CHOMP

Become part of the action with this wonderfully funny app combining on-screen animation with live video.

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What is it

CHOMP combines playful, humorous, and hand-drawn animations with live video (there are over 50 scenes and countless animations.)  Children can put themselves into various roles- a pianist, a spaghetti-slurping dog or a living cuckoo-clock…there are lots of possibilities!

The app allows children to use their own faces mimicry and song, allowing their creativity to run free.  The app accesses the devices camera and as the children hold it in front of their faces they are projected into the animation; you can watch yourself spin in the washing machine, changing facial expressions accordingly!!!  When you click on the picture there are more animations to watch.   Creations can be recorded and saved to the camera roll (these can then be shared.)

The instructions are very clear (and text free, so no reading required!)

 

Tested on an iPad

What our team of testers said

"I'm a lion mummy - roar!" - Girl, aged 3

"Superman!! Look I'm flying!" - Girl, aged 3

"Look at me spin in the washing machine!" - Girl, aged 5

"Mummy, can we do all our faces?" - Boy, aged 4

Skills Developed

  • Develops imaginative play
  • Allows children to role play putting themselves in different situations
  • Encourages mimicry and singing
  • Develops use of facial expressions

What our experts think

Chomp is a funny and engaging app which enables children to put their face at the centre of a range of animations (we loved the variety and the quality of the animation!)  The app elicited lots of giggles from our testers as they watched themselves turn into an animal, spin in the washing machine and become the cherry on a cake!  The app definitely had a high level of humour!!

We liked the way in which the app developed the children’s imaginative play and put them into different scenarios- the fact the app used their ‘live’ face meant that they could play around with their facial expressions and chose the ones that best matched the situation.  As well as facial expressions, children could also choose sounds, speech or songs to go with the animation.

The videoing element was really good and the children loved the fact that they could watch their videos back and share them with friends and family.

It would be even better if...

Some of our little testers found it difficult to get their face in the correct position so that it was well placed in the animation; they also needed to hold it steady for the duration of the animation.

We would like to have seen an in app photo album so the children didn’t have to go out of the app and into the camera role in order to see the animations.

Features

  • Brands: Fox & sheep
  • Key Features:
    • No 3rd party adverts
    • No in-app purchasing
    • No internet access required for core features
  • Child Restrictions: Yes- appropriate features restricted
  • Languages available: English, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish
  • Apple version: iPhone, iPod Touch
    Requires iOS 8.0 or later
  • App Types: Entertainment
  • Types of skills developed: Creativity
    Imaginative play

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