Dinosaur Zoo - Outstanding Informational App for the Dinosaur Lover
Dinosaur Zoo by developer dotnamestudios, is an outstanding informational app for the dinosaur lover. The app opens to a Zoo Map, showing all sorts of different dinosaurs. Click on any of them to get an up close and personal experience with the monsters.
Each dinosaur featured at the time of this review (and there were a lot - five dino-packs were available) has an interactive component. Tap the screen to get the dinosaur to come by - but don't leave him unattended too long or he goes off again. Depending on the dinosaur, each page does different things. Dangerous dinosaurs like the Tarbosaurus or the Tyrannosaurus will snap at your finger, wherever you tap. Other dinosaurs are engaged in battles that you can participate in. It's feeding time for others, fish fall wherever you tap, giving the hungry giants a meal. Additionally, there are several skeleton sections, a nest of hatching Nemegtosaurus, and even an Argentinosaurus with some digestive issues.
On each screen, viewers can tap the dinosaur head to read a brief fact sheet including a basic description, interesting facts, and a scale of a human standing next to each dinosaur. Viewers can also toggle the sound, go to the Dino-Store to purchase new Dino-Packs, or access the Zoo Map from each screen. Navigation is easy with directional arrows as well.
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This app is absolutely stunning in its graphics and images. The dinosaurs are incredibly realistic. From the color and texture of their skin and scales, to the sharp sounds of teeth snapping together as they aim for your fingers, this app does it all. The variety of settings from dry and dusty deserts to a beautiful swamp complete with reflections of light, this app just goes above and beyond with its illustrations. It also has a nice mix of terrestrial and aquatic dinosaurs, reminding us that not all of these creatures roamed the land. The swimming monsters were just as huge and scary as their land-walking counterparts.
The wide variety of interactions really keeps the user engaged. Of course the pooping dinosaur is a huge hit at our house with a three year old boy in residence. But feeding the dinosaurs and hatching the eggs also gets a lot of attention. I wish I could add a video of our son playing with the more dangerous dinos. After tapping to get the dinosaur to try and bite your finger, the little man jerks his finger away as fast as he can and just giggles. That is how realistic some of these images are.
Overall, this app will provide hours of entertainment for young explorers and a wealth of knowledge for those looking to learn more about dinosaurs. Dinosaur Zoo is a top pick though because of its outstanding imagery and graphics. The variety of interactions and animations are suitable for most children, though as a parent, I'd monitor younger viewers until sure that they can handle the fake biting and battles.
Dinosaur Zoo is available for download via the iTunes App Store - Universal App
On sale for a limited time at $1.99 - RRP: $9.99! - (March 9)
This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, a special education teacher, and a technology coach. She is a self proclaimed nerd with a passion for incorporating technology into education and you read her findings at The iLesson Lady.
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