Most of us have heard of Little Red Riding Hood. Now there is an app for that too. Actually, there are probably multiple apps based on the classic fairly tale. Today’s review on my geek dad blog is about Little Red Riding Hood by Nosy Crow [disclosure: they sent me a review code]. Unlike a lot of book apps I’ve looked at, the new Red Riding Hood features multiple paths with different endings. For instance, in one story the big bad wolf is scared off by a spider. In another ending, the wolf is taken away by the police. The Little Red Riding Hood app is intended for children ages three to eight. It is designed for Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices.
Over the weekend, I played with a game called Space Settlers. The makers of the game have been trying to get me to review the app for about a month now. So I finally set some time to play with the free app on my iPod Touch. According to their iTunes page, Space Settlers is an online multi-player Sci-Fi game that features “mecha combat and real-time strategy” (their words). I never actually got to the combat part because I got bored with the first part of the game and quitted.
POTG Apps sent me a promo code to review their 3D Math Racing Pro app on my dad blog. This is one of those educational app that quizzes your kid with math problems. In the app, your car gets a speed boost each time you get a math problem right. The app makes math fun and hopefully will improve your child’s math skills. 3D Math Racing Pro is available now in the iTunes app store. The app is compatible with Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad devices. It requires iOS 5.0 or later.
I recently downloaded the OnPage app (Onset Technology). The mobile app essentially turns your smartphone into a pager. It’s pretty neat and is a very handy tool for dads and moms. I tested the app on my Apple iPod Touch and it works great. However, the iPod Touch isn’t an ideal device because you need to be able to connect to the Internet 24×7. Otherwise, you won’t receive the alerts when someone is trying to contact you. The Onset Technology app works better with iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, and Android devices.
I finally got around to installing a couple of mobile banking apps on my Apple iPod Touch. Mobile banking apps have been around for a while, but I never found a need to install them because I prefer to do online banking on my desktop computer. Until now. That’s when my credit union announced they were offering e-deposit via a smartphone. Cool. I hate making a special trip to the bank just to deposit a check or two.
Enigma Games sent me an evaluation version of their new Whiz Racer game for review on my geek dad blog. The racing video game isn’t really a racing game at all. It’s actually an educational game in a race car setting. It could just as easily been an archery game because the main objective of Whiz Racer is solving math problems. The setting just makes the the app more interesting for kids. Whiz Racer is currently available for Android devices for $2.99. Versions for iOS, PC and Mac platforms will be coming soon.
This week, I’ve been playing with the WebMD app. It’s not a new app, but it is very useful. As you can tell by the name, the app provides medical information. I found the app very helpful and easy to use. It’s full of great information. The app is free. However, it’s ad supported. But for the most part, I didn’t really notice the ads. The WebMD app is compatible with the Apple iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad (requires iOS 3.0 or later). I tested the app on my iPod touch, but you’re better off installing the app on an iPad or iPhone because you need Internet access for most of the features.
Earlier in the week, I checked out the Shake-N-Tell app (Your Name In Cows). It’s a storytelling app for the Apple iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad (iOS 4.0 or later). The free app is designed to help dads and moms tell bedtime stories. Let’s face it. At the end of the day, we’re not exactly at our creative best. And when you’re tired, it can be a little difficult to make up a story on the spot. This is when the Shake-N-Tell app comes in handy.
I was playing with the Imbroglio app (Lisbon Lab) last night. It’s a puzzle game for the Apple iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad (iOS 4.3 or later). In this game, you’re on the magical Ombelico Islands. On these islands are Lithos, which are mystical stone cylinders that channel the elemental energy and maintain the harmony between air, water, earth and fire. Everything is fine on the islands until a tsunami ravages the islands and leaves all the Lithos scrambled. Now it’s your job to solve this imbroglio and save the Ombelico Island from obliteration.
I received a promo code to review the new Math Guardians Mini app on my dad blog. The app makes math fun by putting it in a game setting. In Math Guardians Mini, you have to solve math problems while creatures attack you. If you take too much time, the creature wins. The creatures consist of dinosaurs, dragons, and other beasts. Math Guardians Mini app, developed by Jiayi Chong, is available now in the Apple Appstore for $1.99. It’s compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation and higher), and iPad (requires iOS 5.0 or later). The game is aimed at kids ages eight and up (including adults).