Goodnight ABC is an adorable, beautifully designed children’s game that makes learning phonics and the ABCs fun for kids.
This app is filled with some of the best artwork that I’ve seen in any children’s app. It’s colorful, crisp, and amazing on the Retina iPad. The artwork alone makes this app worth purchasing, but the content is impressive as well.
The app opens with a series of alphabet tiles, ranging from A to Z. Kids can tap on any tile, each of which is associated with an animal. For example, Q is a quail and U is an urchin.
Tapping on a letter takes children to a gorgeously drawn animated page featuring the letter’s animal. Each of these pages is entirely interactive, with tons of items to tap on. When tapped, these items react in some way. For example, on the vulture’s page, the vulture will squawk, and the robots that he is surrounded by each have a whimsical animation and sound.
There are dozens of items to tap on or drag in each scene, which will keep children busy for quite some time, and when kids are done exploring scenes, they can switch to vocabulary mode by tapping the hat in the left corner of the screen.
In vocabulary mode, when kids tap on items, the app displays the word for the object and speaks it aloud, which is a great way for children to learn new words. Letters are also accurately pronounced, perfect for young learners who are just beginning phonics.
In addition to letter and vocabulary modes, there’s also a coloring mode where children can color any of the 26 different scenes. In this mode, the page is changed to black and white, and painting on the screen restores the color. Children are not able to select their own colors and tools when interacting with the scene.
Though coloring mode is unimpressive, both vocabulary and letter modes make up for it. Every single page is entirely unique with an array of different items and animals that never get boring.
What I liked: This app is visually stunning, and some of the interactions are super clever. For example, in the panda scene, for P, there’s a bamboo plant that continues to grow each time you tap it. There are hundreds of these types of animations, which kids and adults will love.
What I didn’t like: Coloring mode seemed like more of an afterthought, because there were no included tools and no way to choose colors. I was also a bit disappointed that there was no way to wake animals up after they’d been put to sleep.
To buy or not to buy: If you have young kids, this is an absolute must purchase app.
- App Name: Goodnight ABC
- Version Reviewed: 1.0
- Category: Games
- Developer: Quasar Alliance
- Price: $1.99