A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Talking Baby Hippo for iPad wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
Ease of Play
Kids simply talk, and the baby hippo repeats what they say. When they tap the items on the bottom, they just sit back and watch the hippo's interaction.
Products & Purchases
An icon of a cat at the top left of the screen links, behind a kid-lock passcode, to another free app, Talking Tom, and several other apps that are heavily ad-driven.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Talking Baby Hippo for iPad needs access to the device's microphone so it can replay what kids say aloud as if the baby hippo is speaking. The words repeat in a high-pitched, squeaky baby voice. The free app is pretty simple, with four interactions for kids to watch besides the hippo talking. A link at the top of the screen brings up five full-page ads for other apps. Kids can scroll through those but can't connect to the app store without completing the numerical kid-lock code.
Is It Any Good?
The voice recognition works quite well on TALKING BABY HIPPO FOR IPAD, picking up what kids say. Preschoolers will get a real kick out of hearing their words repeated. Beyond that, there's not much variety. The hippo eats a carrot. He blows up a balloon. He sucks a pacifier. He sneezes when a butterfly flies in his face. It's all good for a few delightful laughs, but there's not much to entertain for very long, and there's not much for kids to do beyond talking. The only moves they need to make are tapping the objects.
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