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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Goosed Up Rhymes HD is an irreverent retelling of Mother Goose's Nursery Rhymes. The rhymes are played out in fully animated scenes with humorous narration and a whole lot of clever dialogue thrown in to flesh out the stories. After hearing the nursery rhyme, kids can tap all over the page to trigger goofy animations. A few of the stories hold hidden mini-games, including a puzzle to rebuild Humpty Dumpty, a memory game to find bones for Mother Hubbard's dog, and a whack-a-mole game to defend the three blind mice from the farmer's wife (by bopping her with a big wooden mallet). The latter game may raise some concern since kids are whacking an old lady, but she remains unscathed and keeps trying to sneak into the mouse hole. It may seem silly or violent; know your kid. This is a review of the iPad version. However, the iPhone/iPod version (Goosed Up Rhymes) is just as good, but it doesn't have the high definition graphics.
Is it any good?
The developers behind GOOSED UP RHYMES have a wickedly subversive sense of humor, and it makes reading (or rather, watching) these classic nursery rhymes fresh and fun again. Many of the hidden interactive animations are either hilariously clever or just flat-out absurd enough to elicit a laugh. There's an acorn hunt that stretches across all the stories, as you help a comical squirrel relocate the nuts he hid and forgot about, and a handful of other story-related mini-games that make for nice embellishments upon the rhymes. The old-lady-bopping game in the "Three Blind Mice" story stands out as being particularly harsh, though, in an app that would otherwise appeal very nicely to preschoolers.
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