Preschool Animal Match
By Tantrum Solutions
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“Preschool Animal Match” is a premium memory game for preschoolers. It will help them learn the names of animals whilst improving their memory skills, all in an entertaining game.
The game consists of matching animal pairs. All the animals announce their names when revealed and there is also a fun animation and sound made when the match occurs.
Once all the matches are made, the animal pairs animate and say their names continuously until your preschoolers decide to replay the game, by deflating the replay balloon with a click.
Special care is taken to make the game’s interface extremely simple and avoid adding options and menus that would catch your child’s attention and diminish the educational quality of the game.
The Game will open in full screen mode and hide all menus and the dock, so your child can only play the game and cannot exit it until you decide so. Both right click and left click will work the same within the game, so your child will not be frustrated by clicking on the wrong side of the mouse.
If you are learning English this is also a great way to learn proper English pronunciation and new words. Preschool Animal Match is made in the UK so expect a british accent.
There is a version of this game on the iOS App Store, a universal iOS App (iPad , iPhone and iPod touch).
Great app for little ones!
My daughter (now 21 months old) has been loving this game! A few points:
1. It's very straight forward and easy to grasp, while visually enticing for a toddler.
2. You can set the difficulty very low (as low as 4 tiles!!), which helps to not overwhelm a beginner.
3. The sounds are sharp, cute, and memorable.
4. Objects are large enough for little hands to click on.
5. The app runs full screen without risk of 'extraneous input' releasing your child on the rest of your computer :)
My daughter has been playing this game for a month or so now, and she runs to the computer any opportunity we give her. Her memory, as well as hand eye coordination, have definitely been improving rapidly. We're moving up the difficulty accordingly. Kids are sponges, let 'em soak it up!
Simple and inutitive
The program opens full-screen so young fingers can't accidentally click in the wrong place. Each card has a verbal indicator, and you can easily change between four and 24 cards for more of a challenge.
There don't appear to be many other options besides that, however. Developers, I would like to ask a few feature requests:
1) Use a custom mouse cursor, since the regular Mac cursor is a little small and doesn't match the rest of the artwork
2) Can sounds be toggled somehow, other than muting the system sounds?
My 3 year old loves these games both this one and the alphabet one. Great program only allows for comand promt closing which means no accidental colsings. The only gripe I could find with this one is the choice of animals and heavy accent in the pronouncing the names have caused problems with her recconizing exactly what the animals are. The alphabet one does not seem to have this problem as she pronounces those just fine.