2014-11-07

Sago Mini Monsters




Create a lovable monster with just a few taps on your nabi tablet.  There is bound to be a new friend hiding in the bubbly pit of green slime.





 REVIEW:  Looking for a fun and creative app to keep your little one occupied while your both waiting in line at the grocery store?  Sago Mini Monsters delivers with a cute toddler friendly experience providing an assortment of simple interactions with a variety of good-natured monsters.  

Once a child has chosen a monster and colored it to their liking, the monster comes to life with horns, eyes and a mouth.  From there the child can tease or feed the monster with a variety of treats, until it is full.  While there are no time limits to this interaction, the monsters will only eat three items before it's time to brush their teeth.  After cleaning their chompers, it's time to accessorize and pose for a photo shoot.

Sago Mini Monsters Launch Screen
Launch Screen
Sago Mini Monster Eating
Eating
Sago Mini Monster Decorated
Decorated
Sago Mini Monsters Photo
Photo saved to Gallery
Sago Mini Monsters could definitely use an Undo button and maybe even a way to save favorite monsters, rather than just a photo of them, but my kids truly don't seem to mind.  My 3 year old daughter loves playing "Monsters Mini" with her 5 year old brother looking over her shoulder and laughing at the monsters range of emotions and expressions. Sago Sago also hits near my top grade with no developer or third party ads that get in the way of kids enjoying a good app and of course no in-app purchases that parents have to worry about.

When playing this app on our nabi Jr and nabi 2 tablets, the kids and I definitely noticed a fairly significant lag when launching, but once loaded everything ran smoothly, so there should be no frustrations from the little ones.  Also the "For Parents" link doesn't work on the nabi Jr tablet, but I believe this is the nabi Mode OS preventing the pop-up from launching, as it does on the nabi 2 tablet.  Either way, the link simply takes parents to a letter from the developer about the app.

If you notice similarities between this app from Sago Sago (Toronto) and our family favorite developer Toca Boca (San Francisco/Stockholm), there is a good reason.  No they haven't copied each others styles, the fact is they are sister studios that are part of the family-owned Swedish Bonnier Group, a media company that has been in business since 1804.  Yes that year begins with an 18, it's not a typo.  Family-owned to me means that the company has values that steer it, not stockholders.  Having been in business for so long those values seem to have been filtered down to their digital media content with the following guiding principals.

         Mastery. Our apps can be enjoyed by even very young children with little or no

         assistance, fostering a sense of accomplishment.
         
         Ownership. Our apps provide a unique outcome or experience through the
         participation of our users.
   
         Beauty. Our apps feature beautiful, original artwork, animation and sound.

         Humour. Our apps make kids smile.

This app  definitely encompasses these, especially Mastery and Humor. Monsters and five other apps from Sago Sago are available exclusively through the Amazon Appstore for Android devices.



FEATURES:
•  No in-app purchases or third-party advertising.
•  Open-ended play experience perfect for toddlers and preschoolers.
•  Encourages role playing and empathy.
•  Create a monster, feed it, brush its teeth and decorate it.  Snap a photo to save.

HOW TO PLAY:
•  The app starts with a random monster peaking out of the slime.  Tap 3 times or drag the shape up out of the goo to have the full body emerge.  Swipe down on the monster, in order to have another random monster appear.
•  Select one of the five colors available on the palette and begin drawing with a finger or stylus.  With multi-touch supported, try drawing with a friend or using both hands.
•  While coloring, simply shake the tablet a couple of times to wash off your monster and start fresh.
•  Tap the check mark in the top right corner to bring your monster to life.  At anytime tap and drag an eye, horn or the mouth off your monster and watch as a replacement sprouts.
•  Grab the food floating in the slime and feed your monster or toss it aside.
•  Once your monster has a full tummy, be sure to brush its teeth until they sparkle.
•  Decorate your monster with a variety of accessories and stickers.  If you are looking for something different, fling the item off to the side and others will appear.  Try shaking your tablet again to watch the accessories fly off.
•  Snap a photo of your monster by tapping the camera button.  The image will be available for viewing and sharing in the Gallery app on your nabi tablet.
•  Snap a photo of your monster by tapping the camera button.  The image will be available for viewing in the Gallery app on your nabi tablet.  The image can be shared from the Gallery app, while in Parent Mode.  NOTE: Your monster will disappear after taking a photo or tapping the check mark in the top right corner, enabling for a new creation to bubble up.

PREREQUISITES: None.

WHAT'S NEW: •  Minor updates.

Privacy Policy and Terms of Service

Developer: Sago Sago Toys Inc.
Content Rating: Everyone
Version: 1.6
Size: 50.6MB
Price: $2.99 US/CDN , £0.59
Compatibility: All nabi tablets, excluding the nabi 1.

APP PERMISSIONS:
NETWORK COMMUNICATION: Full internet access.  View network state. View Wi-Fi state.
STORAGE: Modify/Delete SD card contents.
SYSTEM TOOLS: Prevent tablet from sleeping.

2014-10-31

Wow! Best Kids Songs



Have a magical experience with Best Kids Songs. Looking for a sing- a-long music and video app that provides your child's favorite pre-school and kindergarten songs.  The small videos download to your nabi tablet so that they're available when you're away from home.



REVIEW:  This app actually is the Best Kids Songs app I've ever come across for children between 0-7!  It's given name is by no means a boast. 

My 2 year old daughter and 4 year old son were glued to watching and listening to their nabi 2 tablet this morning when I launched this app for the first time with 40 songs available at breakfast. Yes, I broke one of the golden rules of not having anything at the table just because I knew they'd love it.  While I had to remind them to eat a couple of times, it was definitely the smoothest Monday morning we've had since the school year started. Dad can always use some extra help, when Mom has had to leave for work early.

The song selection, singing, music and animations are all top notch. Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and Old MacDonald had a Farm come preloaded within the app.  Through the in-app Music Store, Cars Song, Christmas Medley, Christmas Day Medley, Halloween Song, Mother Goose Song, Phonics Songs and Times Table Song can each be downloaded for free.  
After installing the app, simply launch and use it on three different occasions to receive three additional free songs including Hello, If You're Happy and Pop! Goes the Weasel.

All of these free songs will definitely give parents and their children a flavor for the quality of the content available through this app.  Additional songs can be easily purchased through the in-app Music Store, if your nabi tablet supports Google Mobile Services.  Songs are sold in assorted packs (see listing below) of generally 8-30 songs.  New and holiday related song packs can be regularly found on sale.

The app allows for favorite videos to be checked and moved to the top of the playlist.  This is handy for dropping passed holiday and non-favorite songs down to the bottom of the list, while making those songs your kids want to hear millions of times quickly accessible.


The only reason for rating this app 4 stars instead of 5 is because of the one feature that I believe is missing. The total available song library probably takes up close to 1GB of space. While most parents won't purchase the music library, there still needs to be a way to remove songs that are either not liked or wanted, for example when a holiday has passed. Check a song or group and have them uninstall until they're wanted back. This would allow parents to purchase more song packs for devices with limited memory.  If Samsung Publishing were able to incorporate something like this, then this would definitely become a 5 star app.

FEATURES:
•  Most popular songs for kids 0-5. (See complete list below.)
•  12 free songs
•  Beautiful graphics and adorable characters.
•  Easy to learn song lyrics displayed while videos play.
•  Kid-friendly user interface.
  Integrated with Best Kids Stories for seamless switching between songs and stories.
•  Operates without the need for Wi-Fi, once songs are downloaded.
•  Play All, Shufffle, Select Songs to Play.
•  Songs can be purchased in bundles at a discount from the integrated Music Store.
Song Selection Interface
Song Selection Interface
Song Playback Interface
Song Playback Interface
PREREQUISITES: None, however see the Compatibility listing below for specifics related your child's particular nabi tablet.

CAUTION: This app offers in-app purchases, so please ensure that your Google Account is set to require a password for purchases, as shown in the I'm Gooin' Shopping post.

WHAT'S NEW:
•  Bug fixed for Restore function.
•  This app supports both mobile phone and tablet modes.
Download Best Kids Songs v36 (2014-08-29)

Developer: Samsung Publishing Ltd.
Content Rating: Everyone
Version: 36
Version Date: August 29, 2014
Size: 19MB + Additional Free and Purchased Songs
Price: Free
Availability: Google Play Store
Compatibility: nabi 2, nabi 2s, nabi XD, nabi DreamTab, nabi BigTab HD tablets upgraded with Google Mobile Services. 
Partial Compatibility: nabi Jr, nabi Jr nick Jr and nabi XD (NABIXD-NV10A-US) tablets can sideloaded this app through the download link above and enjoy all of the free songs.

APP PERMISSIONS:
IN-APP PURCHASES
IDENTITY: Find accounts on the device.
PHOTOS/MEDIA FILES: Modify or delete the contents of your USB storage.  Test access to protected storage.
WI-FI CONNECTION INFORMATION: View Wi-Fi connections.
DEVICE ID & CALLING INFORMATION: Read phone status and identity.
OTHER: Close other apps.  Receive data from internet.  View network connections.  Prevent device from sleeping.  Full network access. Control vibration.

SAMPLE VIDEOS:


OPTIONAL SONGS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE:
Happy Halloween Kids Songs

Best Kids Songs 32 Song Pack
Best Kids Songs 32 Song Pack - Approx. 122 MB
Mother Goose! 20 Song Pack
Mother Goose! 20 Song Pack - Approx. 124 MB
Sing and Learn ABCs with 30 Phonics Songs
30 Phonics Songs - Approx. 137 MB
Best of Christmas Songs 2012
Best of Christmas Songs 2012 - Approx. 77MB
Joyful, Joyful Christmas Songs 2013
Joyful, Joyful Christmas Songs 2013 - Approx. 90 MB
Merry, Merry Christmas Songs 2013
Merry, Merry Christmas Songs 2013 - Approx. 86MB
Animals, Animals

Best Kids Songs

Fun Dance Time

Sing Along Songs

Sweet Lullaby Songs
Sweet Lullaby Songs - Approx. 38MB
Sing Along Songs

Sweet Lullaby Songs

Sing Along Songs

Sweet Lullaby Songs

OTHER SUGGESTED APPS:
Scholastic Storia
Wiggle Jiggle Rhythm Party
Wow! Best Kids Stories

2013-12-13

Angry Birds Go!

Welcome to downhill racing on Piggy Island!  Feel the rush as you fling those freewheeling birds and piggies down the track at breakneck speed – with plenty of twists and turns in a thrilling race to the finish line!  But beware! Look out for hazardous roads, mischievous opponents riding your tail and special powers to put the race leader behind the pack. Plus, go from soapbox car to supercar by upgrading your ride!  Ready…Set…Angry Birds Go!

FIRST-EVER 3D ANGRY BIRDS WORLD!  See the birds and pigs from every angle as Piggy Island comes alive in this rich and colorful 3D world!


RACE AS THE BIRDS OR PIGS!  Jump behind the wheel and race as Red, Chuck, Terence, Stella, King Pig, Moustache Pig and many other favorites!


MASTER THE TRACKS!  Plenty of racetracks, stunt roads, air courses and off-road races – each throwing big and unexpected challenges your way!


AWESOME SPECIAL POWERS!  Smash your opponents off the road and take that winning position thanks to unique special powers for each character!


MANY GAME MODES!  Test your skills with super-fun and surprising game modes: Race, Time Boom, Fruit Splat, Champion Chase and Versus Mode!


UPGRADE YOUR RIDE!  From a homemade soapbox car to a super-fly supercar, with tons of karts and awesome ways to upgrade – yours to earn or purchase!


MUCH MORE TO COME!  The race has only just begun – so look out for many more fun things coming your way!


ToonsTV READY TO GO!  The home of the hugely popular Angry Birds Toons animated series, plus many other top-quality videos!

TELEPODS!  A groundbreaking new way to play! 
Now teleport your favorite characters into the game by placing your Angry Birds Go! Telepods figures (sold separately) on your nabi tablet’s camera!

PREREQUISITES: None.


NOTE: This is the free version of Angry Birds which contains 3rd party advertisements.  Please review the Privacy Policy for additional information.  Be aware that links to most of these ads should be blocked in nabi Mode.

Developer:
 Rovio Mobile Ltd.
Content Rating: Low Maturity 
Version: 1.0.4
Version Date: December 23, 2013
Size: 49MB + 119MB Additional Content
Price: Free 
Availability: Google Play Store
Compatibility: nabi 2, nabi Jr. Nick Jr.* and nabi XD Tablets running Android 4.1.

APP PERMISSIONS:
CAMERA: Take Pictures and Videos
NETWORK COMMUNICATION: Full Network Access, View Network Connections, View Wi-Fi Connections
PHONE CALLS: Read Phone Status and Identity
STORAGE: Modify or Delete the Contents of Your USB Storage
SYSTEM TOOLS: Test Access to Protected Storage
YOUR ACCOUNTS: Find Accounts on the Device
YOUR LOCATION: Approximate Location (Network-Based)

OTHER SUGGESTED APPS:
Amazing AlexAngry Birds SpaceAngry Birds Star WarsBad Piggies HD
Cloudy with Chance of Meatballs 2LEGO® City Fire Hose FrenzyPapa Pear SagaSTAR WARS - Tiny Death Star

2013-12-12

Farm Heroes Saga

Switch and match the collectible cropsies in this fantastic adventure.  Join forces with the Farm Heroes to stop Rancid the Raccoon from spoiling the precious farm lands.  Switch and match three or more adorable cropsies to drive Rancid away for good!  A farmtastic adventure filled with mixed vegetable madness!  Scrummy!

Play through hundreds of levels of strawberry switching, carrot crunching chaos to help our Farm Heroes save the day!  Have you got what it takes to be the next Farm Hero?
FEATURES:
•  Gather all kinds of cropsies to win the level before you run out of moves.
•  Easy and fun to play, but a challenge to fully master. 
•  Acres of luscious levels to complete and marvellous magic beans to collect.
•  Take on your friends to compete for the best score and see who can switch their way to the fattest onions ever! 
•  Rechargeable boosters, extra moves and special power-ups to help with those challenging levels.

CAUTION: This game encourages logging into Facebook to share progress.  If you use Facebook on the tablet be sure remember to logout when you are done, otherwise your child may end up sharing progress on your page.

CAUTION: This game offers in-app purchases for extra moves and lives.  If you've sideloaded the Google Play Store, please ensure that a password is used to restrict purchases, as covered in the Googlie Booglie post.

Terms of Service
Download Farm Heroes Saga v2.0.15 (2013-12-13)
Developer: King.com 
Content RatingEveryone 
Version: 2.0.14
Version Date: December 12, 2013
Size: 42MB 
Price:
 Free
Availability:
 Google Play Store

Compatibility: nabi 1, nabi 2, nabi JR and nabi XD Tablets.

APP PERMISSIONS:
NETWORK COMMUNICATION: Full Network Access, View Network Connections, View Wi-Fi Connections

OTHER SUGGESTED APPS:
Bubble Witch SagaCandy Crush SagaCloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2Pet Rescue Saga
Robot Unicorn Attack 2Space Ark THDScholastic StoriaTurbo Racing League

2013-12-03

Juice Cubes



The creators of Angry Birds present a delicious NEW puzzle game with tons of fresh and fruity challenges!  Connect the cubes and create explosive fruit bombs in 165+ levels filled with pirates, mermaids and other crazy characters!



FEATURES:
•  Play 165+ deliciously fruity levels filled with challenging puzzles!
•  Connect multiple juice cubes to create spectacular fruit explosions!
•  Pack your bags and go island hopping in a sunny tropical paradise!
•  Meet pirates, mermaids, witches and other wacky characters!
•  Easy to pick up but difficult to master!
•  Race your Facebook friends across the islands!
•  Unlock exciting new islands and crazy characters!
•  Beat those tough levels with the help of boosters and charms!

PREREQUISITES: None.

NOTE: Juice Cubes is completely free to play but contains 3rd party advertisements.  Please review the Privacy Policy for additional information.  Be aware that most of these ads are blocked in nabi Mode.

CAUTION: This game offers in-app purchases, so if you've sideloaded the Google Play Store, please ensure that a password is used to restrict purchases, as covered in the Googlie Booglie post.

Terms of Use and Privacy Policy
Download Juice Cubes v1.10.09 (2013-11-19)

Developer: Rovio Stars Ltd.
Content Rating: Low Maturity 
Version: 1.10.0.9
Version Date: November 19, 2013
Size: 22MB
Price: Free 
Availability: Google Play Store
Compatibility: nabi 2, nabi JR and nabi XD Tablets.

APP PERMISSIONS:
AFFECTS BATTERY: Prevent Device from Sleeping
NETWORK COMMUNICATION: Full Network Access, View Network Connections, View Wi-Fi Connections
PHONE CALLS: Read Phone Status and Identity
STORAGE: Modify or Delete the Contents of Your USB Storage
SYSTEM TOOLS: Test Access to Protected Storage
YOUR APPLICATIONS INFORMATION: Retrieve Running Apps

OTHER SUGGESTED APPS:
Amazing AlexAngry Birds SpaceAngry Birds Star WarsBad Piggies HD
Cloudy with Chance of Meatballs 2LEGO® City Fire Hose FrenzyPapa Pear SagaSTAR WARS - Tiny Death Star

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