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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Trip - Little Critter Reading Adventure App Review

I received this product for the purpose of this review. All opinions stated are my own and may differ from yours.
The Trip – Little Critter Reading Adventure by Mercer Mayer
Does LeapFrog have it wrong? My son has several systems from those guys. Cartridges and downloadable games for them cost between $10 and $25. Kids games on my phone are 99 cents. Value-wise, I think you get more from your phone, even if I have to get 2-5 to match the size of the LeapFrog game.

One game I tried out recently was The Trip: Little Critter Reading Adventure. You probably recognize the guy above as from the Little Critter series of books from Mercer Mayer. And this app offers a small look into that world in the book series.

The app targets an audience of 3-6 or 7 year olds. With a six-year old, who reads well, we're at the upper end of the target audience. In its simplest sense, the app offers a self directed reader app. The app's speaker reads the book to you. It includes animation of the characters during the story, though it is more of a stop and go type sequencing than continual flow for the animation. What kept my son more interested during the reading was an adventure type game included with the story. Gather up some on-screen goodies on one page of the adventure and use it on another.
Little Critter vs. Horse

While reading, or after each page is fully read, you can interact with that page of the story. For instance, there is a horse who needs to be fed an apple to get out of the road. Touch the apple tree and away you go. Basically you collect items and use them as you go along, not necessarily on the same page. This kept my son's interest, even if it is somewhat simple. He even wants to do it again after finishing.
Count the Apples game
As you go through the story and complete the different tasks, you run across periodic games, like counting apples, unscrambling words, and even a race to place colors in a diagram. You need to collect all the gems in the game to do the last one, the color race.

I was surprised at how much my son enjoyed following the adventure, and not just playing the games. My only complaint in the app was the sliding/dragging of the tiles. Frequently, my son was unable to slide and it took several tries to do the task. And don't miss out on the extras on the app's website when done. Plenty of printable activity sheets there, too. 

We played with the Android version of the app, but it is also available for the iPhone/iPad.

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  1. weee This app is so good!:3 I'll gonna try this :) It's really good for kiddies!

  2. My granddaughter just turned three and this app sounds like something she might enjoy. I appreciate your pointing out the plus and minuses.

  3. thank you for sharing this info...i will be looking into this for my daughter.

  4. I love these Apps - I sneak plays even when my little niece is not around.

  5. I love this series of books! Nice to have some reading apps available.

  6. My great-niece just loves Lil Critters! My son grew up loving them. So I am excited to get the app. Also I love printables! Thanks for letting me know what to expect with the "slides".

  7. This app would be good for my niece who's 6, she's in the stage where she's learning how to read

  8. This app would be great for my son. It looks really good.

  9. Thanks for the review. This will be great for my sons!
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