superdumb supervillain: Ansel & Clair’s Adventures in Africa App Review

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Ansel & Clair’s Adventures in Africa App Review

Roo and Jasper are iPad hogs. They like the iPhone, too, but the big touchscreen is totally irresistable to them. The saving grace of their obsession is the steady stream of quality apps that are as educational as they are entertaining. Yes, they spend way too much time watching potentially inappropriate videos on YouTube, but they also like the read-along books and learning games.

One of the best apps we've encountered is Ansel & Clair’s Adventures in Africa, which lets kids explore the continent at their own pace and in their own style. The eponymous characters, an alien and a robot, lead children on a learning safari that takes full advantage of the iPad's functionality with audio, video, and game elements that can be accessed independently. The illustration and design of the app are fantastic but what I find most impressive is that it completely engages both of my kids, even though Roo is 7 years old and a proficient reader while Jasper is just shy of 4 and still learning his alphabet. Both of them have spent hours immersed in Ansel & Clair’s Adventures in Africa without having to ask for help or instruction. In fact, sometimes they'll even play it together!

There are innumerable interactive functions to discover, some of our favorites are the spinning globe, the tilting pyramid maze, the photographic travel log, the wipe-away raindrops and sand. You really have to see it in action to understand how different it is than its competitors. This video will give you a great overview:

Ansel & Clair’s Adventures in Africa is a member of Moms with Apps, a collaborative group of family-friendly developers seeking to promote quality apps for kids and families.

We're hoping Ansel & Clair have more travel planned for the near future… maybe to Asia next?

In accordance to the FTC Guidelines and WOMMA Code of Ethics, I am disclosing that I received a complimentary download code to facilitate this review. As usual, though, all thoughts are my own.

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