Forestry, available for iPhone and iPad through the Apple iTunes App Store, is a wonderful kids app designed to both educate and inspire children. The app, which treads the line between interactive book and game very well, sees the child explore the wilds of the forest in 15 locations, to find out about the inhabitants and have some fun.
There are different animals in each location, and all are beautifully animated, with real care and attention to detail clearly put into each and every character. This love and care also extends to all the graphics, as even the backgrounds are gorgeous to look at, and seem as if they come straight out of a professional cartoon.
Essentially a series of mini games, there is a wide variety of things to do here to keep your child entertain for quite some time. If they are having problems learning any particular section, there is an ‘autorun’ feature that allows them to see exactly how it is supposed to be done. This is a really nice feature that I wish more children’s apps would pick up on.
Here, straight from the developer, are the app’s best features:
• 15 wonderful interactive locations with beautiful animation and sounds of nature.
• A variety of tasks for your kid to go over again and again with continuing interest.
• 6 animals (a squirrel, a bear, a beaver, a moose, a hedgehog, and a boar), who are exceptionally kind and hardworking!
• The Autorun feature makes training easier and gives you a chance to watch the gameplay just like a cartoon.
• Kids Safe – security in app purchasing and NO 3rd party website links.
• 8 Languages: English, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, and Japanese.
Now, the app is free to download and you get some content, enough to be getting along with, for free, but to get the most from the app you are going to have to purchase at least one extra animal. Each animal only cost 99c, so it still works out quite cheap if you plan on buying a few of them. For the content you get with each one, I think it still works out pretty good value for money.
Most children will have no problems with navigating their way through the app, as everything is intuitive as well as being attractive. The app teaches children to respect and take care of animals and nature in general in a fun and interesting way. It is the kind of app that teaches kids the right things, and that can only ever be a positive thing.
Overall, this is a beautifully animated educational app with plenty of character and lots for kids to do. Well worth a look, either for free or with a few in-app purchases.