Pip Ahoy! App
If you have younger children, then you may have come across Pip Ahoy! on Channel Five’s Milkshake. It is an animated show aimed at pre-school children about a puppy called Pip who lives in Salty Cove. Now, to go alongside the TV programme is the Pip Ahoy! app which can be downloaded from the iTunes and Android stores enabling children to play along with Pip and his friends in Salty Cove.
The app has five Pip Ahoy! themed games, which are all easy to play. Players can help Pip look for Alan the penguin (which is, by the way, a great name for a penguin) in “Where’s Alan”, choose the right number and colour seeds to “Feed the Puffins” and “Ride the Bubble Train”. Children are also able to “Sail the Rubber Duck” and play “I Spy with My Scopey Eye”. Children can win virtual stickers every time they play a game, and then store them in the “Sticker Book” to make their own Pip Ahoy! scenes.
I downloaded the Pip Ahoy! app from the iTunes store to use on our iPad 2. It retails at £1.99. Emily hasn’t watched the Pip Ahoy! TV programme, but was still very keen to have a go at this new game on the iPad. It is bright and colourful, with cheerful music (which you can turn off if it starts to annoy you!) and easy to navigate to the different games.
Emily has had a go at all the games and enjoys playing all of them. I like “I Spy with My Scopey Eye” as it involves the player looking for certain objects so develops memory skills and paying close attention to pictures. “Feed the Puffins” is also great as Emily has to chose the right coloured seeds and then count the correct number of them to feed to the puffins (or “muffins” as she calls them). After they have been fed, they let out a very satisfied burp, which causes much amusement to her!
The games themselves are straight forward and therefore it didn’t take long for Emily to figure out what to do. I have to admit that I don’t see much point to “Ride the Bubble Train”. It involves a train going back and forth along the seafront. You can control its speed, beep the horn and make it produce bubbles. There are also passengers that you can pick up and set down. However, there doesn’t seem to be any end point to this game. You just keep going until you have had enough of controlling the game, and then you get a sticker. Of course, Emily still enjoys this regardless!
Pip Ahoy! is definitely pitched right for the pre-school age. It is simple to use, attractive with different activities to keep children amused and entertained. I would also say, worth the cost to download in comparison to other games available for children in this age group.
Disclaimer: We were provided with the Pip Ahoy! free of charge in order to review it. As always, all opinions are our own.