Noah's Ark Animalibrium

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Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Charming open-ended balancing act is fun, with limitations.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn a bit about physics by figuring out how to balance differently shaped animals in a small boat.

Ease of Play

It can be hard to tap and drag to maneuver the animals and boat.

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A small icon on the home screen advertises an additional app from the same developer; tapping on it activates a parent gate. There's additional content available as an in app purchase.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Noah's Ark Animalibrium is a free-play puzzle in which kids find a way to fit all the animals in a boat. As there's no indication of the goal of the game, kids are able to explore freely. But they might need help to understand that there's a puzzle aspect as well. Placing the animals and moving forward and backward to scroll with the boat can be awkward. Kids may get frustrated if they continue to not be able to move things around the way they wish. The free download includes a set of eight animals. Parents can purchase an additional set of eight dinosaurs through an in app purchase of $1.99. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

When kids tap into NOAH'S ARK ANIMALIBRIUM they see a lone elephant siting on a hill and an empty boat floating in the water below. Tap and drag the elephant to place it in the boat, or in the water. Tap and drag to the side to scroll back and forth and find an additional seven animals; Balance them all in the boat together to solve the puzzle. Look around underwater and in the sky or experiment with different weather conditions: sunshine, rain, lightening, snow, and hail. Purchase the dinosaur pack for eight dinosaurs to balance on a floating log.

Is it any good?

Simple colorful graphics and free play exploration make for a delightful, but limited, little game. The puzzle aspect, in which kids try to balance eight animals in a little boat, is cute and requires some thinking but is not too challenging. The main drawback of Noah's Ark Animalibrium is that maneuvering the boat and the animals requires precision and can be awkward or difficult for little ones. When kids play the game, there's no indication of how they should play. On the one hand, that encourages free exploration. On the other hand, without parent input, kids don't have any way of knowing that there's a puzzle with a goal to achieve. And, there's actually not a whole lot to explore other than dumping animals in the water, tapping on some underwater creatures, and changing the weather. Parents will certainly want to thoroughly check out the free animal pack before deciding whether it's worth it to buy the dinosaur pack. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the animals in Noah's Ark Animalibrium. What are the animals' names? What sounds do they make and where do they live? Which animals do you like best and why?

  • Talk about strategy for balancing the animals in the boat. Which animals should go on the bottom? Why?

  • Ask questions about your kids' experiences with the different weather conditions. What time of year does it snow? Do you think in real life these particular animals see all these different types of weather? Have you ever seen hail? What did it sound/feel/look like?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: problem solving, spatial reasoning, strategy
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (Free download includes one animal set. Purchase additional set for $1.99 in app purchase.)
  • Release date: March 21, 2019
  • Category: Education
  • Topics: Dinosaurs, Wild Animals
  • Size: 323.00 MB
  • Publisher: Giulia Olivares
  • Version: 1.0.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later
  • Last updated: April 15, 2019

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