Dinosaurs are a much loved part of any childhood. The mystery of these ancient creatures sparks the curiosity of the young. Dino Dog - A Digging Adventure with Dinosaurs capitalizes on our interest in this fun to play digging game.
Dino Dog - A Digging Adventure with Dinosaurs by StoryToys is a fun and educational app that easily engages young children. Join Dino Dog Doug and Bonnie the Bear as they search the world for dinosaur fossils to fill the museum.
The app starts with a cute cartoon setting up the story line and mission. A tutorial level guides users through the first level of digging with Dino Dog Doug and through the twists and turns of excavating the fossils. Users tap squares to prompt Doug to dig through the maze-like tunnels hiding the bones. Mystery squares reveal hidden bones, tools, or surprises. Different styles of dirt take different digging methods; so pay attention. Once Doug clears a level, it's on to the museum.
At the museum, Bonnie coaches users through chipping away the rock to reveal the fossil. She also teaches players to clean the bones. After finding and cleaning each fossil, users must put the dinosaur skeleton together to find out exactly which animal they've found. Each level gives dinosaur facts and short cartoon clips keep the story rolling and Dino Dog Doug and Bonnie the Bear find their way.
Once users restart the game, they start in the museum. Tapping on each of the skeletons will pull up a brief description of each dinosaur. Users can also see which fossils they have left to find. Access to each of the three chapters is also found in the museum.
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This is a really fun app for young kids. My five year old son loved it, and I wish I had the app a week ago on our road trip. It has kept him entertained for an extended period of time. I like the maze idea and that users have to tap to dig and navigate their way through the tunnels to locate the fossils. Digging claws, lava pools, rainbow stones, and air vents all add elements of surprise to the adventure. I also like that the app does more than just have kids tap through the maze. By having to break apart the rock (let's face it - kids love to tap the iPad incessantly), clean the bones, and put the puzzle together, children continue to be engaged by the adventure. Additionally the cartoon clips give children a short break from the action in an entertaining way. The app plays like a story and children love it.
Overall, children learn a bit about dinosaurs and play in the dirt as they join the dig with Dino Dog - A Digging Adventure with Dinosaurs. Children will enjoy navigating the mazes and discovering the fossils and much as they enjoy breaking apart the stones and brushing the bones clean.
Dog - A Digging Adventure with Dinosaurs is availabe for download via the iTunes App Store - iOS Universal
At the time of this review, the app had no in-app purchases, ads, and external links were protected behind a parental gate.
This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, teacher, and technology coach. She is a self proclaimed tech nerd and is passionate about technology in education. You can follow her ed. tech. blog at The iLesson Lady.