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Clapper - A rhythm and clap game!

  • iPad, iPhone
  • Paid
  • age 7+

About Clapper - A rhythm and clap game!

Clapper – A rhythm and clap game is a unique application that is suitable for ages 9 and above, however with some assistance even younger children can play. The app is a mix of digital rhythm games and traditional hand-clapping games. Join the clapper monkeys as you explore deep into the jungle to unlock new songs and challenges. Clapper is a 2 player cooperative rhythm and clap game that encourages teamwork rather than competition. Clapper is the only game that can distinguish between different types of clapping such as diagonal, straight, single and with both hands.

This application is suitable to teach students about music and rhythm as well as encouraging fine motor skills, counting, teamwork, communication and above all fun.

Clapper - A rhythm and clap game! Review

Upon opening the application, the user is greeted with a loading splash screen and stunning graphics that guide you into the game settings. Here you will find that the screen splits to enable the user at the top or bottom of the device to read the instructions and settings. The ‘Options’ menu enables the user to choose one of eleven languages as well as deleting previous progress already made. The ‘Help’ icon displays in-depth in-app instructions that are clear and well presented. We advise all users to read these instructions before you start the game.

The ‘Quick Play’ mode enables the user to choose a song that has been already been unlocked. This is great for a fast game and would be ideal for a classroom situation if the device was rotated around the room. The ’Play’ mode takes the user into the trail to explore the jungle, like an arcade mode. Moving the Clapper Monkey raft to the first whirlpool will introduce the tutorial. It is noted that the sound and graphics of this application are visually stunning and the developers can be praised for created a fully immersive experience.

The application works by using the camera within the device to recognise the positioning of your hands and arms above the screen. The developers recommend that this should be at least 1.5 feet above the device. The shadow in the water clearly indicates where the hands are positioned. Working through the tutorial is essential to enable the user to grasp the technology of the game and especially the timing. Watch the clapper monkeys to help you. Initially our users found this very difficult but with some practise it was soon accomplished.

Once the song has been completed you can move down the trail. Points are awarded for hits, clap chains and a high score which is retained within the app which is great for a teacher who could monitor progression. Users also have the option of choosing the level of difficulty within the song; easy, normal, hard or bananas. This is a great feature to establish differentiation within the app especially for younger users helping establish hand eye coordination and fine motor skills. The songs start with straight hand clapping for single hand claps to double hand claps and claps that cross over. Please note that there can be a slight lack between loading songs and the trail but the graphics are well worth the wait.

This app can be used for a multitude of teaching methods within the classroom including pair work, peer assessment work, communication skills, identifying patterns and rhythms as well as sharing a musical experience for those with special needs such as hearing impairments. We also noted that the app can be played by a single player as long as the whirlpool graphics are broken, a clap will be registered. The developers should consider a single player mode where a virtual shadow appears for the player to meet along with a clapping sounds if timed correctly.

Once the user has been through the trail and songs they enter the ‘Fire in your eyes’ statue where the user encounters bats and an in-app advert for ‘The spooky cave trail’ available soon from the developers. We felt that the app ended slightly too quick here and we were expecting more songs than those we had completed to get to the end of the trail.

We also noted that the sitting position of the players needs to be fairly upright due to the camera and shadows cast. This certainly placed a strain on the back and legs after some time especially for the younger users, however we placed the device on a small table and then stood to clap. This was much easier. This can also be done by standing and placing the device on the floor depending on the height of the players. Experiment to find the best position for you.

It goes without saying that this is one of the most unusual applications that we have reviewed at the EAS but we can safely say that this is certainly one of the most fun. The developers can be congratulated for the apps content, high quality graphics and its unique playing experience. It deserves our five-star rating and we look forward to the apps next instalment.

App Details

Teacher Ratings

Devices

iPad, iPhone

Category

Skills

Cognitive Development
Critical Thinking
Communication Skills
Engagement and Usability

Safeguarding

In-App Purchases - No

In-App Advertising - No

Publisher

Bridgeside

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