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Odile L.

Status: Beta reviewer

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

iDevices she/he owns: - iPad2- iPhone3G

Description: I am the founder of Applimini. Applimini.com is one of the top kids app review website in France. Applimini is followed by french viewers but not only. With its new connexion to google Translate, our website is now accessible worlwide. We like beautiful graphics and nice sounds.

Profile categories: Can test apps with kids ages 0-2 - Can test apps with kids ages 3-5 - Can test apps with kids ages 6-10

Date when her/his profile was validated: 2012-10-09

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

Total review Karma: + 1     ?

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Her/His app reviews

Meet the Insects: Forest Edition [text]

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What I liked A very complete encyclopedia well balanced between text, images and videos.
The variety in exploration makes it engaging for everybody: some will want to see videos, others will go straight to the fun facts while the last one will zoom on the photos.
The extra journaling feature is a very good idea. The kid will be able to take a photo of insects they find and add location and caracteristic comments.
Improvements The background noise of birds and little buggy noises and the music in general can be a bit annoying. An option to cut the sound would be welcome.
The games are not as substantial as the rest of the app. The games are in fact 2 quizzes. Maybe a game of matching insects in different insect family would be interesting.
A video of a complete metamorphosis (from larva to butterfly) would be great.
General review A perfect app for insects' fans. The app is very well suited for kids aged 8+. The app is intuitive and rich with content. The fun facts about insects add the oxygen kids need for this kind of content. The feeling of exploring is well transcribed and sure the parents will also learn new things about insects.

Legend of Fat Ninja [text]

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What I liked The game is quite addictive and you end up enjoying crashing everything down. It is dynamic and graphically well made. As the scenes are not to long, it is motivating to play again and again.
The pause option with the possibility to stop the music and the sound effects is a good option.
Improvements The game is quite difficult to master at first. Maybe an active tutorial could replace the page of instructions. If it is aimed for young children, there should be several speed options. Also it is a bit confusing not to be able to see where the fat ninja is targeting. Here again there could be a "whole scene" option.
Each time you "replay", the time to redownload is a bit long.
If presented as a kid app, you should warn straight away that it is connected to social network.
General review Legend of Fat Ninja is a good app for those who are not contented enough with Pinball or Angry birds. It's a good mix of both games and this mix makes it very challenging. As it is not very easy to master, there should be more help given to the beginners.

Wubbzy's Fire Engine Adventure [text]

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What I liked Wubbzy is a good and complete app. There is a good balance between the story book, the games and the videos. The wackiness of this whole little world is the real plus to the app. Taking out meatballs from a big spaghetti blob is funny! Wubbzy is easy to use and the menu and options are organized in a friendly-user way.
Improvements The only thing that bothered us is the way interactive elements cross over the narration. We think the little animations are fun but we would rather have them once the narration on each part is over.
The page turning sound is not our favorite part on the app. Why this sound? It is not a book is it?
Also we think the "more apps" on the home page should be elsewhere, in the grown-up section for instance.
General review We really enjoyed this Wubbzy funny little world. The graphics are original and colourful. The variety of content (literacy game, number game, music video clips, colouring charts) gives a complete entertaining and long play experience. The usability is well designed and all the options allows the users to choose their best interactive experience.

Tic Toc Time: Break down the day to learn how to tell time [text]

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What I liked A very complete and entertaining learning app on the Time concept. How clever to start from the beginning, i.e understanding how men started to structure Time using the sun position in the sky! The notion of time of the day, hours and minutes are introduced step by step in a very engaging way.
Improvements The loading screens are sometimes a bit slow and shaky. The notion of minutes is introduced without much explanation. Also, for certain games, a help function with the solution would be useful when the kids are stuck. A documentary bonus with, for example, pictures of ancient solar calendar or historical clocks could be interesting.
General review Well done! There is great work behind this app. It is instructive and down-to-earth. The graphical work is also particularly neat. The multiple games give a good and durable gameplay to the app. If kids are tired to play with the clock, they can have fun with the compass. It is a fantastic idea to associate astronomy and Time concept. Kids will look at the sun and your watches in a different way.