November 19, 2010

Vic Mahfood

Animals 360

Developer Quote: "Animals 360 is a 360° view on the world of animals, a fantastic new application to discover animal features, habitats & sounds."

- COST: Free     - RATING: 3-1/2 Stars
- Categories: Education, Entertainment, Games, Native, Reference

Being an animal lover, I tend to gravitate towards apps that feature exotic or domestic animals for wallpaper, for educational purposes, or just because I admire all creatures. Animals 360 really caught my eye as it is a wonderful app showcasing many varieties of animals for entertainment and educational purposes. Moreover, all ages can enjoy this free app with gorgeous images of animals in several environments. Animals 360 comes with the option to enjoy 4 different activities: super clear photos, a multiple choice quiz, a tour around varying habitats and a slider puzzle with difficulty levels.

Open Animals 360 to the roar of lions! You will be able to choose between activities such as: Photo, Quiz, Tour, Puzzle. There is a flag on top of the display which when you tap it will allow you to choose in which language you want to view this app - English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish. The directional icon at the bottom of the screen shows you how to scroll to navigate your way around. If you shake your device, you will hear the sound of the animal being displayed.

The Photos section of Animals 360 has amazing close-ups of wild and domestic animals, one image at at time. If you press the list icon at the top, right of the display you will get a drop-down list from which you can choose a specific animal to view. To get back to the main menu, tap the circular icon in the top left. The Quiz opens to a 4-square display of animals with instructions to find the one which is being requested. Tap the correct animal, and you will be rewarded with a checkmark and animal sounds before moving on to the next question. The Tour section gives you 3 options of where you would like to visit - Farm, Safari or Forest. Tapping any one of those will give you the animals native to that habitat in landscape view. I love this feature best of all, for as you keep scrolling the environment keeps rolling along with a never-ending parade of animals brilliantly superimposed on the background. The Puzzle activity gives you a choice of difficulty levels with 12 or 35 pieces. Shake to begin collapsing the puzzle so that you may piece it together again.

I admit I was impressed with this educational app because it offers so many wonderful learning opportunities for all ages. The visuals are impressive for all ages, the quiz is a great learning tool for young ones and the puzzle is perfect for older kids to adults. Additionally, the animal sounds are accurate and clear as a bell. Teachers, you will be able to make great use of this animals app in the classroom! I would certainly recommend Animals 360 because it has media rich content that will only enhance the knowledge of anyone from ages 2 to 102, while providing hours of free fun!

--Date/Version: Released 10/11/10 - Version 1.3
--iOS/Age Rating:  This app requires iOS 3.0 or later. Rated 4+.
--Device: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
--Languages: English, Breton, French, German, Italian
--Developer Link: YED28
--Twitter Link: N/A
--Facebook Link: Animals 360

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