NY1 highlights the coolest and newest apps for your cell phone or mobile device in the twice-weekly segment “App Wrap.” NY1’s Adam Balkin filed the following report.
Nukotoys Card Games Apps
Two Nukotoys cards game apps for the iPad include real-world cards made of real cardboard. The first, "Animal Planet Wildlands" and is geared towards children as young as 3 or 4. You buy cards in packs just like baseball cards and then as you touch them to this section of the screen whatever's on them appears in the game. For the most part the cards are wild animals...monkeys, giraffes, gorillas. Once in the game you can play with them, roam around, hunt, and there are some mini-games, most notably an animal Mario Kart type race. The cards that aren't animals are natural events or formations like droughts, tornadoes, volcanos and they too pop up to mix things up your little wild kingdom.
The other title, more for young teen gamers, is "Monsterology." The cards for these show creatures found in Greek mythology. They too, along with weapons cards, like catapults, pop up in this turn-based strategy game.
The "Animal Planet Wildlands" game and "Monsterology" app for the iPad are themselves free. The cards come in packs of three for $1.99 or seven for $3.99.
"Dora Let's Play Backpack"
Another new iPad game accessory for kids is the "Dora Let's Play Backpack," created by Duo, the team that's developed similar hardware for playing trivia-type games on the iPad.
Simply place the backpack on the edge of the iPad and then play the game, placing a token on whichever backpack slot you feel represents the right answer. The backpack then collects the tokens of the correctly answered questions to show you how well you're doing or who's winning in a competition.
Developers say the games are designed to help teach matching, listening, logic, and being Dora of course, the Spanish language.
The actual "Dora Let's Play Backpack" toy costs about $40 and the app with the same name that works with it is free.