Smash Hit

Smash Hit

The goal of Smash Hit, one of the most popular apps in the game store, is to get as far as you can while the screen continually moves forward. You start with 25 metal balls which you can throw by tapping the screen; if you hit a crystal, you get three additional balls, but if you crash (into glass, a door, metal, or another object) you lose ten balls. The game is over when you run out of balls, and your points are generated based on the distance you traveled. The app is free to download and play, but the free version only includes basic elements of the game, such as starting from the beginning and recording your farthest distance. For the price of $1.99, you are able to restart from checkpoints...

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Learning Letters Puppy

Learning Letters Puppy

Created by the well-known and respected Fisher-Price company, Learning Letters Puppy is a fun way for young children to learn their ABC’s, numbers, and shapes in an interactive way. Upon first opening the app, parents can read a very helpful page of “Play Tips” to optimize the use of the app for their child’s development. On the main screen are four categories to choose from. First, the ABC portion takes the child through the alphabet one at a time with progressions occurring as the child taps the screen. Each letter is accompanied by a cute and moving animation that matches the letter. Second, the counting section features numbers 1-10...

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Party Catch Phrase Free

Party Catch Phrase Free

Party Catch Phrase Free is essentially the popular Catch Phrase game but in an electronic format. There are five categories of clues to choose from—Entertainment, Sports, The World, Everyday Life & Food, and Miscellaneous—and for each game, you can choose just one, all, or a variety of these categories (as well as custom clues if desired). The game is played by a group of people sitting in a circle with team members alternating. The goal is to have your team guess the clue by describing it without using the word(s) itself or anything that rhymes with it. When your team guesses it, you pass the device on to the next player (from the other team), and this process continues until the buzzer rings after one minute. During gameplay...

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Lightbot: Code Hour

Lightbot: Code Hour

Lightbot: Code Hour is a relatively short app that is designed to introduce kids to coding. Users are expected to solve 20 puzzles—8 in the Basics section, 6 in Procedures, and 6 in Loops—that get progressively more difficult. Each level presents a set of square panels with a robot character placed on one of them. On the right is a “main” section in which you write the code for the robot to run using the following buttons: up (move forward one), lightbulb (light the blue tile), left (rotate left), right (rotate right), and jump (jump either up or down if there is a change of elevation). The purpose of the puzzle is to have the robot light all the blue tiles. After writing the code, you can play it back to see the result; if the objective was reached, you unlock the next...

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Kids Doodle – Color & Draw

Kids Doodle – Color & Draw

Kids Doodle is an app that, as its title obviously suggests, lets kids doodle! Users can start with an empty canvas (a color of their choice) or a picture already stored on the device. A simple and hidable panel is displayed on the bottom of the screen with the following icons: canvas (select a new canvas), paintbrush (select one of 24 paintbrushes), eraser (erases where you touch), back arrow (undo), forward arrow (redo), play symbol (show a video of how the doodle was created), and a disk (save the doodle into the gallery). In the free version, kid-friendly apps appear at the top of the screen and occasionally in between drawings, but these can be removed by purchasing the pro version for $0.99. Also, from the main menu of the app, you can select the gallery to view past paintings...

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Pet Rescue Saga

Pet Rescue Saga

From the creators of the well-known Candy Crush Saga and Farm Heroes Saga comes this similar puzzle game built on the plot of rescuing captured pets. Each level shows a variety of colored blocks with different animals in different places. The goal of the game is to tap on groups of blocks to remove them, thus rescuing the pets by bringing them down to the bottom of the puzzle. A variety of “boosters” also become available throughout the game which help achieve these purposes--like a rocket that will remove all blocks in a vertical line, or a hammer that will eliminate a block of your choosing. Dozens of levels appear in each of four maps, with levels becoming increasingly more difficult as they go on. Levels are passed by rescuing a required number of pets and reaching a certain score...

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