Kiwi and Pear’s World Adventure is a really sweet and fun geography-themed app for the iPhone which includes a storybook as well as three mini games.
I really enjoy that there is a storybook included in this app about two adorable monkeys and their transcontinental adventure. The story is both cute as well as educational, introducing basic facts about the different places they visit. I love the places the developers chose to include, like Niagara Falls, the Autoban, and the Great Wall of China. Hidden interactions are also included which my son has had a lot of fun with, and I was pleased to see how many of them further this experience, such as flash bulbs going off in Fenway Park, the ringing of Big Ben, and the falling of cherry blossoms in Japan. I also really like the basic look of this storybook; the colors are bright and plentiful. Details include a lovely sunset over the Golden Gate Bridge and the grandeur of the Amazon jungle. Adults will appreciate some of the elements which may remind them of 1980’s pop culture, such as puffy rainbows coming out from the monkey’s airplane and animals reminiscent of Mrs Grossman’s stickers.
There are also three mini games included. Fruit Catch involves the catching of fruit falling from the sky in the Amazon. I am glad that the controls involve the movement of a finger back and forth in the guide instead of the tilting of the iPhone, making this game easier for the target audience of four year olds. There is also a game based on a classic game of memory involving the turning over of cards to find matches.
The World Map game is a game also geography bases and includes the places visited in the story. Search the map for the areas of the world which correspond to the hints given. Dots are included on the map of the places to choose from, but this game is not easy because many of the questions asked here are of places not mentioned in the book which may be hard to find for children, such as Easter Island. I wish after one or two wrong answers, the correct answer would be highlighted so one can learn the places not already known. It would also be nice to zoom the map in and out so more areas of the world map could be seen at once. All in all, a lovely app kids will enjoy.
Kiwi and Pear's World Adventure
Developer: Zephyr Games
Released: 2010-11-08 00:00:00
Description from the DeveloperIt's time to explore the world, and who better to do it with then Kiwi and Pear??
Intended for ages 4 and up, Kiwi and Pear’s World Adventure is an interactive storybook that follows these lovable monkeys on their travels, and provides 3 additional fun mini-games for children to enjoy and learn basic geography. Your children can catch fruit on the Amazon, play a game of memory, or learn geography. All with fantastic animations, storytelling, and music throughout!
Kiwi and Pear are two adventurous monkeys who travel and explore the world while spreading love, friendship and smiles to everyone and everything they meet. No adventure is too great for these intrepid little monkeys. They have climbed the Great Wall, hiked the Andes, sailed the Nile – they have even been to outer space! Kiwi is curious, fun-loving and silly while Pear is good-natured, sensible and mellow. These affectionate monkeys are happiest when together and are often wrapped in a seemingly endless hug. They do everything together and are rarely apart.
From theiPhoneMom.com: "Kiwi and Pear’s World Adventure does a great job taking preschoolers on a trip around the world. The graphics and interactions are appealing and the games are a very nice touch. I was impressed with the number of locations the monkeys manage to visit. This isn’t a budget vacation by any means."
From Applicable2u.com:"Easily accessible for the littlest of fingers, nicely narrated and artistically different from other preschool apps, Kiwi and Pear’s World Adventure has a great deal of potential."
From GiggleApps.com:"All in all, a lovely app kids will enjoy."
Rated 5 out of 5 by BestAppsforKids.com: "a wonderful early learning app that gives the youngest children a fun look at world geography. With adorable illustrations by Joyce Wan, good narration and bouncy music and you’ve got a must have app for preschoolers."
Rated 5 out of 5 on Lunchbox Reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 on Digital Storytime.com: "Overall, this is a fun little title that will stay on my iPod."
See the video on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmTAQnmhcW4
FEATURES AND PRIVACY DISCLOSURES
•This is a universal app that will work on all devices with 1 purchase.
•This app does NOT REPORT ANY USER DATA. All performance and personal data is stored on your device.
•This app DOES NOT feature in-app purchases.
•This app does NOT contain any advertising.
•This app DOES contain an external link back to WanArt's Website as well as to other age appropriate games.
Zephyr Games is a member of Moms with Apps, a collaborative group of family-friendly developers seeking to promote quality apps for kids and families.