Doctor Cat is a cute children’s app allowing users to use different medicines to treat animals.
This app is bright and colorful, with a simple and sweet narrative about a cat finding a lost doctor’s bag and using its contents to treat creatures in need.
Do note the cloud at the top of each animal page which is pulled down to find the tools one uses to treat the sick. Although I don’t think the contents of the medical bag would necessarily be found by children who stumbled across this app themselves, the placement of these objects is explained in the parents’ section, and once shown, children will have no problem accessing and using these tools to help the animals feel better.
Right hand taps to page turning arrows allow this story to progress, but children are able to choose the animals directly from a menu page styled like a map or maze, showing the cat making his rounds to each patient. Feel free to follow the path or choose any animal favorites one may desire. Other Simple hotspots along the way that add some other interactive details without too much distraction.
Narration is included which is clear and well-spoken, and I appreciate how children use both their empathy as well as rudimentary first aid knowledge to choose the appropriate remedy for each animal.
I can seen this app being used as a gentle reminder to be easy and helpful when taking medicine, yet I can’t help but notice that many of the drugs given, even on an OTC level, are not typically approved for children at the young age this app is geared for, and I would not want my young child asking me for drugs as treatments for simple colds or other viruses.
Having said this, I do think this app is charming, allowing children to take steps to make hurt or sick animals feel better – which children will really enjoy. My son loves to play animal doctor with his stuffed animals, and although I would never expect this app to take the place of this creative play, I like how he can still do this kind of pretending when we are out and about without all the plastic medical tools he has collected over the years.
There is an undeniable level of quality in Dr. Cat, a role-playing app that children are sure to enjoy a great deal, making this app great for toddlers’ social intelligence and simple cognitive skills.
Developer: Mofables sp. z o.o.
Released: 2012-12-14 00:00:00
Description from the Developer★ #2 educational app in Poland in December 2012
★ Among Top 5 iPad App of January 2013 by Top Kids Apps
Doctor Cat is a colorful edugame for the youngest (2-4 years), where you play as Tom – a cute cat equipped with a medical bag, who sets off to help other animals with their health problems. Your task is to decide which medicine will help to cure the poor animals.
Nobody likes being sick – we know that – going to the doctor is also hardly comparable to a carousel ride. Kids often feel that way too. We designed our newest app bearing exactly that in mind: we’ve turned going to the doctor into an adventure!
(...) Doctor cat provides the freedom for the child to read the narrated short story or just keep helping the animals over and over again. There are plenty of hidden animations & surprises to find, which kept Poppy and Finn both engaged.
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(...) With beautiful artwork, cute characters and lovely animations, Doctor Cat can turn your child’s next visit to the doctor into a fun adventure.
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(...) Dr. Cat is practicing medicine without a license—but that’s okay! The animals don’t mind when kitty comes to call and cures them of whatever is wrong.
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(...) For any child who loves animals and sometimes imagines that he is a veterinarian, Dr. Cat is an amusing, educational app he’s sure to enjoy.
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★ beautiful, colorful graphics,
★ six animals to cure, each with three medicines to choose from
★ additional animations with sounds on every scene to improve the interaction
★ a map helping to organize the mission
★ original soundtrack
★ rhymed intro and outro of the game read by a narrator
★ hidden games to find
★ expressive animal animations organized into separate sets:
+ for when the animal is sad
+ when you apply the wrong medicine
+ when you suggest the right one
+ when the animal is happy afterwards!
We believe that iPad is a great tool to stimulate kids: that’s why we’re creating our apps basing on Maria Chesley Fisk’s fantastic book on children development Teach Your Kids to Think (http://www.thinkparenting.com/teach-your-kids-to-think.html). For Doctor Cat we’ve put special emphasis on the analytical skill (the other three are: creative, social-emotional and practical) – that basically means that our main educational goal is to help our kids to improve their logical reasoning. They will use is as the cement while constructing their models of how our world works.
You cure the animals by choosing the correct medicine from the cloud-like menu at the top of every animal scene. In total you will have syrup, band-aid, nose drops, pills, bandage and herbal medicine to choose from. The animals will let you know if they agree with your choices (and likewise if they disagree)!
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