Bottom Line: Toddlers will enjoy exploring seven daycare areas where characters can play, bathe, eat and interact with the environment. The app doesn't offer anything new or novel in this genre of children's apps but it's done well and children will enjoy exploring.
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Our friend Philip had a look at this app and gives us a demonstration below. Have a look!
Happy Daycare Stories begins with a bus drop-off of five children ready to spend their day having fun. The homepage has three areas that can be accessed before gameplay: settings, additional apps and play. Settings and additional apps require reading skills to tapp the correct button in order to enter.
The settings are allows users to set language choosing from English, Spanish or Portuguese. It also has the option to turn sound off or on as well as music off or on. Finally, this area also includes links to rate the app, follow the developer on Facebook, see additional games or visit the developer website. The more apps section opens a pop-up from the app store that shows additional apps.
Children get to explore seven different areas in the daycare: the playground, playroom, kitchen, music room, bedroom, bathroom and backyard picnic area. There are five toddler children that users can bring into each setting all with large eyes and bobble-heads. The two girls wear dresses and the three boys wear shorts. The characters do not need to be picked up when traveling between rooms and are always available from a top menu. Items placed in the characters' hands or on their bodies do not travel with them from room to room and items from each room stay where they are and not able to be transferred to other rooms.
Each room offers unique interactions that kids will enjoy tapping and sliding their little fingers around to try and find. For instance, on the playground, the characters can swing, swim or rock on a giraffe and also make flowers from by using a watering can. By placing some objects on a character hand, the character will hold the items like a balloon or ball. When kids are in the kitchen areas they can hold food in front of the characters and they will eat. In the backyard, fruit can be put in a blender to make smoothies and then poured into cups.
The only bug I came across while tinkering with this app was how some items or characters seemed to overlap or blend with one another depending on placement. For instance, have the curtain in the music room cut a character in half or having two characters too close together and then they bobble back and forth through each other. This is a pretty common bug in free-play apps like this that have many options for placement and didn't interfere with play. The design and gameplay is intuitive for young children and the settings are colorful and appealing. Some gameplay areas that are lacking in this app that are included in other apps in this genre is the ability to move objects between rooms including clothing. Another is the ability to slide characters from room to room instead of grabbing them from the menu. One last deficit is that the characters do nothing more than hold items as opposed to say, bouncing a ball it is given or playing with another character put in the same gaming area.
Overall, it's a cute app that toddlers will enjoy interacting with to find hidden surprises and expand imagination.