Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Kids' app review : Hey Hey Match

The Madhouse Mini-testers recently received a new app to test out called Hey Hey Match. This is  the third release, following on from HeyHey Pix and HeyHey Colors, from HeyHey Apps, a kids' app company founded by street artist Bue the Warrior whose mission is to bring joy and colour to children around the world.

The game is a series of four mix and match puzzles, allowing you to have fun creating weirdly mismatched characters or recreate the real animals and people.

Pierre had great fun putting them together and seeing what he could come up with. If you put the correct head, body and legs together, the character disappears and his name is pronounced, although you can customise the sounds to say whatever you want.

Once you clear all characters in a puzzle, you get to a reward screen where you are rewarded for solving the puzzle with a short movie or picture that relates to the selected character. The app creators plan on you getting much more hands on and customising your app though. They explain : "We were kind enough to include some default rewards, but the idea is that parents, together with their children, go to the sound and vision screen and replace these defaults with their own creations. There are pdf files available on the HeyHey Apps site that contain all the heads of the characters which can be cut out and used as masks. Cut out the bear mask and go into the woods to record your little one roaring from behind the trees, or get him next to a  police car dressed as Officer Butch. Jean-Jacques Patati can easily be filmed when you go to swim with the little one and who does not know how to imitate a monkey."

It's a nice idea but I have to admit, so far we haven't had a chance to explore it. Pierre's been happy enough playing with the app as it is though, although it does make it fairly expensive if you use it just as a run-of-the-mill maching game.

star rating : 4/5

RRP : £1.49

Disclosure : We received a code for the app in order to write an honest review.

Other reviews you may be interested in :

Kids' app review : Woolly & Tig

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