Bottom Line: A nice idea, but not enough execution and too expensive for more than two stars.
The basic premise of iLive Math Animals of Asia ($4.99) is a good one. Present children with big, full color images of animals and then pose a question that involves the pictured animal(s). Reward correct answers with access to YouTube videos about animals.
For example, a yawning lion is pictured and the app asks "A zoologist in India saw 2 lions last week and 9 this week. What is the sum?" The child must then select the answer from a spinning menu.
There are three levels of questions but they are not separated in a helpful way. For instance, level two contains some of the very simple addition problems from level one combined with some reasonably difficult multiplication. That doesn't make much sense as the child who can complete the latter will find the former far too simple.
The tests have no set length, but the number of right answers/total questions is presented at the top of each page next to an email button that can send the results, including each individual question (and the wrong answer that was given if applicable) and correct answer to the address of your choice. That’s a nice feature, but a better option would have been limiting the number of questions into individual tests and saving the results so parents can track progress.
There are only 30+ images but the questions are randomly generated. After a certain number of correct answers, the number of which can be altered, a small YouTube button appears that can be pressed to view a video about animals in Asia. The videos aren’t connected to current animal pictured.
Other problems: The interface is clunky (the settings must be adjusted outside of the app, for instance). Although there is a setting to toggle sound on and off, I couldn't find any sound oustide of the YouTube videos. And, as one my children quickly discovered, the player can simply click next to see the next picture, whether they answer the question correctly or not.
The app was last revised on Sept. 29, 2010.