Wonky Woo introduces an educational mixed-up puzzle app aimed at pre-schoolers. The game is based on getting the correct combination of head, body and feet for each pet to complete each puzzle. Wonky Woo developed ‘What am I . . . Pets’ out of the need to provide stimulating yet simple games when we were stuck on a plane with our pre-schooler!
What Am I Pets was designed to provide a stimulating experience to pre-schoolers, yet I personally think it falls short.
This particular iOS App is divided into 2 game modes. One is called ‘Mixed Up’, while the other one is called ‘Matching’. Both of these game modes involves 5 different animals. The animals in the game are a dog, cat, rabbit, mouse and a tortoise (I don’t understand why they didn’t make it a turtle). In the ‘Mixed Up’ sub-game clues are read out loud by a child, and the clues are also printed on the screen. The objective of this game is to identify the correct animal being referred to by choosing the correct head, body, and feet type of the particular animal. When you think you have identified the correct animal (and its body parts) you click on the done icon at the bottom right hand side of the screen. If the animal parts you identify are incorrect a big red ‘X’ comes across the screen, and a loud noise lets you know you are incorrect. If the animal parts you identified are correct a big green check mark comes across the screen. Additionally, a child’s voice screaming ‘YAY!’ or the sound of fireworks goes off in the background.
To be honest, I was not very impressed with this sub-game. Yes it might be fun the first time you identify each animal, but afterwards it becomes very repetitive. I give this sub-game a 3 out of 5 stars.
In addition to the ‘Mixed Up’ sub-game, there is the sub-game category called ‘Matching’. This game is exactly what it sounds like, you have to match the animal on the left to a list of 3 animals on the right. This sub-game is very simple, and almost too easy. Also, I found that there was one major bug in this sub-game. Sometimes even if I identified the correct animal on the left to its counterpart on the right, the game would indicate that I had made an incorrect match. This bug is very detrimental, especially in a game designed for pre-schoolers.
Due to the fact that this sub-game needs work to fix some bugs, I gave it a 3 out of 5 stars.
Overall, I am not very impressed with this iOS App. In addition to a bug that needs fixing, the children’ voices tended to be muffled when reading out clues. Also, the graphics in the game were too simplistic and only average for my liking. This App is not one of the better educational Apps I’ve reviewed. After combining scores from both categories, this App earns a 3 out of a 5 stars.
If you would like to purchase What Am I Pets for $0.99, follow the link here.