Game Review: What Am I Pets HD
Release: 14th December 2010
Developer: Wonky Woo Games Limited
Size: 12.1 MB
In the first of a planned trilogy of games, Wonky Woo sets a challenge for the preschoolers of the world by asking them to get the correct animal.
For your £0.59/$0.99 you get two different game modes. The first is the main aspect of the game. You are giving a clue such as “I have a long tail what am I?” from this you then need to swipe the head, body and feet and create the correct animal. Don’t worry if your child has trouble reading as each clue is read out at the start of each round.
The second game is a simple matching game, on the left hand side of the screen there is an animal and on the right hand side there are three more. You get one minute to drag the animal from the left to the matching one on the right. Every time you do this you get a single point and a new set of animals to match.
The key features:
- Bright colours
- Two different game modes
- Multiple clues for each animal
The game has two very simple concepts but they could have been tweaked just a little more. When creating the animal you can get correct answers for just having the correct body parts on the screen but not necessarily connected to each other. It did provide me with a couple of laughs to see a decapitated bunny surrounded by fireworks but it does seem a little sloppy.
To change body parts you have to continually swipe the screen which was annoying for me and I can’t even imagine what a preschooler would think about constantly rubbing the screen. Two easy fixes would be to either make it one swipe across each body part to move it onto the next one or get rid of the swipe and add a left/right arrow key next to each body part and one push moves it to the next body part.
One last minor gripe, why offer a score in a game if there is not a scoreboard or even a record of the highest score? Either of these additions would have made for a better experience as at a glance you could easily see when your child is improving rather that having to remember all of the previous scores yourself.
While I applaud developers trying to use technology to expand the minds of the youth of the world, I have to wonder what parent would allow their preschool child to play with an iPad? It is a noble ambition but there are plenty of books and electronic toys available that do the same as this app and while they won’t be as cheap as £0.59/$0.99 they will be a lot cheaper than the cost of repairing an iPad after your preschooler drops/scratches/draws on/throws/any other activity that a preschooler finds entertaining that will ultimately destroy anything nice that you have.
Stay away from(for the sake of your iPad)