James' amazing adventures: learning games for kids

Category: Games

Ages: 0-3 3-5 5-7
Price: Android - £2.49 iPhone/iPad - £2.99

James’ Amazing Adventures is essentially a fun but educational adventure game with a delightful story line, that will capture the imagination of any pre-school child and their parents. The purpose of the game is to find all the instruments of an undersea orchestra that have been accidentally scattered across the world by a sneezing whale. The application has been developed in conjunction with a number of early years’ experts.

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Teacher Review

The functioning of the app is extremely straightforward with intuitive help guides to lead the user gently into the narrative of the story and begin the quest. The layout is awash with bright colours, movement and engaging background music all designed carefully to draw the child into the game and get into the flow without any interruption.

During the early stages of the quest the child is helped, if needed, buy the pink octopus, to ensure they have a clear understanding of the game logic and to prevent them from becoming too frustrated and giving up, this help system is intelligent and therefore not overbearing and gently assists the user. At the ‘easy’ level and after a set number of errors the application will restrict the number of options a child can choose and also display part of the answer. The next level up the options are restricted but the answer is not revealed. The assistance infrastructure sets the pace of the game and is individualised to the responses of the child, so if the child completes a task without any errors the next task presented will be at a higher level. At the highest level the child is offered no assistance at all but after a number of mistakes the application will re gear to a simpler level. The parent also has the facility to set the general level of the quest and a time limit. They are also presented with a dashboard that tracks the progress of their child and displays the data relating to motor skills, logic, memory, listening and reflexes which are picked up throughout all 10 of James’ educational games.

The developers have taken great care to develop an educationally based app that has a game element. This has been tried by many developers to varying degrees of success, many developers have concentrated more on the game element to the detriment of the educational purpose, many educationalists have done the opposite! However, this group of developers have achieved this fine balance exceedingly well and have spend, what appears to be, a long time collating views from a panel of experts to help them develop a fine example of proper edutainment. The core value of the developer as expressed on their web site “because with young children, play and learning are (and always should be) inseparable” holds true with this application.

The attention to detail of the educational aspect, the quality of the original graphics and the delightful musical compositions conjures together an impressive package that is a must for any parent seriously interested in providing their child with an engaging and educational journey giving them a head start in the very important area of pre-school cognitive development.

This is one of the best applications I have reviewed and it will certainly be put on my electronic bookshelf for when my grandchildren come to visit. I look forward to this organisation developing more pre-school applications to add to the library.

From the Developer

Join James and his friends on amazing underwater adventures! This magnificent interactively animated cartoon brings together 10 educational games for kids up to 6 years.
These games are fully aligned with pre-school learning requirements.

- This is one of the best applications I have reviewed - James got 5 stars. Educational App Store.com

If you thought the underwater world is a silent place, you are wrong! In this world all citizens are music addicts and everyone has a role to play like in an orchestra. But one day, a whale with a cold lets out such a gigantic sneeze during one of the concerts that it causes a huge storm. The instruments are all scattered across the ocean. Now a big search is underway that will lead to unexpected encounters and beautiful friendships…

** The games will allow your kids to:**
1. Answer questions relating to LOGIC and MEMORY from a grouchy crocodile
2. Develop FINE MOTOR SKILLS by guiding a boat through a maze of islands and rocks
3. Mix the correct COLORS to prepare a magical soup
4. Enjoy crazy SOUND MEMORY games with baby birds
5. Learn how to recognize FORMS and COLORS with underwater Tetris
6. OBSERVE and LOCATE a saxophone hidden at the bottom of the ocean
7. Develop REFLEXES by tapping on the heads of some pretty kooky fish
8. Reconstruct GEOMETRIC SHAPES in a mix of a puzzle and a tangram
9. Conduct an orchestra in a MUSICAL GAME
10. And last but not least, kick-off with 5 mini activities to enable them learn to touch, slide, move...

AN EDUCATIONAL PROJECT:
« James’ amazing adventures » is a game that has been developed in collaboration with 12 childhood education specialists (teachers, psychologists, child psychiatrists, etc.).
Together we created specific functionalities customized to the particular needs of younger childrens:
- 4 Difficulty levels adapting to the kid’s individual capabilities
- An intelligent and discrete assistance tool encourages continuous progress of your kid
- The Results of each game are saved to motivate kids to advance step by step

About Chaudron Magique :
- As a parent of two young children I am entirely committed to giving our little ones the best possible education to help them progress in life at their own pace. If you share this passion, I’m sure you do, Chaudron Magique might assist you effectively on this path.
- We strive to bring education to life through our child-friendly game apps. At Chaudron Magique. We are not only passionate about fun games, but we strongly believe that they must include educational content to be meaningful to both kids and parents.
- To make sure our games are fully aligned with the educational needs of kids we work in close partnership with teachers, child psychiatrists &psychologists and also speech therapists who based on their own experience and knowledge provide us with valuable insight. This is our view key to the ongoing success of our game (for several week on the top 10 of educational apps in france)
- As a side note, we are pleased to tell you that our game « James’ amazing adventures » is even used by speech therapists in their sessions, which encourages us to keep inventing.
- But beyond the purely educational aspects of our apps, we take particular care in the appearance and feel of our games: real musicians, hand drawn scenes, numerous video sequences… everything is done in order to plunge the child into a magical universe bursting with laughter and filled with crazy and surprising characters.

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