Tuesday 28 May 2013

Kids' app review : Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom - Magic School

If you have a Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom fan in your midst, you'll be pleased to know that a brand new app featuring the cheeky pair has just been released. The Madhouse Mini-testers were very pleased to get a code to try it out. 

Called Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom - Magic School, the app contains a whopping seven mini games, making it great value because it will keep little players occupied for ages. Both 8-year-old Juliette and 3-year-old Pierre have been having great fun with it since I downloaded it.

You have the choice between the following games:

Wand Creator – Get creative by designing your very own wand! Pick your wand shape, colour, face, sparkles and sound! What will you choose?

Wand Practice – What will you turn Wise Old Elf into? Practice your wand skills by joining the stars to transform Wise Old Elf into a variety of objects and animals!

Potion Making  Create your own magic potion by picking ingredients and fairy dust and mixing them in a large cauldron to test the funny effects on Ben!

Magic Picnic – Help Holly transform the plates of food for each character into something tastier!  Use your wand to tap and zap the right food at the right time! 

Box of Burps – Holly wanted to show off her magic skills by creating a beautiful flower but she accidently created a box of burps instead! Use your wand to stop the burps escaping from the Box! (This one ALWAYS guarantees lots of giggles !)

Elf Tag Touch the elves and fairies that are covered in jelly to splat it off them with your wand.

End of School Photograph - Create your own imaginative photo with the stickers you have won in the other mini games.

There are several things that I instantly loved about the app. Firstly, it immediately sweeps little players into the Ben & Holly Kingdom that they will recognise from TV because it has the right voices, music and sound effects. Secondly, and this is true of all of P2 Games apps, it doesn't have any in-app purchases at all to worry about. Thirdly, the games are totally intuitive and even Pierre managed to pick it straight up and play with no instructions from me whatsoever.

One slight niggle (although this didn't seem to bother Pierre in the slightest, to be honest !) - although you can pick your player, there are only fairies available. Surely they could have added some elves instead to keep the boys happy too?!

Overall, it's still a great game though.

star rating : 4.5/5

RRP : £2.99

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

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