SpongeBob SquarePants mobile game includes £69.99 in-app purchase option

SpongeBob SquarePants mobile game includes £69.99 in-app purchase option

A lot of parents will be excited at the launch of a new SpongeBob SquarePants game for iPhone and iPad. We suspect quite a few of them may be less impressed by its inclusion of in-app purchases (IAP) of up to £69.99. Yes, another big children’s brand is going down the IAP route: see also…

Gigglebug app gets kids to ‘tickle grumpy animals’ on the touchscreen

Gigglebug app gets kids to ‘tickle grumpy animals’ on the touchscreen

Yep, sold. “Tickle grumpy animals and spread the laughter” is one of the better taglines we’ve seen for a children’s app this month. Meet Gigglebug. Released by a developer of the same name, it’s described as “a new kind of app that lets kids play and laugh together with friends… based on the simple idea…

SQUIGGLEFISH IPAD APP TURNS KIDS’ REAL DRAWINGS INTO DIGITAL FISH

SQUIGGLEFISH IPAD APP TURNS KIDS’ REAL DRAWINGS INTO DIGITAL FISH

If you buy one iPad app for your kids today, make it SquiggleFish. It’s a brilliant, creative idea that its developer Stripey Design should be thoroughly proud of. It’s the latest example of an app that tries to get kids to create in the real world, not just on-screen. The idea: they draw a fish…

APPLE LAUNCHES ‘LEARN MORE ABOUT IN-APP PURCHASES’ GUIDE ON APP STORE

APPLE LAUNCHES ‘LEARN MORE ABOUT IN-APP PURCHASES’ GUIDE ON APP STORE

One of the reasons for recent high-profile cases of children spending lots of money inside apps is that many parents don’t really understand in-app purchases and how to restrict them. Apple is taking action. The company has launched a Learn More About In-App Purchases’ guide on its App Store, which explains in clear language what…

20 BEST IPHONE AND IPAD APPS FOR KIDS FROM MARCH 2013

20 BEST IPHONE AND IPAD APPS FOR KIDS FROM MARCH 2013

It’s time for our monthly roundup of the best new apps for children on iPhone and iPad, based on the apps we wrote about in March 2013. It’s another marvelously-varied bunch, spanning famous brands like Sesame Street, Disney and Lego, but also some beautiful apps from independent developers, and some very nifty educational apps with…

HAKITZU: CODE OF THE WARRIOR IPAD GAME TEACHES KIDS TO CODE… WITH ROBOTS!

HAKITZU: CODE OF THE WARRIOR IPAD GAME TEACHES KIDS TO CODE… WITH ROBOTS!

Steering your children down a specific career path is, for most parents, hiding to nothing. Better to let them discover what they want to be for themselves, and provide the necessary support. And yet… How many parents in 2013 are subtly (or less so) encouraging their children to learn to code? In a world of…

DISNEY’S CARS GETS A NUMBERS & COUNTING APP FOR IPHONE AND IPAD

DISNEY’S CARS GETS A NUMBERS & COUNTING APP FOR IPHONE AND IPAD

Are your kids’ keener on Lightning McQueen than on maths? Well, it’s hardly surprising. But Disney’s new Cars: Numbers & Counting app combines the two. Released under the company’s Disney Connected Learning banner, this is part racing game and part educational app based around numbers and counting. You may have guessed that from the name……