A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn about penguin behavior (within the confines of an aquarium environment) by watching them via the live webcams on Pocket Penguins. Kids can practice their observation skills by viewing the penguins both above and below water. They can also learn some penguin facts if they tune in to watch a California Academy of Sciences biologist make a presentation at the exhibit twice daily (10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. PST). Pocket Penguins is an interesting way to view a live penguin exhibit, but the app doesn't include much information or interactivity.
Ease of Play
Switching between webcams is simple, and pretty much the only options on the app. If you want to see the biologist presentation live, you have to log on at 10:30 a.m. or 3 p.m. PST. There's also a pre-recorded presentation, but the option to watch that at any time is not readily apparent on the app; it seemingly only shows up when connection to the webcam is lost or buffering takes too long.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
One user review observed that penguin mating is sometimes seen on the live webcam.
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Products & Purchases
There's a "Purchase Tickets" icon on the main screen, and users are encouraged to donate $5 to the California Academy of Sciences via text.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pocket Penguins is a delightful webcam app that shows a group of African penguins in captivity swimming, interacting, and feeding at the California Academy of Sciences' penguin observation area. This app is perfect for penguin lovers to watch and observe the little waddlers from three webcams, as well as see a biologist give twice-daily presentations. There's a mild push for app users to purchase tickets or make a donation.
Is It Any Good?
There's something calming yet engrossing about watching these African creatures go about their day on these three webcams. The pre-recorded biologist presentation is good -- if the option to watch it pops up. Otherwise, if you want to hear the Q&A session with the biologist feeding the penguins twice daily, you have to open the app at 10:30 a.m. or 3 p.m. PST. It would be nice to have more information about what viewers are watching available to read on the app all the time, in order to understand the behavior better. A discount on tickets to the actual exhibit is available on the app.
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