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Smack That Gugl App – Free for limited time! April 20, 2012

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App Store – Smack That Gugl.

Smack the Gigl is a pretty fun and simple game app for the iPhone and iPad featuring the cute Gugl from Tauyasui, the maker of the popular Carl and Gugl apps. This is available for free download for a limited time. Normally, it is $0.99. You may be able to grab some other apps from this developer for free.

Tap on the Gugls as fast as you can to smoosh them before they take over your screen. There are tricky ones that split in two and other ones that must be smooshed by tapping twice. Get them before they turn red. Be careful and avoid the ones that look like they have chicken pox. If you get more than 5 red ones, your games is over. I personally think that Gugls look like imaginary bacteria. This is what my mind imagines that it looks like when your immune system is fighting off germs. There is a kid level and regular level for adult play which is challenging.

Recommended for 2 and up.



PipeRoll HD App – Free for limited time.

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PipeRoll HD for iPad on the iTunes App Store.

PipeRoll apps are a series of engrossing puzzle game apps from Navigation-Info Kft. They are offering the HD version of PipeRoll for iPad for free download for a limited time. This version is normally $1.99. Other versions of the PipeRoll apps  are available, the iPhone ones are $0.99 and the iPad ones are $1.99. Be sure you check to make sure that your OS of your iDevice is supported since these apps are not universal.

The goal of the game is to create a closed system of pipes to get water (or other liquid) from the source (storage facilities/tanks) to the destination (homes and buildings). You have a bunch of pipe sections that can be rotated/flipped to create continuous flow. This game starts off easy enough for my son (3.5) to enjoy and solve on his own, but it progresses in difficulty with 100 levels of play. If you are a fan of puzzle apps, this one is pretty fun entry. I think of this as a non-kid version of Where’s My Water in some ways. This is a really great app for building logic, problem-solving, and cause and effect skills.

Recommended for age 5 and up. Younger children who have an aptitude for puzzles will enjoy the challenge of this game.



Old MacDonald-HD App – Free for limited time!

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Old MacDonald-HD for iPad on the iTunes App Store.

App Store – Old MacDonald. (iPhone)

Old MacDonald’s farm is a very funny animal app geared towards toddlers and preschoolers. This is being offered for free download for a limited time. Normally, it is $0.99.

Your child will be exposed to a wide range of animals that live on the farm and live in other environments. They can spin and select any animals to see if that animal lives on Old MacDonald’s farm. The song abruptly stops and the singer is funny when he stops and says dinosaurs, beavers, penguins, etc. don’t live on the farm and gives basic science facts about where that animal actually lives. Then the farmer comes along with a tractor and drags the animals that doesn’t belong off the screen. When your child picks animals that do live on the farm, the animal will be added to the farm scene with a drag and drop puzzle feature. When all the farm animals are in the scene, the farmer will dance a jig.

Recommended for 18 months to 4 years. Be prepared to listen to Old MacDonald’s song over and over again though.




Ant Raid App – Free for one day.

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Ant Raid for iPad on the iTunes App Store.

App Store – Ant Raid for iPhone.

Ant Raid is a casual strategy game whose amusing animation reminds me of a Bug’s Life or Antz. It is very easy to learn to play this game with its tap interface. There are separate versions for the iPad and iPhone that are currently available for free download. It is normally $0.99. There are free lite versions available for download.

Your job is to defend the ant colony after a pesticide cloud mutates all the other bugs and animals in the area into enemies (mildly cartoon monster-like) into trying the eat the ants. You have to send your ants to defend the colony and smash the enemy. This app has mild cartoon violence (smashing and destroying bugs) so use your judgement as to what is appropriate for your child. There are over 100 levels of play to explore.

Recommended for 5 to 7 and up. Use your judgement as to whether or not this is appropriate for younger children.



Backyard at Twilight: A Stella and Sam Adventure e-book app – Free for a limited time!

Filed under: Apps,Book Apps,Children's Books,Kids — lifeatwarpspeed @ 1:25 pm
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Backyard at Twilight: A Stella and Sam Adventure for iPad on the iTunes App Store.

Stella and Sam Adventures are a series of best-selling picture books and television written and created by Marie-Louise Gay. This series airs on Disney Junior in Canada which is why you may not be familiar with the books or the series. This is the 3rd offering in a series of innovative e-books (In the Snow and Rainy Days). This app comes to you from Tickle Tap, an award-winning developer, and is being offered for free download for a limited time. Normally, this app is $2.99. The app is designed to support both English and French languages.

This is a cute and engaging storybook app which is more a blend of a book and game app. This is a high quality storybook app with beautiful animated watercolor illustrations and is professionally voiced. I like how the app allows to you go directly to a specific point in the book without having to swipe through every singe page to get to where you want to go. There are three mini games that allow your child to interact with the story.

Highly recommended for 2 to 5. Grab this while it is free!




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