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Rod L.

Status: Developer - Beta reviewer - Video Reviewer

Categories of apps she/he wants to review: Books - Education - Entertainment - Games - Lifestyle - Photography - Productivity - Utilities - Other

iDevices she/he owns: - iPad2- iPhone4S

Description: I'm an independent iOS developer and a parent to 3 wonderful boys. They are my inspiration for the apps I write and my main beta testers :) I reside in beautiful Utah, love the outdoors and am heavily involved in education, specially when dealing with STEM.

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Date when her/his profile was validated: 2012-07-13

User who invited him/her: Jean-Eudes L.

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Be a Buddy, Not a Bully -- A Tales of Midlandia Storybook v0.9 [text]

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What I liked I have 3 boys, ages 9, 5, and 2 and we all sat down to read this story together. I really liked that you can choose to have the book read the story or read it yourself to suit all ages. The graphics are very simple and visually appealing. The voice, music, and story line were all wonderfully done as well. The best thing about this for us was the interactivity where you can tap on items along the story, swipe and shake for various surprises. The message was simple and well delivered, as well. A really great book, indeed.
Improvements For $.99 there's not much at all to complain. The story was simple, but longer than I expected. My boys really liked the underwater scene, digging for treasure, since it was a nice diversion from the farm scene, so I would suggest maybe including a few more tap areas in there.
General review All my boys, ages 2, 5, and 9 really enjoyed this app. The story was well delivered with simple design and a considerable amount of interactivity. We enjoyed the discussion points about bullying at the end with the two oldest kids and our little one had a lot of fun taping along the surprises in the book. Very good deal for the price!

Preschool Kitty 1.4 [text]

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What I liked I tried this app myself first, then I had my 5yo give it a try. At first glance, the games are simple and engaging. The little feline character is friendly and the music wasn't overwhelming. I liked how the difficulty of the games are customizable and the touch response was very good, too.
Improvements There are a few areas that I would suggest a few improvements/changes. First, the instructions are audible only, even when the sound is off (which is really music off). For a younger child, that is expected, but my 5yo can read and it might be a nice option to have. Also, I would suggest adding hotspots after a few seconds of inactivity if a child is stuck on a puzzle. Perhaps a brief blinking after a minute or so. The trophy room was also confusing to him after it became cluttered with toys.
General review This app is a good app for its target audience with a few adjustments. The games are simple, and yet require good language skills, color knowledge, critical thinking, and hand/eye coordination. The settings are great to vary difficulty and it provides a nice way to track your child's progress. The feedback is also simple and effective. Correct answers are rewarded with sound and praise and incorrect ones with a subtle mark and sound.