Trains, cars & games for kids app review: A tale of two reviewers

[alert color=”red”]Disclaimer: This review will be from both my perspective and the perspective of my 3½ year old son.[/alert]

It was the best app, it was the worst app,
it was a fun app, it was a boring app,
it was hard to use, it was easy to use,
it had good graphics, it had bad graphics,
in short, the enjoyment that one gets from
this is app is directly proportionate to their age.

First let me tell you that this is the free version of the paid app Tootooni! for Toddlers & Kids. As this app is geared toward children and I will try to be forgiving of what I see as the apps shortcomings.

Graphics:
Daddy: I understand that this is geared towards children and the art work is supposed to look like a child drew it, but I think they could have put a little more effort into polishing the artwork and the interface of the app.
Son: Daddy, I like it!

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Games:
Daddy: These are all generic rehashes of old games that all have better stand alone interpretations in the Google Play store.
Son: Daddy, look I won! I wanna play the trains.
Ease of Use:
Daddy: This isn’t too hard for me, but I’ll need to help my son get to the games. I hope he doesn’t inadvertently change the settings.
Son: Um, Daddy? Can you put the game back on? I want the train tracks!
Features:

Daddy: There are 19 different languages to choose from on the main screen, but these would be better placed in the settings. There is also an option to customize the app, which takes you to a gallery of your images. I selected one, saved it, and I have no idea what it did. A little explanation here would go a long way. The child lock didn’t work for me either. The 1st time I tried, it locked up my phone and I had to reboot. The 2nd time it didn’t work at all.
Son: Daddy, please put the train tracks on!

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Overall:

Daddy: This app seems like it needs a lot of work. It doesn’t really inspire me to drop $2.99 on the premium ad free version. Although, part of the disappointment for me was the ads. The last thing I want is my child to be clicking on the ads. So, if you get the app, it’s probably worth paying the $2.99, because you could end up paying more if one of the ads takes your child to a site like Amazon and he/she starts one click buying things.  This isn’t an app that I would install on my child’s device. The main interface is too complicated. It is a better app to keep on your personal device to use when your child needs to be distracted.
Son: Daddy? Can I play games on your tablet? Pleeeeaaase!

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