What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Animal Phone is an app where kids can call animal friends who will talk and interact with them, as well as repeat back what kids say. The animals will also leave kids messages when they are away. Kids can use a keypad to dial the phone, or tap "Call" on the animal's image screen. The app includes a gorilla friend to call and play with, though additional animals and animal upgrades are available as in-app purchases. Kids can tap on the gorilla to get a reaction or make him pass gas.
What kids can learn
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What Kids Can Learn
While Animal Phone was created with educational intent, we don't recommend it for learning. It can be attractive and fun for a short time, and allows kids to engage in some imaginative play, but it also lacks depth and misses opportunities for learning.
What's it about?
Kids can carry on a phone conversation with Graham Gorilla, even hearing their own answers repeated back by the gorilla. The interface is very similar to an actual iPhone call, with the Call button and End button. The gorilla calls and leaves messages for the kids as well. Young kids will enjoy calling their \"friends.\" Kids are encouraged to ask a grown-up about ordering \"food and toys\" for the animals, and more animal friends can be loaded for a fee via in-app purchase. Graham Gorilla is the only one included in the free app.
Is it any good?
ANIMAL PHONE is an attractive and fun app that allows kids to interact with pretend animals over a video phone type of toy. Tapping the animals allows kids to speak with them, but the gorilla only has a few movements and a few things to say. He will repeat back anything kids say to him, in a slightly lower/slower voice, but he will not have any significant response. Kids may tire of playing with just the one included animal, and will likely ask to purchase additional animal friends. This app doesn't stand very well on its own without the in-app purchases.