Mr. Shingu’s Paper Zoo | Kids app where paper-animals come to life
Mr. Shingu’s Paper Zoo app was recently featured by Apple. The app used to cost about 5.00 $ which has lead us to wait a while and finally our patience got rewarded, because the app is now available for 2.99 $. Looking back at it, the price would have still been reasonable , as this funny origami app for kids has a lot of content and activities to offer, which will leave your kids entertained and busy for quite a long time. Mr. Shingu’s Paper Zoo is a universal kids app for both iPad and iPhone and is suitable for kids at the ages of 5 years +.
In order to get attuned, you may want to check out the long YouTube video, whose length is also due to the extent of the children’s app.
Folding Paper animals
First of all, the zoo should be populated with lots of origami animals. Every newcomer is selected and then folded from a squared piece of origami paper by kids. The folding process has been very well converted and is also child user-friendly. We don’t see any need of improvement at this point at all. The choice and range of origami animals is huge and remarkable – whereby each animal is available as a male and female design and after the folding it either keeps it’s original colors or kids choose a different color design for their animals including other accessories. Later on in the game, the animals can even have their own babies.
Little genetics lesson
First of all a hint on how the animals become parents or have their own offspring’s:
You’ll need a mommy and a daddy of the same kind and a suitable home for both of them. Then you’ll need to fold a paper heart, which you can find in the same place where the animals and trees are. You will then need to drag the mommy and daddy animals onto the heart where the animals will start making out with ascending hearts. Shortly after, the parents enter their house where the baby arrives in a little present next to the house.
In this context it is interesting, how the laws of genetics were built into the game, but those are only visible, if the kids have colored their parents animals in themselves with the coloring function. You will then easily see the resemblance of the offspring’s.
What do the animals do at the Zoo and what’s next?
The animals need to be happy and satisfied whilst they’re at the zoo, similar to a Tamagotchi game really. They need to be fed, get enough sleep, and need to be placed in the correct habitat, but also need to be allowed to play and have fun. Everything costs money in Mr. Shingu’s Paper Zoo, which can only be earned whilst playing. Luckily there are no in-app purchases in this app. If kids decide to buy toys from the toy shop like a trampoline or a scooter, the animals will come hopping by to use those items.
Those items will look a little displaced, too big and a little strange to adults, the kids however, have a lot of fun with those and aren’t really bothered about that. We still ask ourselves if it wouldn’t have been better to use the origami design for this. You therefore get origami trees which you can fold yourself, next to Clip-art trees, bushes and well’s etc.
Earning money with activities and games
At some point all of the seed money will run out eventually and the Zoo enlargements cannot be bought. You will then need to start playing the mini games where 4 games are offered, which are quite generous with stocking up the money supply. Unfortunately we really don’t like one of the games, which is why we will roughly introduce you to this game.
1. Searching for food
Despite all of the experience with kids apps, sometimes we are faced with games, whose game logic is not obvious to us.
“searching for food” is a game as such. You basically click on trees and hope to receive coins or food – but you also need to be aware of the evil scissors, which are hiding in the trees. To make it short: All games inevitably led us to game over. At some point, there are probably too many scissors on the pitch and the game therefore ends. You can’t really prevent this from happening. The game leaves us with a huge question mark and if we just haven’t got a clue at this point, then please feel free to write us and help us out.
2. Race day
A rather innocent race. Depending on the placement of the animals, you either get more or less coins. The race is suitable for earning quick money.
3. Penguin curling
Three penguins are pushed across the ice and are supposed to come to an hold, as close to the target point as they can.
4. Music at the Zoo
A typical memory game in which the children have to remember the order of the animals.
There is a change of night and day in this game. Kids can decide themselves when the sun shall go down or not, by simply dragging the sun down, to lay down the diurnal animals at night. By the way, the animals need some regular sleep to be fully satisfied. If your animals are never 100 % satisfied, perhaps you need to let them sleep a bit. Besides, all of the nocturnal animals want to play, eat and poop outside of their homes too for a while.
Fart alert: It doesn’t matter how innocent the animals look, especially after the feeding, the animals fart across the Zoo and many little brown pellets also need to be removed. Sometimes we find this a little too much of a good thing, it would have been good enough too have at least 50% less of it.
Mr Shingu’s Paper Zoo | kids app rating
Mr Shingus paper Zoo app has the potential to be a world-class children’s app, but still needs some post-treatment on the part of the developers. We also think that the 4 mini games need to be improved a little. Because of our long cons-list, we originally wanted to award the app with 4 stars, but the kids on the team have vetoed and requested the Editor’s Choice Award. We therefore agreed on 5 stars, which is justified through the fun which is given to the children by the app.
(+) one of the most interesting origami apps of all times
(+) kids love the app and keep on discovering new things
(+) perfect digital folding process – bi-colored origami paper providing you want to learn origami folding.
(+) as an extra (spinning the globe!) there are many other separate origami crafting instructions
The app costs 2.99 $ at the time of review and offers a lot more content than other kids apps in this price category. The original price used to be 4.99 $ – which one of the prices will permanently establish, we’ll have to wait and see.
(-) the mini games need to be improved especially game 1
(-) maybe too much farting and fighting between the animals
(-) facebook, twitter invitations – nonsense!
(-) showing the app developers emblem during the loading times. Whose child is interested in that?
Top best apps for kids rating: 5 stars
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➔ App download for – iPad & iPhone on Apple App Store
kids app test based on app version 1.0.1