Kiwi and Pear's World Adventure
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kiwi and Pear's World Adventure is both a storybook and an educational game. The storybook takes Kiwi and Pear around the world on a long adventure to different well-known destinations including The White House, The Great Wall of China, and The Nile River. The narrator tells the rhyming story of Kiwi and Pear's adventure, but there are no words on the page for kids to follow along or read themselves. Each screen has several interactive elements, and kids turn pages themselves by tapping arrows. In addition to the story, the app has three educational games for kids to play. In Fruit Catch Game, kids make Kiwi and Pear move back and forth to catch falling fruit and avoid things that aren't fruit. Kids get three hearts, which they lose when they catch things that aren't fruit. Kids can earn back lost hearts by continuing to catch fruit and miss other objects. In Memory Game, ten cards are placed face down, and kids have to find all of the matches before the timer runs out. In World Map Game, kids need to locate spots on a world map that Kiwi and Pear visited, though most of the spots weren't from the included story. This game is also timed, though for each correct answer, five more seconds get added to the clock.
Is it any good?
KIWI AND PEAR'S WORLD ADVENTURE has colorful and attractive artwork that is simple and without a lot of detail. The rhyming story is melodious and the interactive elements are entertaining. However, the lack of text on each page makes the app less educational than it could be, and the challenging geography game seems out of place with the other two simpler games. The geography game is interesting on its own, but the 30 seconds given on the timer doesn't seem like enough, and the game covers many locations that were not covered in the story. This makes it seem like there is something missing. Being unable to zoom out and see the entire world map at once is also limiting, and even if kids get correct answers quickly enough, the game ends before the timer runs out.