Leo’s Pad is one of my all time favourite kids apps. I can not recommend this educational game highly enough. When it first came out I downloaded the first appisode for free and then I happily paid for appisodes 2 and 3. This is note worthy folks. I NEVER put out money for apps, and Leo’s Pad is one of two kids app’s that I have willingly paid for (the other being Reading Rainbow — love it). At some point they changed to a “every thing is free” model, and I love the darn game so much that I’m not even grumpy about having already paid for parts that are now available for free. The developers totally deserve to be making money off of this thing. This game gets played pretty much every time I hand the iPad over to my kids, and they are always super excited whenever a new appisode comes out (ok, to tell the truth, so am I).
Why I love Leo’s Pad:
* The characters are cutie kids versions of historical figures, for example the main character Leo is based off of Leonardo Da Vinci, his friend Gally is of course Galileo Galilei, and their scientist pal Marie is none other than Marie Curie.
* This is no boys only club. There are strong female characters (appisodes thus far have featured Marie Curie, Teresa Carreño and Phillis Wheatley).
* Leo has a pet dragon. Who doesn’t love dragons?
* There is an ongoing story which continues to evolve through the appisodes.
* The animation is superb. The voice acting is top notch.
* There is zero annoyance factor. It doesn’t make me want to run out and find a sharp jabby stick. I don’t mind seeing or hearing this game at all.
* The learning activities aren’t randomly inserted rubbish, they actually fit in with what’s going on in the story.
* The interactive bits are challenging, without being too hard. You can’t ever really fail, the game will adapt, giving a nudge of help if needed, and eventually passing along to the next segment. This means my kids, even my youngest, don’t get frustrated with the game.
* The game allows for multiple sign ins, giving each kid their own profile.
* There is a parents centre which sends you reports and shows you which of the interactive game bits your kids have been playing and how they are doing.
And here’s the part you want to note — right now you can get this game for free, but there is going to be a paid version launching some time soon (and I don’t know when exactly). Right now if you head over to the iTunes store you can download the first six appidoes FOR FREE. And even better, once you’ve downloaded it there is a special deal where you can sign up to keep having free access to Leo’s Pad even after the paid version launches. See I just had to share that info with you folks. Go sign up RIGHT NOW, while it’s still free.
I have had a hard time finding any other kids apps that live up to my expectations after playing this one. Let me know what you think of it.
Disclosure: This post is not in any way sponsored, just sharing my love for a fantastic educational kids game. Enjoy!