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Magic Stones

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Once upon a time there was a bat, with a big castle in the middle of the ocean. But one day a dragon appeared and took over his castle. The scared bat left to find help in the Land of the Magic Stones, but he realised the dragon had been there already and caused a lot of disruption and devastation. The bat could only turn to you. Your mission, as a courageous magic apprentice, is to restore order in the village. You get in return for your help valuable and unusual ingredients that will allow you to create magic stones in your laboratory. With these stones you will have to defeat the dragon and restore the peace.  This fun adventure receives 4 stars EAS Certification.

Teacher Review

Once upon a time there was a bat, with a big castle in the middle of the ocean. But one day a dragon appeared and took over his castle. The scared bat left to find help in the Land of the Magic Stones, but he realised the dragon had been there already and caused a lot of disruption and devastation. The bat could only turn to you. Your mission, as a courageous magic apprentice, is to restore order in the village. You get in return for your help valuable and unusual ingredients that will allow you to create magic stones in your laboratory. With these stones you will have to defeat the dragon and restore the peace.

When the children will open the app, they will see two buttons: ‘Language’ (choose between English and French for the integrated voice instructions) and ‘Play’. What parents need to know is that a link to the game’s website is visibly on this page so kids could leave the app by accessing the link. After you press ‘Play’ you are presented the storyline and what are your missions. To start a game you have to choose a name, a colour and decorations for your shield. Throughout the game you are accompanied by the bat explaining what to do next and how to complete the tasks you’re given. Younger children will need their parents’ intervention as some of the actions are not intuitive, but in general setting up your profile should be pretty easy. We had some problems with some of the objects that you had to handle – for e.g. pulling a lever to continue was not responsive enough and worked after 5 tries.

The user will be able to create their own profile and customize their avatar. You are given different recipes to create, in your laboratory, the magic stones. To find the special  ingredients ( ‘porcupine swear, cactus marinade, dandelion extract and others)you have to check where they appear in the village and try to earn them by completing a series of puzzles and arcade games. You’ll get to meet different characters that need your help like the mayor Baron Bucky who needs help with rebuilding his village, Ginger Root whose sheep have been trapped in a maze, Princess Helium who lost her bubbles and other fascinating characters.

 All the missions are carefully explained through the friendly voice. If kids get stuck they’ll just have to tap the bat on his head and they’ll get the explanations they need to continue. Children will get rewards (ingredients) after they successfully complete each level. Once you get all the ingredients you can return your avatar to the lab and poor the right ingredients in the cauldron to create the magic stones that will help you defeat the dragon.

The challenges get increasingly more difficult and each of them stimulates specific development skills like eye-hand coordination and logic. At each step users can check their progress displayed in the form of an audio book with very cute animations. We like that the app offers the possibility to create different users – this will allow children to get competitive and interactive.

The design is very attractive and colourful but we think the resolution and sharpness of some images could be addressed.  Some other issues we had were related to the navigation and the ability to pause or return to a game isn’t user friendly. But a lot of work has been put in this app: over 400 animations, integrated voice instructions, good story and variety of exciting games. Your 3 to 6 year olds will love it and older kids will also have fun with the app! The price of the app ($3, 99) is a little higher compared to other game apps but your 3 to 6 year olds will love it and older kids will also have fun with it! The app receives 4 stars EAS Certification.

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From the Developer

A play and learn adventure where boys and girls become the character of a magical sorcerer that seeks to restore the Kingdom of the Magic Stones while gaining the trust of an enchanted Dragon.
Your 3 to 6 year old sorcerer apprentice will learn, develop motor skills and creativity.

This friendly adventure features 18 different settings of increasing difficulty where each new world is designed to stimulate a specific development skill. The adventure provides children with rewards of generous treasures and bonding with characters within the game while challenging their logic, motor and mathematical skills.
The Land of the Magic Stones has several hours of interactive game play featuring diverse activities such as quizzes, puzzles, arcade games, songs and an integrated audio book which includes over 400 animations.
Fully integrated voice instructions, sound effects and cheerful dialogue in both French and English to limit reading requirements and parental intervention during game play so children can proceed autonomously through the game.
The Land of The Magic Stones was developed and tested in cooperation with child development and behavioural professionals.
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