A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Dino Hospital HD lets kids play doctor to eight dinosaurs, who suffer from a range of health problems. In eight different hospital areas, including Emergency, Orthopedics, and Dentistry, kids pretend to be doctors and play puzzles and games related to the dinosaurs' health troubles. The sound effects and animations might be unsettling for some kids, with dinosaurs crying and sirens blaring. The games are easy to play, often simply requiring kids to move an object around with a finger to put it in the correct place or to complete a puzzle.
What's it about?
First, kids see a hospital building with eight rooms and eight dinosaurs. Once kids choose a dinosaur, a close-up of that room appears and the rest of the hospital vanishes. Choices for what kids can do for the dinosaur pop up on the bottom of the screen, each for a game related to the dinosaur's health problem. Players apply antibiotic ointment, insert IVs, administer medicine, and more. Kids earn stickers as rewards. There are 28 mini-games in all for preschoolers to enjoy pretend play and learn a little, too.
Is it any good?
Most of the games in DINO HOSPITAL HD are harmless fun, and some are even educational (putting numbers in the correct order, matching objects to an eye chart). Many preschoolers will like choosing which dinosaur to assist and pretending to perform medical tasks such as giving shots, taking x-rays, or cleaning teeth.
On the downside, some of the sound effects border on annoying or scary -- many of the dinosaurs are crying, sirens are blaring, or the heart monitor is beeping in the background. There are also not many directions given and, while kids can often figure out what to do by what's happening on the screen, some games leave kids guessing. Finally, the app seems to have a crashing problem at times. Dino Hospital HD is a cute concept, but it could be improved.
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- Device: iPad
- Subjects: Math: numbers, patterns, shapes
- Skills: Health & Fitness: body awareness
Emotional Development: empathy
Thinking & Reasoning: deduction
- Price: $1.99
- Release date: July 18, 2012
- Category: Education
- Topics: Dinosaurs
- Size: 43.90 MB
- Publisher: Joy Preschool Game
- Version: 1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.0 or later
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