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Chris M.

Status: 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: - iPhone3G- iPhone4- iPod4G

Description: I am an Apple enthusiast (of course!) with a 25+ year background in IT, development, and engineering. I currently own a small commercial and residential IT business in operation since 1999. In my spare time I enjoy playing with, reviewing, and constructing iApps. My other past times include spending time with my 14 year old son and the outdoors.

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 - Can test apps with kids ages over 10 - Teaching kids ages over 10 - Educational Technology specialist - Gamer

Date when her/his profile was validated: 2012-10-22

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

Total review Karma: + 2     ?

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Her/His app reviews

Ride a Pony with Kate and Harry v1.0 [text]

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What I liked I presented this app via iPhone 4 to approximately 8 children between 3 and 6 years of age. In a teaching environment, we found it great for motor skill development and coordination. It also seemed to help give children a sense of accomplishment with the cute applause end screen. It is enhanced in interactivity by nice background objects. It seems to help with creativity and following instruction. When played in a group in turn, it was entertaining to watch children’s reactions to another child’s choices. We observed it seems to help learn patience and waiting skills also.
Improvements In future versions, I would suggest adding the ability to change accessories once selected for your horse, some children accidentally tapped on one selection, but would have liked to choose another. This can be accomplished by just clicking the item on the horse to remove it. Another great addition would be to add voice and language. I believe it would increase the target age range. Another less specific suggestion would be to add to replay value. I’m not sure how to accomplish this, but did notice some children lost interest more quickly than others.
General review This is an overall nice app for young children. It has a nicely polished look and feel and has minimum complications making it nice for kids. It is also colorful, attractive, and has a sense of appeal. Depending on how it’s incorporated into a learning environment it’s helpful with fine motor skill development and coordination, patience, creativity, and a host of other skills. I would consider it a useful tool in a home with toddlers.

Professor Chomp v1.0 [text]

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What I liked Professor Chomp is nicely polished with cute characters and voice audio. Game play is great for fine motor development and coordination. Mirroring has an awesome draw for little ones. Game play is very simple, just tilt; this turned out to be a great feature for a two year old this was tested on with little experience in devices. It can also be good for counting and number learning for older children. When played as a family, it enhances patience and rule following.
Improvements In future versions, small additions could greatly improve this app. For replay value in older children and help with problem solving skills, I would suggest the rewards for filling the battery after a round be parts of a greater picture/puzzle; each piece makes up a bigger picture, helping with progression. Possibly add a setting for parents (in the settings app) that can make adjustments in gameplay such as timer variation, number of orbs on screen, number of colors of orbs, etc. There are unlimited possibilities for extensions to add.
General review Professor Chomp is a nicely polished children’s app that includes a cute main character with voice audio. You’re in charge of refilling Professor Chomp’s battery by tilting your device to collect or avoid orbs so he can complete his experiments. In short, this is a good app for children aiding in fine motor skill development, counting, and other developmental skills; but with included airplay mirroring it can also be fun for the whole family.