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SirMania - Play & Learn v1.1 [text] [video]

App description: SirMania is a collection of 10 educational games and is suitable for children from 2-6 years of age. - Interactive, humoristic and educational. - Beautiful drawings by Anja Bredesen. - Hidden secrets that encourages your child to explore SirMania. - Rewards when played through. -Also available for iPhone and iPod touch.

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sirmania-play-learn/id542173227?ls=1&mt=8

iDevices used for the reviews: iPad1 - iPad2 - iPad3

Total reviews: 19

Developer: Tom-Greger K.

Amanda S.

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What I liked I really liked the art work in this app, it gives it a unique look that sets it apart from other apps. The animations through out the app were very cute and entertaining (I especially liked the snowman!). I really liked the different games and activities included. I think it is perfect for 2-4 year olds.


Improvements I would like to see the voice of the animals improved, you will see in my first video that my son had difficulty understanding some of the commands in the app. (sorry for the orientation of the 1st video, I realized it was off afterwards and didn't want to re-take the first impression video). I do not like they design and flow of the app, you are unable to return to the main screen once in the app. I think if you found a way to make levels of difficulties it would increase the age range for the app (some activities were too easy for 5-6 year olds).


General review This is a unique app that is very appealing to younger kids, I think it would be perfect for 2-4 year olds. There is original art work with many different games to keep your child interested. I wish that you could pick the activity you wanted to do, but otherwise it is a great app!
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Amanda A.

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What I liked This app was very interactive which would be great for younger children. The characters are animated and interactive as well. Children pick up on technology quicker than every before. Counting numbers and being able to identify shapes and sizes is an important skill that students need to master in kindergarten/ 1st grade.


Improvements It is easy to get distracted during the games when you are able to click on the other animated characters while you are supposed to be counting worms. Maybe the other features could be deselected until the task is complete. Then you would be able to play the animations.


General review In my general opinion, this is a fun animated and educational app for young children in pre-K and Kindergarten. Counting objects as well identifying various shapes and sizes are an important skills that need to be mastered. The animated characters keep the kids motivated and engaged.
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Andrew M.

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What I liked Very entertaining app for young children. My five year old LOVES it. This is one of the apps that she plays over and over - and she has lots of apps to chose from. I especially like the fact that the app "sneaks in" learning skills - counting while matching shapes for example. This is a great example of how to help children learn without their knowing it!


Improvements It would be nice to see a a function that allows the user to exit to a menu more easily. I discovered the menu on the "front page" and love the extra information there - especially o
The link to Facebook for parents, but I could not figure out a way to move forward in the game without playing the game on the screen or backward without exiting and starting again. I may have just missed it, but I looked!


General review Outstanding app that young children will LOVE. High level of interactivity on every screen - even wrong or irrelevant taps result in an entertaining response. I really like how basic skills are worked into each game and often "layered" - such as passive counting (for reinforcement) when matching shapes. Graphics and sound effects are perfect for young users. Definitely worth the price as an app for young children!
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Angie D.

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What I liked The graphics were amazing! I loved how the game got increasingly difficult. My son loved how there weren't a lot of written words and explanations....he just got to start playing. All of the hidden interactions were awesome and the humor (i.e. gassy snowmen) were right up his alley.


Improvements I would like to see the pronounciation improved. I loved the vocabulary used (especially as an SLP) however the very first game asked that you find the mouse and neither my son nor I could understand. It would also be nice to have a button to press to repeat the message if necessary.


General review This is a beautiful app with fabulous graphics. It is definitely geared toward toddlers (2-4 year olds) as my older child (almost 6) got bored with it after a little while however my younger child (almost 3) was entralled. This is probably one of the best apps I've seen in regards to appropriate humor interspersed with learning activities!
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Heather W.

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What I liked I liked the simplicity of the drawings on this app. They looked like a kid could have drawn it which I think is appealing to kids. I like that you basically can not fail at this game, you cannot move on to the next level or activity until you complete the task correctly.


Improvements I would like to see some connections between what is being asked and the words that appear on the screen. For example, when asked to find the moose from the 3 picture choices, I would like for the word "moose" to light up slowly from left to right in time with the speaker saying the word. When asked to count the objects and touch the correct number on the number line, I would like for the the number line to light up when I touch the object to count it instead of the number line disappearing.


General review This is a cute app with a nice approach to some very basic counting and reading skills. The pictures are cute with not much animation. I'm not sure how many times a child would want to play this app after the initial completion of the game as I didn't see too much variation with what was being asked on the second and third completion.
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Frances A.

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What I liked The things that I like about the app are that the sounds and images are engaging to children. It is easy to figure out what to do on each board of the ten games. It is a fun app with a nice way of approaching beginning counting, reading, solving puzzles, matching and learning how to follow simple directions. It can hold the interest of children and engage them in learning and playing; which is always a great thing. The games are fun, the children do learn colors, counting and animals and this app has a lot of potential.


Improvements What I would like to see improved is how fast the animations such as rats come out and to make sure they come out from a variety of different places, not all of the same two to three spots. I also think that a child will hold interest with this game past the first one or second time playing because there is little variation and the children did not seem very interested in unlocking items. I think each level should progress and introduce animals two to three at a time, you’re giving a wealth of information, just it’s too much too fast especially when the game needs change and expansion.


General review I especially love that when you need to locate the rats, mouse or weasel it will shine a light around the animal in case the child does not see it. I think that this app has potential to young children early skills. I do think the game can use some changes in order to make it feasible for all children to use it and be completely engaged no matter how many times they play it but the games themselves are a lot of fun. Overall it is a good app.
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Becky W.

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What I liked I really liked the illustrations in this app. The colors used and the technique made for a pleasant viewing experience. I also appreciated the variety of activities provided to the users. Also the way incorrect responses got neither a reward or punishment.


Improvements The owl is adorable but the voice is terribly distracting. The layout of the sheep in counting Shepard should resemble a 10 frame. Tally marks or number line counting backward when asked to find a certain number will help users to monitor their progress.


General review I believe this app is a good first attempt at a unique app for young children. In order for it to be more appealing more tangible rewards need to be earned. I was confused with unlocking an apple. Small rewards along the way may keep children more engaged.
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Erin B.

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What I liked The art in this app is whimsical and fun. My kids (3 and 6) particularly enjoyed the sound effects that the animals made when touched, especially the ones that were more of a "potty humor" and the silly faces. I love how interactive the app is, in particular the portions where you are searching for an animal and there are many other parts that you can touch and they respond.


Improvements When the animals are touched I'd love for their name to be spoken, as we were unfamiliar with some of the animals (such as the weasel). My kids would have loved to have more animals to interact with, especially ones with funny results (such as the moose on the first screen). I would like to see a bit more of the educational aspect, like the counting and color recognition.
I found that the voice of the owl sounded a bit like it echoed and my 6 year old had a bit of difficultly understanding what it was saying sometimes.


General review Overall, love the app. My boys really enjoyed playing it and I felt like my 3 year old was getting a lot of color and counting practice which he needs. He thought he was just having fun, but he was learning too. I love the art and the sound effects and my kids were thrilled with the humoristic parts. There is a bit of potty humor to it (an owl poops, a bird farts) which should be considered before purchasing.
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Lisa W.

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What I liked I loved the the graphics, the interactive games, and the positive reinforcement offered to the user at the start. My children, ages 3, 6, and 7 loved mastering each level. The digital voice was well liked by my children. The tasks were set up to allow kids to succeed. They got faster each time they played the game, which has been over 10 times, since they have unlocked the bonus memory game now. Visual scanning, counting, colors, early reading, cause effect, and memory are a few skills that this app addresses. I can choose to go through all levels in the game or specific ones.


Improvements I would like to see:
An exit button at each level
A way to turn off the fart noises and pooping birds when I use this with students
Additional puzzles
The ability to add increased contract in the white weasel picture, so that students can find the weasel more easily




General review Overall, I really like this app for both my own children the students I work with in therapy in school. It specifically would help with early reading, counting, matching, memory, fine moor coordination, visual scanning and the visual discrimination. The verbal prompts and reinforcers are especially helpful for the students i work with. I would recommend this app to others who have or work with children preschool to kindergarten age.
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Courtney D.

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What I liked I like the simplicity of this app. I like the variation of games/activities that the user is able to engage in throughout the app. I like that there are interactive portions to the app that allow the user have some unforeseen enjoyment as they are playing the app. I think the skills that are targeted throughout the app are presented in a fun way!


Improvements I would like to see the user be able to select which activities they want to partake in through the menu. I wish the user could continue where they left off when opening the app. I like the interactive nature and pieces throughout the app, but some inferring leads to some inappropriate insinuations. I am thinking of the owl with the poop dropping as my example. "Aaah SH" is not appropriate for little ears. Also, I like the "Nice" and "Wonderful!" comments at the end of each round, but would find it to be helpful if it would say "Try Again!" on those instances where errors have occurred.


General review Two years old might be a little young for the app and six years old might be a little old for the app, but I think that is an accurate range. There are educational games that are engaging and interactive in nature. The simplicity of the drawings allows the purpose of the app to be known and is not a deterrent from enjoyment. Each game is a little different. Each time each game is played is a different experience. Good app!
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Michelle W.

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What I liked I played with my 5 year old and he liked it and said the app was cute. I liked the hand drawn illustrations and thought the sound effects were cute. In the find the mouse/rat game I liked that by tapping on the different items different sounds are made or animals appear, etc. the snow scene was cute also with the carrot nose that the rabbit doesn't eat and the snow woman asks for it back, my kids thought it was funny.


Improvements I would like to see a pause button in the app. I also think there needs to be more variety after you've played the app through a few times. There should be rewards or something to get the kids to keep playing more than once. There needs to be a menu button while playing the app if you want to pick a different game to play.


General review I think this is a cute app for younger kids age 3 and older. Nice hand drawn illustrations and cute sound effects. I thought the animals that pop out when you tap different things and different the noises they made were funny. I think some tweaks need to be made to get kids to keep playing the app, for example more variety/difficulty in the games.
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Shelly M.

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What I liked This is a lovely App for children to learn counting 1-10, colors, animal names and sounds. The graphics are reminiscent of a quality children's picture book and very charming. Animal identification is by picture, spoken and written word. Counting is by representation, number and written and spoken word. Identifying color is by representation, spoken and written word. The happy owl when a task is completed is captivating as are the interactions. The 'bathroom' humor will be appreciated by children. The parent instructions are outstanding. The rewards for passing a level are very cute.


Improvements The difference between the various levels is difficult to discern from one to the next. You feel as if you are repeating the same thing despite having earned your reward. The levels progress too slowly. Winter World is a very slow section to progress through. This App would be too difficult for children 2 and 3 unless someone worked with them exclusively. The menu, accessible on the start page makes supervision a must for all in the age group specified as it makes the internet and Facebook accessible. The voice's pronunciation is difficult to understand at times.


General review A thoroughly charming App for children 4-6 to learn their numbers, counting, colors, animals and animal sounds. Lots of variety and interaction in the App. The graphics are detailed and beautiful. Humor appropriate to the age group is present. Children will love this App.
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Emily B.

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What I liked This app is very easy on the eyes -- the drawings are lovely and gentle. My girls (ages 4 and 7) love talking animals, so this hits a really good spot for them. Coincidentally, they also love owls, so that's a nice choice. If they were boys, I suspect that the innocuous potty humor might also make them laugh.


Improvements There needs to be a way to advance to the next game if the player doesn't wish to linger on the game she's playing. Similarly, there could be a way to repeat the game if she wants to, or go back to the menu. I realize that you can pick a game from the menu, but you can't return to the menu once you've initiated the app. So the app could be more navigable than it currently is. Also, some of the screens are more interactive than others, and quite a bit more engaging.


General review I like this app, mostly for its visual appeal. The games aren't particularly enthralling, so I'm not sure a child would want to do them over and over again. I also don't think they'd appeal to a child over five, in that the focus is on counting, single-digit numbers and following very simple directions. There is a very high degree of repetition in this app (ex: the viewer is asked to find a weasel TEN times) which is grows tedious.
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Terri J.

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What I liked I really liked this app. I believe that it is truly geared for 2-6 yr. olds just as you stated. I thought the pictures and interactive scenes were nicely done and that it would be liked by the targeted age group. It was great how the scenes progressed at a nice pace - no boredom setting in and timing to a new activity was also good. I also liked the counting page - you could touch the pictures to count and see the numbers vs. having to have the skill to count them and ID the number. I would also use it in a classroom setting.


Improvements The biggest complaint I have with the app is the voice. It sounded digitalized and like it was coming from a tunnel. I think that if it is geared for young children, that the speech needs to be precise and clear - which it isn't. I wish your face book secrets were posted with the app too on the menu screen - great tidbits there.


General review I liked this app. I would use it as a parent and I would also use it as an educator. The pictures are beautiful and the animation is just right for this age group. I would like to have the voice be clearer and not sounding digitalized but I like the rest of the app so well, I will overlook that with the hopes the developer fixes it.
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Jon S.

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What I liked Sir Mania was very simple for my three year old to use right away. She picked start on the app and she was off and playing. She really enjoyed the owl that gave positive feedback. I think that the puzzle game was also the one that she enjoyed the most. I thought the music and appearance of the app were also pleasant to her. I liked the concepts that were reinforced, counting, colors, and identifying animals.


Improvements Sir Mania was too easy for my daughter to master. After going through all the games in the app two times, she was reluctant to keep playing. I felt that she wanted the games to do more, or have a little more substance to them. I think that there could be letter identification, or number identification games to go with the counting games. I also think maybe an animation, or a game featuring the owl would be good.




General review I think that Sir Mania had some good concepts for younger students, but lacked the overall pizazz or features that would hook in a young learner to keep playing. I liked the positive owl and the skills that were covered, but thought there were more opportunities to cover other concepts. Letter recognition being one of the main skills a three year old needs to start having reinforced. I think if there was an update with more games, that it would be a positive step for the app.
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Valerie M.

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What I liked This app really kept the attention of the first child I worked with, a six-year-old boy who usually has a short attention span. He enjoyed the tasks, the challenge, and having to look around. It helps spark his curiosity, but kept him on task nicely. He enjoyed the pictures/drawings and sound effects.


Improvements The two children I used this with struggle to understand the reverberating speech at times. Neither of them discovered the feature that the Owl would repeat task. Both of them had challenges at times wanting to exit a task and not having any way to do that. There was no way to access the menu after the start until you completed all tasks. My video review contains extensive comments on areas I would like to see enhanced, but especially things that would make it more user or task specific like being able to select the numbers or animals to work on. The app crashed several times on my iPad 1.


General review Most children were very engaged by the pictures, sounds & tasks & the way they moved along. There was some frustration comprehending speech, & one child did not know what a weasel was, so he had a difficult time finding it at first. A child with ADHD struggled with the slow appearance of searched animals in one scene and got so distracted that they never returned to task. No exit was found & they never found the task repeater via the owl.
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Camila A.

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What I liked This is a humorous app with a distinctive visual style. I like the rough, childlike hand-drawn illustrations. I like that the many activities included are simple and suitable for kids as early as 2 years old. I like that you can tap on elements on screen to reveal humorous animation. The voiceover can be a hit or a miss. My boyfriend's 3-year-old newphew liked it and I personally didn't mind but I know several parents who would find the shrilly voice annoying.


Improvements - I like that there are a lot of activities but honestly having to play ten times to unlock a new game can be daunting. I would suggest maybe decreasing the number of replays required or randomizing elements shown in a scene to keep the game from being boring.
- In the shadow match game, it would be great if the app mentions the animal name.
- In the color picking game, it would be more interesting if the app shows objects instead of colored blocks.
- The "screen-within-a-screen" reward page was confusing for my boyfriend's nephew because he thought he had to tap on Start again.


General review I think that SirMania is a unique and humorous app that will appeal to kids and kids at heart. There are enough activities included to keep the kids busy and there is enough humor to entertain them while they are playing. The developers took a lot of risk with the visual design app but I think it paid off quite well. I do feel that there is still room for improvement but with a little more polishing this app could earn five stars.
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Charly J.

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What I liked I found this app extremely humorous. I like the fact that it held my attention (and my kids) as it was unexpected. I never knew what would happen next. The flatulence humor was actually hilarious. Normally I would say no but in this case it worked. Learning while laughing I hands-down loved it. I had so much fun laughing at this and finding different ways to interact I forgot it was about learning. That part totally escaped me and I liked that A LOT. Very creative IMO for the devs and I've already recommended to several. I cannot wait to see what is next.


Improvements I wish that it would have had a 'back' button or 'menu' button while in one of the sections. That was my only draw-back. While I was looking to go into certain sections sometimes I would hit the wrong one and I would have to play through in order to go back to the menu. I've love to see more activities added as opposed to the must go through so many times to open up a hidden memory game etc. Kids tend to get bored doing the same activity over and over unless something new is happening so maybe maybe it more like two or three times. I also wish the FB icon was at the start (and smaller) than pl


General review I really enjoyed this app. It is totally different than any app (learning or fun) out there. It's interactive and downright juvenile but I mean that in a complimentary way. It's what makes it appealing in the first place. Do not let the graphics fool you sort of thing. The voices used are no different than being silly and the feedback generated when you did/do something correctly was great. That helps a lot. I find myself drawn to this app.
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melissa r.

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What I liked Adore the graphics i found them unique to other apps of similar genre. Great game with great fun and educational components. Lots of interactive parts to each level for children to explore which keeps app fresh. Praise for completion of a task is really enthusiastic and encouraging for children especially the younger age bracket. Farm setting ensures app isn't gender specific.


Improvements Would love to see more levels ie picking fruit and counting into basket or word associations for fruit/veg. Owl voice to become clearer and potentially by someone who doesn't have such a strong accent. I found owl pooping inappropriate for the age group and unnecessary in such a otherwise brilliant app. Would like a return to menu button as well as a contact us facility. Also feel the link to Facebook and the reward for a child/parent doing this feels like a major drawback, would prefer a website rather than social media.


General review I found Sirmania to be a fun and educational app. The illustrations are stunning and enjoyed by both child and adult alike. I feel that there are a few very serious issues that need to be rectified in this app in order for it to be age appropriate. However, these issues are easily fixed and the content within the app is fantastic. With a few tweaks it would be an app I would keep for my children to play and recommend to others.
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Kelly T.

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What I liked I liked the kid-type drawings and certainly the funny voice with its little sayings. Being able to tap on many of the animals and items and get a response from them is certainly appealing to little kids. The pooping owl, chick, and bird are really funny. In the counting sheep I like that kids have the ability to tap the sheep and hear the numbers or tap the numbers to hear them and match them with the sheep. In matching colors it is beneficial to young readers to have the name of the color written on the color tile they are looking for.


Improvements As soon as I realized I could tap on extra characters on the first page I spent a lot of time on each new page looking for others I could tap. I was disappointed that every page didn't have this feature. It seems that each time you find the rat there are only 5 of them, the weasel is always 10, and the worm is always five. I would certainly like to see the number of animals you have to find varied.


General review For 3-4 year old kids this is fun, but maybe not a long time use app. As I said, more variety in the numbers and more characters you can tap on to get a funny response would improve it. For $1.99 it isn't bad. As a teacher I loved the color words on the tiles to begin teaching reading and I liked the ease with which kids can learn to count the sheep.
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