Zepi:Kids HD ($0.99) by OstinGames gives kids a chance to log some iPad time.
The game comes in three different flavors: forest, toys, or balloons, though they all play the same. Objects, known as “skins,” swarm toward a central point on the screen. The skins could be anything from squirrels, to balloons, to rubber ducks.
The goal is to connect two or more like skins to make them disappear. But you’ll need to act quickly because real estate gets cramped very fast.
Each game comes with four different skins to match. The skins will appear in different sizes, though it doesn’t matter if you mix the sizes when matching them.
Clearing the bigger skins will help free up space, but the smaller skins are worth more points. A red circle in the middle will expand with the increasing clutter. It’s game over once the screen runs out of room for more skins.
Game Center keeps track of your achievements and total score, though surprisingly, the game doesn’t display any local high scores. The achievements aren’t anything to write home about since they’re mainly just about scoring. Though the app is marketed toward children, the bar seems really high (e.g., “Diamond Club” is earned after 300,000 points).
However, if you’re looking for more casual play for your child, this app certainly works.
The developers claim it will help develop elementary math skills, improved concentration, and mental reaction time. I find these claims dubious without any empirical evidence. This app is more about having fun.