It is the first in a series of planned apps for three-, four- and five-year-olds that follow the adventures of Cory and Hana, who must save stickers from an evil witch. Your child does this by answering a series of questions that test subjects like letter recognition and number sense.
Mermaid Waters is the first release from the planned “Stickery Kingdom” series. Along with new adventures, the developers also promise progress reports for parents, with charts and graphs that details how their child is performing. You can see a preview at the Stickery site here.
While the actual question-and-answer section of Mermaid Waters is very user-friendly for a small child, some other areas are more confusing. For example, the introductory sequence presents the storyline but then gives too brief of a tutorial for entering the ensuing levels. An adult would likely need to help a youngster with getting started and beginning successive levels after winning a sticker.
After that most gameplay could be handled without supervision. For example, when answering correctly a giant medal appears over that object, while the witch shows up when a wrong selection is made. By answering several questions correctly the player earns a sticker, which is then placed on the bottom row of the home screen.
Stickers can then be dragged into the main screen area and manipulated in any size or direction with finger gestures. Stickery is a universal app (it is formatted to fit on both iPhone and iPad), and this feature would especially work better on an iPad.
Overall Stickery does a lot of things well that will entertain most preschool-age children. And unlike another session of Angry Birds, they may learn something too.
- High interest for preschoolers
Off the Mark:
- Some unclear instructions