Pico the Penguin is a simple, point-and-touch app for very young children, ages 2-5. The object of the game is to lower Pico’s temperature in some very warm places, using imaginative ways to cool him down.
App for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch
Pico the Penguin, by Petita Demas, Ltd., is available for the iPhone, the iPad and the iPod touch.
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How the App Works-
Pico the Penguin begins with a cute introduction, which is helpful the first time the app is opened. Pico has the travel bug. Your child joins him as he goes in search of new adventures, but he must be careful. Pico must stay cool, because after all, he’s a penguin. His journey starts when you choose a destination on the world map.
At each stop, he enlists the help of a local animal friend to help him stay chilled and out of the sun. Children as young as 2 can put on Pico’s hat or help the elephant give him a nice, cool shower. As your child repeats the action, his temperature starts to drop, until the color on the thermometer changes to a shivery blue, meaning that Pico is well-chilled.
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The design and animation of Pico the Penguin meet expectations, with colorful and age appropriate animated characters, jazzy background music, and lots of sound effects. I would have liked to see more details about the locations, in order to help differentiate them from one another. The information link (accessible on the title screen) provides directions along with a few hints about some of the stopovers.
In a Nutshell-
Pico the Penguin is a simple game app for beginners, with a straightforward user interface and limited content. It features likable characters doing funny actions. Parents should be aware that some of the activities can be finished with just a few repetitions, while others take an extremely long time to complete; this inconsistency could lead to frustration.
Pico the Penguin is available for download via the iTunes App Store- iOS Universal
RRP - $1.99/£1.49/€1.99
Review by Julie Peterson, a speech/language pathologist (SLP) currently working in a school setting, serving children with special needs ages 6 to 14. With so many choices available to parents, my goal is to share accurate information about the apps I review, so that you can make smart choices for your children.
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