What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hippo Hooray Shapes is a simple educational app for young children to help them to learn to identify shapes. It's appropriate for preschoolers but will not present much of a challenge to children once they have mastered their shapes.
Is it any good?
HIPPO HOORAY SHAPES teaches young children their shapes by presenting a collection of four shapes and asking them to identify a particular one. It offers verbal encouragement when they get the right answer, saying "You rock!" or "Super cool!" When the wrong shape is touched, it is simply removed and the instructions are repeated. There isn't a whole lot of variety to the game, or any end goal—the game just continues as long as the child wants to play—but there are a few different styles to the shapes. After every five screens, the children are treated to a little animated cheer—fireworks or confetti.
The game is cute and very simple. Your preschooler may have fun with it but it's not something that older children will find interesting at all. The graphics are bright, and the instructions and affirmations are done with a child's voice, which is a nice touch. Overall, a decent shape-learning app for younger kids, but very limited appeal for anyone else.