Sunday 20 October 2013

Kids' app review : Room on the Broom

Halloween is just around the corner so it's the perfect time for the first official Room on the Broom app to be released, based on the much-loved classic picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. We received a code to download it and see what we thought. The app features beautiful designs based on Scheffler’s original illustrations so the first thing that we noticed is that it is very close to the book, instantly recognisable and keeping the same atmosphere, much to the kids' delight.

Little fans can play with their favourite characters, such as the Witch, Cat, Dog, Bird, Frog and Dragon, in a variety of mini games that help hone simple skills like counting and observation.

The mini games are :

· Join the stars – Fly through the air and connect all the sparkly stars to find the right image! This is like a dot-to-dot and can help with learning numbers and sequencing.

· Find the hat – The Witch has lost her hat! Is it behind the tree? Help Dog find the hat in the woods.

· Windy day collecting game – It’s a windy day and Cat needs help collecting a few things. Be careful not to miss them!

· Find the bow – The Witch has lost her bow! Help Bird find the bow in the field.

· Find the wand – The Witch has lost her wand! Help Frog find the wand in the pond.

· Drawing with stars – Light up your imagination by creating pictures in the night sky. Place the numbered stars where you wish and watch the witch transform it into a dot-to-dot picture.

· Dragon loves chips – The Dragon is hungry and is planning to have chips for his tea! Feed the dragon chips and avoid the other falling objects from the sky! (This is the Madhouse Mini-testers' favourite.)

· Fly the magnificent broom – Whoosh! Join the gang on the magnificent broom and fly through the starry night sky. Take control and steer the broom to collect letters which spell out a word!

It's a fun app that targets children aged 3-7 and I'm pleased to see that it has no in-app purchases. Fans of the book and film will instantly be enchanted but even those who have yet to discover them will love playing the simple but enjoyable mini games.

star rating : 4/5

RRP : £2.99

Disclosure : We received a code to download the game for free, in order to write an honest review.

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