Over the past few days, we have been testing out Dino Tales, an iOS application designed by Kuato Studios to allow children aged 4-10 to explore a dinosaur island, discovering facts about dinosaurs and improving their vocabulary and story telling skills.
Thomas aged 3 is slightly below the games intended audience but as he loves dinosaurs and is quite advanced in his vocabulary, I knew we had to give it a go. When you first turn the game on, you tell it your child's name and age and it tailors the content specifically for them.
Dino Tales is not just a game, but is also a storybook and an encyclopaedia rich with Jurassic facts and fictions. Children can be both adventurer and storyteller as the game captures each play session – collating them into an digital Storybook, to be shared and read with parents.
There is also a parent's corner where you can change the game settings including the length of the game (ideal for younger players) and set a pin so it can only be played with adult supervision if you want to.
The game screen is above. You control your dinosaur by pressing on the footprint on the left hand side of the screen and moving it in the direction of the arrows. It took Stuart and I a little while to get to grips with the controls ourselves and Thomas could only control the dinosaur with help. Therefore, younger children will definitely need help with this for a little bit. I would expect that with a bit of practice that would be able to control the dinosaur fine.
If you get stuck during the game or want to know facts about dinosaurs, you can ask Darwin (a talking dinosaur powered by Siri) to help you out. It is powered by word wheels and really easy to use. In summary, the game has the following features:
Overall, we liked the game and think Thomas will get a lot out of it as he gets older. You can watch an introductory video to the game here.
We tried this app out for free. All opinions are our own. I was not required to write a positive review