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Lion & Mouse - Orchestra

By Christy Matte, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Nonsensical narration negates cute story, activities.

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If you turn the volume off and allow kids to follow the story with their imagination, this is a lovely and interactive story that kids will enjoy. Lion & Mouse - Orchestra has pretty illustrations, plenty of interactive points, a story with a reasonably positive message, puzzles that change each time, and a musical reward at the end. It has almost all the makings of a great app. But the narration, presumably the result of an awful translation, is painful to listen to. It's stilted and awkward and often makes little sense. For example, "Wow... there was a... BAD scooter! Could it be fixed?" And as the lion is about to fall into the hole, "The lion felt interesting to be a monkey. He was so proud of it. Do not walk backward!" There are some other minor complaints, namely that young kids may not quite get what they are supposed to do with the puzzles and the orchestra since they are never told to look for instruments (and some of them aren't technically instruments to begin with). The story is short, but the fact that the mini-games can be replayed (there are numerous tangram puzzles, for example) and the orchestra is fun to dabble with, raises the value for enjoying over time. If only they would re-record the narration and add some guidance, Lion & Mouse - Orchestra would be a really strong app choice.

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