This game is based on the print pop-up activity books by David A. Carter. As an app it is a lot of fun and preserves much of the charm of the print titles. Each page asks the reader to 'spot the dot' hidden under boxes, on screens covered with geometric shapes and on 'hidden object' style pages, including ones with movement. The visuals are lovely although not quite as stunning as the paper versions of titles like "One Red Dot" and "600 Black Spots".
This app teaches colors and attention to detail, as well as having several simple sentences that appear as they are read aloud. Each activity is fun and has just a bit of challenge. Young children may need an adults help once in awhile, but for the most part this is an app that can be enjoyed by a child by themselves.
Since the dots move around every time the book is 'played' the app also has a lot of replay value. My Kindergartener asks to play with this app often, enjoying the challenge even though he is way past learning his colors. I've even enjoyed playing with it myself a few times, making this a nice title to share with a child.
Overall, this app is very solidly made and easy enough for even a toddler to navigate. It celebrates color and draws children in with its simple but engaging format. The sheer variety of activities and intutive game play make this a perfect title for young children that they will return to over and over.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
David A. Carter
Ruckus Media Group
6 - 10 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: Yes
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 2 - 6 +
Page after page, the reader is asked to 'spot the dot' by exploring a variety of different ways for dots to be hidden. Colors explored include: Red, Yellow, Blue, Orange, Green, Purple, Pink, Brown, Black & White.