Friday app roundup 11/05/2012 – Magic Sorter, Monkey Drum and some Toca Boca news

by on May 11, 2012

Oh, what a week it’s been. I’ve been under a lot of pressure at work as I’m out of the office on a training course for the whole of next week, and have a number of balls I am trying to juggle that I need to somehow keep in the air whilst I’m away. On top of all that I’ve had a cold. Not a really bad one, but enough to make me feel rotten and tired. This means that I’ve been having a few early nights, and as a result I’ve not blogged as much as I usually would. I tried to start a few posts, but wrote the first sentence and then completely lost inspiration. The good news is that I’m feeling brighter now, so I can share with you  my regular app roundup.

The geekson is still rather attached to the fabulous Trucks HD that I highlighted as my app of the week last week, but there is one other app he has enjoyed playing with this week that I would like to share with you. Magic Sorter – Igromatic (iPad only – £1.49) is a high quality, beautifully produced collection of 5 different puzzle/matching games suitable for toddlers and pre-schoolers. It’s a very simple interface, and ticks all my boxes in terms of ease of use – no adverts, no links out to the app store, no in-app purchases, completely child friendly. I love the bright colours, and thoroughly recommend it. I haven’t done amazingly well at catching the geekson in action with this app, but here’s a very short clip of one of the puzzles:

If you can’t see the video above you can watch it directly on the web here.

Another app we’ve all been having fun with this week is Monkey Drum – Flippfly, LLC (Universal – Free). It’s a very simple copying game – you tap out a rhythm on the drum (or play something on one of the other instruments), and when you stop, the monkey plays it back to you. The better you play, the happier the monkey is, and if you play really well you earn bananas which then give you access to buy additional in-game items. There is also a simple music editor which allows you to make your own songs. This game has a wide appeal – the geekson has had a go at it, and I even caught the geekdaddy trying to earn bananas as well!

Nice app - but it's upside down!

Whilst there is an in-app purchase option to buy yourself more bananas instead of earning them, you can switch that off in the Settings. This app isn’t specifically aimed at small children, but they can get some fun out of it, and it’s free, so I’d recommend it as a great family app. The only thing that irritates me is that it locks the screen display, so you can’t rotate the iPad, and it locks it exactly the wrong way round for an iPad 2 with the standard Apple cover on. This irritates me.

Finally this week I want to give you a heads up about a couple of apps from one of my favourite developers, Toca Boca, which are reduced. First up the great Toca Doctor (iPhone/iPod Touch only) and Toca Doctor HD (iPad only) are FREE until the end of this Sunday (13th May) in celebration of it being Monther’s Day in some countries (don’t panic, it’s not Mother’s Day in the UK!). Secondly Toca Tea Party (iPad only) has been permanently reduced to £1.49 (previously £1.99).

Disclosure: An asterisk (*) denotes an app I for which I received a promo code and thus did not purchase myself. The links above incorporate my iTunes affiliate ID. If you make a purchase after clicking on a link it doesn’t cost you any more money, but you contribute a few pennies towards the upkeep of this site. All prices were correct at the time of writing.


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TheBoyandMe May 11, 2012 at 9:03 pm

Brilliant, thanks! I always pay attention to your recommendations and have downloaded a number of apps because of them, the Toca Boca painting butterfly thingamumbob was one. I went straight away and downloaded these two, and the house as well. The Boy spent twenty minutes playing on the tea party app, it’s actually my photo of the day (http://www.theboyandme.co.uk/2012/05/11/friday-11th-may-2012-21st-century-tea-party-132366/). So while I apologise for committing a cardinal sin in putting a link in your comments box, I wanted to show you how much he’s enjoyed it because of your recommendation. Thank you.
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geekmummy May 11, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Don’t worry about leaving the link – I always love hearing that my recommendations have gone down well :)

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