[iOS App] Rusty’s Treehouse – All About Squirrels (by Happy Owl)

Happy Owl Media came out with a game for kids on iOS, and after both my kids and I played with the digital copy they gave me, I can confidently say that I think this app is amazing.To put this app to the test, I downloaded the device and handed my iPad Mini over to 1.0, the eldest, who at the time of this review had just turned age six. I asked him to play around with it and let me watch him play so I could write a blog post on it. He was more than happy to comply. Below are some screenshots of his experience and personal progress with the game, with a summary of the app following.

 The app opens with a welcome to Rusty's Treehouse. 

The app opens with a welcome to Rusty’s Treehouse.

After entering the Treehouse, children can choose which game they want to play.

After entering the Treehouse, children can choose which game they want to play.

 Every part of the app is fun and friendly, even the loading screen.

Every part of the app is fun and friendly, even the loading screen.

One of the games involves catching acorns in a bucket. 1.0 caught two so far, and is on a roll to catch ten in a row. 

One of the games involves catching acorns in a bucket. 1.0 caught two so far, and is on a roll to catch ten in a row.

 While children play the app, as they accomplish tasks and puzzles, they unlock badges to decorate their chalkboard wall with. 

While children play the app, as they accomplish tasks and puzzles, they unlock badges to decorate their chalkboard wall with.

One of the issues with the version I downloaded is that every once in a while, a black screen comes up. This is easily fixed by exiting the app, closing it from the multitasking bar, and re-opening it. So far, this only happened twice in half an hour and was during transitions. I am sure this will be resolved in future releases. 

One of the issues with the version I downloaded is that every once in a while, a black screen comes up. This is easily fixed by exiting the app, closing it from the multitasking bar, and re-opening it. So far, this only happened twice in half an hour and was during transitions. I am sure this will be resolved in future releases.

One of the games is learning more about squirrels. The facts are great and my son could read them all to himself - double points for keeping the words simple!

One of the games is learning more about squirrels. The facts are great and my son could read them all to himself – double points for keeping the words simple!

Another game challenges players to find an object based off color to win points. 

Another game challenges players to find an object based off color to win points.

A classic, matching is available with the click of two cards.

A classic, matching is available with the click of two cards.

Rusty doesn't seem to get upset if a match isn't right, but gives another chance. 

Rusty doesn’t seem to get upset if a match isn’t right, but gives another chance.

 

Overall, this is a great app for kids. It’s simple enough for my two-year-old to play, which colors and friendly graphics to keep the kiddo entertained and excited. At the same time, the components provide a challenge for my six-year-old as well, which suggests the rating of 5 and younger is a soft, yet accurate, rating. Apart from the minor bug that did not ruin any gameplay, the app is solid and loads quickly. The ultimate score of the app to me is that it brought a smile to my family’s faces, which is a win for all parents. Bringing fun and learning together, this app is a great addition to tablets.

Here’s a link to the app itself: Rusty’s Treehouse – All About Squirrels for iOS

Check out Happy Owl directly and learn about the games in Rusty’s Treehouse here.Disclosure: I have received a reviewer copy and/or payment in exchange for an honest review of the product mentioned in this post.

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