iOS – CookieCoo Dancing Star – Review

A great musical game for toddlers with the added benefit of built-in learning and cordination potential

Developer: WooonginThinkbig
Price: $0.99/£0.69
Version: 1.1
Released/Updated: January 20, 2012
Size: 172 MB
Rated: 4+

Our Ratings

Graphics/Sound: 4/5
User Interface: 4/5
Gameplay: 4/5
Re-use/re-play value: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4/5


What Is It?


An excellent musical game for toddlers allowing them to join in or just watch.

Is It Easy To Use?


Yes, well it needs to be as it is built for children after all. It is an excellent app and you will see that as soon as you have downloaded it. There are various ‘albums’ to select initially, these consist of very well known nursery tunes, such as ‘head, shoulders, knees and toes’. Following your song choice you then get the option of selecting a level mode, from just purely Watching, to Easy, to Normal and finally Hard.

We really like the option of Watch in here, we are aware of many children who find these style of apps hard to keep up with and can get frustrated, perhaps notably those with a learning difficulty but they still want to be involved. The Watch level in this app really gives them that added value and we applaud the developers ingenuity here.

Then you get to select your instrument, the choices are drums, cymbals and tambourine.

Lastly, select your character to sing, each character has been fantastically created and they are excellently drawn.

Press Start and the selections are loaded. Your new screen opens as basically you need to tap one of the three ‘windows’ at the bottom of the screen when the notes land on them. Feedback is good, and the app lets you know whether you are performing ‘perfectly’, or just ‘good’ or ‘bad’. Of course, you only get these feedback responses if you have selected either the Easy, Normal or Hard settings, not the Watch setting. Each level is timed but there’s just enough pressure to ensure the game is fun without causing anxiety to build up.

As you progress through the game it gets slightly harder in order to keep you engaged.

Is It Fun?


Yes, very much so, if you are in the correct age group for this app, we would say below aged 5 then we’re sure you will think so too.

Is It Pretty?


Indeed it is, the graphics are excellent with just enough detail, the colors also are wonderful.

Should You Download It?


Yes, without question, if you have a toddler and you need to keep them amused for a short time, such as waiting at the doctors surgery, or similar, then this is the app for you.

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