A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn about 12 forest-dwelling animals: As they guide the chipmunk around the forest, kids learn the names of and some facts about beavers, frogs, bees, a woodpecker, deer, rabbits, bluebirds, a turtle, a skunk, a spider, and a mole -- all in their natural environments.
Ease of Play
Moving the chipmunk protagonist around the forest isn't intuitive and can be awkward, as the controls aren't always immediately responsive.
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Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
This virtual romp through an adorable forest has a few nice features but doesn't have enough substance to make it last. The visuals are lovely, and gentle music underlies realistic forest sounds, though it would be nice to be able to turn the music off. Kids will likely enjoy pretending to be a chipmunk: Watching it scamper along the ground, climb up trees, and jump from stone to stone in a pond is great fun. A collection of interesting tidbits about each animal in the forest gives kids a nice but very bare-bones introduction to some of the wonders of the natural world; the vocabulary isn't quite age-appropriate and will be too advanced for a lot of kids. Once kids have cycled through all 12 animals, there's not much left to do other than keep revisiting the same places and same animal information. In addition, the puzzles that kids must complete to access each animal's animation feel out of place and don't add much to the experience. In terms of basic functionality, awkward navigation may frustrate kids as the tapping mechanism isn't totally responsive, and the chipmunk often just refuses to go to a certain location, literally shaking its head no. Improved controls, more smoothly introduced facts, and a few additional biomes would give it a longer shelf life.
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