I have to admit: sometimes the price of an app will automatically deter me. Anything in the $1.99 range is fair game but as soon as the price rounds the $2 mark, I find myself needing a whole lot of wonderful in order to justify the cost. Ranger Rick Appventures: Lions is one such bucket of fun.
Centered on the African plains, this app engages kids to join a multifaceted safari complete with guide. Immersive play that includes 5 educational games, 4 creative games, and 1 story make this a very appealing and robust purchase suited to a wide range of ages and abilities. Hidden object and photo safari games help with attention and observation. Jigsaw puzzles (with 9-24 piece customizations) help with fine motor skills and pattern recognition. Sticker sets, create an animal, and music games allow for creative play. Older children of reading age or with parental aid will enjoy the story building app that allows young ones to write their own story.
In a nutshell: This is a workbook on steroids
So although I might have balked a little at the price at first, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.
That being said, I must add a warning concerning the sticker portion. Unexpectedly, it was the most obtuse aspect of the app. At first, it appeared that the only stickers available to decorate the sparse grasslands were a raccoon and three bushes (a sad offering at first glance…“Here kids…come have a blast placing three types of foliage on the empty grasslands! Hey, why are you nodding off? It’s landscaping fun for the whole family!“) but upon rereading the app description in the App Store, I was able to determine that the stickers are earned throughout the story portion of the app. So I would say that was my only concern and blight; it would really help if that was indicated somewhere. Otherwise, the app was something I would indeed have purchased.
But I must confess; I didn’t have to, and neither will 5 of you.
Yep, you know the drill: this is what we bloggers call a “sponsored post”. That’s where developers give me a free app to peruse hoping to inspire a good review. I will tell you though; my opinions are my own and always will be so please know that although they might be able to bait me into trying out an app, I will always give you guys the truth.
Another perk to this blatant consumerism is that sometimes they will give me a few freebies to throw out to our readers. So if you haven’t done this before, or you need a refresher course, here’s how to win a little “Ranger Rick” for your child: Leave a comment on this post before Tuesday, April 16th and we will randomly choose 5 of you to get a code to redeem your free copy. It’s that simple.
So comment away. I’ll announce the winners next post. And for those of you who can’t wait, check out Ranger Rick Appventures: Lions by the National Wildlife Federation for $4.99 in the AppStore.
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