Those of you with toddlers in your life will already be familiar with Max & Ruby, brother and sister bunnies who always have something to teach your child. Always insistent on good manners and good behavior, this television show is one that I don’t mind my kids watching –making me delighted to see that they also had an iPad game available!
Using the old ‘whack-a-mole’ premise, this game is equal parts fun and educational. Sure it might be goofy and encourage you to swing around your mallet to smash gophers, but it also teaches hand-eye-coordination and also requires that your child pay very close attention so they don’t hit anything other than gophers!
The premise of the game may be simple, but there is a series of built-in rewards letting your child collect Max & Ruby Wallpapers and selecting from 8 themed mole mash machines (Bedtime, Halloween, Holidays, Valentine, Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring)! Arcade and puzzle modes let you extend the game play even further with different challenges with unlimited levels that get harder and more fun.
If you are lucky you can even unlock a mini version of the racing game, Speedy Max which gives a break from the usual activities in the app.
What I liked: It didn’t take long before my 3 year old daughter was playing this game like a pro and enjoying herself completely; the game makes it easy to master the interface while remaining challenging enough that she didn’t get bored.
What I didn’t like: I wish that you could create profiles for your child that would save their progress. It is unfortunate that every time you load the app it starts from level 1 and has no memory of your prior accomplishments.
To buy or not to buy: If you want an app to use with your toddler the goes beyond the usual storybook, don’t hesitate to grab this one as it is well worth the price.
- App Name: Max & Ruby: Max’s Mole Mash
- Version Reviewed: 1.1
- Category: Games
- Developer: Watch More TV Interactive Inc.
- Price: $1.99