Wombi Toys – a toy workshop for kids is a new interactive app that my son is really enjoying.
My son always get so much out of immersive role-playing apps, be it mini-games or more open-ended adventures which allow my son to cook for animals, plant a garden, pretend to be a doctor, fix a car or play tea party.
For those parents who know exactly the genre of app I am talking about, it is worth getting to know Wombi, a Swedish developer with a wonderful sense of style.
They have developed a series of really fun jigsaw puzzles of different themes and other apps that I have also enjoyed, so I was super-excited for the release of Wombi Toys – a toy workshop for kids which allows children to play toy-themed mini-games, building or fixing a very nice variety of toys such as wind-up car, painting alphabet blocks or using a hand pump to inflate a ball as each of these games are cute and fun, tactile as well as intuitive.
Children and adults alike will enjoy the stylings of this app, as the main page is an assembly-line workspace of a friendly robot who needs help fixing toys that move down the conveyer belt.
I really appreciate the colors and details found throughout, including the clutter found in the workspace behind the robot as well as the moving gears under the conveyer belt that spin when engaged.
All the toys within, as well as the basic backgrounds – down to the smallest details – are not just wonderfully colored but contain a marbled, almost water colored look that adds texture, a bit of distressing, as well as a great deal of visual interest to this app.
Likewise, the music included is thoughtful, being quite upbeat as well as rhythmic – the perfect music for a robotic assembly-line situation.
Language neutral, this app is devoid of words, be it text or narration, allowing children to figure this application out themselves as they pull the lever down engaging the conveyer belt forward to work on the next toy be it dinosaur or action figure, each with a nice degree of difficulty to engage my son, 4.5.
Puzzle elements are also incorporated, such as the need to dress an action figure, put together a rocking horse or add batteries to a flashlight, with a varied degree of landmarks one can use to complete these tasks. There are moments my son also has had difficulty, as he did not know what he was looking at when it came time to add wheels to a skate board, so it would be nice to include hints for children who feel stuck.
Twenty mini-games are included, and when five of these toys are complete, they are boxed up together and the assembly-line is shut down. Do pull the cord to turn back on the light on the assembly-line if players would like to continue fixing toys.
It is great that so many mini-games are included, keeping my son entertained for long stretches, but it would a good addition to be able to choose a favorite activity instead of the random selections that are offered. I also do find that the same activities are included more often than some, so it would be nice for more of a truly random experience to avoid the same toys more often than others.
Having said this, my son and I enjoy Wombi Toys very much. I appreciate the mix of classic toys such as lego-type bricks and yoyo mixed in with newer toys such as an Xbox-type controller, making this an easy app to recommend to those children who enjoy tinkering around with interactive apps.
I am interested in seeing what new apps Wombi will develop in the future, especially if they continue along this same style of immersive role-playing apps, allowing children to work within specific themes.
Wombi Toys - a toy workshop for kids
Developer: Wombi Apps
Released: 2012-10-18 00:00:00
Description from the Developer★★★ Build and repair toys! ★★★
--- Available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, German, Swedish, Danish & Norwegian! ---
APP OF THE DAY according to MACWORLD!
"Wombi Toys is a fun digital toy that will appeal to juniors and even parents." - GeeksWithJuniors.com
The toy workshop needs your help! It’s time to build, repair and test all the toys that have arrived at the workshop. Pick up your tools and start painting, screwing, gluing and polishing! There is everything from cars and balls, to dinosaurs and dolls. Each toy is unique and requires its own special solution!
FEATURES and CONTENTS:
- 20 different toys, 20 different mini-games!
- Beautiful illustrations!
- Random toys every time! No game is like the other!
- Child friendly! Simple and clear. No reading skills required.
- Interactive assistant! Lampy responds to everything you do!
- No ads from third parties.
- No in-app purchases.
Wombi Toys is suitable for kids aged 3 - 6 years.