What is it
In Astropolo, children have to guide Polo throughout an adventure filled with pitfalls and exciting encounters: there are 8 mini games within the app. Children need to help the characters by choosing pairs, singing, cheering, tapping along to the rhythm and drawing hearts.
Children start by customising their own rocket ready for their adventures. The app uses a range of different ‘techniques’ within the mini games; some use touch screen, others use the microphone.
The app uses paper cut technique for an original style of interactive story .
The different mini-games help Polo the astronaut reach the planet Tropy – the player has to:
- Customize his rocket
- Find Polo the astronaut’s suitcase and help him pair objects
- Take off the rocket by encouraging and directing it by voice
- Lull Zleepy into sleep by singing a sweet lullaby. Be careful, he wakes up if the voice tone exceeds from the center of the flower!
- Help Santa find his lost reindeers
- Sooth Mr KissNot, the angry alien, by drawing pretty hearts (the heart must be drawn in a single path and the two ends must touch )
- Guide Laika , the space dog to find her kennel, and help her overcome obstacles by destroying them with your finger
- Help Polo to dance to the rhythm of the music in order to celebrate his astrolanding
Tested on an iPad
What our team of testers said
"Oh my, thats cool" - Boy aged 6
"In this one you have to shout to make it fly and in the next one you have to sing but really quietly - it's fun!" - Boy aged 4
- Encourages creativity (e.g. in creating the rocket)
- Develops recognition of specific 'shapes' (e.g. in packing his suitcase & recognising Santa's reindeer)
- Children practice voice control by singing at the correct volume
- Supports fine motor skills development (in drawing hearts) and an understanding of rhythm (in the dancing mini-game)
What our experts think
A unique app which uses a range of techniques to carry out the different tasks. We liked the appealingly different way in which this app was animated and the unusual activities the children were encouraged to carry out.
The app encourages a wide range of tasks particularly suitable for a preschool or reception aged child, including colour and shape recognition, practicing fine motor control and even helping them develop a sense of rhythm in the dancing game. It was also unusual and fun to see the game encourage singing, particularly the requirement to sing at the right volume. This helps to develop confidence and could motivate a child with delayed speech. It is so unusual to use the microphone on the tablet in this way and something we’re delighted to see.
It would be even better if...
We felt that this app was aimed at a younger age range than stated in the description on their website. It’s great for preschoolers/reception age but would need more challenges to engage older children.
- Brands: Edoki Academy
- No 3rd party adverts
- No in-app purchasing
- No internet access required for core features
- Child Restrictions: Yes- appropriate features restricted
- Languages available: Arabic, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Ko, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish
- Apple version: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Requires iOS 7.0 or later
- App Types: Educational Apps
- Types of skills developed:
Colour, shape and pattern recognition
Fine motor skills
Logic, strategy & problem solving
Personal, social & emotional development
Physical & motor skills
Pincer grip and writing
Speech, language and communication skills
Understanding the world