What To Like: Zoo Train ($1.99 for both the iPad and iPhone) features five different activities that are all very cute and well done. The interface is easy for a preschooler to manage and the price is right. Highly recommended.
My favorite of the five games is "Word Builder," where scrambled letters must be dragged and dropped to their match in order for the named item to appear and drop onto on a train car to be driven away. Each letter is spoken when matched and the word is pronounced when finished.
My daughter's favorite is "Train Builder," which allows her to pick the engine, caboose and three cargo cars for a train full of animals. (Fun, but not a lot of educational value.) She also really likes "Track Tycoon," which is a puzzle game where she has match train track pieces to a set track.
What Not To Like: Not much. There are some small additions that would make the app more educational, such as the names of the animals being added as cargo in "Train Builder."
Also: Turn that cool lion engineer into a named character and put him everywhere in the app! My daughter doesn't know the names of her favorite apps/books but she knows the title character. She doesn't ask me to play "Lola's Alphabet Train," she asks me to play "Lola Panda."
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