Kids Fireman

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Kids learn about firefighting in cute but glitchy app.

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This game is obviously designed for toddlers and preschoolers, but all of the instructions are in writing. Adults will most likely need to play through once with kids, and then the kids will be fine to explore again on their own.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kids Fireman is a cute but flawed app geared toward toddlers and preschoolers, especially those interested in spending a day in the life of a firefighter. The background music for the app is grating, but turning off the music results in turning off most of the sound effects as well. There is no apparent rhyme or reason to which sound effects work and which don't, and you might even find a page where one works and the other doesn't. The interactive steering wheel on one of the pages occasionally disappears. Some of the pages have lyrics that tell the child what to do, but most of the pages only have written instructions. 

 

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Is it any good?

KIDS FIREMAN is a cute environment for kids to explore, but it is a bit quirky. It encourages kids to open the firehouse doors, slide down the pole, dress in firefighting gear, head out in the truck, and save a kitten from a tree, all by tapping and sliding on each page. It's almost like an interactive storybook, only without a story to read. Young kids will enjoy exploring the pages to find all of the interactive items, but it's not something they will want to play with over and over again unless they are really into with firetrucks. It is fun, but lacks depth and has some glitches. Its cost seems a tad high for what it has to offer.

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