Note: This is a Wordless Picture Book with limited narration. It is meant to be shared together with a young child.
Pico the Penguin is a simple, point-and-touch app for very young children, ages 2-5. The object of the game is to lower Pico’s temperature in some very warm places, using imaginative ways to cool him down. It begins with a cute introduction, which is helpful the first time the app is opened. Pico has the travel bug. Your child joins him as he goes in search of new adventures, but he must be careful. Pico must stay cool, because after all, he’s a penguin. His journey starts when you choose a destination on the world map.
At each stop, he enlists the help of a local animal friend to help him stay chilled and out of the sun. Children as young as 2 can put on Pico’s hat or help the elephant give him a nice, cool shower. As your child repeats the action, his temperature starts to drop, until the color on the thermometer changes to a shivery blue, meaning that Pico is well-chilled.
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The design and animation of Pico the Penguin meet expectations, with colorful and age appropriate animated characters, jazzy background music, and lots of sound effects. I would have liked to see more details about the locations, in order to help differentiate them from one another. The information link (accessible on the title screen) provides directions along with a few hints about some of the stopovers.
In a Nutshell:
Pico the Penguin is a simple game app for beginners, with a straightforward user interface and limited content. It features likable characters doing funny actions. Parents should be aware that some of the activities can be finished with just a few repetitions, while others take an extremely long time to complete; this inconsistency could lead to frustration.
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This review was originally published by FunEducationalApps.com on February 13, 2015. Nathalie is a mom of three, always looking for top fun educational apps to support kids learning the fun way! She is the founder of Fun Educational Apps and Co-funder of AppStar Picks, a free app listing top reviews for kids, from trusted websites. She created Fun Educational Apps as a way to help parents, educators and teachers discover great apps. Together with her kids, they try new apps on an ongoing basis.
This app was reviewed by Julie Peterson, a speech/language pathologist (SLP) currently working in a school setting, serving children with special needs ages 6-14. With so many choices available to parents, my goal is to share accurate information about the apps I review, so that you can make smart choices for your children.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
Petita Demas Ltd
8 - 10 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 2 - 5 +
Educate your children to understand the importance of friendship with Pico the Penguin, a puzzle game for kids 2-5 years old, introducing 7 unique hand drawn animals in different locations around the world that help Pico the Penguin keep cool.
Pico the Penguin lives far away, in the freezing cold of Antarctica. One day, he decided to go on a journey around the world, to visit his friends. But where his friends live, it’s not as cold as Antarctica! And just like you need to keep warm, Pico needs to keep cool! So, what is Pico going to do? That’s what friends are for! Play and help him out!
• Give a nudge to Elliott the Elephant to give Pico a cold shower with water using his giant nose.
• Ask gently Renne the Rhino to share its sunscreen (aka mud) with Pico.
• Lick Pico’s head with Kenny the Kangaroo, to help him keep cool!
• Put on Pico hat, sunglasses and sunscreen with Carmen the Camel and educate your children about the importance of protecting themselves when they go out in the sun.
• Seven unique levels with beautiful hand-drawn animals and wonderful animated backgrounds.