WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
From the interior of a submarine, tap on one of five ocean settings "What's in The Oceans?". Each ecosystem has two scuba divers and a unique set of plants and animals; tap and drag them into the water to watch them interact. Find penguins, seals, orcas, and sheets of ice in the arctic South Pole or turtles and jellyfish near the shore. Watch as penguins or turtles lay eggs, dolphins get caught in the net of a fishing boat, and bigger animals eat smaller animals. Tap on the divers to see short live action clips of ocean scenes.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
This open-ended ocean playground lets kids explore a range of marine life, even if the opportunities for meaningful interaction are limited. Five fun ocean ecosystems each offers kids a different view of ocean life. But what kids actually do to interact with the app remains more or less the same across all five settings: Tap and drag the available plants and animals and watch what happens. There are a few exceptions, including gathering floating garbage to dump in a trash can, tapping on eggs to help hatch baby turtles or penguins, or raising the temperature in the arctic to watch the ice melt. These additions are great, but without in-app guidance or explanation so kids really understand what they're doing, they'll need their parents help to provide context and meaning. It's not always easy to discover everything that can happen in the app, so kids may miss a lot. "What's in the Oceans?" is a cute way to gently introduce some ocean-themed topics, but if parents want to use it as an educational tool, they'll need to provide extra help.
RATING AND CONTENT
Recommended for ages 3 and older
Quality: 4 out of 5
Educational value: 3 out of 5
Ease of play: 4 out of 5
Violence and scariness: 0 out of 5
Sexy stuff: 0 out of 5
Language: 0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, and smoking: 0 out of 5
Consumerism: 1 out of 5
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Release date: March 23, 2019
Size: 344.00 MB
Publisher: Learny Land S.L.
Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later
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