The Top 10 Highest User Rated Apps of 2011

The Top 10 Highest User Rated Apps of 2011

The year 2011 has come to an end and what a busy year it has been for the reviewers at TheiMum.com. We have been doing our best to bring you great, informative reviews on quality apps for the kids (and even some for the parents) but this site wouldn’t be much without the support of our loyal readers. In saying that, here they are as voted by you, TheiMum.com’s Top 10 Highest User Rated Apps of 2011!

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20111111-173306.jpgFamily Matters by Weiner Family Studios

#10 “Family Matters provides topics for your family to discuss in a variety of situations from at the dinner table, waiting in line, at a resturant, at an airport and in the doctor’s office. This app was designed because the owner was looking for a project to do with his family. Part of the proceeds from this app are donated to a family-oriented charity based on a suggestion from his children.” [Full review]

20111216-115516.jpgPreschool Edukitty by Cubic Frog Apps

#9 “A universal app which provides hours of fun teaching children a variety of games from matching patterns and sounds to colors, shapes, numbers, big and small sizes, as well as the alphabet guided by the cute kitty. There are three different skill levels that a parent can choose as well as a reward system which includes a visual reward of the kitty sliding down a slide and stamps.” [Full review]

Alien Buddies IconAlien Buddies by Artgig Apps

#8 “A universal app by Artgig Studios provides hours of fun and learning for children from preschool to early elementary school. Games include: dot to dot, matching by color, shape, letter and number (both audio and visual modes), and stickers. Using the friendly alien buddies, children can learn from a variety of characters who will teach them skills such as color recognition, letter recogntion, shapes and skills such as dragging and dropping to enhance fine motor skills.” [Full review]

Riley and the Magical Laundry Basket by Monkey Prism

#7 “The adorable Riley (voiced by an actual baby… awww) is transported to an imaginary world after falling asleep in a magical laundry basket while her Mum does the cleaning. Riley’s mission is to get to the Cupcake Palace to see the Cupcake Queen and along the way she meets some fun and interesting characters such as Jojo the helpful monkey, the beautiful magical fairy, the little candy men, the dancing dinosaurs and more (unicorns!).” [Full review]

The Monster at the end of this Book by Callaway Digital Arts

#6 “The main character in this story, loveable furry old Grover comes to life through animations and activities throughout the book. I really liked that the reader could personalize their name on the bookplate. Grover acts out the various scenes in the book which include: tying the pages together, building a wooden wall and finally building a brick wall. It was easy to figure out what you were supposed to do on each page, because a yellow circle appeared with each task, something that is very good for young readers.” [Full review]

Serving Sizer Recipe Cards by Creative Algorithms

#5 “This app allows you to copy your recipes into a database where they are all easy to find and re-size as necessary. Once you have entered the recipe, you can change the serving size and the entire recipe is converted to the number of people you need to serve. I used this app on Thanksgiving and found it was very useful in sizing recipes down for my family, plus taking photos of the various creations was wonderful so I can pull up a recipe card and see what it is that I made via a photo.” [Full review]

Toca Kitchen by Toca Boca

#4 “Toca Kitchen eatures the opportunity for children to choose a variety of foods to feed to the four characters who range from a boy and a girl to a cat and a cow. A variety of foods including: vegtables, meat, fish and fruit are available in the refrigerator waiting to be chosen by the child. The food is removed from the refrigerator and placed on the plate in front of the charater and then the preperation steps begin which range from using a food processor, boiling the item, knife, frying pan or the microwave” [Full review]

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My Playhome by Shimon Young

#3 “My Playhome brings the dollhouse into the digital age by offering an entire virtual home, complete with an adorable family of five, that kids can explore and interact with. Also available on the iPhone (Pocket Playhome!), this app features beautiful hand-drawn illustrations and realistic sounds associated with each interaction. My Playhome also has a simple user interface very easy for little fingers to control.” [Full review]

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No Dogs Allowed by Tizio Publishing

#2 “The “No Dog” is a mythical creature that can only be seen by children. You can’t say his name out loud – “he’ll hide if he hears it and just fade away”. The No Dog is a cute ball of fluff with big floppy ears, six legs, two tails and wings. The No Dog is “cuddly, and furry and bright. His job is to love kids and protect you at night.” [Full review]

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Stay At Home Mum – The Secret to Living on One Wage by Jody Allen

#1“This practical app features the same informative articles as the web-based site in a well organised, easily accessible format for your iDevice. You’ll find advice on how save money, simple and scrumptious recipes and ultimately, tips on how to live more frugally and survive on one wage.” [Full review]

The users have spoken! A huge congratulations to the developers of these wonderful apps. Our #1 app receives three months free advertising on TheiMum.com! You can vote for your favourite apps at any time by giving them a rating at the bottom of their review and the highest rated apps at the end of the year will once again be featured. We look forward to bringing you more reviews in 2012!

Interview with Danielson, Inc. (Monkey Prism)

Interview with Danielson, Inc. (Monkey Prism)

20111214-084818.jpgToday’s interview is with Chris Danielson of Danielson Inc. but you may be more familiar with them as Monkey Prism. Their app ‘Riley and the Magical Laundry Basket‘ is currently the #5 highest user rated app on The iMum and you’ll also find them on Facebook and Twitter. Read on to learn more about their latest app for kids, Bugs and Dolls.

Tell us a little about yourself.
I started playing violin at the age of 3. At the age of 8 a WW2 veteran got me interested in computers by loaning me an old Texas Instruments computer with a version of the BASIC compiler. In college I stayed focused on my musical side. After college my personal interest in computers re-grew and I found myself coding embedded and high level systems for the government and private sectors. I’m now an entrepreneur with a penchant for fun.

How did the idea for your app come about?
Depending on which application we’re talking about. Our first book application was Riley and the Magical Laundry Basket. Our new application not yet released (in App Review right now!) is “Bugs and Dolls Sound Box”. Both are inspired by my 15 month old daughter. Bugs and Dolls Sound Box is our best application yet. It will feature a sound board with “word mode” and “quiz mode”. (EDIT: Bugs and Dolls is now available on iTunes!)

How long was the process from the original idea to the release of the app?
Bugs and Dolls our latest addition was concocted on August 28th. My brother Nic and I quickly spec’d out documentation and got our illustrator moving. Our illustrator started sending us the hand drawn magic by October 10th, 2011. Nic and I then had about 20 days to code, test and integrate killer audio.

Did you hire a developer or do it yourself?
I have a few friends that I work with on a few up and coming games we’re working on. Otherwise, I code everything myself for now with a lot of love!

What has been the hardest obstacle you have had to overcome in the development process?
The most difficult obstacle is when to know that you need to release the application and stop development. Once you start developing a project ideas keep on flourishing and we truly need a sanity check on preventing massive scope creep.

Have you had much support during the development process (from family, peers, Apple Inc.)?
Family is strong. I have read that you shouldn’t test applications with family members, but I always appreciate and love their input.

What are your plans for the future? Will you be developing any more apps?
Yes, we’re on a roll now. With our new Bugs and Dolls application in the Apple review process (as of October 31st) we’re steadily moving forward on some exciting new endeavors. We are looking at a way to marry up a killer gaming idea with the music industry now.

What advice would you give to anyone considering creating their own app?
Everyone has great ideas, but only a few execute on them. Take your idea and sleep on it. Take walks thinking about it. But in the end,if it passes all the tests and you’re still infatuated with it, put it in your cross hairs and don’t look back.

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Monkey Prism Celebrates the Holidays with a Bugs and Dolls Thanksgiving

Monkey Prism Celebrates the Holidays with a Bugs and Dolls Thanksgiving

Press Release

20111116-065258.jpg[Source: prMac] San Diego, California – Monkey Prism today is pleased to announce their new Thanksgiving level for the recently released interactive Sound Box application Bugs and Dolls. Featuring an abundance of exciting art and sound (not to mention a runaway turkey), this level is a surefire way to start spreading the holiday cheer this season.

Also, to celebrate the beginning of the winter holidays, Monkey Prism will also release their interactive children’s book Riley and Magical Laundry Basket at a 50% reduced cost, running through the end of November 2011.

Happy Holidays!

Bugs and Dolls is the second in Monkey Prism’s “Touch & Explore with Audio” line of applications. The free download comes with the Animals level (1 of 5) enabled for immediate play.

Features include:
* Beautiful and original full-color illustrations
* Interactive touchable objects give encouraging and fun audio feedback
* “Sound Box Mode” – Touch things for cool sounds
* “Word Mode” – Touch, listen and learn
* “Quiz Mode” – Answer the questions with a touch
* More levels to come

Pricing and Availability:
The basic version of Bugs and Dolls includes the Animals level, and is available for free in the Apple App Store. Three other levels (Dollhouse, Bugs, and Camping) can be unlocked through an in-app purchase of $1.99, as well as a fun Thanksgiving level for $.99.

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Bugs and Dolls HD
Bugs and Dolls (iPhone/iPod Touch)
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Monkey Prism was the hair brained idea of Chris and Nic Danielson. During a game brainstorming session in late 2010 a game and company were created. At Monkey Prism we love to create happy, fun games and other entertaining products. We focus on products developed for Android, iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Copyright (C) 2011 Monkey Prism. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

Riley and the Magical Laundry Basket by Monkey Prism – Review

Riley and the Magical Laundry Basket by Monkey Prism – Review

Riley and the Magic Laundry Basket, released to the iTunes App Store on September 13th this year, is a full-colour interactive children’s storybook by Monkey Prism, a company that came about after a brainstorming session between brothers Chris and Nic Danielson. The idea for the story was inspired by Chris’ daughter while she was playing in the laundry basket.

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The Australian iMum Amanda is a married mother of three young boys from North Queensland and has a background in Business Administration and Information Technology. An Apple enthusiast since 2005, Amanda was donned the nickname ‘The iMum’ due to her growing addiction to their products and her many, many apps. She now owns an iPod Nano, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad Mini, 27″ iMac, 13″ Macbook Air and two Apple TV’s.

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