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Best classic games for kids.


The best kids classic games for iPad and iPhone/iPod Touch.
Do you remember oldschool arcade games or point & click adventures? If your kids love to take part in many adventures and solve mysteries, these list of fun entertaining apps is for them (and their parents too!). Great apps from the list will help kids understand the world and develop logical thinking. They're good for eye-hand coordination practice too!

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Freddi Fish and The Stolen Shell

Freddi Fish and The Stolen Shell
by Nimbus Games Inc

Price: 4.99$
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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 89/100

version reviewed: 1.0.0

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Best for: Games, Attention & concentration, Early math, Interaction, Language, Memory, Personal & social, Thinking & problem solving, Understanding of the world

What it is: an interactive strategy puzzle solving game.

What you do with it: help Freddi Fish and his friend Luther collect items, solve puzzles and piece clues together to solve the mystery of the stolen Great Conch Shell and open the Founder's Day Festival in the fantasy underwater world.

What we liked: the concept, number and variety of tasks, number of interactive elements, cute characters, fun factor, great illustrations and animations, sounds and sound backgrounds matching the storyline, overall high quality of the app.

What we didn't like: the audio quality could be better. No clues/instructions for parents (to help kids with the puzzles). Not much educational value.

We rated the app's interface as 'Kid Friendly' but younger or less game-savvy kids will need parent's assistance with the gameplay.

Bottom line: a must-have for all young gamers.

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Spy Fox in Dry Cereal

Spy Fox in Dry Cereal
by Nimbus Games Inc

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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 88/100

version reviewed: 1.0.0

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Best for: Games, Attention & concentration, Interaction, Language, Memory, Personal & social, Thinking & problem solving, Understanding of the world

What it is: a puzzle solving adventure game..

What you do with it: help Spy Fox (the humorous version of James Bond) gather information, piece clues together and solve puzzles to prevent the 'worldwide dairy crisis' caused by William the Kid, who plans to replace cow milk with the goat alternative.

What we liked: the concept, storyline, number and variety of puzzles, tasks and minigames, variety of gameplay scenarios, humor and fun factor, TV/cartoon quality animations and voice acting, sounds and sound backgrounds, overall high quality of the app.

What we didn't like: the audio quality could be better. No instructions or prompts (less game-savvy kids should definitely play this game with their parents). Not much educational value.

Bottom line: hours of creative problem solving fun.

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Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo

Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo
by Atari

Price: free
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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 86/100

version reviewed: 1.0

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Best for: Games, Attention & concentration, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Language, Memory, Personal & social, Thinking & problem solving, Understanding of the world

What it is: an interactive strategy puzzle solving game. Please note, that it is an iPhone/iPad adaptation of a game available for many platforms.

What you do with it: help Putt Putt (a funny talking car) find missing animals by solving various puzzles along the way.

What we liked: the concept, interactivity, navigation, 'likable' characters, illustrations, animations, sounds, number and variety of tasks, extra elements. It's a perfect app to introduce your kids to the world of electronic games.

What we didn't like: audio quality.

Please note that it is not a pure educational application although it may be useful for thinking and problem solving skills.

We rated the app's interface as 'Kid Friendly' but younger kids would need parent's assistance to play.

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Dora ABCs Vol 2: Rhyming Words

Dora ABCs Vol 2:  Rhyming Words
by Nickelodeon

Price: 2.99$
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Overall Score: 86/100

version reviewed: 1.1

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Best for: Games, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Language, Thinking & problem solving, Understanding of the world

What it is: four activities for matching sounds (rhymes, same initial sound, some ending sound, some inside sound).

What you do with it: please see our video presentation.

What we liked: the concept, graphics, high educational value, spoken instructions guiding the child throughout the game.

What we didn't like: little variety in activities, almost no relation to the initial 'troll' story/theme, navigation could be better.

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