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.
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood
On its surface, it may look like just another educational app for young children. But once parents learn the back story, they can blame nostalgia for suddenly wanting their kids to try it out.
The app is called Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Play at Home with Daniel. It's a PBS app based on the new Daniel Tiger series, which is a spinoff in a sense of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Daniel and his friends are actually the children of the puppets Mr. Rogers' had, Daniel is the offspring of Mr. Rogers' firs, and seemingly favorite puppet, Daniel Striped Tiger.
Just like in the original show, and the new show, the app is designed to teach basic lessons about the world. So whether they're in their bedroom, the bathroom or at the doctor's office, kids can click around to feel more at ease with sometimes scary places, like the doctor's office or their bed in the dark.
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Play at Home with Daniel is $1.99 for the iPhone or iPod touch and $2.99 on the iPad.
The Simpsons: Tapped Out
And for the bigger kids out there or those who are just kids at heart, there is The Simpsons: Tapped Out. Right from the get go, in Simpsons style, the app makes fun of itself. The story is that Homer is so busy playing a time wasting game on his tablet that he accidentally lets the nuclear power plant explode, obliterating Springfield.
It's then your job to find everyone from the town and rebuild Springfield however you see fit, like putting the Kwik-E-Mart right next to the Simpsons home so Homer can grab junk food without exerting himself too much. Think of it like Sim City meets the Simpsons. The game is also social so you can visit other Springfields from other users.
As you perform tasks, you earn, among other things, donuts. Donuts help make any task go quicker. So a building that might actually take 24 hours to go up will instead take just a few seconds if you spend some donuts on it. And while you can slowly earn donuts, you can also just buy a whole bunch if you don't want to wait.
The Simpsons: Tapped Out is a free app for iOS devices.