Wungi Pirates | iPad adventure app for kids – Ahoy!
Suitable for children aged 4+ years | pirate adventure | iPad app
The Dutch app developer was pretty gobsmacked when he couldn’t find a reasonable pirates game for his preschool aged son, on the App Store. A few months later, he published his own pirates adventure for the iPad today – and we were allowed to test and play this fun Wungi Pirates app in advance, to search for treasures.
Wungi Pirates uses modern 3D graphics in it’s game, but we are always very skeptical when it comes to 3D games and to whether the navigation might be a little too complicated for young children. Even Toca Boca had it’s problems with their last app.
But already three nautical miles later, it was clear that this concern is unfounded in Wungi Pirates: The navigation is fairly simple and visceral. Our pirate friends are being sent out to the seven seas via simple swipe movements, well the actual playing and game area isn’t all that big, however kids can sail across the sea wherever and however they like.
Whilst the pirates are on their way, they come across many islands, where they can walk across. As soon as kids use the island view, they’ll notice the black X marks in the sand – the international sign for a pirates treasure. Whilst tapping on the appropriate location with the finger, the captain expectantly starts to dig his way into the sand. You won’t always find a treasure underneath the markings though, but instead you’ll find tin-cans and other objects such as old boots etc.
Nevertheless, the treasure chest is slowly filling up with gold and other collectibles after several visits on islands. Besides the treasure chest on the pirates ship, are also other interactive things for kids to discover.
Children can also look at the horizon for new treasure islands, with the pirate girl in the lookout, if they use the telescope view. Every now and again, a big octopus occurs from under the surface of the ocean, which obviously wants the treasure too. At this stage, the canon will come in handy, which is also easily adjusted and fired. Kids can even steer the ship with the big steering wheel, without any swiping movements.
You can get a little taste of the app with our YouTube trailer:
(to be seen here shortly)
Wungi Pirates | kids app rating
According to the information from the app developer, there is still a whole bunch of ideas and improvements underway for Wungi Pirates – and we also have some. We think that a lot more action needs to happen, whilst sailing on the sea. Apart from the octopus, we’d like to come across other ships. We discovered houses on the islands, but we were only able to look at them. We think that all of the collected gold also needs to be spend i.e. new sails or a bigger pirate ship.
(+) 3D graphics
(+) peaceful pirate game
(+) free play experience
(+) no in-app purchases and social buttons
(-) not yet enough alternation
Little pirates will definitely have a lot of fun with this app already as it is and will search for plenty of treasures. We’re really looking forward to the new updates which will expand the app. Until then, we give the app a rating of 4 stars.
Top best apps for kids rating: 4 stars
Download Wungi Pirates
➔ App download for – iPad on Apple App Store
kids app developer: Peter Hofstede