Quick Look – Little Farmer for iPad

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This is a very simple app that I think might rely a little too much on the pretty hand drawn graphics to sell itself.

Essentially there are two options. One to review the animals and one to pick the correct one out of either 2 or 3 pictures.

I didn’t really like the app when I looked at it first but I left it to the little one to decide.

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She really liked it at first. The cheer when you select the right animal of the three (which she did pretty easily to be honest) made her actually giggle. When you choose the correct animal, it zooms in to a picture of it and plays the animal noise. The drawings are lovely but I’m not sure that is something a 3 year old will really appreciate!

However, pretty soon she got bored and started deliberately selecting the wrong animal.

There are a number of things I didn’t like about this app.

  • The rabbit makes a guinea pig noise. If they didn’t want an animal that made no noise they should have chosen a different one!
  • There is no main menu option within the screens
  • It is quite slow to move between the screens
  • Maybe the little one is too old for it because it is way too simple and limited in terms of what it does. Unlike other apps, the little one appeared to get bored with it pretty quickly

Overall it’s a really nice looking and simple app that the little one picked up on and enjoyed very quickly. However it is disappointing in terms of depth and therefore long term appeal.

Here’s an App Store link for Little Farmer; it’s priced at $1.99.

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3 thoughts on “Quick Look – Little Farmer for iPad”

  1. Thank you for reviewing our Little Farmer app! It does sound like your daughter is a bit too old to enjoy Little Farmer all the way through. I created the app for my own daughter, who is one year old. I felt that there were very few apps that were sweet and simple enough for her to enjoy. Most apps created for toddlers were too complicated for her to understand and to hold her attention. This explains some of the elements of Little Farmer that were not as appropriate for your daughter: the simple gameplay, the pacing, and particularly the absence of a main menu button. The absence of a main menu button was a very important and deliberate design decision. When playing apps, my daughter tends to touch (and lick and kiss) the entire iPad or iPhone screen, and in many other apps, she accidentally hits a button to exit the game, and gets frustrated and upset. I designed Little Farmer to be as curious-toddler-proof as possible!

    After creating Little Farmer, I gave it to all of my friends who had children ages 0-4 to play. The app was a huge hit with babies, one-year-olds, and two-year-olds. Four-year-olds grew bored with it, and three-year-olds were a mix – some loved it and laughed and danced along to the music all the way through, while others grew bored halfway through the game. I decided to market the app as a game for ages 0-3, because I saw that many 3-year-olds did enjoy it.

    I do strongly believe that even the youngest children appreciate high-quality content, particularly art and music, and this belief is central to my app design philosophy.

    Thank you again for reviewing Little Farmer! I am very happy that it did get a giggle out of your adorable daughter (a cute blondie who reminds me of my own daughter). I hope very much to create apps in the future that will be more appropriate and fun for her age!

    PS – I am very impressed that you recognized the guinea pig noise! I was at a loss when I discovered that rabbits only make absolutely horrifying noises, because they only make noises when they are in distress. I originally had a real rabbit sound in the game, and received overwhelming feedback from my beta testers to change it. One of my beta testers did suggest that the rabbit chew on a carrot and say “what’s up doc?”, but I ended up picking a squeaky guinea pig sound that seemed more appropriate instead.

    Thanks again!
    Anita Hirth
    Creative and Technical Director
    Smart Cookie Studios
    http://www.smartcookiestudios.com

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