Bottom Line: If you need a sorting/categorizing app it's worth a look at 99 cents, but it needs an upgrade or two.
There are options for timed or non-timed play at the start of each game, which is good because I don't really like beat-the-timer games for toddlers/preschoolers. Children or parents can choose from 3-6 buckets out of 13 different kinds, including a recently-added Halloween bucket. Once chosen, a large green button (big buttons for toddlers!) is pressed to start the game.
There are some things to like about SimpleSort: It provides a wide variety of category buckets to choose from and parents can dramatically change the difficulty by choosing more or less buckets. The names of all the items are spoken when pressed. The app also costs just 99 cents.
There are, however, also a few issues and areas that need improvement. Most significantly, there is a volume problem with the narration. You can hear a noticeable difference in volume level when the clouds speak and when there is other narration.
During the game, it would also be nice to be able to press the buckets and hear their category names again. Lily tried that seceral times when she had some trouble.
SimpleSort is very similar to TeddyMix1, which has the additional "which one of these things doesn't belong" game and is more polished but costs $1 more. SimpleSort allows for more complex mixing of items, however, with up to six buckets while TeddyMix1 stays at two.
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