Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Arthur's Big App! #Spon

**Complimentary products received in exchange for out honest review.  All opinions are ours and ours alone**

We recently had the chance to review Arthur's Big App:

"PBS KIDS announced the launch of Arthur’s Big App for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, a new app inspired by the hit series ARTHUR. Designed for children ages 6-8, Arthur’s Big App encourages positive social skills through fun and engaging multi-level games. Focusing on the values of friendship, teamwork and helping others, each game allows kids to explore Elwood City and interact with their favorite ARTHUR characters. The app is available for $2.99 on the App Store Arthur’s Big App is also available on the Amazon Store for Android devices: http://to.pbs.org/arthur_ama

Arthur’s Big App offers the following features:
  • Four unique mini-games hosted in memorable locations around Elwood City
  • More than 15 levels per game
  • Randomization of gameplay to keep kids engaged
  • 50 collectable characters from throughout the history of the series

  • A music game in which kids can enjoy a variety of well-known tunes, including the ARTHUR theme song

  • A smoothie game in which kids create delicious treats for Sugar Bowl customers

  • A library game that challenges kids to find and shelve books before time runs out

  • A freeze tag game in which kids “freeze” ARTHUR characters – a fun, digital twist on a classic playground game


What we thought:
Like most kids these days, A and D love apps.  With so many out there, it's sometimes hard to know which are worthwhile.  I want them playing games that are fun and educational...especially if we are paying for them!  I want our money to be well-spent on engaging apps that are well-made and keep the kiddos interested longer than a few minutes.  I prefer that the characters are wholesome and kid-friendly.  I want the games to be challenging, but not impossible.  Arthur's Big App meets all of my requirements for an acceptable app.  Here's what the kiddos thought:

8 year-old A:

"It's fun!  You can actually unlock things!  (they are used to free versions of games where you have to pay to unlock levels)  I liked the library game because I like sorting. The piano game is kinda hard though.  My favorite game was the smoothie making game because I like creating my own concoctions."

Almost 6 year-old D:

"I loved it! I liked the tag game because it's easy and fun.  I liked making smoothies in the smoothie making game.  My favorite game was the library game where you have to get the books before the time runs out." 

ABCD Diaries gives Arthur's Big App an A+!

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