There is no doubt that smartphones, phablets, and tablets have impacted our lives. From making it easier to read on the go, to giving us mobile tools to get work done, to enabling console-quality gaming from just about anywhere.
There is one marvel, however, that tablets in particular provide that few parents would want to do without, and that is as a distraction for children.
Gone are the days of coloring books and board games now that you can keep a child entertained for hours with a myriad of apps available on the Play Store.
Concept and Functionality
The app itself is extremely simple to pick up and use. When you load up the app, you are presented with a selection of activities to choose from.
These include a swiping game where you drag treats to assorted animals, a puzzle game where you match pieces to a photo, and a music maker where you select assorted instruments to create a band.
It took a while to figure out, however, that there were plenty more activities available by swiping right, as there is no indication that you should do so. Also, some words are not in English, although since the games are visual, it’s really not an issue. These should be easy fixes for the developer.
Beyond these minor inconvenience, the games are all easy to use and very touch friendly with bright colorful graphics and a lot of photos, particularly of animals.
In discussing the features of Baby Room C, you’re pretty much discussing the games and activities themselves.
There is a surprisingly broad variety of offerings this app presents, including several staples of children’s activities such as matching games and puzzles.
The games are meant for “the youngest children” according to the developer, and we would have to agree. While there are a variety of difficulties in the various games, in general children of a toddler to preschool age should be fine with them and find them enjoyable.
Children much older than that, however, may end up bored rather quickly with some of the activities.
There are a couple of games that actually go beyond the preschool focus. One game, for example, challenges you to pop balls that are bouncing around the screen, with errant taps generating additional balls to deal with.
Given the speed at which this game functions, it actually posed a little bit of a challenge to us, so we imagine children on the toddler side of the audience may find it quite difficult.
There is also another game involving a train where you tap and collect stars to upgrade parts of the train, which feels like a more complex concept than the rest of the app.
Since many children like trains, however, it will likely be just as enjoyable.
One thing to keep in mind is that it’s a free app supported by ads. On the plus side this is why you don’t have to pay for the download, but it also introduces a bit of an unknown, in that you don’t know what apps will be advertised. In addition, since the ad is overlayed on the game, your child is likely to touch it thereby taking them to Google Play and the app being advertised.
As with any children’s app that contains ads, be sure you have password protection turned on so they don’t accidentally purchase or download anything without your knowledge, but expect this app to keep them entertained for a while.
Baby room C / Games for Kids requires Android 2.1+. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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