App Wrap: "Petting Zoo," "Mibblio"
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.
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Here are two apps geared towards kids that parents will steal to try out for themselves. These cutting-edge apps need very little explanation because, quite simply, they work as one would expect they would.
"Petting Zoo" offers nicely drawn animals, oftentimes in odd positions. As the user swipes up, down, left and right, the animals do different things. The draw here is the actions are not what one would probably expect. Except maybe if an elephant were in a bathtub, it really would spray itself with its trunk.
"Petting Zoo" is an iOS app for $1.99.
"Mibblio" is like mixing an interactive book with those music classes children go to where they sit around in a circle and play instruments as the teacher, with guitar in hand, leads the group in songs.
The app takes a popular song, like "Old MacDonald," and while the song plays kids tap keys below, which trigger various instruments like piano notes, sax and accordion. The right side has a key for percussion and a little lower is a key to strum a string instrument. A button on the left adds in or takes out instruments from the arrangement.
"Mibblio" is a free app for the iPad that comes with one free "Mibblet" or song. Each additional Mibblet costs $2.99.