Hippo Hooray Shapes

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Jonathan H. Liu, Common Sense Media
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Cute shape-learning app has limited content.

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Each screen has four shapes and the child is asked to identify one, both verbally and in writing. Tapping the correct shape gives verbal feedback and moves to the next screen, and tapping the incorrect shape removes that shape and repeats the instructions.

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The app advertises "Other Apps for Kids" on the main screen and asks for an email address, but otherwise has no advertising. 

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What 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.

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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.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: $0.99
  • Release date: November 24, 2009
  • Category: Education
  • Publisher: Jackson Fish Market
  • Version: 1.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 2.2.1 or later. Not compatible with 1st generation iPod touch.

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