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 SpeakaZoo, which offers up a unique and fun zoo full of animals that will have conversations with you and your kids.
When I first saw a promo for the app, I thought it looked like it would only have appeal for very young children, but something about it struck me so I installed it, spent some time with it, and also had my 11 year old daughter give it a try.
I soon found that the animals in SpeakaZoo are really funny to engage with – even for me as an adult. And my way-too-cool for little kids apps daughter also finds it a lot of fun.
The cast of animal characters includes a super fast-talking octopus, a hipster chick bat hanging upside down, a hilarious panda who’s not happy about a new roommate, a hyena who is not at all amused with the ‘laughing’ aspect of her character, and lots more.
You can ask the animals questions, or just ask them to expand on whatever theme they like talking about.
Before getting started with the animals, a parent has to provide an email address and click a link in the email to activate the app.
This is a great family app that should provide laughs for family members of all ages. Oh, and it’s a rare free app with no In-App purchases required.
Here’s an App Store link for SpeakaZoo; it’s a free app and a universal app designed for both iPad and iPhone.
If you’re after more great iPad apps, check out our Best iPad Apps section.