We have, not one, not two but 4 games to giveaway from A&R Entertainment. I must say that this was a little tough one, as OZ Apps, we are also trying to make apps for a varied audience and do have a special emphasis for apps for kids.
With our reviewer hats on, to be completely fair to the developer, we found that the apps are created with a special consideration and focus on learning with entertainment in mind. Here's a list of the apps that we had a look at
My First Puzzles
(available for both iPhone and iPad) Here are some codes for the lucky readers for their iOS devices.
This is one in the series of wooden puzzles that has been created for the iOS platform.The visual feel is amazing, it is easy to work with the pieces for any person, the overlapping pieces fade out of sight which makes it easier to visually see the position of the piece. This is an amazing experience for a child, the only thing missing or lacking, is the wooden sound of blocks, that could complete this immersive experience.
App store link http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-first-puzzles-hd-lite/id380167623?mt=8
Learning animal sounds is fun (iphone ipad):
Some might call this another sound board app with animal sounds, but the app integrates very beautifully the animal sounds and the UI thereby giving hours of fun to kids, since this is an universal app, one can use it on either the iPhone or the iPad.
App store link http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/learning-animal-sounds-is-fun/id391813113?mt=8
Learning to tell time is fun:
Learning to tell the time was our favourite app, it does a very good job at teaching time, in fact, we feel that this app should be used/adapted by the Education department to teach time. Again the UI and the app make for a very simple learning of how to tell the time. However the introduction of a quiz mode would be a welcome addition.
App store link http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/learning-to-tell-time-is-fun-hd/id375685028?mt=8#
My first Tangrams
Many must have tried Tangrams, this one is tangrams for kids, Just like the My first puzzle, this is another in the wooden puzzle series. The inset look and feel is great, but the sound is what lets down the app, woody sound would have made the experience complete. It works with the child's cognitive ability, and rather than making the child rotate the tangram, etc, it has shapes that do not require any rotation or manipulation other than drag and drop, so educators can use this as a game for colour or for shapes.
There is not much that we can add in words to these apps, they are all brilliantly executed apps that are pleasant and appeal to kids and elders equally. The UI is simple to understand and yet quite detailed. A must buy for those that have kids and would like them to play with their iPhones/iPads... ;) the apps are mostly in the range of $1.99
For those that have a Mac, these are also available on the Mac App Store, We did not get a review code for the Mac App Store and could not try the same. From the look and feel of the screenshots and consistency of the developer, they would have the same high quality of the apps.
The Website for the Developer is at http://www.ar-entertainment.net/
The Mac App store is found at http://www.ar-entertainment.net/learning/mac/
The iPad games and Apps at http://www.ar-entertainment.net/learning/ipad.html