Bottom Line: A well-developed 99-cent app with a simple premise that reminds me of something I used to do as a kid. There is a free trial (links below) so let your kids give it a whirl.
(Wait...I wasn't the only one to do that, was I?)
Today I'm doing a just-for-fun review of Float, an app that takes that tap-the-balloon-to-keep-it-in-the-air game to an extreme. The basic premise is simple: balloons of various shapes fall from the top of the screen towards spikes at the bottom and the player has to continually tap them to keep them from popping.
The game play is simple enough for a preschooler but gets challenging enough for an adult. For apps like this, I play with my kids and tell them to play as long as they can and then I take over, so we take turns watching and playing.
There are nine different game modes, including one where you have to keep the balloons off the spikes for a certain period of time each board and a "zen" mode where there are no spikes! (Actually a toddler would probably really enjoy that option...and the balloons never pop!) GameCenter achievements (50!) and leader boards are also included.
It's a well-done app for 99 cents with lots of game play variety for such a simple premise. The gravity is very realistic and the background music is especially enjoyable by app standards. Seems like it would be a great app for a long car trip. I think it would also work well as simple hand-eye coordination/concentration exercises for special needs children.
E and Lily both enjoyed testing it and when Lily wants to play it again she tells me she wants to "pop some balloons," so maybe I haven't explained it well enough to her. The developer, Crawl Space Games, reports that the app has been downloaded 1.6 million times, so this app is on a lot of iPhones/iPads.
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