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Arthur's Big App

Arthur's Big App

Spring 2015 Mobile Apps
Ages: 6 - 8 yrs.
Download Price: $2.99
Platform: iPad
Review:

Arthur has fifty friends waiting to be unlocked to play with him in five different Elwood City environments. Five mini-games must be mastered to win a friend. The games open in a revolving sequence. They are Arthur's Library Game, Buster's Smoothy Game, Francine's Tag Game, Arthur's Music Game, Muffy's Costume Game and Buster's Froyo Game. In Arthur's Library Game the player must either retrieve a book for a customer's request, or re-shelve returned books - all based on a color code. Buster's Smoothie Game involves dragging and dropping the correct ingredients per customer request into a blender and making a smoothly. Francine's Tag Game asks players to tap and freeze kids based on the color flags they are carrying as they run around a playground. Arthur's Music Game features piano keys with the request to hit the keys as the proper note descends into place. Muffy's Costume Game tasks players with observing the specific costume needed and finding it on the lines of moving clothing and dragging/dropping it into the actor. The last game is Buster's Froyo Game, another matching ingredients game. Each time a player "wins" a mini game, the game gets faster and more difficult. Careful observation and quick responses are key to mastering the timed games and unlocking new friends.

Kristin Harris   ©2015 Parents' Choice
Kristin Reiber Harris is an artist, animator and educator who has created over 50 short form animations with a focus on educational media for young children. Her work has been broadcast on HBO Family and screened in numerous film festivals around the country. She is currently developing interactive media introducing young children to great works of art through stories. Kristin writes about her interests in kids, art and technology at iArt4kidz.com.

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WGBH Educational Productions
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