Editor’s Choice Award
The app is broken into three parts – narrated story, text-based story, and interactive game. The game is based on the story’s main character, Jax – a baby brontosaurus – and involves finding Jax in one of several hidden locations by tapping objects to reveal if he is behind them. The pages of the story have about one or two paragraphs of text each, kid-friendly graphics and hidden animations.
For such a seemingly straightforward app, the results of Bronto Family Adventure are groundbreaking. I’m not sure if it is because of the layout of the app – the way the story and game tie together – or if it has something to do with the storyline or the characters themselves, but children simply can’t put this app down. In my experience this is a rare reaction to children’s reading-based apps, but Bronto is the undisputed exception. This app bridges the gap between games and education by not only getting kids to read, but by keeping them deeply interested for hours on end. This is truly a breath of fresh air for children’s apps, and is worth every penny of the $2.99 price tag.
I am really stretching to find anything less-than-spectacular to say about this app, which has really hit the nail on the head when it comes to providing what kids want.
THE BOTTOM LINE:
I would like to be among the first to predict that this app will soon be in the hands of children across the country – it provides a rock-solid experience all around. Whether you’re going on a trip and need something to keep your child occupied for a long period of time, or if you’re just looking for an app that won’t turn your kid’s brain to Jello, this is it. The Bronto Family Adventure is a tenth the price of a babysitter, and your kids will probably lean more from it.