can enjoy it too, as they explore how changing the genes affect the creature’s looks and personality. The gated parents section has a quick overview of basic genetics and gameplay so that parents can answer questions that come up about the science behind the app. DNA is made up of base pairs: each pair is either A – T (Adenine -Thymine) or C – G (Cytosine -Guanine). In this app each base is a different color, and the ends are shaped so that A can only pair with T and C only with G.

To create a new monster is simple, a DNA helix runs across the top of the screen and bases fall out. An unformed creature appears, as the child drags the pieces to complete the pairs, and repair the DNA helix, the creature’s characteristics appear. As they create their monster they work on 6 different areas each representing a different body part: torso, head, eyes, mouth, arms and legs.

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Once they have made a monster they can play with him using a variety of interactive elements that appear- such as riding a skateboard, feeding a variety of foods or dancing to music.

Kids can also explore how changing  gene sequences cause different characteristics to appear and they can do this in 2 different ways.

Reversible changes: they can swap around the order of the base pairs and see what happens- will their fur turn pink ? Will they sprout wings or fish fins? They can reverse these changes by moving the pairs back.

Random mutations: they can also change their monsters by tapping on a body part to see what random mutation occurs.

After each change they can play again to see how this new version reacts- are long legs better for dancing or short ? They can even change the DNA half way through an activity and see what happens.

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This is an app that kids can keep coming back to and create something new every time- there are 200 billion different variations possible!

There is a monster gallery where the child can store their favorite monsters and bring them out to play again another day. They can save their monster to play with later and photograph him with his DNA sequence, then try to recreate it or challenge a friend to do so.

This is a really fun app, the only update I would suggest would be to put some of the background information from the parents section into a short video so that interested kids could learn a little more about the science and terminology.

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Overall, DNA Play is a very creative and unique app. I love how it can be enjoyed in different ways by different age groups. Preschoolers can easily create and interact with a variety of monster friends. Older children can explore how changing the DNA sequence changes both physical characteristics and behavior, and they can challenge themselves and others to re-create a particular gene sequence or find the optimum characteristic for a certain activity. DNA Play is a fun app that teaches children some fundamentals about genetics whilst they enjoy creating new creatures and interacting with them.

  
  
 iTunes Link: DNA Play by AVOKIDDO

DNA Play DNA Play by AVOKIDDO

Price: $2.99 USD

Create your own funny monsters and transform them in real-time by building and tweaking their DNA! Over 200 billion unique life forms at your fingertips! Feed your monsters, dance with them, watch them.

December 2015:

DNA Play was included in the US Apple Appstore’s Best of 2015
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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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