iPad apps are, and have always been, a big part of what makes the iPad such a powerful device. Great apps, and unique apps that you just don’t find anywhere else, are one of the hallmark features of the iPad. They have been since Day 1, and scores of great developers and publishers continue to produce apps that are exclusively for the iPad. Our weekly picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every Saturday.
This week’s pick is Little Builders – Trucks, Cranes & Diggers for Kids – which promises (and delivers) construction fun for kids. It is made by Fox & Sheep, the same developers who created the wonderful Petting Zoo iPad app.
This app is aimed at children aged 8 and under, a demographic that I don’t quite match (on most days I keep my mental age a tad above that). But the app’s icon and intro page drew my attention and I decided to give it a whirl last night – and I’m very glad I did. That was even before I realized it was made by Fox & Sheep too.
As soon as I started with Little Builders I was charmed by the superb 3D imagery and animations. It really brings back memories of being a kid and playing with truck toys and such – and I just love how cool all the construction vehicles look in the app.
Of course the app is very simple to use, so that its target young audience can enjoy it. You can dig with the big digger vehicle and fill up the dump truck, work with a cement mixer, paint a house, and operate a big crane to place the roof onto a house.
Aside from the building activities there are some simple and fun little character interactions when you just tap on one of the people in the scenes.
I should mention that you can work through all the scenarios in the app pretty quickly, and you don’t really complete any of the projects. As in, when you use the digger you don’t see the end result after you clear the space. Same goes for painting the house, using the crane, and all the projects. You just do a bit on each and see how they work. I noticed this morning that many users are ripping the app for this in its ratings section.
I don’t really mind this limitation, though it would certainly be good to see the developers add more ability to finish projects in future updates. I think a lot of younger kids won’t mind this too much either, while others may get a bit bored after an hour or two with the app.
Here’s an App Store link for Little Builders; it’s priced at $2.99 and is a universal app for use on both iPad and iPhone.
If you’re after more great iPad apps, check out our Best iPad Apps section.