Australian Council on Children and the Media

ABC Wildlife - Peapod Labs LLC

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An alphabet and animal name matching game that uses wildlife to explore animal names and letter recognition through game play and interactive videos. Note: app uses US pronunciation of letters (e.g. “zee” instead of “zed”). 4+ years with co-play to maximise utility.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of ABC Wildlife was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 28 August 2017.

About the app

This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.

Name of app: ABC Wildlife
Developed by: Peapod Labs LLC
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Paid
Developer’s suggested age: 5+
ACCM suggested age: 4+ years with co-play to maximise utility
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of ABC Wildlife contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Seven of 15 levels were played and multiple letter videos previewed

App description

This educational alphabet app opens with a choice of videos or flashcards. The flashcards display a picture of an animal or an insect in quick succession and this is accompanied by a depiction of the animal/insect name and its vocalisation. Players must then match a depicted animal or insect with its name from two choices. Success is rewarded with a sticker and a short mini matching game where the animal name and picture must be matched. If videos are selected a grid of photos appears depicting animals or insects for each letter of the alphabet. Kids can then explore each animal in more detail by watching a video or completing an activity. Tapping the "abc" button returns the player to the full alphabet grid or tapping a letter in the animal name takes the player to a list of animals that begin with that letter.

Reviewers comments

Parental co-play is recommended as the game may prove frustrating for pre or early readers as parts of the game rely on quite complex word recognition/reading. In the video grid section, the animal or insect name is depicted, along with the letter to promote letter name recognition and letter word association. Exploring each animal begins with first letter and word vocalization, the animal name displayed in lowercase letters and a short interactive video or activity. Tapping a game character brings up a fact about the animal which is not vocalised. Tapping any of the letters within the animal name allows players to jump to another animal that starts with that letter, and the process repeats.

In App purchasing

Other apps by the same developer (including bundles costing $18.50) can be purchased from the homepage by swiping in the direction instructed but this can be accomplished with trial and error.

Online information

Cellular data settings

Identity details

Microphone

Gambling

At the time of review, the reviewer found no simulated gambling content.  If you discover simulated gambling content in this app, please contact us with the details so we can update our review.

Advertising and product placement

Apps by the same developer are advertised on the homepage.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

None of concern.

Coarse language

None.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

None.

Other

None.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

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