Pip and Posy: Fun and Games is Simple, yet Charming — iPad App Review

Pip and Posy: Fun and Games offers pre-schoolers five different activities that combine Axel Scheffler‘s colorful illustrations with classic children’s games, such as matching and find the difference, and even a chance to make funny faces using the iPad’s camera.

While this universal game app is less complex than others in the App Store, it was created with such obvious care and attention to detail that it will likely soon become one of your child’s favorites. Pip and Posy: Fun and Games resembles an old-fashioned activity book. It would be perfect to help your child pass the time while traveling.

Make a Face is the app’s most innovative inclusion. Kids hear a question such as “Can you make a scared face?” The player has an illustration to give him an idea of what a scared face might look like, then the child looks in the mirror and makes the face.

Matching Pairs, Jigsaw Jam, and Spot the Difference will be more familiar to most kids. The jigsaw and matching games both have a choice of level, so a child can choose the degree of difficulty that suits him. Spot the Difference has only one level, and the pictures vary in terms of how challenging they are, so some children may occasionally require adult assistance.

The Coloring Book was surprisingly sophisticated, yet still easy for most children to use. It included a number of attractive paint colors and a few different tools (paint, pencil, crayon, eraser), plus it included a plain sheet of paper.

Download Pip and Posy: Fun and Games from the App Store for the introductory price of $0.99.

What I liked: The game is narrated by children who encourage the player as he goes through the app. They say sweet things such as, “You are very good at matching.” The soundtrack and sound effects are equally pleasant to listen to and integrate well with the app’s activities.

What I didn’t like: Moving between the games and the home page was glitchy. Tapping the home button didn’t always return the player directly to the home page. Saving and sharing in the Coloring Book and Make a Face was not reliable. When drawing on the plain page the app didn’t function properly. It would not return to the home page or allow me to save a drawing. These technical issues take a little of the fun out of playing with Pip and Posy.

To buy or not to buy: Presumably Nosy Crow will work out the navigation bugs in an update. At its current introductory price, $0.99, Pip and Posy: Fun and Games is an absolute steal that will entertain kids and parents.

About Emily: Emily is a freelance writer who loves discovering new apps whenever she can pry the iPad away from her children or husband. You can contact her via Twitter: @whatwentwrite