It’s difficult to decide whether Hocus Pokus, Alfie Atkins is a story that contains lots of mini-games, or an adventure game that features an ongoing story. Either way, Hocus Pokus, Alfie Atkins is a delightful app that immerses your child (ages 3-9) in Alfie’s world, complete with an amazing tree house, good friends, natural curiosity, boyhood mischief, and incredible magic.
Hocus Pokus, Alfie Atkins is available for all IOS - iPad/iPhone/iPod- and Android devices and was developed by Hyper Games. It is available in both a free version (with limited introductory content) and a paid version. It is based on a series of children’s stories written in the 1970s by Gunilla Bergström. These stories have stood the test of time, and if you didn’t know the characters were created more than 40 years ago, you couldn’t tell just by looking at them. The narration and dialogue are available in four translations- British English, Swedish, Danish, and Norwegian.
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The ten mini-games are quite diverse, and include a treasure hunt, a sing-along, a dust bunny capture, and a cooking adventure. Children only need to “point” and “swipe” to navigate throughout this app. One nice feature is the choice to play the game a second time, or to quit the game and resume the story. A series of glowing arrows help your child find his way around Alfie’s world, and if he needs help, there is an imaginary friend named Malcolm who will offer advice.
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Hocus Pokus, Alfie Atkins is not told page by page the way many stories are told, but rather, it follows Alfie wherever your child takes him. The point of the story is to get the magical present by building a multi-level tree house tall enough to reach it. When Alfie climbs up into the tree, he builds and decorates the tree house. When he goes to his apartment building, Alfie has many choices, including helping his dad with chores and discovering hidden treasures. Along the way, he meets up with his friends, Millie and Viktor, and together they visit the amazing magician, who shows them some astounding tricks.
Alfie's story is told in a narrative style with lots of dialogue between Alfie, his Dad, and his friends. If your child enjoys Alfie Atkins, you will be pleased to know there is a movie being made by the same name. This will extend the experience to a whole new level of enjoyment for your child.
Overall, Hocus Pokus, Alfie Atkins meets expectations for design, animation, and user interface.
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Launch Price $3.99/£2.49/€3.59 - RRP - $5.99/£3.99/€5.49
At the time of this review, Hocus Pokus, Alfie Atkins contains no ads, nor does it offer any in-app purchases. In addition, there are no links to external sites or to social media. Parents can be confident their child’s privacy is protected when accessing this app.
Review by Julie Peterson, a speech/language pathologist (SLP) currently working in a school setting, serving children with special needs ages 6-14.
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